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Mental Health Practitioner (Adoption Preservation)

Metropolitan Family Services empowers families to learn, to earn, to heal, to thrive. Part mentor, part motivator, part advocate, since 1857, Metropolitan Family Services has been the engine of change that empowers families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities. Metropolitan is Illinois’ first comprehensive human services agency and reaches more than 96,000 individuals and families in Chicago, Evanston/Skokie, the southwest suburbs and DuPage County with services promoting education, economic stability, emotional wellness and empowerment.

We are now hiring for a Full-time Mental Health Practitioner to join our Calumet Team! $1,500 Signing Bonus for first time employees with MFS!  ($500 on the first paycheck and $1,000 after completing six months of employment)

  • Performs comprehensive, in-depth clinical assessments for a variety of program services. Performs intake as assigned.
  • Provides a full range of case management, counseling, advocacy educational and related services.
  • Learns and utilizes agency and community resources.
  • Assesses community conditions affecting clients to identify resource gaps and problems.
  • May recommend financial assistance for clients.
  • Provides group services as indicated by program need.
  • May be responsible for meeting contractual requirements such as evening hours coverage.
  • Represents and interprets programs of agency in community.
  • May serve on regional or agency-wide committees.
  • Meets agency expectation for quantity of direct service.
  • Complies with agency recordkeeping expectations and programmatic documentation requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
  • Displays cultural competency when working with diverse staff and service population.

  • Master's Degree in Social Work or Counseling from an accredited college or university required.
  • Must have applied to take LSW or LPC examination.
  •  Employment with MFS requires proof of vaccination or an approved Medical exemption, required.
  • Clinical experience working with children and families preferred.
  • Must have access to a vehicle, valid drivers license, and proof of insurance to perform essential job functions to work with a community-based caseload.
  • Ability to maintain assigned community and home-based services.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse individuals and groups.

  • MFS staff are required to provide proof of vaccination or have an approved Medical exemption prior to starting employment. If an approved Medical exemption is obtained, weekly testing is required. 

  • While performing the essential duties of this job, the employee is required to sit and stand for sustained periods of time, frequently talk, hear, use hands and fingers to feel, handle and operate objects or controls, and occasionally stand, bend, stretch, stoop, kneel and crouch.
  • The employee is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as preparing and analyzing data and figures, transcribing and viewing a computer terminal.
  • The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Metropolitan Family Services offers a very generous benefits packet to our professionals:
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medical Coverage: HMO, Traditional PPO, or PPO w/ HSA contributions
  • Dental and Vision Insurance Options
  • 11 paid Holidays
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • 401K Plan
  • Training and Professional Development Plan with E- Learning
  • Wellness Initiative Program
  • Employee Assistance Network



Verbal and Written Communication

Interpersonal Skills

Organizational Skills

Bilingual Spanish
Some Knowledge


Masters or better in Counseling Psychology or related field.
Masters or better in Social Work or related field.


Clinical experience working with children and families.

Licenses & Certifications

Licensed ProfessCounselor
Licensed Social Work

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)