Therapeutic Mentor

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Company Overview


Youth Villages has been a national leader in the implementation of research-based treatment philosophies in the field of children's mental and behavioral health. Our commitment to helping troubled children and their families find success spans 30 years and includes a comprehensive array of programs and services. 


If you are looking for a positive career move where you are meeting the challenges of life and striving to make a positive difference, then Youth Villages is the place for you. We are looking for people with a strong sense of purpose and focus to continually build confidence in yourself and our organization.


Job Role & Responsibilities for IHT Program: 


This position is responsible for developing meaningful relationships with families, providing support and providing crisis intervention in the family/caregiver home settings as well as in the community at large. Work will take place primarily in family homes, schools, and other community settings as indicated by the needs of the client.


Therapeutic Mentoring (in addition to IHT duties):


Services are provided to youth (under the age of 21) in any setting where the youth resides, such as the home (including foster homes and therapeutic foster homes), and in other community settings such as school, child care centers, or respite settings. TM offers structured, one-to-one, strength-based support services between a therapeutic mentor and a youth for the purpose of addressing daily living, social, and communication needs. TM services include supporting, coaching, and training the youth in age-appropriate behaviors, interpersonal communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution, and relating appropriately to other children and adolescents, as well as adults, in recreational and social activities. TM promotes a youth's success in navigating various social contexts, learning new skills, and making functional progress in the community.



Specific Responsibilities Include:


Provide support to clients and their families:


1.  Develop meaningful relationships with clients and their families and/or caregivers.
2.  Assist clients in finding areas of competency and develop their psychosocial skills.
3.  Assist clients in the development of their daily living skills.
4.  Assist clients in gaining control over and insight into their behavior.
5.  Assist families and caregivers to discover and build upon strengths in their parenting skills in order to provide improved support to the client, thereby stabilizing the client within the home.
6.  Assist in the coaching and monitoring of treatment goals for clients and caregivers.
7.  Assist client in locating and obtaining community based services and in self-advocacy.
8.  Provide crisis intervention on call including availability for 5 day a week coverage, create crisis intervention plans with clients and arrange and coordinate staff assistance when appropriate.


Participate in the assessment and ongoing evaluation of clients:


1.  Become familiar with systemic issues facing clients and their families and provide ongoing monitoring of any safety concerns. 
2.  Utilize insights gained in supervision and in Clinical Team to determine intervention and treatment strategies.
3.  Assist in the monitoring of treatment goals for the client.
4.  Participate in the monitoring of treatment goals and work with the Master’s level therapist to revise treatment goals as needed to maximize client growth and success.
5.  Presenting cases for review both in a team setting and as part of utilization review with contractors.

Develops a healthy working relationship with other collaterals and community resources involved with clients and their families or caregivers in order to assure that:


1.  Client’s progress and problems are represented to and advocated for in the community.
2.  Problems are discussed freely before they develop into crises.
3.  Outside providers are involved in a collaborative effort to implement treatment strategies that respond to client needs.
4.  Client, individual, team, and agency are represented in a responsive, appropriate, professional manner.

Provides crisis intervention:


1.  Assists in the development of individualized crisis intervention and prevention plans.
2.  Participate in on call pager coverage for program and site. 

Other responsibilities:


1.  Responsible for the completion of progress notes, ancillary client documentation in client record, and submission of any and all billing
2.  Incident reporting and any documentation as required by supervisor. 
3.  Responsible for upkeep and organization of client record.
4.  Must meet and follow all team and agency policy and procedures.
5.  Attends all conferences, meetings, supervisions and trainings necessary for quality job performance.
6.  Performs all other reasonable tasks designated by the Regional Supervisor or otherwise designated supervisor.





A Bachelor's degree in a social services discipline is required with two years experience working with youth or families
Degrees that can be considered include: social work, drug and alcohol education or counseling, psychology, criminal justice, guidance counseling, or marriage and family therapy.
Other degrees will have to be evaluated further to determine if they meet the qualifications.


Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Excellent written, verbal, and oral skills
Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously
Basic computer knowledge
Ability to maintain a flexible schedule
Excellent cultural awareness and sensitivity
Must be able to work with people of different backgrounds, languages and ethnicities


Additional Information 


Schedule is flexible and non-traditional; based around the availability of youth and families served.
Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, a personal vehicle to use for work purposes and auto insurance.
Community Based staff will be reimbursed for applicable mileage


Experience growth and development through our continuous training, as well as tuition and licensure reimbursement, or pursue opportunities to advance both clinically and administratively with Youth Villages.


Additional Benefits
Medical, Dental, Prescription Drug Coverage and Vision
Retirement Savings Pension Plan
403 (b)
2 weeks paid vacation
12 paid sick days per year
10 paid holidays
Mileage & Cell Phone Reimbursement (when applicable)







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