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Youth Counselor I - Short Term Family Integrated Treatment - FT - 2nd shift

Company: The Village for Families and Children
Location: Springfield
Posted on: January 16, 2020

Job Description:

Job Description: ABOUT SHORT TERM FAMILY INTEGRATED TREATMENT (S-FIT) The Villages S-FIT is a short-term crisis stabilization program, which uses a trauma-informed, relational, brief solution focused family approach to treatment. Youth can stay in milieu up to 14 days. The program provides individual, group and family therapy as well as psychiatric consultations, nursing services, care coordination, educational support and advocacy as well as aftercare follow-up. ABOUT THE VILLAGE The Village was one of the first agencies in the country to provide homes for neglected children. Today, we continue to achieve our mission "to build a community of strong, healthy families who protect and nurture children" by providing a full range of behavioral health, early childhood and youth development, substance abuse treatment, and support services for children, families and adults in the Greater Hartford region. Our staff are energetic, enthusiastic, mission-driven and open to learning. If youd like to grow your career in a diverse and supportive environment rich with learning opportunities, join us! JOB SUMMARY The Youth Counselor is responsible for providing a therapeutic milieu to adolescents with psychiatric illness in need of short-term, intensive treatment. He/she is responsible for supervising, guiding, teaching, and serving as a role model to youth utilizing a gender specific, relational, trauma informed, strength- based, culturally competent behavior model to ensure that the safety and individual goals of each client are achieved. The Youth Counselor is also responsible for providing coaching, teaching and advocacy to parents of youth in the milieu. The Youth Counselor reinforces the policies and philosophy of the organization while maintaining professional communication, verbal and written, with internal and external team members to ensure a strong team approach. He/she is an integral part of the treatment team and provides support to both the youth and his/her family while in residence and following his/her return to the community. RESPONSIBILITIES: Client Oversight Provides teaching, coaching and support to youth and families that enables the emotional and social growth of clients by establishing limits, boundaries and encouraging healthy relationships, a sense of community, responsibility, and accountability for behavior based on each clients individual goals. Teaches clients interpersonal skills and good work and study habits as well as job and life skills in preparation for a healthy and productive adjustment upon discharge. Safely transport clients as needed to school, visits, activities, etc Administrative Assists in planning, supervising and facilitation of the daily and therapeutic activities of clients, including bedtime and morning activities as well as working, studying, sports, etc. Responsible for ensuring assigned activities/tasks are completed each day Additional duties, as appropriate and assigned House Maintenance Performs security and safety measures by checking doors, windows, locks, fire alarms and extinguishers. Maintains safety aspects of residential living by recognizing and correcting conditions, which are or could be safety hazards. Performs food preparation and assistance, nutrition services, housekeeping and maintenance of clothes, linens, as assigned. Experience and Skills: Associate Degree or 60 college credits in related field. Must have a clean and valid drivers license and three (3) consecutive years of driving experience. Must have the ability to obtain a Public Service License, Medication Administration Certified, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Certification, American Red Cross First Aid and CPR Certified. One to three years in human service field or experience working with special needs children preferred. Must be flexible and able to work both in the residential component of the program as well as in the community (home visits, schools, etc) Basic computer skills MS Word, Outlook, preferred Must be flexible able to work within residential component as well as community setting (conduct home visits, schools, etc.). Good communication skills verbal and written. Must have the ability to manage stress and to respond to emergency situations safely and calmly. Must be culturally competent to serve a diverse population. Physically able to perform the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodations, i.e. must be able to supervise groups of children and perform physical intervention if required; must be able to move freely from place to place without restriction. Job Benefits: EMPLOYEE BENEFITS The Village offers a comprehensive flexible benefits package designed to aid in the health and well-being of our employees and their dependents, including: Good Health Medical and Prescription Coverage Health Savings Account (HSA), with employer contribution of up to $1,000 per year Dental and Vision Insurance Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Annual on-site flu clinics Secured Future Employer paid Life and AD&D Insurance Employer paid Dependent Life Insurance Employer paid Long-Term Disability Insurance Employer Paid Business Travel Insurance Retirement 403(b) Plan with Employer Contribution and Match Advancement in your Career Annual Professional License Reimbursement Clinical Supervision toward Licensure Continuing Education Units (CEUs) Student Loan Forgiveness Program National Health Service Corp (NHSC) Tuition Reimbursement Work/Life Balance Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Employer paid and confidential counseling services Paid Holidays Paid time off; including 15 days of vacation, 12 days of sick and bereavement leave

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