• Youth Specialist

    Location US-MI-Farmington Hills
    Job ID
    Social Work/Counseling
    4:00 PM - 12:00 AM - Includes Weekends and Holidays
  • Overview

    Responsible for developing positive relationships with youth that encourage achievement of treatment goals.  Maintain the treatment milieu by providing for the youth’s basic needs, being effective in counseling and managing the youth’s behavior in accordance with the youth’s treatment plan, and working well in teamwork with youths’ families, senior youth specialists and other staff members.



    • Guide resident interactions to promote positive, respectful relationships while providing constant visual supervision of residents and maintaining a climate in which residents feel safe and secure; develop therapeutic relationships and re-direct behavior patiently, consistently, and in accordance with agency practices and treatment philosophy; communicate, engage and positively interact with residents throughout the shift (standing/walking the unit); function as adult role model displaying professionalism, emotional stability, self-control and good judgment with residents 
    • Contribute to development of treatment plans, individual contracts, and group living objectives for youth by attending team meetings and contributing relevant insights and observations; implement treatment plans and the New Directions social learning program, policies and procedures consistently and fairly
    • Prepare required written reports regarding youth activity; learn and implement behavioral point level system; complete all logs, charts, incident reports and required documentation in writing and on computer
    • Responsible for preparing and serving food, laundry, cleaning the unit, caring for clothing of youth and maintenance of other needs relevant to group living
    • Transport residents to and supervise appropriately in work, school, home visits, medical appointments and recreational activities 
    • Actively participate in and supervise children during daily living activities, special outings, recreation, or educational programs; help children with school work and communicate with the youth’s teachers when required in consultation with Education Coordinator; develop and participate in craft projects, recreational activities, religious experiences (under agency guidelines), hygiene, personal manners, etc.
    • Respond in a relevant and appropriate physical manner to incidents of verbal and/or physical aggression 
    • Be familiar with individual resident histories and current needs and conduct treatment activities that are consistent with individual developmental levels, as well as overall treatment program design
    • Exhibit respect and cooperation in interactions with residents, families, co-workers, guests and supervisors
    • Demonstrate sensitivity to individual youth’s feelings while exercising appropriate therapeutic control within the center; maintain consistent structure and routine in order to reduce residents’ anxieties



    A cover letter and resume is required to be considered for this position.

    • High School Diploma or G.E.D
    • One (1) year related experience working with children and families 
    • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays


    **Keywords: Wellspring Lutheran Services, Youth, Specialist, Social Work, Human Services, Development, Farmington Hills**




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