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productive with the youth
Behavior Youth Counselor/Supervisor (Current Employee), Memphis, TNSeptember 15, 2014
Pros: free lunch, benifits, helping the youth
Cons: long hours
on a typical day i encourage the youth to want to become better in life. i learned so much from these children because a lot of the youth comes from really bad backgrounds. i like trying to make their chances better in life. the hardest thing about this job is that the kids dont always respond the way that you would think that they should but mostly – more... everythings usually works out ok. I have a really good team working with me. and that really makes the day go by better. – less
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Great Job
Teacher One (Current Employee), Arlington, TNSeptember 11, 2014
Maintaining and dealing with a classroom of about 12 children at any given time and having a complete lesson plan ready. Also dealling with differrent crisi situations in other classrooms as well as having the social ability to talk and process with different youth who are off task. It requires leading traingin activities and being able to step into – more... the leardship role when the supervisor is absent. – less
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High energy, supportive, and professional work place
Master's Level Clinician (Current Employee), Lawrence, MASeptember 3, 2014
Pros: regular supervision, flex time, training opportunities
Cons: long hours, untraditional schedule, unstable and often too large of a case load
Most positions require either an on-call rotation or 24/7 on-call to your families with weekends off. Case load can vary between positions, running from 4-7. Balancing paper work expectations, collaboration with collaterals, session prep, and the stress of multiple families with personal time/life can be challenging. Extensive driving can be required – more... depending on the distance of families from one another as well as your home. Supervisors and leadership staff are supportive and regular tranings and supervision opportunities are provided. – less
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Great experience...demanding roles
Specialized Crisis Counselor (Former Employee), Jackson, TNAugust 27, 2014
Pros: good benefits
Cons: salary
I've worked for multiple YV sites and in different roles. Intercept (family counselor in home) and crisis. Youth Villages is very very thorough. You get tons of clinical supervision and they truly go above and beyond for their clients. In ALL of my roles with YV I worked long hours and spent a lot of my off time doing paperwork. Low salary. In my last – more... role as a crisis counselor I was on call 4 nights a week and spent many nights out all night sometimes driving over 200 miles in one night to different crisis calls. I would then need to sleep during the day and for each call there was at least 2 hours of paperwork afterwards that I would have to do during my off days. Not a good position for someone with kids. I also worked for them out of college and it was great experience for me. – less
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Nice Experience
Overnight Teacher Counselor (Current Employee), Memphis, TNAugust 23, 2014
Great Job. Fun enviroment and well worth it. Teaches a lot of discipline and self-control.
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Inconsistent and does not follow motto
Behavioral Youth Counselor (Former Employee), Memphis, TNAugust 13, 2014
Pros: experience
Cons: no breaks, poor leadership, inconsistent
Youth Villages motto is "We do what we say we do". WRONG!!! The leadership is unprofessional, inconsistent, and demonstrates an significant amount of favoritism. This company promises that you can get promoted in 6 months. However, they do not convey what you have to do to get to the top. For example fraternizing with co workers. Leadership selects – more... who they want to place in management positions based upon if they like you and if you do not make decisions on your own. Leadership expects for you to work 60 to 120 hours a week staying overnight with little to no break if you are a Teacher Counselor. Leadership is not concerned with your well being and will bribe the kids to be good so they wont have to receive therapeutic restraints when needed.

