Birch Tree Communities Inc. Employee Reviews

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staff (Former Employee) –  Russellville, ARJuly 11, 2018
Coming into work with the members that we provide service for is the best part of the job. We get to have a direct relationship with the members and a hand in their treatment.
Pros
member friendly
Cons
low employee moral
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Great place to work
Branch Nurse (Former Employee) –  Conway, ARJuly 10, 2018
Birch Tree is a great place to work. I would gladly go back if given the opportunity. There is a great sense of team work and a true mission to help people recover from their serious mental illness.
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productive
Case Manager (Former Employee) –  Benton, ARJune 11, 2018
learned how to communicate better with others and that there is more to life than myself. Birch Tree Communities helped me realize I love to help people.
Pros
great 401k
Cons
No chance for advancement, No raises
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Needs improvement
Therapist (Former Employee) –  Mountain View, ARJune 4, 2018
Need to split caseloads among more therapists

Management needs better understanding of demands of a therapist and allow for delegation of non-direct service responsibilities

Billing is more important than relationships

Decision making needs to be more transparent and inclusive among staff
Pros
Recovery oriented
Cons
Case load, lack of understanding of clinical demands while adding on more responsibilities
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Part time Mental Health Paraprofessional (Former Employee) –  Arkadelphia, ARMay 24, 2018
It's a chain store, so there's not very much room to grow and expand. Excellent stock options and definitely good enough to pay the bills and live comfortably, but long hours and lots of days.
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Worth the challenge.
Primary Therapist (Former Employee) –  Newport, ARMay 8, 2018
I worked for the Newport site, which I consider the "forgotten branch." Forgotten because they seem to have to struggle for funding, recognition, amenities, etc. more than the other sites. They come together for the members the best they can despite this. Cultural diversity at the Newport site is different than most of the other sites and employees there sometimes express passive aggressive racism. However, they're working on it. If you're looking to work as a therapist at the Newport site, realize they need a strong yet gentle, street-wise therapist with leadership skills.
Pros
Pay is good for therapists, paid time off is good.
Cons
401k doesn't begin until after 1 year, raises do not begin until 5 years
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Relaxed and rewarding place to work.
Behavioral Health Technician (Former Employee) –  Benton, ARApril 30, 2018
A typical day at Birchtree would be to assist members as necessary or as assigned in maintaining a safe, clean, healthy treatment/residential environment. Partner with members and assist them in becoming progressively less dependent on staff to pursue their recovery process. And maintain healthy relationships with members, always respecting appropriate boundaries. The most rewarding part of the job is watching the individuals grow more independent and when they accomplish a goal to see them so excited and happy is rewarding to me.
Pros
Relaxed environment
Cons
Not many breaks by yourself, the members are around you 99% of the time.
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its ok
Mental Health ParaProfessional (Current Employee) –  Benton, ARApril 13, 2018
its and ok place to work very boring but at same time ok to work hard to advance because there is a lot of favortism so the best thing come in be quiet do your job and stay out the way
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Love the Job
Case Manager (Former Employee) –  Conway, ARApril 11, 2018
Excellent place to work and great people. The director is a great person and so are the members. People won't be disappointed if they choose to work there.
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Mental Health industry
Clinical Medical Records Clerk (Former Employee) –  Benton, ARMarch 15, 2018
I was tasked with maintaining the medical records for this facility. It was a busy job and the job itself was not stressful but knowing how mental illness can adversely impair someone could be very disheartening
Pros
relaxed, generous leave poilicy
Cons
low pay and little opportunity to advance
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Considerate and Understanding Workplace
Dietary Supervisor (Current Employee) –  Mountain View, ARFebruary 14, 2018
A wonderful environment to grow and succeed! All positions have room for advancement and reasonable work hours. There is many opportunities for benefits.
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Productive whenever you are working alongside the members
Recovery Assistant (Current Employee) –  Benton, ARJanuary 24, 2018
A typical day at work is learning how to deal with each members issues for the day. I have learned the different symptoms as well as interventions of how to treat persons with mental disorders. I feel that it is a diverse group of people that we work with. The hardest part of the job is that there is no stability. The most important aspect is working with the members and their families.
Pros
Free lunches overtime whenever you are offered it.
Cons
short breaks and not enough hours to work on a scheduled shift.
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Making It a fun place
Bouncer (Current Employee) –  Hooksett, NHNovember 18, 2017
I want to work here because I am going to get experiences working with other people.Also can use skills for living. I would learn to help other and communicate with other. A typical day at work is helping the people communicate with your code work and boss.I can management by keeping this in order.I think that workplace culture everyone learns something of each other.The hardest part of the jobs if the person doesn't communicate well the animation doesn't get through.I most enjoyed the part about the job is working with other people.
Pros
haven fun
Cons
cranky boss
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Excellent place to build therapeutic relationships with members
PRIMARY THERAPIST AT CRISIS HOUSE (Current Employee) –  Benton, ARNovember 8, 2017
Committed to working with chronically mentally ill adults. As with most 24/7 outpatient programs, sometimes very fast-paced and sometimes slower. Employees committed to the company and it's service mandates.
Pros
Employees supportive of each other; many long-term employees
Cons
Sometimes stressful working with severely mentally ill adults.
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A typical day
Case Manager (Former Employee) –  Oxford, AROctober 10, 2017
In the morning the members would watch the world news after eating breakfast. Then they would attend therapy with their therapist in a group for about 50 minutes. Usually around 11 there would be a Program group . Lunch at home at 12. From one until 330 there would be Program groups for the members to attend. During these program groups the members would learn more about their mental illness and how to deal with it. Learn how to manage their money. Learn about better hygiene.
Pros
You get to help people help better themselves.
Cons
paperwork
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The members are the best part
Management (Current Employee) –  Benton, AROctober 7, 2017
Working with the members is the best, seeing and being a part of their recovery is the best part. Knowing that you made a difference in this persons life
Pros
at this moment the lunches are free, however they are talking about charging for these
Cons
stress level is very high
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good place work
Mental Health ParaProfessional (Current Employee) –  Benton, AROctober 5, 2017
family based fun place to work i have no complaints about the job nor my co workers Birch tree isnt a bad place at all i would recommend it to anyone who loves to work with other people.
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flexible job
Full Time Employee (Former Employee) –  Benton, ARAugust 23, 2017
Great flexibility, difficult client base, lots of documentation required. Found keeping up with the caseload to be difficult, with little reward or praise.
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Can be challenging
Mental Health Paraprofessional/Shift Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Benton, ARAugust 4, 2017
Alot of hands on experience, some staff are eager to help assist, benefits are not to bad, working with mental health adults is challenging but yet adventerous
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Stable and organized environment that rehabilitates.
Residential Trainer Train (Former Employee) –  Benton, ARAugust 2, 2017
The staff was supportive of residents and employees. You are given opportunities to advance in the company and let your degrees and knowledgeable background help you excelerate and be a help to the residents on their road to recovery.
Pros
Flexible Schedules
Cons
No breaks, and a lot of standing and moving around
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