Secondary level ELA Teacher (Former Employee) – Glocester, RI – April 17, 2019
Although Harmony School was very challenging and stressful, it gave me much experience in working with boys who have serious behavior disorders. There was no exact curriculum format, so teachers were given plenty of space to be creative in their teaching.
Assistant Counselor (Former Employee) – Chepachet, RI – June 24, 2019
i wouldnt wish working here on my worst enemy the management was terrible the employees are treated like badly and seen as replaceable anyone that comes to work for harmony hill usally leave withing 3 or 4 weeks
Night Monitor (Former Employee) – Chepachet, RI – February 20, 2019
If youve been there for 30 years your golden. But if you come in with desire to work dont worry theyll make you feel like a slave for two weeks and when its time to give you a vacation theyll complain about coverage. Long story short if you want to pay bills stay away from harmony hills.
Youth Care Director (Current Employee) – Chepachet, RI – September 23, 2018
The staff from all the departments worked to provide a safe therapeutic environment for the clients that we serviced. There were no egos and we all worked with each other to ensure that the clients were getting the best possible outcome in aspects of their treatment.
Facilities (Former Employee) – Rhode Island – February 5, 2018
The directors pretty much across the board are very belittling and arrogant, from Youth Care to Payroll. Unless you are a Administrator your opinion does not matter. Many rude people in all departments, administration is well aware but does nothing.
Youth Care Counselor; Case Manager (Former Employee) – Chepachet, RI – July 14, 2017
I very much enjoyed my experience at Harmony Hill and wouldn't had left given my relocation. This job was very rewarding. The most enjoyable part of this job was the help you can give to the children. The hardest part of the job was the emotional toll it can take given the circumstances of the position. Overall I really enjoyed working here.
Youth Counselor (Current Employee) – Rhode Island – September 17, 2016
Okay place to work best thing about working at harmony hill is the kids & the staff. The higher ups in charge make rules but constantly break them. Low wages and raises have been promised for years but never given reason they lose most of their best employees.
Free Lunches, Youthcare & Education Staff, Seeing the kids do well.
Low Wages, Those who are in charge break the rules that they make, they don't vaule their employees
Behavior and Youth Care Counselor (Current Employee) – Chepachet, RI – August 26, 2015
Working with the children at the daycare is a very rewarding job. The staff there is great and work well as a team. I enjoyed my time working there. The children started at 6 months and went up to 5 years.
The work done there can be frustrating, but when the light goes off it makes up for it.
Youth Care Counselor (Current Employee) – Chepachet, RI – October 1, 2014
At times, the nature of the residents to resist learning and guidance results in a moment of monumental frustration. Through persistence, kindness and a continued effort to chip away the rough exterior the core of the client is reached. When the light goes off, usually followed by admitting it wasn't hard at all. Accomplishment of any task, whether it is school or social, is a major high point. Personally, when a client discovers that they have learned to do something new, fishing for example, and enjoy the accomplishment as something learned out of trial and error.
A typical day is journey through the hours never knowing what will transpire. Small steps and routine start most trips until something causes a response that could possibly turn into turmoil. In these moments the counselor must step up to be the solid object that can assist in the return to calm and willing to move forward. Routines, school, when it is in session, daily movement and interaction with staff, educational and therapeutic and fellow clients are potential joys or hurdles for the resident. Management of staff and client is stable most times. Like any kind of assembly of people problems and crisis do rise to the front of the mix, but are usually handled in an appropriate fashion. Support and communication is present. At times people mix as well as oil and vinegar, but when shaken the mixture works well for the intended.
The hardest part of the job is resolution at times of crisis. They are all different in nature. Over time the realization that successful de-escalation is also different and knowingmore... what works for who is a stepping stone to previous peace. Differentiating the approach is a needed skill that depends on how well one pays attention to the varied needs of the client. Like the oil and vinegar analogy, the ability to interact with the client will create a better final product. In conclusion, the ability to take a step back and look at the mixture of positives and negatives involved in a scene has taught me about interacting with people. I have learned to understand the give and take needed to create a positive flow of interaction. Communication and consistency are key elements to maintaining the flowless