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Youth Treatment Specialist - 3rd Shift

Company: Wisconsin Community Services
Location: Milwaukee
Posted on: January 26, 2023

Job Description:

Youth Treatment Specialist - 3rd ShiftJob Code: 2021-SPECIALI-032Location: Specialized ServicesDepartment: Specialized Service ProgramsFT/PT Status: Full TimeJob Responsibilities:Youth Treatment Specialist 3rd ShiftWisconsin Community Services (WCS) Specialized Services Program - Bakari Youth Residential CenterPosition Summary: Exciting opportunity to work in a therapeutic milieu environment serving youth at State licensed residential care center serving male youth, ages 13-17. The Youth Treatment Specialist embraces working one to three with youth teaching skills and empowering youth through a 6-month treatment program. Youth treatment specialists provide supervision of the youth and are responsible for implementing the daily schedule of activities. This includes teaching and role modeling skills, providing group educational activities, recreational activities, educational support, and serving as role model for youth. Essential Functions: Serve as a treatment specialist in the milieu supporting therapeutic interactions by coaching skill use throughout daily activities, modeling appropriate behavior, teaching and reinforcing use and generalization of skills through a token economy system. Use evidence-based best practices for youth with mental health, substance use and life needs. This includes the innovative Integrated Treatment Model (ITM) including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), trauma informed care, motivational interviewing, youth centered, and culturally reverent approaches while celebrating youth's development and identity. Use motivation and engagement strategies to encourage youth involved in systems such as the Division of Youth and Family Services and Department of Children and Families to participate in treatment programming and involvement in program activities. Following safety and suicide protocols and completing required checks while youth are sleeping to ensure supervision. Conduct room searches to ensure un-allowed items are not within youth's possession. Assist with preparing bedrooms following discharge and new admissions. Always provide active sight and sound supervision to youth and families with a complex needs. Assess youth behavior for risk to self and others or behavioral changes within the treatment milieu and communicate with supervisory and/or clinical staff regarding appropriate support as needed. Perform milieu management and coaching with youth experiencing emotional dysregulation and/or crisis according to their treatment plans including one-on-one support for the plan for extra help. Calmly and responsibly respond during crisis situations and intervene to de-escalate using trained and approved methods and techniques of verbal and physical intervention to maintain safety in the environment. Interact with youth in a professional, positive and therapeutic manner according to policy, procedure, training and agency values. Work closely as part of a team to maintain clear communication with other staff to ensure youth receive high quality and seamless care. Observe and document youth participation in activities and interactions with others per program standards (youth logs and youth related reports) in an electronic database. Assist youth by transporting and attending medical appointments, court, community appointments, and family visits. Complete building or structural functions as required, assisting with meal preparation, general building cleanliness and organization. Monitor and support youth in completing activities of daily living such as chores and health and hygiene standards. Maintain youth and family confidentiality within all written and verbal communications Adhere to State licensing requirements. Adhere to WCS Policies and Procedures. Other duties as assigned.Job Qualifications:Minimal Qualifications: A high school diploma or equivalent, bachelors degree preferred. Be at least 21 years old (at least 2 years older than the oldest resident). Schedule requires full-time or part-time third shift with a weekend and holiday rotation required A minimum of one year of experience serving children with mental health needs. Working knowledge of computer applications preferred. Ability to display cultural competence by responding respectfully and effectively to people of all cultures, languages, classes, races, ethnic backgrounds, religions and other diversity factors in a manner that recognizes, affirms and values the worth of youth and their families. Knowledge and skills to work with youth age 13-17. Valid driver's license, automobile, and insurance sufficient to meet agency requirements preferred. Meet all the employee requirements including references, criminal background check, drug test, and driver's license check.PI201797196

Keywords: Wisconsin Community Services, Milwaukee , Youth Treatment Specialist - 3rd Shift, Other , Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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