Youth Advocates of Sitka (YAS) is a nonprofit community mental health agency in Sitka, Alaska. The agency's mission is to support the mental health of Alaska's youth and their families, and our vision is to empower youth to grow into healthy, happy, productive members of our community. We provide behavioral and mental health services to youth ages 5 to 21 who are severely emotionally disturbed. Our continuum of wrap-around services support our clients in the home, school, and community.
The agency consists of several programs - Therapeutic Foster Care, Hanson House (Level 3 Residential Treatment for youth age 12-18), and Community Mental Health Program (outpatient program). We also have a drop-in center for teens. All programs within the agency provide support services to foster emotional and behavioral skills, including coping skills, social skills, independent life skills, communication skills, etc. Skills Trainers are the primary direct care professionals who support our clients in learning the above-mentioned skills.
We are currently seeking Skills Trainers in the following programs:
- one Skills Trainer to work full time in the Community Mental Health Program. This staff will work in a local elementary school with at-risk elementary-aged students, supporting the youth in learning behavioral and emotional skills. This is a benefited position and mostly follows the school-day schedule.
- one Skills Trainer to work full time in the Family Resource Center, our teen drop-in center. This staff will build therapeutic relationships with youth ages 14-21, teach independent living and life skills, and support youth in learning behavioral and emotional skills. This staff will also plan and lead evening activities for clients and youth from the community, such as cooking night, ukulele jam, or movie night. This is a benefited position. Shifts are from late morning to early evening.
- one Skills Trainer to work as the Weekend Night Awake staff at the Hanson House, our Level III Residential Treatment Facility. This staff will stay awake throughout the entirety of the shift and ensure the youth are safe overnight. This is a part-time position for Friday and Saturday nights.
Under the general direction of the Program Coordinator and under clinical direction from the agency's Master's level Mental Health Clinicians, Skills Trainers are responsible for meeting the treatment needs of YAS clients. Skills Trainers must exercise sound judgment and demonstrate effective communication skills. This position must have the capability to provide behavioral interventions and to teach problem solving. Skills Trainers must conduct their professional life as a socially appropriate model for YAS clients.
“Skills Training” means actively teaching a youth to exhibit appropriate social and emotional behavior, develop healthy peer and family relationships, provide self care, and engage in conflict resolution. Skills training includes skill instruction, skill practice, redirection, feedback, positive praise, role modeling, promoting, encouraging, and coaching.
Essential Job Functions:
- Teaches coping skills to individual clients and groups during activities.
- Communicates effectively with a wide range of children and families.
- Maintains consistent structure and provides therapeutic limits.
- Provides proactive interventions.
- Demonstrates skills in active listening therapy.
- Demonstrates initiative and uses effective problem solving skills.
- Assesses situational risk, and crisis conditions.
- Documents daily treatment notes which meet agency policies and state and federal regulations.
- Implements and monitors clients’ treatment plans.
- Demonstrates an understanding of psychiatric symptomology and therapeutic medication usage and seek appropriate consultation on medication side effects when applicable.
- Identifies risk situations for closer supervision.
- Understands and maintains client confidentiality.
- Follows written protocol from medical personnel.
- Responds appropriately to crisis without immediate backup, and responds to emergency situations, medical, fire, etc.
- Attends weekly staff meetings.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Understand that behavior problems are an opportunity for therapeutic teaching
- Demonstrate an understanding of cultural issues in the treatment process.
- Appropriate sensitivity to client and family needs.
- Understand the importance of and maintain a clean, healthy living environment.
- Self-awareness of one’s own developmental issues.
- Ability to use First Aid and CPR
- Actively use agency policies and procedures.
- Utilize MS Word and Excel to perform administrative tasks.
- Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- Demonstrate basic computer skills
- Lift and move up to 50 lbs.
- Perform other related tasks as assigned.
Qualifications (must have or be willing/able to obtain the following):
- Current Alaska driver's license
- Possess a valid driving history for the past 5 years
- Current CPR Certification
- Current First Aid Certification
- Current TB test
Benefits and Pay for Full Time Employees:
- Competitive wages and benefits
- Hourly wage DOE
- Annual Leave Accrual, Paid Holidays, and Floating Holidays
- Medical and Dental Insurance
- Life Insurance
- Retirement Plan, up to 3% match
- Federal loan payback option
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP) sessions