Do you want a career where you can truly make a difference? The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center is one of the largest human service providers in Lake County. We live our mission each day, promoting the health and well-being of all who live, work, and play in Lake County. If you are passionate about giving back and ready to be a part of an innovative team, we are looking for you!


About the Role:

Outpatient therapist position specializing in tobacco cessation, working with both adult SMI population and general population. Primary responsibilities are to provide individual and group therapy for tobacco cessation, and complete comprehensive assessments for clients entering care. Position responsibilities also include evaluation, psycho-social education.

Location: 3010 Grand Avenue, Waukegan IL

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (8:30am – 4:30pm) Wednesday (12:00pm – 8:00pm)



Skills and Experience

  • Provides individual and group tobacco use cessation counseling to assist Lake County residents and workers in quitting tobacco use.
  • Discusses and distributes over the counter nicotine replacement products (patch, gum, lozenge), as well as knowledge and discussion of all FDA approved cessation medications and insurance requirements.
  • Responsible for maintaining a weekly schedule of clients and coordinating with clinic coordinators to ensure appropriate space is available.
  • Provides education to individuals contemplating tobacco use cessation and explores and tailors cessation interventions to meet the needs of the clients.
  • Monitors and documents clients’ progress toward meeting tobacco use cessation goals according to established protocols.
  • Communicates clients’ progress or problems to their health care providers as needed.
  • Utilizes “Motivational Interviewing” skills to facilitate change and reduce ambivalence with clients.
  • Organizes and oversees Nicotine Replacement Therapy supplies and distribution.
  • Reviews and recommends educational materials to promote and assist tobacco use cessation.
  • Focuses on client empowerment in providing treatment, seeking to assist clients to build strengths to meet their treatment needs.
  • Facilitates with clients and collaborates with the Tobacco Free Lake County team to develop, review and update program and treatment goals and referrals both internally and externally.
  • Provides education and direction to clients, family members and/or significant others.
  • Conducts crisis intervention/evaluation/referral for persons who present themselves at the program.
  • Performs initial evaluations and assessments of potential clients regarding their appropriateness for participation in the program.
  • Provides atmosphere of customer service in assuring that clients are treated in a friendly and respectful manner. Displays positive attitudes and behaviors in the accomplishment of job duties.
  • Acquires and utilizes knowledge of LCHD/CHC database and word processing software and other equipment commensurate with position.


Education, Qualifications, and Certification:

  • Requires a master’s degree in psychology, social work or related field, with two years of experience and clinical license in the State of Illinois is required, and
  • If a recovering person, they must have two years of demonstrated sobriety.
  • Bilingual, Spanish-speaking preferred.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be licensed by the State of Illinois as Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W.), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (L.C.P.C.).


About the Perks:

Lake County offers a competitive salary and benefit package with performance-based incentive plans. We also offer flexible working hours, and a comprehensive wellness and training program. Visit the Health Department page to get additional information on why you should work for us.


If you would like to learn more about our community impact and to see some of our employees in action, please review this short video.


Any offer of employment is conditioned on the successful completion of a background screening, drug and alcohol testing and may include a pre-employment medical exam.


The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability, veteran status and other protected characteristics.


Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.