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Therapeutic Youth Care Worker-Always Accepting Applications - Hamilton

January 01, 2014 - December 31, 2014
Location:Hamilton, MT
Salary Range:$10.25/hr
Benefits:• Simplified Employee Pension in 3rd year. • Employer funded leave. - Annual and Bonus leave. - Exceptional leave. - Educational leave. • Employer contributions to: - Individual and dependent covered health insurance. - Long-term disability insurance for the employee. - Pension when eligible • Available benefits to eligible employees. - Flexible benefits plan. - Health Savings Account. • Available access for employee funded: - Tax-sheltered annuity. - Dental insurance coverage. - Vision insurance coverage
Employment Type:Full Time
Location:Hamilton
Description:The Therapeutic Worker is a full time entry level line worker position that provides for the general care of at-risk children and youth and manages the treatment milieu and routine within a home. The Worker is the backbone of our quality of care and treatment for these youngsters.

Nature and Scope of this Position:
• This position is responsible to maintain the daily routine and structure of the home.
• This position is responsible to perform a wide variety of tasks within the design and structure of the group home program.
• This position is responsible to work within a treatment team, both within the staff and in the community, in a cooperative and mutually supportive way.
• This position involves forming therapeutic relationships with the children in care.
• This position works under the supervision of the Program Director or a Senior Therapeutic Worker, as designated by the Program Director.
• This position involves being a role model for the kids in care.

Example of Tasks:
• Provide a safe, consistent and structured living environment for the children in care.
- Do what is necessary in terms of supervision and structure to keep the kids in care safe.
- Supervise, manage and instruct positive interaction and conflict resolution among the residents in the home.
- Assist with the constant rethinking and management of a stable yet dynamic set of house rules and values.
- Oversee preparation and delivery of regular and nutritious meals.
- Provide for transportation or residents.
- Oversee and teach chores and general house cleaning/maintenance.
- Participate and/or facilitate house group meetings.
- Provide guidance.
- Help with life planning.
- Teach life skills.
- Teach communication skills.
- Assist with relationship building skills.
- Teach recreation skills and implement the recreational program of the home.
o Supervise group recreational activities.
o Provide encouragement to residents to become involved in recreational activities outside of Center.
o Monitor individual physical programs.
o Supervise group recreation nights.
• Work with youngsters in care to meet their unique and individual needs.
- Provide individualized care.
- Provide appropriate and individual attention to youth in care.
- Do informal and participate in formal counseling sessions.
- Participate in group therapy sessions.
- Insure provision of appropriate outside services, such as mental health, medical, dental, etc.
- Advocate for needs of each child.
• Monitor individual behavior of youngsters in care.
- Provide instruction, praise and reward for positive behavior.
- Do intervention with or confrontation of negative or destructive behavior.
- Give consequences when appropriate.
- Teach and model appropriate behaviors.
- Record behavioral data.
• Engage in therapeutic relationships with the youngsters in one’s care.
- Work as “primary” adult (worker) in a child’s life, including –
o One-on-one time.
o Involvement in activities with child.
o Part of treatment team.
- Set appropriate levels of intimacy, shared two-way information and boundaries.
- Work with children’s families as partners to our care and treatment.
• Maintain program structure and assist with program accountability.
- Provide input to individual treatment plans.
- Make entries in administrative and behavioral logs.
- Write up all incidents.
- Update treatment plans and make regular reports of progress, as required by program, contract and rule.
- Stay abreast of all information in logs.
- Write reports as necessary and required or requested.
- Attend and participate in staff meetings.
- Attend and participate in a wide variety of “treatment team” meetings, such as:
o Staff Team
o Staff and therapist teams
o Mental health treatment teams
o Child Protection Team
o Staff and family team
o Child Study Teams at school
- Attend, represent the organization and program, and participate appropriately in a wide variety of citizen review processes, such as working with:
o Citizen review Boards
o Foster care review committees
o Court appointed special advocates
- Attend and assist with corporate functions and meetings, as requested.
Duties:Example of Tasks:
• Provide a safe, consistent and structured living environment for the children in care.
- Do what is necessary in terms of supervision and structure to keep the kids in care safe.
- Supervise, manage and instruct positive interaction and conflict resolution among the residents in the home.
- Assist with the constant rethinking and management of a stable yet dynamic set of house rules and values.
- Oversee preparation and delivery of regular and nutritious meals.
- Provide for transportation or residents.
- Oversee and teach chores and general house cleaning/maintenance.
- Participate and/or facilitate house group meetings.
- Provide guidance.
- Help with life planning.
- Teach life skills.
- Teach communication skills.
- Assist with relationship building skills.
- Teach recreation skills and implement the recreational program of the home.
o Supervise group recreational activities.
o Provide encouragement to residents to become involved in recreational activities outside of Center.
o Monitor individual physical programs.
o Supervise group recreation nights.
• Work with youngsters in care to meet their unique and individual needs.
- Provide individualized care.
- Provide appropriate and individual attention to youth in care.
- Do informal and participate in formal counseling sessions.
- Participate in group therapy sessions.
- Insure provision of appropriate outside services, such as mental health, medical, dental, etc.
- Advocate for needs of each child.
• Monitor individual behavior of youngsters in care.
- Provide instruction, praise and reward for positive behavior.
- Do intervention with or confrontation of negative or destructive behavior.
- Give consequences when appropriate.
- Teach and model appropriate behaviors.
- Record behavioral data.
• Engage in therapeutic relationships with the youngsters in one’s care.
- Work as “primary” adult (worker) in a child’s life, including –
o One-on-one time.
o Involvement in activities with child.
o Part of treatment team.
- Set appropriate levels of intimacy, shared two-way information and boundaries.
- Work with children’s families as partners to our care and treatment.
• Maintain program structure and assist with program accountability.
- Provide input to individual treatment plans.
- Make entries in administrative and behavioral logs.
- Write up all incidents.
- Update treatment plans and make regular reports of progress, as required by program, contract and rule.
- Stay abreast of all information in logs.
- Write reports as necessary and required or requested.
- Attend and participate in staff meetings.
- Attend and participate in a wide variety of “treatment team” meetings, such as:
o Staff Team
o Staff and therapist teams
o Mental health treatment teams
o Child Protection Team
o Staff and family team
o Child Study Teams at school
- Attend, represent the organization and program, and participate appropriately in a wide variety of citizen review processes, such as working with:
o Citizen review Boards
o Foster care review committees
o Court appointed special advocates
- Attend and assist with corporate functions and meetings, as requested.

