Pros: free meals while working, 3 days of work, satisfaction of helping troubled youth, extensive training.
Cons: low pay, stressful environment, poor support from management, little or no breaks in 16hr days.
Pressley Ridge is a level III residential and diagnostic facility for youth who are wards of the state. You counsel and supervise youth (11-17yrs) with negative social behaviors and drug and alcohol addictions. If you work the residential shift, you will be be required to work a 16hr shift and stay overnight for two nights. The advantage is after 3 days, you are off the rest of the week (unless you volunteer to work overtime). You work with 5 to 10 young people in a cottage who have severe behavior problems and you are required to address their behaviors in huddles with the rest of the youth in the cottage. Sometimes you may need to restrain youth (within certain parameters) who become violent. You also would participate in various fun activities and projects with the youth and develop strong bonds with them. You are given extensive training in conflict resolution, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, drug & alcohol abuse and various trainings in First Aid. The job can be extremely stressful but also very rewarding when you see progress in the youths.