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Great working environment
School-Based Outpatient Clinician (Current Employee), Harrisburg, PAJune 16, 2014
I enjoyed with skilled therapists serving children and families in multicultural settings. I developed my skills as a therapist and was given multiple opportunities to continue my growth through trainings and conferences
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fun
Teacher Counselor (Former Employee), Parkersburg, WVApril 16, 2014
fun place to work with kids. most difficult thing is dealing with troubled youth.
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positive working enviornment
Office Cleaning (Current Employee), Waynesburg, PAMarch 18, 2014
great working enviornment, great staff, friendly work place, very flexible.
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Good Work Office
Family Advocate/Mental Health Worker (Former Employee), Baltimore, MDDecember 30, 2013
great place to work but the communication skills where off with staff and management
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Not an easy job, but it can be rewarding helping young people
Teacher Counselor (Current Employee), Walker, WVDecember 18, 2013
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 – more... 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. – less
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Unpleasant Place to work
Outpatient Clinician (Former Employee), Harrisburg, PAOctober 31, 2013
Pros: Diverse population to work with, variety of mental health issues, excellent and friendly support staff, descent size office space, coworkers (with the exception of management) are friendly and supportive

Cons: Very cliquey, some workers are favored and given special treatment, you are expected to work through lunch and dinner breaks, you are – more... expected to work extra than the hours you are paid for without extra compensation, certain management is not supportive, unfriendly and micromanages; cares more about the money than the clients

When hired you are made to feel that they really care about your well-being. After about a month or so things change and you are made to feel at times very uncomfortable. – less
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Nice environment
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee), Walker, WVOctober 23, 2013
Pros: free lunch
Cons: healthcare
A typical day at work is ordinary.
Resources available.
Security benefits.
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Active but strict learning enviroment
Night Watch (Former Employee), Walker, WVOctober 14, 2013
Pros: free meals, free time in between routine checks.
Cons: part time shift with no benefits and no indications of being moved up within a short period
Typical day involved arriving to work anywhere between 8pm and 11pm and doing 10 min checks on clients sleeping. My job was to make sure kids were safe, asleep, and in the correct area. At 7am I did wake up, updated coming in staff of night, and supervised children to breakfast then to school. I performed physical restraints when necessary. I documented – more... nightly on events. Hardest part of the job was the midnight shift itself but the most enjoyable was the relationships built with the staff and clients. Most of my coworkers were supportive but for the most part the management part of staff was lacking in ability to keep staff hired on. – less
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Great place, Great people
Office Manager (Former Employee), Cumberland, MDSeptember 30, 2013
Pros: the people
I was an office manager in charge of appointment confirmation, billing, faxing, filing, answering the phones and general office duties. The environment was pleasant and I enjoyed working with my co-workers on a daily basis. The best part was knowing I was apart of a team dedicated to the placement of children in need of a forever home.
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Trying their best on limited funding
School Based Therapist, Part-time (Current Employee), York, PASeptember 27, 2013
Pros: flexibility of daily schedule
Cons: paid for direct service only; non reimbursement for travel, office time etc.
Staff very dedicated to their client base. Doing their best without much financial support from state/gov/city funding sources.
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Child Centered Successful Outreach
Pressley Ridge (Former Employee), Pittsburgh, PASeptember 21, 2013
-supportive work environment
-rewarding
-administration invests in employees
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rewarding if you dont want to make any money or have a life
family worker (Former Employee), PASeptember 16, 2013
Pros: co-workers, nice office
Cons: management enjoys mircomanaging and belittling.
No advancement opportunities unless you brown nose or management feels they can control you. More work without compensation. On-call daily even on Holidays, weekends and days off. Poor pay. Office drama and politics. A personal life is a no-no.
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Non-profit
Manager (Current Employee), Pittsburgh, PAAugust 13, 2013
Non-profit organization that struggles with funding.
Restructing occurs every couple years when previous restructing didn't work.
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Fostering children is both challenging and rewarding.
Foster Parent (Current Employee), Dover, DEJuly 15, 2013
Pros: seeing the lives of troubled children turn around for the good
Cons: these children are extremely high maintenance, and sometimes unreaachable.
Being a Foster Parent is very challenging yet very rewarding. My husband and I have been able to minister to several children that have been rejected by their biological parents and have had success in helping them understand and make sense of their lives. We love making a difference in at risk children's lives.

