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Youth Counselor

Posted on Jul 31, 2019 by Four Oaks

Cedar Rapids, IA 52405
30 Jul 2019
Annual Salary

The Youth Counselor is responsible for meeting day to day program and client needs in a direct care setting. This includes but is not limited to; ensuring safety and supervision, skill building, processing and support of clients, behavioral management as well as communication within the team, to supervisors and with collateral workers.

  • Provides consistent, individualized reinforcement to client behavior, using daily issues to teach and reinforce adaptive behaviors.
  • Utilizes a proactive/preventive method of intercepting problems to neutralize them before they escalate.
  • Strategically utilizes identified behavior management techniques and other de-escalation training to assist clients in developing appropriate behaviors.
  • Assists clients in developing insight into their behaviors so that they learn to self-identify and self correct.
  • Understands the impact of clients behaviors on their own actions/reactions in the workplace and utilizes team feedback to enhance the effectiveness of their interventions.
  • Knows the population and is aware of individualized treatment plan.
  • Provides daily living supervision and treatment intervention.
  • Establishes a therapeutic relationship with the client based on trust and respect.
  • Evaluates the impact of behavioral, group treatment, and life-space interventions and provides direction/feedback.
  • Assures consistent, ongoing, and timely provision for basic client needs.
  • Follows medication management guidelines.
  • Safely transports youth to/from program activities and community resources monitoring behaviors and following agency transportation protocols.
  • Effectively participates in team to review case progress and provide best programming.
  • Maintain good team participation and interaction.
  • Maintain positive role modeling and performing, as an agent of change for the youth.
  • Develop and maintain a working knowledge of Behavior Health Intervention Services (BHIS) and Medicaid requirements and standards.
  • Complete documentation of services in a timely manner including daily case notes, behavior management, visual checks, etc., before the end of your scheduled shift.

Benefits & Perks:
Four Oaks offers the following benefits and perks to all full-time team members:
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage
  • Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Retirement savings with company matching
  • Generous paid leave time including 7 paid holidays
  • Gym membership discounts
  • Opportunities for growth and advancement
  • Casual work environment

To qualify you must be at least 21 years of age and possess a High School Diploma or GED. A Bachelor's Degree in a Human Services related field of study is preferred, but not required.

Additional requirements include:
  • Desire to help kids succeed.
  • Prior experience working with children in a mental health setting preferred.
  • Strong communication and problem solving abilities.
  • Basic computer skills in a MS Office environment.

About the Comprehensive and Enhanced Residential Treatment Program (RT)
Residential treatment services are designed for youths with a variety of needs. These programs focus on the family-based approach, partnering with families in teaching: cognitive self-control, personal coping skills, behavioral interventions, living skills accountability, and self-responsibility. Enhanced programs are tailored to each youth's specific needs.

About Foster Group Care Services (FGCS)
Foster Group Care Services (FGCS) provides a safe, structured, and stable living environment for foster care children unable to live in a family situation due to social or emotional needs. The program facilitates child development and the acquisition of age-appropriate life skills. The goal is to help each child develop and maintain relationships with their family and community while ensuring that they stay connected to their kin, culture, and community.

About the Psychiatric Medical Institute for Children (PMIC)
The Psychiatric Medical Institute for Children (PMIC) is designed especially for children between the ages of 5 and 13 in the Mason City Program who present serious emotional and behavioral problems. The basic foundation of this program is designed to develop positive self-concepts, social and problem-solving skills while integrating child and family treatment components.

About the Sexual Abuse Treatment and Re-Orientation Program (STOP)
STOP serves adolescent males who have sexual behavior problems in an enhanced residential treatment facility and in their community-based out-patient program. Components of treatment include individual and family therapy, individual core counseling, and group skill training.

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