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Clinical Associate - Department of Pediatrics


About the University of Illinois at Chicago

UIC is among the nation's preeminent urban public research universities, a Carnegie RU/VH research institution, and the largest university in Chicago. UIC serves over 34,000 students, comprising one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation and is designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Through its 16 colleges, UIC produces nationally and internationally recognized multidisciplinary academic programs in concert with civic, corporate and community partners worldwide, including a full complement of health sciences colleges. By emphasizing cutting-edge and transformational research along with a commitment to the success of all students, UIC embodies the dynamic, vibrant and engaged urban university. Recent "Best Colleges" rankings published by U.S. News & World Report, found UIC climbed up in its rankings among top public schools in the nation and among all national universities. UIC has nearly 260,000 alumni, and is one of the largest employers in the city of Chicago.


The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Illinois at Chicago is seeking to fill two part-time Clinical Associate ('Group Therapist') to join their research team. These positions will be responsible for implementing an intensive cognitive behavioral prevention group intervention with youth who have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities aged 13-20 years as part of the BEST research and training study. These position will also serve as social work field advisors/faculty for medical social work students.

The BEhavioral Health Stratified Treatment (BEST) to Optimize Transition to Adulthood for Youth with IDD research and training study is a PCORI-funded clinical trial to evaluate the comparable efficacy of standard care coordination vs. integrated behavioral health care coordination in improving the mental health, adaptive functioning, transition readiness, and consumer engagement outcomes of youth with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

Job Requirements and Duties

  • Attending a two-day training, where therapists will learn how to conduct the Coping with Depression-Adolescent (CWD-A) manualized treatment.
  • Implement the CWD-A manualized treatment groups with youth with IDD utilizing the Zoom online platform. The CWA-D manualized treatment requires that the therapist provide the following activities according to the research protocol:
    o Organizing groups for 6-8 youth participants.
    o Conducting a pre-group meeting with all participants.
    o Providing participants and caregivers reminders before each session.
    o Conducting and recording 16, 60-minute acute sessions and 6, 60-minute continuation intervention sessions for each study cohort.
    o Administering psychological assessment measures to youth with IDD.
    o Recording attendance and contacts on tracking forms that are part of the intervention protocol.
    o Sending recordings after each session to a supervisor for review.
    o Participating in regular supervision calls, and additional calls as needed.
    o Maintaining fidelity to the CWA-D model.
    o Meeting virtually and individually with participants to catch them up on any missed sessions, and will keep track of any such meetings on tracking forms.
    o Conducting two caregiver meetings, on the night of the first and last acute group sessions.
    o Facilitating referrals of participants to their DSCC care coordinator for high levels of care.

Supervision of Social Work Students

The LCSW will provide supervision and support to Masters-level social work (MSW) students over the course of their internships, including any needed paperwork. Masters-level social work (MSW) students will be serving as group leaders for the Teens Achieving Mastery over Stress (TEAMS) curriculum, which is to be implemented online for youth with IDD in the BEST study.


  • Master's degree in social work from an accredited school or university.
  • Current State of IL Licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
  • Three years experience in social work in a medical/clinical or other social service agency setting. Knowledge of providing mental health services and accommodations to youth with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

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The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or status as an individual with a disability.

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Job Information

  • Job ID: 64836594
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Company Name For Job: University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Position Title: Clinical Associate - Department of Pediatrics
  • Industry: Clinical
  • Job Function: Research Associate
  • Job Type: Part-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite

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