Youth Counselor Job – Woodward, IA 34350

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Why You'll Love This Job

The primary function of the Youth Counselor is to provide direct care supervision of the students.   

Responsibilities

  • Supervise youth in activities in order to observe or effect changes in their social behavior.
  • Maintain the security of the facility and grounds.
  • Stimulate interest and cooperation in individual and group activities and observe youth behavior in response to treatment efforts.
  • Observe methods and techniques of Group Leaders during group therapy sessions and develop counseling skills under their supervision; participate in the treatment of the youth through observation, interaction, scoring, limit setting, and implementation of treatment plans; and assist in the development of a positive peer culture.
  • Escort youth to work, mealtime, recreation, education activities, and participate in their supervision and instruction.
  • Maintain proper conduct and security of youth in work, recreation, and education; administer and record medication as ordered.
  • Limited one-to-one counseling.
  • Prepare periodic and special evaluations on assigned youth, report significant changes in social behavior and make recommendations for changes in assignments.
  • Provide crisis intervention with juveniles.
  • Give basic instruction in work, recreation and housekeeping activities.
  • Perform related work as assigned or required.
  • Communicate orally and in writing all appropriate reports and information, both within the unit and to relevant outside agencies.
  • Abide by The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (42 USC & 201 et seq.)
  • All other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Education: Graduation from high school or GED is preferred. Relevant life experience in the child welfare, mental health or juvenile justice systems as a consumer, mentor, or caregiver or other relevant experience.  
  • Experience: 1 year of experience preferred.    
  • Other Skills: Must maintain flexibility in a fast-paced changing environment.
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