Direct Care Worker / Youth Counselor

Four Oaks

Cedar Rapids, IA General Help / Human Services & Non-Profit

Four Oaks is currently hiring Direct Care/Youth Counselor’s on both a full-time and part-time basis. Multiple shifts and positions are open! Apply today for immediate consideration.

As a Direct Care Worker you will be responsible for assessing client interactions and formulating interventions based on the identified treatment plan while evaluating the progress of treatment goals.


  • 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 client’s 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.


Benefits & Perks:

  • Medical, Vision, Dental & Health Insurance
  • 401k Retirement Plan
  • Generous Paid Leave program including 7 paid holidays
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Opportunities for Growth & Advancement
  • Casual Work Environment
  • Gym Membership Discounts

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 Four Oaks

At Four Oaks, we believe that every child needs the opportunity to succeed. It’s more than our mission – it’s the passion that permeates everything we do. Four Oaks has grown to become one of the state’s largest agencies devoted to child welfare, juvenile justice and behavioral health. We recognize that children come to us from a variety of circumstances, which makes it important for us to reach kids and families where they are right now. For that reason, we provide prevention, intervention and treatment programs and services.

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Job ID: 69838

Posted 24 days ago

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