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Residential Treatment Counselor

Company: Five Acres
Location: Altadena
Posted on: May 30, 2018

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Job DescriptionResidential Treatment Counselor:Responsible for working as part of the treatment team to assist in the implementation of individual treatment plans for children focusing on vital areas such as therapeutic interaction, crisis intervention, education, and activities, provide supervision, counseling, and direct care for children living in the group home setting, serving as a surrogate parent, to teach values, life skills, and problem solving skills, and ensuring safety and security of youngsters while also maintaining a therapeutic environment.Position responsibilities include, but are not limited to:· Direct supervision and assistance, by following the structure of the clients' daily routine; i.e. meal and snack preparation, sleep, recreation, health, hygiene, safety and discipline.· Assists children in the acquisition of independent living skills, such as management of money, care of clothing, successful completion of skills enhancement in doing cottage chores, jobs and keeping appointments.· Cares for children when ill, being aware and attentive to individual health needs (including reporting on side effects, assist in dispensing and recording of prescribed medications.· Coordinates with clients treatment team, service plans and utilizes treatment techniques and interventions to assist clients, families and significant others in achieving goals.· Manages the behavior of residents through the use of approved behavioral management techniques/interventions; ensures compliances with agency policies.· Plans and participates in special occasion celebrations: admissions, birthdays, holidays, discharge, recreational activities, and community activities.· Plans, implements, leads, teaches and facilitates constructive use of leisure time through therapeutic activities, fostering a positive group experience through the development and application of principles and practices of group dynamics· Develops and maintains professional skills by participating in supervision, staff development/in-service trainings; researches and reads professional journals and reports; discusses activities with peers.Position requirements include, but are not limited to:· BA or AA degree; or currently enrolled in a Bachelors degree program with at least 60 completed credits/units and two years' experience in a related field. Completion of college-level courses in the behavioral sciences, especially those related to children, is preferred.· Demonstrated homemaking and housekeeping abilities, ability to plan, organize and maintain family-type living environment; parenting capacities for nurturing and guidance of children; cooperate with other members of the treatment team; ability to form helping relationships with children through empathy, understanding, acceptance, a non-judgmental attitude, and appropriate limit-setting to promote security; understanding group process and ability to initiate appropriate change, ability to participate with children in carrying out residential responsibilities, ability to teach, advocate, support and facilitate development of independent living skills in adolescents.· Thoughtful decision making and resourceful problem solving ability, self-starter, self-aware, willingness to work productively with other adults, potential to benefit from training and supervision, ability to learn and be open to adopt agency's philosophy, methods and procedures.· Effective communication skills both oral and written; bi-lingual skills in Spanish/English are preferred.· Computer skills sufficient to meet demands of the job including Microsoft office and Welligent or Electronic Reporting System software for program notes. Skills in maintaining detailed, accurate, and complete records.· Ability to be flexible and work in a changing environment, work varied hours including evenings, nights, and weekends, and effectively as part of a team.· Current California Driver License and a driving record acceptable to the agency's' insurance carrier.· Sensitivity to the different cultures represented among the clients, families, and staff.· Basic understanding of age appropriate behavior for children/adolescents.Company DescriptionWe recently celebrated a remarkable birthday for Five Acres – 130 years of uninterrupted service to Southern California caring for vulnerable children and their families. Originally founded in downtown LA as an orphanage, our initial mission was simply to provide safety to children who had no home. In time, our mission expanded to also focus on the well-being of our clients and caring for the mental and emotional health of children who were increasingly coming to us as a result of abuse or neglect. Having grown to an agency caring for nearly 8,500 children and family members annually across five counties, we now strive for permanency – a permanent, loving home – for all those in our care.These three pillars; safety, well-being and permanency provide the framework for all of Five Acres’ current programs and they will guide our steps in the future as we continue seeking even more effective means of caring for children and families in crisis. For over 130 years Five Acres has been committed to preserving successful childcare programs and developing innovative services for children and families in crisis. With over 100,000 clients served since its founding in 1888, Five Acres currently cares for 8,500 children and families annually, across five counties including Los Angeles.

Keywords: Five Acres, Altadena, Residential Treatment Counselor, Other, Altadena, California

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