The Salvation Army - Central Territory

Clinical Therapist/Pathway Forward/Chicago

Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
Job ID
# of Openings
Social Services
Regular Full-Time




Do you want to use your skills and talents to make a lasting difference in the world?  The Salvation Army is the fourth largest charity in the United States and is an international organization based on Biblical principles created to help people in need.  We are mission-driven, diverse, collaborative, and focused on positive results for people. Join us in making a difference.


*Generous benefits package/competitive pay/great work environment*


The Salvation Army assists incarcerated men and women transitioning from prison to the community with the Pathway Forward program. Clients undergo counseling, access training programs and learn to reconnect with their families and communities.


POSITION TITLE:             Clinical Therapist


LOCATION/DEPT:            Pathway Forward


REPORTS TO:                  Administrator of Clinical Programs


FLSA CATEGORY:             Exempt


STATUS TYPE:                 Full-Time



Provides direct drug abuse treatment/mental health services to clients referred under contract by the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the U.S. Probation Office. Maintains contact with probation officers and works closely with resident advisors, mental health therapists, and other SA/RRC staff to ensure a well-integrated approach to the treatment and case management of clients on his/her caseload.



  1. Conducts intake assessments using DSM 5 and ASAM criteria in conjunction with other standardized screening instruments and, based on such assessments, develops individual treatment plans to address clients’ needs.
  2. Provides both individual and group treatment to clients on his/her caseload.
  3. Works with clients to reduce the potential for relapse and recidivism.
  4. Involves families and significant others in treatment as appropriate.
  5. Makes referrals to outside programs and services as needed.
  6. Maintains proper progress notes and case records and ensures that all assessments, treatment plans, and monthly progress reports are submitted in a timely manner to the Administrator of Clinical Programs.
  7. Works with the Administrator of Clinical Programs, case managers and security staff to ensure that service delivery is coordinated with other RRC program components and that treatment goals are reinforced by other staff at the Center.
  8. Meets as needed with other members of the AMHS team for the purpose of case review and treatment planning.
  9. Consults as necessary with the AMHS Medical Director and ensures that the Medical Director signs all necessary client records in his/her case files.
  10. Cooperates with the Clinical Services Supervisor and the Clinical Counselor(s) in the treatment of dually diagnosed clients.
  11. Participates in the process of program evaluation and in the development of programs to meet the identified needs of clients.
  12. May assist with training CSC staff in appropriate techniques for the management of residents with addiction related problems.
  13. All other duties as assigned.





  • A Bachelor’s Degree in the behavioral sciences, with CADC certification in the State of Illinois, and a minimum of two years of experience in substance abuse treatment; or
  • Documented experience in substance abuse treatment and a master’s degree in social work or psychology and be licensed (LPC, LSW, LCPC, or LCSW) or be license eligible in the State of Illinois.
  • Any such individual who is not actually licensed when hired, must become so within twelve months of the date of hire.


  • Comfort in functioning in the dual role of authority figure and therapist; and the ability to build attitude- and behavior-changing relationships with clients who differ widely in terms of personality, education, employment skills, ethnic background, and socioeconomic status.
  • Experience in using cognitive behavioral interventions and structured social learning approaches to the treatment of substance abusing offenders.
  • Verbal and written communications skills.
  • A strong commitment to the Salvation Army’s vision of human service and social justice; and a clear personal desire to assist in accomplishing the Center’s mission of rehabilitation, restorative justice, and human healing.
  • A proactive, client-oriented style which nonetheless maintains appropriate boundaries. 
  • Expertise in problem identification and assessment, setting goals, and monitoring progress.


The Salvation Army is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Applicants with disabilities may contact us at (773)725-1100 for additional information or assistance with the application process.

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