Responsibilities:
• Provide a safe living environment.
• Operate program as designed and directed.
• Accept supervision.
• Work within a team approach to treatment.
• Have appropriate relationships with children in care.
• Communicate clearly, precisely and directly.
• Respond to needs of children in care.
• Provide consistency and structure.
• To give others respect, regardless of opinion, and consideration in dealings with them.
• Be a role model.
Qualifications:• Possess solid moral character.
• Demonstrate competent, positive inter-personal skills.
• Experience working with troubled youth in a paid or volunteer setting.
• B.A./B.S. degree from an accredited college or university or combination of education and experience.
• Knowledge of adolescent development.
• Talents for supervising and working with young people.
• Demonstrated flexibility in approach to solving problems and achieving goals.
• Demonstrated commitment to children’s needs and issues.
• Possess knowledge of:
- Parenting skills and techniques.
- Child and youth development theory, normalcy and deviance.
- Childhood issues, including emotional disturbances, learning disabilities, etc.
- Communication skills.

Wage and Benefits:
• Starting wage - $10.25.
• Simplified Employee Pension in 3rd year.
• Employer funded leave.
- Annual and Bonus leave.
- Exceptional leave.
- Educational leave.
• Employer contributions to:
- Individual and dependent covered health insurance.
- Long-term disability insurance for the employee.
- Pension when eligible
• Available benefits to eligible employees.
- Flexible benefits plan.
- Health Savings Account.
• Available access for employee funded:
- Tax-sheltered annuity.
- Dental insurance coverage.
- Vision insurance coverage


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