Good Shepherd Services |
, a leading NYC non-profit committed to the success of young people and families, is currently seeking a Youth Development Counselor, for our Euphrasian Residence Program in Manhattan.
The Youth Development Counselor works alongside other team members, with participants and their families to create a therapeutic milieu in which each participant is able to reach their potential and learn socially appropriate behavior, homemaking skills and develop their individual skills and abilities.
- Plan the daily functions of the group life experience including: scheduling of participants' family activities, tutoring, recreation, and special activities for evenings or weekends as appropriate.
- Monitor participants' school performance, including homework assistance and tutoring.
- Supervise and record participant medical needs and follow-up on recommendations.
- Attend teacher/social worker update meetings.
- Maintain logs of critical events and home visits.
- Complete assessments and reports for presentation at team meetings.
- Attend all appropriate meetings and trainings.
- Effectively use and practice the Sanctuary Model tools: safety plans, community meetings, psycho-educational groups, team meetings, red flag reviews, treatment planning conferences (or similar), and self-care in the department/program to create a non-violent and trauma-sensitive culture.
- Promote and model the seven Sanctuary Model commitments to create a non-violent and trauma-sensitive culture.
- Integrate the Sanctuary Model SELF (Safety, Emotional Management, Loss and Future) framework into daily practice to ensure quality care and an effective work environment.
- Help participants explore vocational options, i.e. post-High School training, preparation for independent living, etc.
- Plan, lead and engage participants in a range of program activities including recreational activities, which include physical interaction.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- High School Diploma or GED required; Associate's or Bachelor's degree preferred.
- Must have excellent written, organizational, and prioritization skills.
- Ability to transition easily between working independently with a high degree of self-initiative and contributing as part of a team.
- Ability to perform physical restraint of youth using approved restraint procedures.
- Must be able to successfully complete state mandated crisis intervention training.
- Valid Driver's License preferred.
- Must have a commitment to work from a strength-based and/or youth development perspective, the Sanctuary Treatment Model, and other models that enhance our work.