Title:Residential Youth Counselor
Employment Status: Non-Exempt
Rate: $22-$27 per hour
The Residential Youth Counselor is responsible for day-to-day care and counseling of at-risk teens with special needs in a residential treatment program. The Residential Youth Counselor provides high quality care and ensures the safety of residents, staff, and site in accordance with policy, helping to implement the treatment/behavior plans for each resident in collaboration with an experienced multidisciplinary team. The Residential Youth Counselor also dispenses medications when needed, helps residents to tend to their health and wellness, and may help residents to manage their schedule or attend outside appointments or activities. Participants have complex needs, and the Residential Youth Counselor builds relationships with them and their families in a supportive environment that utilizes a strengths-based, culturally responsive, trauma-informed approach and values compassion, respect, diversity, and accountability.
1.1.B.A. Arts/ Science Degree (preferred)or
1.2.High School Diploma/GED and one of the following:
1.3.Valid Child Development Teaching Permit or
1.4.Completed 12 semester units of Early Childhood Education, Adolescent Development,or Foster and Kinship Care Education and have at least 100 hours of experience work with youth or
1.5.Valid certificate as an Alcohol Counselor, Drug Counselor or Alcohol and Drug Counselor,and have at least 100 hours of experience working with youth or
1.6.Valid Vocational Training Certificate, credential or documentation demonstrating that the individual is a trade journey person who instructs children in vocational skills and have at least 100 hours of experience working with youth or
1.7.Previous employment as a staff or volunteer for a minimum of one (1) year at a group home or short-term residential therapeutic program
1.8.Previous relevant experience as determined by CA's Department of Social Services to meet any of the above requirements. Please seehttp://www.dss.cahwnet.gov/cdssweb/entres/pdf/CCR/STRTP_ILS.pdffor more information.
- Demonstrated knowledge of the developmental stages of the population served.
- Demonstrated ability to utilize de-escalation techniques that align with the trauma informedcare model as part of intervention strategy for working with participants in crisis who are responding to triggers/stressors and/or demonstrating early indicators of distress.
- Demonstrated cultural responsiveness in working with diverse families and communities.
- Clean driving record; current CA Driver's License required, or the ability to obtain within 10 days after hired.
- Basic computer and keyboarding competence with the ability to use Microsoft Office Suite and/or competency with electronic clinical documentation systems.
- Four (4) years of work experience.
- A minimum of one (1) year experience with program target population (Example: intellectually disabled, homeless, teens or young adults,emotionally disturbed).
- A minimum of one (1) year experience with program modality (example: school-based, residential, mobile/community-based, assertive community treatment, wraparound,etc.