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provided direct supervision to youth daily. Ran psych education groups. monitored safety of all youth. utilized crisis de-escalation skills. attended trainings.
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free food. cool staff.
Cons
management. pay
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Management is rude and could care less about the ycws. Employees be on drugs and nothing happens. It was literally a guy that worked overnights that’s would fall asleep standing up like a dope fiend and nothing happens. The kids do whatever and no consequences. It’s a joke because I’m the real would actions have consequences. They require a degree then still pay people 13.25
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It is a great place. It gets hard when the clients are a little out of control but once you realize they are not your kids to raise you are there to keep them safe and create positive healthy relationships it makes it easier. The floor supervisors (one more than the other 3) believe that is their way or the highway which makes it hard at times when you need to be flexible and work with humans. They will come and step on your toes to get the child to stop the BX. It's amazing when you get a great team and you really work well together. My staff standing next to me helps me come in every day. Some co-workers become real life friends. The benefit of seeing the most damaged kids come out on top is truely rewarding.
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Free food, great co-workers, benefits, unlimited over time
Cons
Work/life balance, high turn over, pay
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This job will frustrate the heck out of you. Working with the kids is great, even on the days they were bad. You get to learn A LOT about helping kids to overcome trauma and a great majority of the YCWs are incredible people.

But the entire approach of the company allows the kids to get away with EVERYTHING, and they know it. There are no consequences for negative behavior and YCWs are reprimanded for trying to stand up for themselves against assault attempts. YCWs have to deal with the worst of the worst and the higher ups do nothing to help. When a unit is acting unsafe or noncompliant, they show up for five minutes, say a few words, then leave you to keep dealing with the same frustrating behaviors. The kids know they will get away with not programming, fighting, disrespecting staff and teachers, bullying other kids, etc. There is also a very poor lack of communication between different roles (i.e. AOCs --> therapists --> MCs --> YCWs)


You go into the job hoping to help very troubled kids, but just realize you are, at best, a glorified babysitter exhausting yourself by putting in 60+ hours if you want to barely get by financially.
Pros
The kids, most coworkers, free food, good benefits.
Cons
Management, the pay, absolutely NO work-life balance - working overtime is mandated
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Working for ydi has been an very good experience. Learning a lot about different behaviors and what triggers an individual. Being able to help the youth is a blessing.
Pros
Vacation and sick time
Cons
No annual raises
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didnt like it here. The orgnaization is amazing. I did not like the people i worked with. It was a fun place to work. They give anyone that want extra hours.
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It was stressful. Not working with the children but the staff. The overnight hours were challenging. The staff were not open and did not work well as team.
Pros
Close to home
Cons
The hours
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YDI is a unique starting place for behavioral health. Overall you are overworked and undermined. YDI is focused on the kids coming first. Employees are left behind with little to any notice. If you plan on working here be sure to have a way to decompress this job is very stressful.
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Horrible management from administration, and the individuals who own and run the facility are not only rude and unprofessional, but also play into favoritism amongst the staff and the clients residing in the facility. It is an extremely high stress environment, and there is little to no support from upper management or administration. Administration also bullies the staff and blames staff for any and all of the clients' poor actions when they occur. It is an emotionally and physically draining environment, and the poor administration and management adds to that tremendously in the most negative fashion. The only positive note about this facility is that there are some great clients residing there who really need help from caring, kind, and consistent individuals. It's a shame that the upper management and administration makes it unbearable for people to remain in the position.
Pros
free food, overtime hours.
Cons
emotional trauma, horrible management, extremely underpaid for the job that is required to be done.
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This job is intense, but as you get to know the work place environment and build good relationships with staff and clients, the job becomes easier and productive. The staff who work there are friendly and understanding, with lending hands.
Pros
Free breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Cons
Don't get to leave to have a lunch break.
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I arrived and gathered information about the clients over the past shift. I reviewed the log and talked to my supervisor about the floor that I had to cover. I learned from new situations that happened everyday.
Also I enjoyed my time working in there because I had an excellent relationship with all of them. The hardest part of the job was sometimes the lack to communicate and reach out the children by knowing their needs.
Pros
There was a wealth of knowledge to be learned. The training they provided
Cons
There had a narrow room for pregnant women.
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A place to learn some techniques and work a lot of hours. They have a group home setting and a S.A. unit and a RTC so that you can get experience at all levels of placement.
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To be successful in this position you must have a passion for helping at-risk youth. The job is extremely stressful but very rewarding. The rotating schedule is annoying but requesting time off for holidays or weekends is do-able. Lots of potential for overtime. Co-workers are helpful in getting acquainted with the position.
Pros
Unlimited overtime
Cons
No lunch break, mandatory meetings every week
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TYPICAL DAY: document behavioral reports daily; maintain assigned work area (cleanliness/organize); execute client’s Individual Treatment Plan as requested by the therapist; attend weekly team meetings regarding specific incident reports; establish a curative relationship with youth.

MANAGEMENT: rarely seen, rotating on units.


CO-WORKERS: friendly, coordinated care of clients for safety of going onto unit.


HARDEST PART OF JOB: high-stress, can be 'targeted' at any moment and be placed in danger if a client goes a-wall or attacks you.


MOST ENJOYABLE: witnessing the youth have "breakthrough's" with their treatment.
Pros
great experience for becoming BHT
Cons
hours (2pm-11pm), unsafe enviroment on unit and local neighborhood (downtown phoenix)
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Great place to help kids overcome their struggles. Plenty of opportunities for overtime. Great coworkers.
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A typical day for me at this job was working with autistic children in the school system. I learned how to be thankful and patient. My co workers was awesome to work with. The hardest part of this job was to try to get the kids to learn. The most enjoyable part of this job was that I changed a kid life.
Pros
Awesome co workers to work with
Cons
No stability
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