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  • Full Time
  • Chicago

Website Hektoen Institute LLC

Healing Hurt People Chicago:

Healing Hurt People Chicago (HHPC) is a hospital-based violence intervention program targeting children, adolescents and young adults with injuries due to community violence. HHPC is a community-focused, trauma-informed program with interventions beginning as patients are treated at Stroger and UCM trauma centers and follows patients into the community as they are discharged.

Individuals who are victims of gun violence are at the highest risk of re-injury and retaliation. HHP-C is transforming the way trauma centers operate – aggressive treatment for physical injuries and the associated socioemotional injuries and trauma – helping patients find a path toward healing. The HHP-C model utilizes intensive case management, psychoeducation, and trauma-focused individual and group services to:  promote healing from trauma, decrease high-risk behaviors in order to reduce re-injury, retaliation, arrests and increase capacity to thrive.

This Role:

As both the persons making initial client contact and those maintaining long-term client relationships, Trauma Intervention Specialists (TIS) are at the heart of the Healing Hurt People intervention. The central disruptions that occur with trauma exposure (Safety, Emotions, Loss, and Future – SELF) are best addressed within intentional, safe, and healing relationships. The HHPC model is therapeutic, creating a space for healing from trauma in individual and group settings. The team focuses on physical, social and psychological safety; emotional literacy and self-regulation; identification and support for loss and for letting go of relationships or places that pose increased risk; and, most importantly, developing a vision for a robust and healthy future creating hope for continued growth and healing.

Major Responsibilities/functions:

Engage clients in the immediate aftermath of a violent injury, offering crisis intervention, trauma-focused psychoeducation, and outreach.

  • Provide intensive case management (ICM) services within the SELF framework. The HHPC model is best characterized as low volume (10-15 clients); long-term (ideally six months with weekly sessions); and high intensity/acuity due to violent injury and exposure to community violence.
  • Complete psychosocial assessments including family, housing, education, medical, and criminal justice involvement.
  • Complete psychological assessments including mental status, violence exposure, adverse childhood experiences, trauma histories, depression, and PTSD symptoms.
  • Develop plans of care, in consultation with clients and families, to address safety and symptoms of trauma by increasing connection to school, family, social supports, and needed social services. TIS serve as mentors and partners in assisting clients as they develop skills to navigate systems of care – medical, academic, employment, housing, social service, and mental health – to promote healing and recovery.
  • Document clinical assessments, care plans, and interventions utilizing HHPC’s electronic case management tool and other electronic medical records as appropriate.
  • Staff serve as a resource to trauma professionals in hospital and community settings, providing consultation and training regarding best practices in working with traumatized patients.

This job requires timeliness, autonomy in work, innovation, creativity and fortitude.


  • Master of Social Work or Master’s degree in a related field of study
  • Knowledge of the target populations (clients with injuries due to community violence)
  • Experience screening and assessing adults, children, and families in a therapeutic framework
  • Comfortable with outreach activities in high traffic, high stress environments
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and a vehicle available for community work


  • Clinical licensure
  • Prior experience providing case management services
  • Knowledge of formal and informal organizations in clients’ communities
  • Bilingual Spanish/English
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