Therapeutic Youth Care Worker - Hamilton
Youth Homes - Hamilton, MT

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DESCRIPTION

General Objective: The Therapeutic Worker is a full time entry level line worker position that provides for the general care of at-risk children and youth and manages the treatment milieu and routine within a home. The Worker is the backbone of our quality of care and treatment for these youngsters.

Nature and Scope of this Position:
  • This position is responsible to maintain the daily routine and structure of the home.
  • This position is responsible to perform a wide variety of tasks within the design and structure of the group home program.
  • This position is responsible to work within a treatment team, both within the staff and in the community, in a cooperative and mutually supportive way.
  • This position involves forming therapeutic relationships with the children in care.
  • This position works under the supervision of the Program Director or a Senior Therapeutic Worker, as designated by the Program Director.
  • This position involves being a role model for the kids in care.
Example of Tasks:
A.Provide a safe, consistent and structured living environment for the children in care.
a.Do what is necessary in terms of supervision and structure to keep the kids in care safe.
b.Supervise, manage and instruct positive interaction and conflict resolution among the residents in the home.
c.Assist with the constant rethinking and management of a stable yet dynamic set of house rules and values.
d.Oversee preparation and delivery of regular and nutritious meals.
e.Provide for transportation or residents.
f.Oversee and teach chores and general house cleaning/maintenance.
g.Participate and/or facilitate house group meetings.
h.Provide guidance.
i.Help with life planning.
j.Teach life skills.
k.Teach communication skills.
l.Assist with relationship building skills.
m.Teach recreation skills and implement the recreational program of the home.
i.Supervise group recreational activities.
ii.Provide encouragement to residents to become involved in recreational activities outside of Center.
iii.Monitor individual physical programs.
iv.Supervise group recreation nights.
B.Work with youngsters in care to meet their unique and individual needs.
a.Provide individualized care.
b.Provide appropriate and individual attention to youth in care.
c.Do informal and participate in formal counseling sessions.
d.Participate in group therapy sessions.
e.Insure provision of appropriate outside services, such as mental health, medical, dental, etc.
f.Advocate for needs of each child.
C.Monitor individual behavior of youngsters in care.
a.Provide instruction, praise and reward for positive behavior.
b.Do intervention with or confrontation of negative or destructive behavior.
c.Give consequences when appropriate.
d.Teach and model appropriate behaviors.
e.Record behavioral data.
D.Engage in therapeutic relationships with the youngsters in one's care.
a.Work as "primary" adult (worker) in a child's life, including -
  • One-on-one time.
  • Involvement in activities with child.
  • Part of treatment team.
b.Set appropriate levels of intimacy, shared two-way information and boundaries.
c.Work with children's families as partners to our care and treatment.
E.Maintain program structure and assist with program accountability.
a.Provide input to individual treatment plans.
b.Make entries in administrative and behavioral logs.
c.Write up all incidents.
d.Update treatment plans and make regular reports of progress, as required by program, contract and rule.
e.Stay abreast of all information in logs.
f.Write reports as necessary and required or requested.
g.Attend and participate in staff meetings.
h.Attend and participate in a wide variety of "treatment team" meetings, such as:
  • Staff Team
  • Staff and therapist teams
  • Mental health treatment teams
  • Child Protection Team
  • Staff and family team
  • Child Study Teams at school
i.Attend, represent the organization and program, and participate appropriately in a wide variety of citizen review processes, such as working with:
  • Citizen review Boards
  • Foster care review committees
  • Court appointed special advocates
j.Attend and assist with corporate functions and meetings, as requested.

