Mission: Allendale Association is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to excellence and innovation in the care, treatment, education and advocacy for children and youth with serious emotional, mental, and behavioral health challenges.
Since its founding in 1897, Allendale has proudly served children, youth, and their families from all walks of life. These children, often victims of abuse, neglect or severe mental and/or behavioral health problems, come to Allendale with the devastating experiences of failure in the classroom, misunderstanding in the home and isolation in the community.
Helping these children to heal and prepare for a brighter future requires highly sophisticated therapeutic programs and services. Allendale’s educational, residential, clinical, vocational and recreational programs are provided within safe, aesthetically designed facilities.
The main campus in Lake Villa, Illinois houses the Elizabeth Morse Special Education School, the Bradley Counseling Center and intensive residential treatment programs for youth 6 to 18 years of age.
Additionally, Allendale has residential treatment programs in North Chicago, IL and Benet Lake, WI, as well as group homes in Waukegan, IL; an outpatient community based child/family counseling center in Gurnee, IL and an extended day treatment special education satellite program for children and youth from surrounding communities in Woodstock, IL.
Today, we serve over 1,000 children, youth and families annually.
Allendale is committed to providing top quality care and innovative services to children, youth and their families by offering a full continuum of programs and services to meet the diverse needs of the children, youth and families in the most clinically appropriate and least restrictive environment. Continuous quality review and improvement is part of our everyday practice.
Allendale complies with the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) rules, which enforce strict codes of confidentiality. Client information is shared only with authorized parties. Staff is required to sign confidentiality documentation upon hire.
Why should you come to Allendale?
Nothing prepares you for a career in human services better than a position on the front line. There is no greater satisfaction than helping kids come to terms with their pasts and turn their lives around, finding their strengths, learning to make positive rather than destructive choices and daring to hope. The work done at Allendale Association is both rewarding and challenging. At every level, our staff shares a passion for making a difference. You too can make a difference in a child’s life!
If you are interested in the possibility of joining our team and helping our youth and families to learn…grow… and heal, please see our current open positions.
Allendale Association provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or any other classification protected by Federal, State, and local laws and ordinances. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruitment and hiring practices, appraisal systems, promotions, and training and career development programs.
Allendale is committed to staff development and offers continual staff trainings throughout the year.
I have been working at Allendale Association full-time (More than 3 years)
Excellent opportunity to see the full spectrum of mental health (School, Clinic, Residential)
work can be difficult at times.
Advice to Management
Continue to give training opportunities to staff, this will help shape careers for staff new to the field.
I applied online. I interviewed at Allendale Association (Lake Villa, IL) in June 2017.
The recruiter kept an went over a lot of information in a limited time period. A lot of the questions where geared towards team work, and former jobs I had and how did I handle stressful situations previously.