Part-Time Youth Counselor - Pregnant & Parenting Teen Program

Employment Type

: Part-Time

Industry

: Education - Excluding Post Secondary



POSITION SUMMARY

The Residential Youth Counsler is responsible for implementing daily therapeutic programming for youth under the direction of their assigned supervisor. The Youth Counselor engages youth in therapeutic interactions and skill-building activities and documents those interactions and activities in a timely manner legally consistent with Medicaid Rule 140. The Youth Counselor employs their training in Hoyleton's CARE practice model and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) to create developmental relationships with youth and maintain a safe, positive, therapeutic environment.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Engages youth in daily therapeutic activities that help youth develop social, emotional and other life skills including the ability to have fun and play, consistent with each youth's individualized treatment goals as well as the CARE principles.
  2. Ensures the safety of youth, themselves and co-workers by:
    • developing positive relationships with youth, co-workers and supervisors,
    • knowing and understanding youths' trauma history and triggers,
    • anticipating crises and using TCI crisis de-escalation techniques,
    • implementing TCI compliant manual restraint according to agency policy when youth and staff are in immediate and serious risk of physical harm, and
    • working to restore relationships as crises resolve by conducting TCI Life Space Interviews with youth.
  3. Requires the successful completion of CARE training and certification and annual recertification in TCI.
  4. Completes daily hours of care required by documenting Medicaid compliant therapeutic interventions.
  5. Participates with their supervisor and youth in planning schedules of activities for each shift.
  6. Engages in reflective practice by participating in weekly individual and/or group supervision with their supervisor.
  7. Participates in clinical staffings, cottage and other agency meetings as required and meets all initial and ongoing agency training requirements.
  8. Requires overnight staff to complete bed checks of each youth every 15 minutes and to therapeutically engage youth who have problems around bedtime or sleeping.
  9. Other duties as assigned.

SKILLS and ABILITIES

  1. Ability to learn the CARE practice model and implement daily programming consistent with CARE principles.
  2. Ability to learn the TCI curriculum and successfully pass TCI written and physical restraint tests and remain current with required TCI refresher training and conduct TCI techniques with fidelity to the model.
  3. Must enjoy actively engaging youth, be emotionally mature, patient, and communicate empathy toward youth.
  4. Prefer candidates who are kind, generous and have a good sense of humor.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

  1. Must be at least 21 years of age.
  2. High school diploma or GED required; Bachelor's degree in Human Services and related experience preferred.
  3. Must have a valid driver's license.

CARE & TCI

One of the essential job functions of any position within the agency is to align your performance with our overarching philosophy of CARE. All decisions, actions, communication, and performance should align with the six CARE principles (Developmentally Focused, Family Involved, Relationship Based, Ecologically Oriented, Competence Centered, and Trauma Informed). Not only must you complete the CARE training with satisfactory participation, but you must then put that training into practice in your everyday work.

Every employee must also pass TCI training with a satisfactory grade in written and/or physical testing. All employees must remain current on refresher training that is provided monthly at all locations. You will be tested every 6 months on the physical portion, if applicable to your position. You will be tested annually on the written portion regardless of your position. If you are not current on your TCI refresher training every six months, you will be required to retake the full course. If you do not pass either test, you may be required to retake the full course.Not only must you complete the TCI training with satisfactory participation, but you must then put that training into practice in your everyday work.

EQUIPMENT USED

Computer, Copy Machine, Calculator, Smart Phone, Fax Machine and Telephone

WORKING CONDITIONS

Frequency Options: Occasional: 0 15% of time; Frequent: 16 50% of time; Constant: Over 51% of time

Occasional Exposure to noise, Exposure to heights, Exposure to temperature above 80 degrees, Exposure to chemicals, Exposure to hazards, Exposure to dust, Carrying approximately 10 feet, Pushing approximately 5 pounds, Lifting approximately 5 pounds, Climbing approximately 15 20 steps, Bending, Squatting, Kneeling and Physical Restraints.

Frequent Walking approximately 100 feet and Standing

Constant Working alone or independently




* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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