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Youth Care Worker

Company: Hoyleton Youth and Family Services
Location: Belleville
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

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 communities.

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.

POSITION SUMMARY

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 environment.

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 CARE principles.

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 supervisors,
  • knowing and understanding youths' trauma history and triggers,
  • anticipating crises and using TCI crisis de-escalation techniques,
  • 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 shift.

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 of humor.

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 work.

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 meeting you!

Location: Belleville, IL 62220

Keywords: Hoyleton Youth and Family Services, Belleville , Youth Care Worker, Other , Belleville, Illinois

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