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Valuable treatment structure and great work culture.
Social Work Practicum Student/Community Mentor (Former Employee), Columbia, MOJuly 11, 2014
I absolutely loved my experience with DYS! If I was full time I would have never left. I truly believed in the treatment system the agency ran by. The agency offered children with delinquent backgrounds to be housed in a treatment facility where 24/7hour staff were available and the youth learned skills to process their emotions and stressors to become – more... more productive in society and turn from past behaviors. Once approaching discharge from the treatment facility a worker, such as myself, would engage the youth. This "mentor" helped the adolescent adjust back into the community through education assistant, job support, providing volunteer opportunities, building healthy relationships...whatever was needed. The agency also offered family therapy. The mentor often worked closely with the therapist, as well as the service coordinator, to best assist the family system. – less
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Loved the team that I worked with!
Regional Family Specialist, Internship (Former Employee), Columbia, MOJuly 7, 2013
For the short period of time that I worked there during my practicum/internship I absolutely loved everyone I came in contact with; staff and youth alike. The supervisor for the unit was extremely understanding and caring for the youth and her employees. I loved going to work everyday!
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Succesful solo practice that launched careeer at large firm
Youth Specialst II (Former Employee), St. Louis, MOJune 18, 2013
Pros: free lunch, open to stategize with counsel free shopping excursions and got to meet family.
Cons: pay was comensurate with intake
I did good work here. I wore many hats and was given a great deal of autonomy. Most days began at nine at the Daley Center. I would attend court by sitting in the back and taking notes on arguments. Then I would go to the City Hall and back to the Daley center to file court documents. We would have lunch. I would meet clients in the office and follow – more... up with relevant parties via fax and over the phone. I might have an afternoon court appearance and then I would catch the transit to my condo on South Shore Drive. – less
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Rewarding job with exceptional benefits
Group Leader, Youth Specialist (Current Employee), St. Louis, MOJune 3, 2013
This job gives me the opportunity to utilize various skills I have masetered throughout my career. This is a rewarding job because I can see the impact I have made in lives of the youth and families I come in contact on a regular basis.
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Great rehabilitation for youth
Youth (Former Employee), St. Louis, MOMarch 2, 2013
Pros: rehabilitation
Cons: pay
Hardest part of the job was working so hard with your client and seeing them go back to the same environment and coming back. Doing outside activities with the clients. Learned a lot about group therapy.
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Counselor front desk person (Former Employee), Birmingham, ALJanuary 14, 2013
Pros: learning all of my kids one by one.
Cons: attitudes
Love working with the little ones a lot. I taught them a lot and they also taught me a lot.
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very stressful
youth specialist (Former Employee), Lawson, MODecember 30, 2012
Pros: all the new trainings
Cons: the stress
On a typical day i would go with the juveniles to their classrooms and help them with their work. I would also check in with them every hour to see how they were feeling emotionally. I would conduct or help conduct group therapy sessions. I would also pass medications and log it. At times i would transport to appointments. The hardest part was when – more... several juveniles would try to fight each other and i would have to restain them. The most enjoyable part was knowing i made a difference in their lives. – less
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productive and friendly workplace.
Youth Specialist (Current Employee), Cape Girardeau, MONovember 1, 2012
If you love to work with kids then this is a great place to help them become productive members of society.
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Demanding place to work.
Director, Education and Training (Former Employee), Louisville, KYJuly 11, 2012
Pros: telecommuting
Cons: reactionary management
This was a good job, but was demanding because contracts were performance-based. The job involved a lot of travel, seldom home.

A typical day was traveling, arrive at a site, spend several days on site, travel. I learned to work well independently. Management was sometimes unreasonable with requests if the performance of sites was unacceptable. Co-workers – more... spent lots of time together as a team, so we were very cohesive.

The hardest part of the job was trying to get people at the sites to follow-through on the technical assistance provided to them.

The most enjoyable part of the job was being a telecommuter, having independence and flexibility when not on the road traveling. – less