We work with Pressley Ridge. They help – more... us find the children that we will be able to work with and then help us through the low points in their lives. They provide training for us to help us succeed in our endeavor. – less
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A good place to work if it's the right fit
Teacher/Counselor (Current Employee), Pittsburgh, PAJune 21, 2013
Like many social service agency; Pressley Ridge has many of the same difficulties. Overall it's a fair place to work but comes with it's challenges.
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Fulfilling
Teacher Counselor (Former Employee), Clarksburg, WVJune 5, 2013
Pros: health care
Cons: long hours
Great place to work. They do invest in you. However the hours if you have a family are a little rough, but well worth it.
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Working with trouble youth in foster care
Case manager/Treatment Coordinator (Former Employee), Dover, DEMay 31, 2013
Pros: retreats, training to better educate my understanding
Worked over 40 hours a week helping youth's become independent. A typical day at work was putting the youth first and ensuring that all thier needs were being taking care for the interest of the child. Working with bioloigical family members and teaching them parenting skills. My management team was always a phone call away. The most enjoyable part – more... of the job was watching the children grow into adulthood and ensuring all thier needs were being met including therpay, counslening and biological family. – less
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An Extremely Difficult Place to Work
Teacher/Counselor (Former Employee), Pittsburgh Day SchoolApril 17, 2013
Pros: you will fall in love with the kids
Cons: poor pay, dangerous work conditions, will compromise your emotional and physical health, lack of support
The culture within the Pittsburgh Day School requires that you put the needs of Pressley Ridge before anything and anyone else. This includes your family, as well as your emotional and physical health....which will be compromised if you become employed. Most employees give their heart and soul to their jobs, and when it comes time for them to move on, – more... Pressley Ridge policy refuses to write faithful employees a letter of recommendation. Complete hypocrisy. – less
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Johnstown Day School not a bad place to teach.
Special Education teacher (Former Employee), Johnstown Day SchoolMarch 23, 2013
Pros: good trainings, great people to work with, great workday schedule, good starting pay
Cons: leadership, payscale, support
I am not sure how the majority of Pressley Ridge is to work for but I can talk about the Johnstown Day School. A typical day can be stressful, as all teaching positions can be, but it can be rewarding working with students who have mental health issues and autism. You learn to become a strong minded teacher quickly working at these types of facilities. – more... There are a lot of trainings to earn act 48 credits, so that is a plus.The pay needs to be addressed. The starting pay is actually very competitive with all of the local school districts but they need to install an actual step scale instead of just a percent each year. Pressley Ridge really needs to focus on keeping their good teachers and staff happy so they stay. The biggest problem with PR Johnstown Day School is the lack of a true leader. The school has leaders who do not seem to be well versed in how to actually run a school, and that is a shame. With better leadership the school could become great. In short, Johnstown Day School needs a person to be, with the right credentials and experiences, to lead the program into the future. I am a former employee who learned there but I am glad I am not stuck there. – less
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Weird environment
teacher's aide (Former Employee), school for autismFebruary 20, 2013
Pros: freebies!
Cons: ridiculous atmosphere -- almost like a "fraternity" or "cult"
These people are just plain strange. It's all about making the workers feel good about their cushy jobs at the operations center and yet the front line staff don't even get breaks to go to the bathroom. They brag about accepting the toughest kids in their programs but then virtually provide no training on very severe cases of mental illness. They abuse – more... the kids, have many law suits in the works against them, and only the folks from west virginia who have been with the company from their wilderness camp days get to move up. And when they do move up, they have no sense of how to make a business work. It takes years to make a decision about anything there. As one perk, you get a lot of "freebies" like mugs, jackets, tote bags, t-shirts, etc..... the sad thing is, though, the kids get nothing unless the staff donate things to them. They finally brought some expert in last year who knew about autism and really turned things around. But, then this year, they booted her out because the good old boys didn't like her because she made them do their jobs. She was the only one that knew a thing about the kids and how to build a school and made the staff work with the kids the right way. About the only thing I would recommend is their icecream event -- free icecream! Glad I'm gone! – less