Youth Treatment Specialist - Jefferson County Youth Residential Program
Company: Wisconsin Community Services
Posted on: November 19, 2023
Job Responsibilities:Youth Treatment Specialist Wisconsin
Community Services (WCS)Specialized Services Program - Jefferson
County Youth Crisis Stabilization Facility Position 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
- 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.
- Co-facilitate Dialectical Behavior Therapy groups and other
group topics pertaining to healthy relationships, fatherhood,
independent living skills, substance use education, and cultural
identity development curriculums.
- Organize, participate, and monitor scheduled activities for
youth (one-to-three), engaging them in specific activities both
on-site and off-site programming including but not limited to
various clubs, school, art activities, recreation, community
outings, and field trips.
- Support youth's education by serving as a learning coach in the
classroom on-site and at school through an interactive, and
competency based educational model.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Work closely as part of a team to maintain clear communication
with other staff to ensure youth receive high quality and seamless
- 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
- Complete building or structural functions as required,
assisting with meal preparation, general building cleanliness and
- 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. Other Duties and Responsibilities:
Other job-related duties may be necessary to carry out the
responsibilities of the position. Job Qualifications:Knowledge,
Skills, and Abilities: Working knowledge of positive child/youth
development; patience and understanding of difficult life
situations; the ability to interact with youth and/or parents in a
calm and professional manner; ability to follow oral and written
instructions; ability to respond appropriately in crisis
situations; perform basic computer functions; use time efficiently
and effectively; ability to multi-task. Minimal Qualifications:
- A high school diploma or equivalent, bachelors degree
- Be at least 21 years old (at least 2 years older than the
- Schedule requires flexibility with a rotation of first and
second shifts including weekend coverage.
- 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.
Other Job Information (if applicable):Work Relationship and Scope:
Reports directly to the YCSF Supervisor, and works closely with the
enter Team. Direct interaction with the youth being served by the
program and their families, project partners, and County. Personal
Attributes: Follow agency Code of Conduct and adhere to established
policies and procedures of the agency and of all funding sources
including Milwaukee County Division of Youth and Family Services,
Wrapaorund Milwaukee, Wisconsin Department of Children and
Families, and the Departent of Corrections. Conduct self in an
ethical manner. Maintain professional and respectful relationships
with all WCS staff, youth and families, and all external funding
sources and community partners involved with Bakair Center. Show
sensitivity toward cultural, ethnic, and disability needs. Embrace
and demonstrate a commitment to agency values and mission. Working
- State-Licensed Residential Care Center
- Most of the work is done throughout the building and in the
- Local travel as required fulfilling essential functions of the
position.Ability to provide coverage as needed.
- Ability to serve youth who have experienced a great deal of
trauma and express their needs through behaviors.Schedule:
- Full-time or part-time
- Flexible schedule, a rotation of first (8:00am-4:00pm) and
second shifts (3:00pm-11:00pm)
- Weekend rotation required
- Holiday rotation required (premium for working holidays)
Physical Demands: Duties require activity while supporting or
interacting with youth in the program. Staff may be required to use
(trained) physical interventions if there is immediate physical
harm posed to youth or staff. Ability to lift 30 pounds. Driving is
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