Responsibilities:
  • Provide a safe living environment.
  • Operate program as designed and directed.
  • Accept supervision.
  • Work within a team approach to treatment.
  • Have appropriate relationships with children in care.
  • Communicate clearly, precisely and directly.
  • Respond to needs of children in care.
  • Provide consistency and structure.
  • To give others respect, regardless of opinion, and consideration in dealings with them.
  • Be a role model.
Requirements:
  • Possess solid moral character.
  • Demonstrate competent, positive inter-personal skills.
  • Experience working with troubled youth in a paid or volunteer setting.
  • B.A./B.S. degree from an accredited college or university or combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge of adolescent development.
  • Talents for supervising and working with young people.
  • Demonstrated flexibility in approach to solving problems and achieving goals.
  • Demonstrated commitment to children's needs and issues.
  • Possess knowledge of:
  • Parenting skills and techniques.
  • Child and youth development theory, normalcy and deviance.
  • Childhood issues, including emotional disturbances, learning disabilities, etc.
  • Communication skills.
Wage and Benefits:
  • Starting wage - $10.00 per hour with annual merit or longevity raises.
  • Six-month probationary period.
  • Annual and Bonus leave.
  • Exceptional leave.
  • Full health insurance coverage for employee.
  • Available flexible benefits plan.
  • Long-term disability insurance.
  • Simplified employee pension in 3rd year of employment.
  • Tax sheltered annuity program.
  • Non-exempt wage and hour employee - paid for hours worked.
  • Paid Leave:
  • Paid annual leave - 128 hours per year - maximum accruable leave, including bonus leave, is 272 hours for a full time employee.
  • Paid annual bonus leave - based upon years worked to maximum of 112 hours additional leave.
  • Educational leave available as requested and approved by supervisor.
  • Exceptional leave - 96 hours per year - maximum accruable exceptional leave is 192 hours.
DUTIES

See Description.

QUALIFICATIONS

See Description. Example of Tasks:
  • Provide a safe, consistent and structured living environment for the children in care.
  • Do what is necessary in terms of supervision and structure to keep the kids in care safe.
  • Supervise, manage and instruct positive interaction and conflict resolution among the residents in the home.
  • Assist with the constant rethinking and management of a stable yet dynamic set of house rules and values.
  • Oversee preparation and delivery of regular and nutritious meals.
  • Provide for transportation or residents.
  • Oversee and teach chores and general house cleaning/maintenance.
  • Participate and/or facilitate house group meetings.
  • Provide guidance.
  • Help with life planning.
  • Teach life skills.
  • Teach communication skills.
  • Assist with relationship building skills.
  • Teach recreation skills and implement the recreational program of the home.
oSupervise group recreational activities.
oProvide encouragement to residents to become involved in recreational activities outside of Center.
oMonitor individual physical programs.
oSupervise group recreation nights.
  • Work with youngsters in care to meet their unique and individual needs.
  • Provide individualized care.
  • Provide appropriate and individual attention to youth in care.
  • Do informal and participate in formal counseling sessions.
  • Participate in group therapy sessions.
  • Insure provision of appropriate outside services, such as mental health, medical, dental, etc.
  • Advocate for needs of each child.
  • Monitor individual behavior of youngsters in care.
  • Provide instruction, praise and reward for positive behavior.
  • Do intervention with or confrontation of negative or destructive behavior.
  • Give consequences when appropriate.
  • Teach and model appropriate behaviors.
  • Record behavioral data.
  • Engage in therapeutic relationships with the youngsters in one's care.
  • Work as "primary" adult (worker) in a child's life, including -
oOne-on-one time.
oInvolvement in activities with child.
oPart of treatment team.
  • Set appropriate levels of intimacy, shared two-way information and boundaries.
  • Work with children's families as partners to our care and treatment.
  • Maintain program structure and assist with program accountability.
  • Provide input to individual treatment plans.
  • Make entries in administrative and behavioral logs.
  • Write up all incidents.
  • Update treatment plans and make regular reports of progress, as required by program, contract and rule.
  • Stay abreast of all information in logs.
  • Write reports as necessary and required or requested.
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings.
  • Attend and participate in a wide variety of "treatment team" meetings, such as:
oStaff Team
oStaff and therapist teams
oMental health treatment teams
oChild Protection Team
oStaff and family team
oChild Study Teams at school
  • Attend, represent the organization and program, and participate appropriately in a wide variety of citizen review processes, such as working with:
oCitizen review Boards
oFoster care review committees
oCourt appointed special advocates
  • Attend and assist with corporate functions and meetings, as requested.
Responsibilities:
  • Provide a safe living environment.
  • Operate program as designed and directed.
  • Accept supervision.
  • Work within a team approach to treatment.
  • Have appropriate relationships with children in care.
  • Communicate clearly, precisely and directly.
  • Respond to needs of children in care.
  • Provide consistency and structure.
  • To give others respect, regardless of opinion, and consideration in dealings with them.
  • Be a role model.

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