As a Youth Services Specialist you will work directly with our most vulnerable adolescents coaching them on life skills, appropriate decision making, and self regulation; playing an active role in their treatment. If you are looking to make a difference in the lives of children as well as establish a rewarding career, Abraxas Youth & Family Services may be the place for you!
-Supervise the activities of a group of youths, maintaining knowledge of the whereabouts of all group members. --
-Comply with published procedures on movement, physical security, contraband, headcounts, and reporting.
-Provide a safe, secure environment through the use of group counseling techniques, motivational techniques,
individual relationships, “positive discipline” techniques, and the use of crisis intervention and de-escalation techniques as needed.
-Represent each youth’s problems, needs, and accomplishments to the treatment team, or provides progress reports to the counselor representative on the treatment team.
-Call and/or conduct problem-solving group meetings, and daily reviews with the assigned group of youths, providing prompts and interventions to ensure that youth are helping each other and are recognized for their efforts.
-Assist and promote activity planning and completion by the assigned group of youths. Ensure that planning, doing, and evaluating are part of the daily routine for each group and that activities or opportunities for individual recognition are created and used to treatment advantage.
-Document daily shift occurrences and frequent population count as required by local and corporate policy.
-Make referrals for special needs or medical evaluation, and brief oncoming shifts on events of the past shift.
Must be a minimum of 21 years of age, have HS diploma or GED, pass a criminal background check, medical exam, drug screening (including a screen for marijuana), and have a valid Driver’s License.
The following educational requirements are acceptable for this classification including:
High school diploma or GED and minimum of one (1) year related experience; OR Associate’s degree or Bachelor’s degree preferred (Associate’s degree or sixty (60) credit hours from an accredited college or university and minimum of one (1) year related experience).
Demonstrated leadership experience preferred.
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