• Family Counselor

    Requisition ID
    2018-3039
    Job Locations
    AL-Opelika
    Program
    In-Home Services
    Relocation Assistance
    No
    Position Type
    Full-Time/Regular
  • Overview

    Who is Youth Villages?


    Youth Villages is a nonprofit organization striving to help troubled youth and families live successfully. We are a team of 2,900 individuals who’ve come together across 12 states to change the landscape of child welfare and juvenile justice across the country.  Our work involves providing an array of counseling and treatment services to youth with severe emotional and behavioral problems. 

     

    Eighty-four percent of those who go through treatment are succeeding two years after leaving our program. These youth are living at home, remaining in school, and are not experiencing trouble with the law.

     

    We believe strongly in investing in and supporting our employees. We offer candidates opportunities to develop a career and be part of a positive change in our country’s treatment of at-risk youth and families. 

     

     

     

    Responsibilities

    Program Overview


    This position is responsible for providing Multisystemic Therapy (MST) to youth ages 12 to 17 that display serious antisocial behaviors and are at-risk of placement out of the home due to their behaviors.  Our MST program is built on the principle that the serious behavior problems of a child typically stem from a combination of influences including family factors, deviant peer group, problems in school or the community, and individual characteristics. The MST model calls for simultaneously addressing all of those inter-related areas.

     

    Position Overview

    Carries a caseload of 4-5 families. Intensive treatment requires counselor to meet with each family at least three times per week. 
    Develops individualized treatment plans for each case. Ongoing assessments and reviews of treatment progress are performed on a regular basis
    Documents all sessions within a pre-established cycle time.  Documentation is web-based and most locations provide voice-recognition technology.
    Maintains on-call availability to clients during the week.  Counselors rotate on-call availability on weekends, requiring approximately one on-call weekend per month.
    Drive up to 60-80 miles to meet with families in the home
    Counselors provide treatment in individual families' homes in a wide array of settings and communities
    Works closely with multiple types of clinical supervision provided in individual and group settings led by trained and licensed MST professionals.  Review of progress generally occurs at frequent intervals.
    Develops strong community relationships and resources with which to provide families as part of treatment.
     

    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

     

     

    Qualifications

    Requirements

     

    A Master’s degree in a social services discipline is strongly preferred.
    Bachelor's degree with significant clinical experience may be considered.
    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.
    Experience with at-risk youth and their families
    Experience doing family therapy or providing MST services is a plus
    Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
    Excellent written, verbal, and oral skills
    Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously

     

    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

     

    Affordable access to medical, prescription, dental, and vision insurance plans

    Tuition Reimbursement and Licensure Supervision
    Priority consideration for leadership openings throughout the organization
    Mileage and cell phone reimbursement
    Retirement savings pension plan and a 403(b) and FSA
    Paid time off: Two weeks for vacation

    10 paid holidays

    12 sick days annually

    Paid Parental Leave
    Supportive leadership and coworkers

     

    What’s next?

     

    Are you ready to make difference?  Apply now!

     

    EOE

     

     

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