Lead Youth Treatment Specialist - Jefferson County Youth Residential Program (3rd Shift)
Company: Wisconsin Community Services
Posted on: November 19, 2023
Job Responsibilities:Lead Youth Treatment SpecialistSpecialized
Services Division - Jefferson County Youth Residential Care
CenterWisconsin Community Services (WCS) Position Summary: The Lead
Youth Treatment Specialist provides two essential roles within the
Youth Crisis Stabilization Program. The first role is being
responsible for direct care, nurturing and supervision of the
residents. This includes providing supervision of the youth placed
in the program. Responsible for implementing the daily schedule of
activities. Provide group educational activities, recreational
activities, follow up individually with youth, serve as a mentor
and role model for youth. The second role is being a shift lead to
ensure staff are trained, staff are meeting the needs of the youth,
and all staff are following the policies/procedures of the Youth
Crisis Stabilization Program. Essential Functions: Youth Treatment
- Serve as a treatment specialist in the milieu supporting
therapeutic interactions by coaching skill use throughout
activities, modeling appropriate behavior, teaching and reinforcing
use and generalization of skills through a token economy
- Perform third shift room checks per policy and follow clinical
recommendations for safety such as the suicide protocol, involving
mobile crisis, following safety plans and protocols as needed.
- Conduct room searches, complete laundry, building cleaning and
supporting inventory process.
- Use evidence based best practices for youth with mental health,
substance use and life needs. This includes 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 court services and Department of
Children and Families to participate in treatment programming and
involvement in program activities.
- Always provide active sight and sound supervision to youth and
families with complex needs.
- Assess youth behavior for risk to self or others and behavioral
changes with in the treatment milieu and communicate with clinical
staff regarding appropriate support as needed.
- 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.
- Attend clinical supervision as required in DHS 34.
- Maintain confidentiality within all written and verbal
- Adhere to state licensing and County requirements.
- Adhere to WCS Policies and Procedures.
- Other duties as assigned. Lead Duties:
- Responsible for training new staff, being a role model, and
orientating staff to the Youth Crisis Stabilization Program.
- Act as a shift leader to ensure staff are following programming
and meeting the needs of the youth in the program.
- Redirect and coach staff. Share staff related performance
concerns with supervisor immediately.
- Provide tasks for work and direction to staff on shift.
- Ensure all policies, procedures, and protocols are being
followed in accordance with State of Wisconsin and Department of
Health Services operation standards.
- Ensure that Youth Treatment Specialists are carrying out
- Closely monitor all documentation requirements and work with
the Assistant Program Director to ensure incident reporting.
- Collaborate closely with the resident care supervisor and
leadership team to develop programming, monitor compliance, and
- Administer medication and ensure staff are aware of medication
changes in collaboration with medical providers and nursing staff.
Other Duties and Responsibilities:
- Attend in-services and trainings, weekly and monthly staff
- Assist with coverage for co-workers as needed.
- Other job-related duties as 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 needs;
the ability to interact with escalating youth and/or parents in a
calm and professional manner; ability to follow oral and written
instructions; ability to respond appropriately in crisis
situations; proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel; perform basic
computer functions; uses time efficiently and effectively; ability
to multi-task. Minimal Qualifications and Salary Schedule:
- A high school diploma or equivalent, bachelor's degree
- Prior supervisory experience preferred.
- Be at least 21 years old (at least 2 years older than the
- At least 4 years of experience serving youth with mental health
- 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
- Knowledge and skills to work with population age 10-17.
- 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 Youth Treatment Specialist Supervisor. Has
contact with a wide variety of individuals including youth and
family members, other program staff, vendors, and other collateral
contacts, neighbors, funders, Jefferson County Department of Health
and Human Services, court officials, the Department of Health and
Human Services, Public School staff and administrators, staff of
youth serving agencies, and the community. Personal Attributes:
Follow agency Code of Conduct and Leadership Code of Conduct;
adhere to established policies and procedures of the agency and of
all funding sources; conduct self in an ethical manner; maintain
professional and respectful relationships with program staff, other
WCS staff, youth being served by the YCSF, and all external persons
and agencies involved with service provision; sensitivity toward
cultural, ethnic and disability needs; demonstrate commitment to
agency values and mission.Working Conditions:
- State Certified Youth Crisis Stabilization Program (YCSF)
- Local travel as required fulfilling essential functions of the
- Ability to manage youth who have experienced a great deal of
trauma and express trauma through behaviors.
- Ability to lift 30 pounds.Wisconsin Community Services is an
Equal Opportunity Employer; all qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, sexual
orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability,
status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or
local law.pm21 PIac61e3f42356-31181-32437676
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