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St. Vincent Family Center
Community Psychiatric Specialist (Former Employee), Columbus, OHOctober 20, 2013
Cons: management
do not apply here. Even if you are desperate. Do not apply here. They are terrible, wicked people and have no clue as to what they're doing
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A day as an Adaptive Behavioral Specialist or teacher
Adaptive Behavioral Specialist (Former Employee), Columbus, OHOctober 2, 2013
Pros: lots of paid time off
Cons: micromanaged, low pay, no breaks not even lunch, high priced health coverage
If you except a job as an Adaptive Behavioral Specialist (ABS) here with what you should expect your day to look like. The pay is around 10 to 11 dollars an hour with a degree. You are not given a lunch break or any other breaks. The children are there year round so you will work even when school is out. This is also for charter room teachers who will – more... work as an ABS during the summer. You get to eat a free breakfast and free lunch, but the food is not good. You are expected to be with the children from 8:45 to 3:30 each day and try to find time to complete all paperwork for each day. You will run 2 - 1 hour groups each day with your group and write notes for each child for each group. This is on top of other paperwork. You will be told that each classroom for school age is 1 teacher and 1 ABS per classroom except for the charter rooms it is up to 12 children. When school is closed you will still work, but you will be the only staff with your group. There is to be float staff to help out when clients are in crisis, but they are so short staffed it does not happen. You will get children from other groups when there is not enough staff to cover the classrooms. There has been a 75% turn over in staff since the summer alone. New staff are placed into rooms without complete training and this can be scary. You can not stop children from unsafe behaviors and the rooms are very crazy. You must find staff that is trained to come and help. The agency seems more active in getting money to build a new building. Appearances are everything when they are touring people through the agency. As for benefits you will find that you get up to 120 hours of paid time off the first year if you start before July1 of each year. You will need this time due to the high stress of the job. If you are looking to get insurance Obamacare may be your best bet. The health insurance is very high with high deductibles. The supervisors are not approachable and at first you feel comfortable talking to them, but this changes quickly. Unless you work on gaining a master degree you will not advance in the agency. If you are looking for an easy job to get with loads of stress just to gain experience this is the place. You must love working with children that have very intense behaviors. If you like to be micromanaged this is a great place that says it is teamwork. (If you fit in, otherwise the team will not help). You will find that you are very micromanaged in each department. – less

May 6, 2014

I wish I would have read this before I took a job with this agency.

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A lawsuit waiting to happen!
Direct Care ABS Pre-School (Current Employee), Columbus OhioAugust 26, 2013
Pros: free lunch if you like eating tasteless food.monday through friday work schedules, kid's with emotional issues that you easily get attached to. dedicated direct care staff.
Cons: constant shortage of staffing, high employee turnover, management who are punitive first and training oriented second.
The management is cut throat! They are barely seen on the floor unless they are looking to spy on someone using one of the many observation rooms that they have and they Rarely offer to assist you when clients become escalated or unruly unless they just happen to be standing there and have no other choice (which is Very Rare).

Training is VERY limited. – more... Don't be surprised if coming out of training your thrown directly into a problematic classroom with no further training right after you complete your very basic Crisis intervention class and CPR/First Aid coursework. Staffing is 2 staff per 11 clients. St Vincent claims that this is ODJFS compliant and this would be true if we were a day care facility! The client population is mental health though and you will typically have 3-4 Totally out of control clients in your classroom,so a staffing of 3 to 11 in those particular rooms is better suited for the conditions. Don't hold your breath though. The agency only cares about billing and the management mantra is doing less with Less!

Management instead of building you up as a direct care staff and creating trainings to improve your skills seek to destroy you. Their way of training you is to place you with a veteran staff (which is rare because of the high turnover) and that is how you learn to do the job.

The problem with this type of training model is that if your veteran staff is doing something wrong then you too will imitate what you've observed them doing whether it's correct protocol or not. YOU however will be the only person held accountable for that training though.

Management will document your short comings and as opposed to offering Real training solutions to help you improve yourself, they will instead put the burden of training back on you and document the incident and hold onto it in a personal file for months until they have enough infractions or accusations to pull you into a meeting with Human Resources and put some type of disciplinary or written warning in your personnel file. In the meantime you are CLUELESS that you've even committed any wrong.

A few of the clinicians are helpful but the lead clinician is devious and known for sabotaging direct care staff careers. She is quick to report any shortcomings that she may perceive of you but isn't so quick to self report when she makes a mistake of her own. All of the clinicians disrupt your classrooms by just arbitrarily dropping into your class to have a child scribble what is supposed to be their name on paperwork. They then leave the classroom and you have to regain control of 11 excitable kids. Most of our clients can't spell their name nor do they recognize it when they see it. These type of things can typically be done after group or at end of day!

The pay is really low. Most direct care staff with college degrees earn less than $25,000 per year unless they work overtime which you can only get on the residential side of the operation.

The Turnover is horrific ( 12 staff have either resigned or were terminated without Just cause in the last 3 months) Seven of those staff worked on the Pre-School side which is CONSTANTLY short staffed! If you like major bedlam, unsupportive management, low pay and unsanitary working conditions then SVFC is the place for you. I would beseech you to apply somewhere else if working with children is your passion. Hindsight is certainly 20/20. – less
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A rudderless ship with clueless captains.
Direct Care Staff ABS Pre-School (Current Employee), Columbus OhioAugust 24, 2013
Pros: free lunch if you like eating tasteless food, monday thru friday work schedules.
Cons: extremely poor & self serving leadership, they would rather knit pick you about personality conflicts etc than coac
The nurse and clinicians reviews are Bogus! St Vincent has hired 3 RN's within the last 6 months and ALL of them have resigned including the one who wrote such a glowing review in June 2012. The Clinicians are self serving and back stabbing. They stick up for themselves but seek to destroy anyone that they have a personality or philosophical treatment – more... conflict with. They're quick to run and tattle tell to mgt about perceived wrongdoings of direct care staff but they aren't as quick to self report on themselves when they do or say inappropriate things. Direct care staffing is Always scarce and this has compounded by rapid defections ( over 12 staff resigning or being fired without cause within the last 2 months) Training for staff is limited to what you learn on the unit whether it's good or bad but management will hold YOU accountable with a straight face for training shortcomings that they observe ( or are told about because they rarely are seen during the day) and instead of trying to coach you up on your errors they will document the observation and save it in a file to spring on you in a disciplinary meeting months later without you ever knowing that you've done anything wrong! The board of directors and executive management know that things are Foul on the housing units but they don't have to deal with it so they don't care. They just go and hire somebody else for $11 bucks an hour when the money is available. Don't waste your time applying! If you want to work with kids. Go apply at Any other agency. Unless you like being underpaid and mistreated. – less
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Great enviornment
RN - Nursing Coordinator (Current Employee), Columbus, OHJune 14, 2013
St. Vincent family center is a great place to work. I haven enjoyed every minute of my time here.
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Strong Clinical Team
Therapeutic Clinician (Current Employee), Columbus, OHApril 15, 2013
Pros: clinical team
Cons: salary and benefits
St. Vincent's has a strong clinical team that supports one another and provides leadership and guidance in order to support the children and families we serve daily.