Poor place to work and would not recommend to anyone. – less
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Do not Work Here
Teacher (Former Employee), Bartlett, TNJuly 31, 2014
Pros: free lunch, great benefits
Cons: no breaks, extreme youth to deal with, high school coworkers
A typical day at work for me would consist of me initially checking my email and it would depress me because I would find out things that my youth did the previous day. They will usually come in the next day with that same stuff..My co workers did not stick together thought this was the environment in which we should. I learned that if you generally – more... care about your life and body then do not work for youth villages. At least once a week I would be doing a "therapeutic hold". It wasn't very therapeutic. Though my youth were in a level 4 facility, I grew to really understand them and missed them when I left. Overall I would not recommend anyone work here.Management does not have your back and everyday I went home to have a drink, it was just that stressful. – less
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Horrible place to work
TC (Current Employee), Douglasville Georgia Inner HarbourJuly 31, 2014
Pros: free breakfast and lunch/ working with the kids
Cons: bad upper management not enough pay
I just started at YA about 5 weeks ago and this is a horrible place the staff treat the kids any kind of way and the veteran staff is very unfriendly these are some of the most self centered people I have ever met the thought of coming to YV to work is so depressing in about ready to quit this place is very abusive towards staff and the resident. Warning – more... !!!!! Do not I repeat do not apply for a job at YV you have been warned. – less
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Poor work/life balance, problem-focused work environment.
Multi-systemic Therapist, Family Counselor (Former Employee), Durham, NCJuly 30, 2014
A lot of repetitive work, unhelpful middle-management, and hostile unethical practices with high needs client families. A lot of traveling is required for this job. If you work for this company expect to work long hours with very little pay. The benefits package is comparable.
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unsafe, uncaring, money grabbers
Nursing Manager (Former Employee), Portland, ORJuly 29, 2014
Pros: absolutely nothing
Cons: anger, disease, filth, injury, no training, dating other staff, poor administration
I thought it was only the Oregon campus that was abusive but now I see its a nation wide problem. Management staff were dating and couldnt be found in a crisis, staff were being beaten so severely they were hospitalized and then written up because they were beaten. The administrator couldnt have cared less, the hr director sat in her office and did – more... nothing about the abuse despite being told many times. One therapist was asked to leave because the administrator said she was "gay" and YV didnt like that. There was not a week some staff didnt leave by ambulance, generally with a head injury. There was no support for the injured, just ways to fire them after the injury. It amazes me more kids werent injured critically. The buildings are falling apart, rittled with insects and vermin. Staff steal food after hours because the pay is so poor they cant buy food. I stayed for a little more than a year because I felt for the staff and was rewarded with YV keeping my PTO when I left. The great news? I got out. I was not allowed to be more than 15 minutes from the campus 24/7 and was unpaid when I had to come in. I had no reimbursement and was expected to take calls all night long. – less
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Residential Treatment for children-Non Profit
Development Data Coordinator (Current Employee), Memphis, TNJuly 27, 2014
Pros: wonderful in house exercise area
Cons: management
I believe very much in the work they are doing for the children, however the management team lacks a lot to be desired.
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It was a great learning experience.
Lead Teacher (Current Employee), Memphis, TNJuly 22, 2014
I teach students with both mental and behavior problems. I was able to mentor new teachers and assist in the daily operations of the school process.
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Important Job, Burnout Highly Possible!
Mobile Crisis Responder (Current Employee), Jackson, TNJuly 9, 2014
Been lucky with good supervisors but self-care is difficult with this job...
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A rewarded at times job with flexibility
Foster Care Counselor (Former Employee), Memphis, TNJune 28, 2014
Pros: flexible schedules and easy to be promoted within the company
Cons: lack of professionalism from upper management
For the most part an enjoyable experience when you're able to work with the clients your employed to serve. What I've learned from working at Youth Villages is that I didn't know who I was as a person until I met some of the challenging clients that I came across on a daily basis. One thing I would say I did love about the job was some of my co-workers – more... who made working there an enjoyable place to be even during stressful situations. One thing I didn't like about the job was the unprofessionalism of the management. – less
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Exciting and professional work environment that thrives to give each youth an opportunity to live successfully.
Residential Teacher Counselor (Former Employee), Bartlett, TNJune 24, 2014
Pros: excellent benefits and the ability to work with youth.
A typical day at work revolves around the youth, we pick them from school and conduct therapeutic activities with them on a daily basis. We provided them with activities to stimulate their mind as well as to give them some excitement. My co-workers and management team are like one big family, we support each other and provide active feedback in all – more... situations. The most enjoyable part about my job is being able to make a difference in someone else's life besides your own. The hardest part about this position is that we deal with high risk and low functioning youth with emotional detachment issues which makes it harder to strategies activities. – less
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Great people, stressful job
Family Intervention Specialist (Current Employee), Oregon City, ORJune 21, 2014
The administrators and co-workers are great. The job is stressful and being on-call Monday 8am to Friday at 5pm is exhausting mentally and emotionally. It is hard to not have evenings to step away from your phone and enjoy a personal life.
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Youth Villages provides excellent training classes
TRANSITIONAL LIVING SPECIALIST (Current Employee), Memphis, TNJune 16, 2014
I educate teenagers around transitioning into productive young adults.
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YV Oregon is a terrible place
Teacher Counselor (Former Employee), OregonJune 2, 2014
Pros: working with the clients is great
Cons: the supervisors are inept, at best
The supervisors at YV Oregon are generally as dysfunctional as the clients save for very few. They aren't subtle about the nepotism that goes on; it gets really obvious who is a favorite and who isn't. All this said it is rewarding to work with the kids, however the supervisory staff is so inept any sense of accomplishment is quickly snuffed out. None – more... of the supervisors agree on how they want to deal with clients and, no matter what happens one of them will give you a "talking to". Moreover, the client's needs don't get met, which causes quite a lot of stress. – less
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Supervisor &Teacher Counselor (Former Employee), Arlington, MAMay 25, 2014
Supervised school day shifts
Worked with children using a TF-CBT model
Responsible for scheduling, staffing and planning the daily schedule
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Its an experience
Behavioral Youth Counselor (TC) (Current Employee), Memphis, TennesseeMay 20, 2014
Pros: positive support for youth, team building, gain experience
Cons: long work hours, underpaid, lack of support
Yv has its ups and downs. I love working with the youth but most of the management is terrible. You will have an heck of experience . I'm a current employee and I love my team because they are very supportive and we work well together. The children's needs always come first and it seems as if staff are the ones that are always at fault for any and every – more... that goes wrong. Overall, if you want to gain experience and are up for a huge extreme challenge, then Youth Villages is definitely the place to start...I hope this is HELPFUL!!!!! – less

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About Youth Villages

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