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Youth Counselor

Cedar Rapids, IA

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Four Oaks is currently hiring Youth Counselors in the Cedar Rapids/Marion area.  

Multiple full-time and part-time positions are available. No prior experience is necessary!
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.

• 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.
• 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.

To qualify you must possess a High School Diploma or GED and be at least 21 years of age. 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.

Four Oaks offers a comprehensive benefit package, casual work environment, and opportunities for growth & advancement!

Equal Opportunity Employer

Posted 06/04/18

Job ID: 43589459