Catholic Charities West Michigan

Behavioral Specialist

Job Locations US-MI-Grand Rapids
Child Welfare
Position Type
Regular Full-Time

Position Summary

The Behavioral Specialist position works within the child welfare arena to provide appropriate treatment planning for children with additional behavioral and mental health needs or concerns. Works with children, caregivers, community mental health, school systems and other service providers to create and implement a treatment plan focused on the behavioral and mental health needs of the child.


Flexible work schedule after an initial training period that includes working in the office and out of the office.


Annual Salary Range: $42,000.00 - $48,000.00


Are you passionate about discovering new ways to help empower people and make a difference in their lives?

If you’ve got what it takes to support us in our mission to provide help and create hope through innovative, collaborative, and diverse programs within the community, then we’ve got the right opportunity for you.


About Catholic Charities West Michigan

Catholic Charities West Michigan (CCWM) is a community-based agency providing programs in Western Michigan and offering a variety of services in family preservation, behavioral health, child welfare, and community outreach.

  • CCWM is committed to ensuring a diverse workforce and a work environment whereby all staff are treated with dignity, respect, and fairness.
  • CCWM encourages persons of diverse backgrounds and faiths to apply for employment.

Essentials Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides treatment plans and leadership for the treatment team
  • Provides assessment, treatment, case management, and case reviews to children and caregivers
  • Provides training to Caregiver’s and Staff specific to child’s behavioral and mental health needs
  • Completes and submits required reports and /documents as required by contract
  • Refers appropriate behavioral health and mental health services to children and families
  • Maintains regular contact with children, caregivers, therapists, school personnel and other service providers related to the implementation of the service plan

Other Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to utilize the Department of Health and Human Services computer systems and any other computer systems required by contract
  • Ability to utilize a computer to create work documents and to perform email functions
  • Ability for strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to with Michigan courts or possess the ability to successfully interact with court personnel and appointed attorneys
  • Ability to work with difficult individual and have strong conflict management skills
  • Ability to cope and engage with patience in difficult situations
  • Ability to work with children and families who have been traumatized

Recommended Employment Qualifications


A Master's Degree in social work, sociology, psychology or a human service related area as specified by state regulations.



A minimum of one year work experience in child welfare is required.  Preferably in foster care.


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

Professional State of Michigan License preferred


Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.


Our Mission

In the spirit of our Catholic tradition, we lead our diverse communities with hope and compassion by offering innovative, collaborative programs. Through our team of highly trained employees, dedicated volunteers and generous community, we deliver the highest quality social services.


Our Vision

Following in the footsteps of Christ, we are the leaders in empowering people to achieve their God given potential by providing help and creating hope.


Our Values

  • Compassion
  • Collaboration
  • Compliance
  • Service to All People
  • Sanctity of All Life


CCWM is an equal opportunity employer, subject to all federal and state laws as applicable to a religious Agency.


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