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Youth Counselor I/II - PHF (All Shifts)

Stars Behavioral Health Group Fresno, CA
  • Posted: September 07, 2019
  • Full-Time

JOB FACILITY: 
Central Star Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF) is a 16-bed facility that provides acute inpatient psychiatric services to adolescent clients ages 12 -17.


JOB SUMMARY: 
The Youth Counselor is the treatment team member who is responsible for providing direct care to meet the physical and psychosocial needs of the adolescents.  This care is provided through direct and indirect physical and verbal interactions with clients, modeling appropriate behaviors for clients, and monitoring daily client activities. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Education and Experience  
High School Diploma or equivalent.
One (1) year experience with seriously emotionally disturbed adolescents preferred. 
or
AA degree, in a related mental health field, preferred.
One (1) year experience with seriously emotionally disturbed adolescents preferred.


License or Certification
Valid California Driver's License, preferred.


Specialized Skills
Ability to interact and communicate both verbally and in writing with seriously emotionally disturbed adolescents, other staff and the public.

Physical Requirements
Ability to physically perform containment, escort, and restraint procedures with assaultive adolescents.
Ability to physically assist in lifting and carrying assaultive adolescents weighing up to 200 lbs.
Ability to visually and audibly assess adolescent's behavior and needs.
Ability to walk, run and play active games with the adolescents.


POTENTIAL JOB HAZARDS:

Assaultive adolescents
Blood and body fluid contact


SAFETY PRECAUTIONS REQUIRED:

Demonstrated use of ProAct Training
Demonstrated use of Standard Precautions
Demonstrated use of CPR


CORE COMPETENCIES:

Quality Patient Care: 
 Demonstrated ability to engage clients and families. 
 Demonstrated understanding of psychiatric illness and its treatment as appropriate for scope of practice. 
 Demonstrated understanding of age related development and other issues for the population(s) served (i.e. early childhood (0-5), child/adolescent (6-15), transition age youth (16-24), adult (25-64), and older adult (65+).
Compliance/Ethics: 
 Demonstrated understanding of company's Compliance Program and Code of Ethics.
 Demonstrated understanding of laws and regulation affecting behavioral health clinical care.
Clinical Documentation/EMR: 
 Ability to perform clear and concise documentation including through the use of the EMR where applicable.
Community or Facility Safety and Risk:  
 Ability to drive clients to and from community locations in company client's homes in personal vehicle, if applicable. 
 Demonstrated understanding of how to behave in a safe manner while seeing clients in the community or facility as applicable.  
 Demonstrated ability to recognize dangerous behavior by client and intervene as appropriate.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

1. Supervise, protect, and care for adolescent clients individually and in groups.
2. Promote and assist adolescents with self-help skills in the areas of eating, hygiene and grooming, positive behaviors, social interactions with peers, and planned group activities.
3. Assist adolescents in both large and small activity groups, encouraging appropriate behavior and providing feedback to adolescents.
4. Act as role model for adolescents, modeling appropriate behaviors and responses to issues and events.
5. Perform documentation that records adolescents' daily activities and behaviors.
6. Attend and participate in shift rounds, change of shift meetings, and treatment team meetings as scheduled.


OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Participate in ProAct Team assignments and activities.

Stars Behavioral Health Group

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