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Youth Counselor

Cedar Rapids, IA

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Four Oaks is now hiring Youth Counselors.  Multiple full-time and part-time positions are available in the Cedar Rapids area.  No prior experience is required!  Apply now for immediate consideration.

This position is responsible for assessing client interactions on location, formulating interventions based on the identified treatment plan, evaluating the progress of treatment goals, providing direct care services and supporting the agency mission while practicing safe and responsible work habits.  

In this position, you will play a critical role in the day-to-day care of the children including the use of Trauma Informed Care. This treatment method allows us to look beyond a child's behavior to the deeper trauma that caused it. This approach helps heal the child so they can truly move successfully into adulthood.

Responsibilities:
• Provide consistent, individualized reinforcement to client behavior, using daily issues to teach and reinforce adaptive behaviors.
• Utilize 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.
• Follow medication management guidelines.
• Safely transports youth to & from program activities as needed.
• Effectively participates in team to review case progress and provide best programming.
• 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.

Qualifications:
To qualify you must possess a High School Diploma or GED. A Bachelor's Degree in a Human Services related field of study or prior experience 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 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.

Although we work with more than 15,000 kids and families in all 99 counties each year, each child is unique and treated as a single, special someone who needs some kind of support. Children may come to us with psychiatric and emotional problems; they stay with us until they feel secure. Some have been in trouble with the law, got into drugs or ran away from home; that’s when we work with them to teach them a better way to live. Others have challenges in the classroom; we teach them in a way that works for them. And when kids need a safe, secure home, we find foster care or a forever family.
Four Oaks offers a comprehensive benefit package, casual work environment, and opportunities for growth & advancement!

Equal Opportunity Employer

Posted 04/12/18

Job ID: 39875582