YOUTH CARE WORKER
Being a Youth Care Worker at Lehre Haus in Belleville, IL means
bringing your compassion, empathy, and fun to a place where you can
change young lives forever. In this role, you bring your whole self
forward and see the best in young people who haven't been given the
support and guidance needed to be a positive part of their
Hoyleton is here to guide you along the way. From our CARE
practice model to training in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI)
to innovative programs and technology, we help you create
relationships built on trust as you engage and interact with the
youth who rely on you to lead them to a better tomorrow - all in a
safe and protected environment.
Knowing how much you put into your work and those you serve, we
also put your wellness at the forefront of all we do with a
comprehensive benefits package and flexible schedules.
The Youth Care Worker is responsible for implementing daily
therapeutic programming for youth under the direction of their
assigned supervisor. Our Youth Care Worker engages youth in
therapeutic interactions and skill-building activities and
documents those interactions and activities in a timely manner
legally consistent with Medicaid Rule 140. The Youth Care Worker
will employ their training in Hoyleton's CARE practice model and
Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) to create developmental
relationships with youth and maintain a safe, positive, therapeutic
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Our Youth Care Worker engages youth in daily therapeutic
activities that help youth develop social, emotional, and other
life skills including the ability to have fun and play, consistent
with each youth's individualized treatment goals as well as the
As a Youth Care Worker, you will ensure the safety of youth,
themselves, and co-workers by:
- developing positive relationships with youth, co-workers, and
- knowing and understanding youths' trauma history and
- anticipating crises and using TCI crisis de-escalation
- implementing TCI compliant manual restraint according to agency
policy when youth and staff are at immediate and serious risk of
physical harm, and
- working to restore relationships as crises resolve by
conducting TCI Life Space Interviews with youth.
Requires the successful completion of CARE training and
certification and annual recertification in TCI.
The Youth Care Worker completes daily hours of care required by
documenting Medicaid compliant therapeutic interventions.
As a Youth Care Worker, you will participate with their
supervisor and youth in planning schedules of activities for each
Engages in reflective practice by participating in weekly
individual and/or group supervision with their supervisor.
The Youth Care Worker will participate in clinical staffings,
cottage, and other agency meetings as required and meets all
initial and ongoing agency training requirements.
Requires overnight staff to complete bed checks of each youth
every 15 minutes and to therapeutically engage youth who have
problems around bedtime or sleeping.
This Position requires on-call status whenever applicable.
Other duties as assigned.
SKILLS and ABILITIES
- Ability to learn the CARE practice model and implement daily
programming consistent with CARE principles.
- Ability to learn the TCI curriculum and successfully pass TCI
written and physical restraint tests and remain current with
required TCI refresher training and conduct TCI techniques with
fidelity to the model.
- Must enjoy actively engaging youth, be emotionally mature,
patient, and communicate empathy toward youth.
- Prefer candidates who are kind, generous, and have a good sense
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
- Must be at least 21 years of age.
- High school diploma or GED required; Bachelor's degree in Human
Services and related experience preferred.
- Must have a valid driver's license.
- Must have proof of valid vehicle insurance.
CARE & TCI
One of the essential job functions of any position within the
agency is to align your performance with our overarching philosophy
of CARE. All decisions, actions, communication, and performance
should align with the six CARE principles (Developmentally Focused,
Family Involved, Relationship-Based, Ecologically Oriented,
Competence Centered, and Trauma-Informed). Not only must you
complete the CARE training with satisfactory participation, but you
must then put that training into practice in your everyday
Every employee must also pass TCI training with a satisfactory
grade in written and/or physical testing. All employees must remain
current on refresher training that is provided monthly at all
locations. You will be tested every 6 months on the physical
portion, if applicable to your position. You will be tested
annually on the written portion regardless of your position. If you
are not current on your TCI refresher training every six months,
you will be required to retake the full course. If you do not pass
either test, you may be required to retake the full course. Not
only must you complete the TCI training with satisfactory
participation, but you must then put that training into practice in
your everyday work.
READY TO JOIN OUR TEAM?
If you feel that you would be right for this Youth Care Worker
position with our social services organization, please complete our
initial 3-minute mobile-friendly application. We look forward to
Location: Belleville, IL 62220