Residential Treatment Program
Located in the beautiful Central Hills of Tennessee
between two magnificent rivers, we work with young
people from 12 yrs to 17 yrs old. This facility beds 87
male residents. These young men fall into the following
categories: Court Ordered youth, Aggressive Youth, and
Youth who have failed other RTCs. Our facility,
wilderness setting, enables Natchez Trace Youth Academy
the ability to offer a safe, deliberate and exhilarating
process for stabilizing behavior, assessing physical and
psychological health and BLAZING A TRAIL FOR SUCCESS.
The Natchez Trace Youth Academy is CARF accredited.
Licensure: Tennessee Department of Mental Health and
Developmental Disabilities for Residential and Tennessee
Department of Children’s Services for Foster Care.
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GENERAL PURPOSE OF JOB
Participates in the development and implementation of
clients' behavioral programs by providing care and close
supervision of facility clients and documenting
behavior, by developing positive relationships with
clients and co-workers and following facility policies
and procedures, by implementing treatment plans and
providing crisis intervention as necessary.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are
not limited to, the following:
____1. Contributes to the effective implementation of
individual treatment plans of clients through "line of
sight" supervision, positive interaction and role
modeling, appropriate scoring of observed behaviors, and
appropriate consequences or limit setting based on
behaviors and program definition.
____2. Maintains safety and security of the facility
through close observation and monitoring of the clients,
maintaining optimal physical proximity, remaining alert
at all times, and using analytical forethought to
anticipate potentially volatile or unsafe situations and
____3. Promotes development of clients' daily living
skills through appropriate assignment, instruction, and
supervision of tasks.
____4. Stimulates clients' interest and cooperation in
various individual and group activities and programs
through positive interaction, instruction, supervision,
feedback and encouragement.
____5. Completes accurate and timely documentation on
client's behavior as outlined by policy, reports
observations to relevant staff and makes recommendations
based on observations. Assists in preparation of other
behavioral reports and daily activities log as required.
____6. Develops counseling skill methods and techniques
under the supervision of program treatment professionals
and uses those skills to conduct periodic individual or
group sessions as necessary. Provides limited one-to-one
contact with clients focusing on social development.
____7. Ensures compliance with all company policies and
procedures and regulatory requirements, reporting any
known or suspected violations to his/her supervisor or
through other means identified in company policy.
____8. Assesses and ensures the needs of the clients are
being met in relation to clothing, linens, and personal
hygiene supplies. Supervises personal hygiene tasks.
____9. Escorts clients to work, mealtime, outdoor/indoor
recreation, and education activities and participates in
their supervision and instruction as needed. Transports
residents to and from medical appointments or other
activities as directed.
___10. Provides appropriate crisis intervention as
necessary by anticipating and responding quickly to
escalating behaviors, utilizing de-escalation techniques
to diffuse the situation, correctly prioritizing safety
concerns, following proper restraint technique
guidelines, and displaying neutral emotions.
___11. Uses appropriate counseling skills by
de-escalating aggression, using active listening skills,
using appropriate tone and volume of voice, providing a
high frequency and variety of positive reinforcements,
maintaining appropriate boundaries, and promoting a
positive peer culture.
___12. Consistently meets facility and regulatory
training requirements by attending all mandatory
meetings and staff training sessions as required.
___13. Assures cleanliness and orderliness of the
assigned work area/unit and proactively assists in all
security, maintenance, and safety functions as required
for the overall facility.
1. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
High School diploma or GED and one (1) year experience
working in a children's services program. Experience in
a residential setting is preferred. A minimum of two
years of college education with at least 12 semester (18
quarter) hours in the social sciences may be substituted
for one year of work experience.
2. CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Valid State Drivers License with appropriate