YOUTH DEVELOPMENT COUNSELOR, EUPHRASIAN RESIDENCE
Good Shepherd Services - New York, NY

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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.

MAJOR DUTIES:
  • 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.
QUALIFICATIONS :
  • 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.

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