Responsible to directly supervise residents in unit at all times.
Responsible to assure adequate physical and emotional care for adolescents in unit. This includes instructing and supervising adolescents in necessary personal hygiene and life skills.
Responsible to take initiative to keep the physical area clean and neat.
Perform duties to maintain therapeutic environment in the unit and to
maintain all equipment in safe operating condition.
Responsible to use structure and set limits effectively, develop and maintain necessary group and individual controls to provide a safe, consistent, flexible atmosphere that is geared to each resident’s capabilities and treatment needs.
Responsible to promote and encourage responsibility, independence and
satisfaction through provision of successful experiences.
Responsible to show concern for and acceptance of residents and approach
them in a sensitive, empathetic manner.
Responsible to facilitate accomplishment of treatment plan objectives.
Responsible to be sensitive to individual needs for early and rapid
intervention to prevent possible group incidents from developing.
Responsible to be knowledgeable of self and of his/her impact on residents, using such information in the service of treatment objectives.
Responsible to participate in and implement each adolescent’s Individual
Responsible to assure that the residents in his/her unit have adequate
clothing and are dressed appropriately.
Responsible for knowing Agency policies, practices and RTF regulations.
RTF / Youth Counselor 3
Responsible to have the ability to participate or co-lead group meetings
with other youth counselors and/or clinical staff.
Responsible to communicate with families regarding resources available on the campus and in the nearby community and also with requirements for their use.
Responsible to have or willing to learn skills of basic camp craft so that
cook-outs, hikes, or other outdoor activities can be programmed.
Responsible for weekly progress notes regarding resident population,
treatment team reports, case conference reports and other documentation required by the RTF Director.
Responsible to participate in regularly scheduled in-service training
Responsible to encourage residents to participate in religious and cultural
Responsible to be available to supervise residents in an emergency and to
fill in as requested by supervisors and administrator.
B.A./B.S. degree in education, human services, mental health, social work
or related field preferred; A.A. degree or equivalent in the same fields
accepted; high school degree and life experience (i.e., volunteer with
children, scout leader, parent, work experience with children and youth)
considered; high school degree and some college work considered.
Must be able to work well with adolescent males.
Must be in the position a minimum of six months and successfully pass
probationary period before appointment as a permanent youth counselor.
Valid New York State driver’s license or equivalent.
Other Job Information (if applicable):
Satisfactory completion of agency requirements (reference checks, DMV reference check, SCR, drug screening, and agency driver course).
Non-judgmental attitude toward youth and co-workers
Ability to read, comprehend and follow program policy manuals and guidelines
Basic knowledge of youth development
Ability to convey empathy
Ability to de-escalate crisis situations
Listening and writing skills
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