October 2, 2023

Now Hiring for Police Social Worker

McHenry County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for the position of Police Social Worker to join their Police Social Work Division. Applications are being accepted online via https://prd01-hcm01.prd.mykronos.com/ta/6167531.careers?CareersSearch and are due October 15 by 11:59 PM.

Now Hiring For Police Social Worker

The Police Social Worker Division currently serves 19 police departments throughout McHenry County in a collaborative effort to bridge the gap between law enforcement and social services. Police Social Workers (PSWs) work by connecting citizens with mental health resources and long-term solutions to alleviate the obligation of law enforcement’s response to mental health-related calls for service. 

The Police Social Worker is a non-sworn professional position that works directly with law enforcement and first responders. The PSW provides a coordinated community policing response and is responsible for the organization and delivery of social services, including adult and juvenile crisis intervention, case assessments, short-term counseling, court advocacy, and referrals to other social service agencies. The PSW acts as a liaison between departments and various social service agencies, providing follow-up and monitoring cases upon request from the department. Police Social Workers serve clients in person through various avenues such as grief support, crisis assessment, trauma response, crisis counseling crisis management, and supporting first responders during critical events.

Benefits include:

  • Medical, dental, vision, accident, and life insurance
  • IMRF Pension
  • Deferred Compensation Plan
  • 457 Plan option
  • Tuition assistance and reimbursement
  • Paid vacation, holidays, personal and sick days

Potential hires are preferred to have an equivalent combination of experience or education.

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, counseling, or psychology-related field required. Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Minimum of 2 years of related experience, within a law enforcement agency is preferred.
  • Licensed Social Worker (LSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), or related licensure, or the ability to obtain LSW or LPC within two years of employment.

For more information or to apply now, visit https://prd01-hcm01.prd.mykronos.com/ta/6167531.careers?CareersSearch. Applications are due by 11:59 PM on Sunday, October 15, 2023. If you have questions about the position, email sheriffjobs@mchenrycountyil.gov

The essential job functions of a PSW include:

  • Independently follows up on referrals from police officers, local schools, hospitals, and the public, and serves as a consultant to police officers regarding management of cases. 
  • Assesses client needs for referral to social and mental health agencies, emergency shelters, financial assistance.
  • Determines the best course of action and provides short-term crisis intervention services in emergency situations.
  • Provides short-term individual and family counseling in situations involving domestic disputes, substance abuse, mental health issues, trauma, grief and loss, and juvenile and elder issues. 
  • Works with other social service providers to coordinate care including local schools, hospitals, and area mental health facilities. 
  • Maintains case management records and confidential case files.  
  • Provides professional and clinical consultation to officers on difficult cases.
  • Designs, imp­­lements, or arranges training for the Sheriff’s Office or partnering agencies in areas of knowledge related to the position.
  • Assists with Peer Support Team program coordination and assists in the management of all activities, training, and meetings that occur with the team.  
  • Supports law enforcement and the well-being of first responders overall and during critical, traumatic events.
  • May be asked to perform as an expert witness in court and give testimony or professional recommendations at trials/hearings.

Required knowledge and skills:

  • Previous experience in crisis intervention and providing mental health services to individuals and families. 
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws related to the field of mental health.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the court system as it relates to domestic violence, admissions for psychiatric assessments, and juvenile station adjustments.
  • An ability to clinically work with individuals or groups, providing crisis intervention, diagnostic evaluation, and short-term treatment services.
  • Ability to maintain a neutral and calm composure during crisis management.