The Youth Counselor is responsible for providing a therapeutic milieu
to adolescents with psychiatric illness in need of short-term,
intensive treatment. He/she is responsible for supervising, guiding,
teaching, and serving as a role model to youth utilizing a gender
specific, relational, trauma informed, strength- based, culturally
competent behavior model to ensure that the safety and individual
goals of each client are achieved. The Youth Counselor is also
responsible for providing coaching, teaching and advocacy to parents
of youth in the milieu. The Youth Counselor reinforces the policies
and philosophy of the organization while maintaining professional
communication, verbal and written, with internal and external team
members to ensure a strong team approach. He/she is an integral part
of the treatment team and provides support to both the youth and
his/her family while in residence and following his/her return to the community.
- Provides teaching, coaching and support to youth and families that
enables the emotional and social growth of clients by establishing
limits, boundaries and encouraging healthy relationships, a sense of
community, responsibility, and accountability for behavior based on
each client’s individual goals.
- Teaches clients interpersonal skills and good work and study
habits as well as job and life skills in preparation for a healthy
and productive adjustment upon discharge.
- Safely transport clients as needed to school, visits, activities, etc
- Assists in planning, supervising and facilitation of the daily and
therapeutic activities of clients, including bedtime and morning
activities as well as working, studying, sports, etc.
- Responsible for ensuring assigned activities/tasks are completed
- Additional duties, as appropriate and assigned
- Performs security and safety measures by checking doors, windows,
locks, fire alarms and extinguishers.
- Maintains safety aspects of residential living by recognizing and
correcting conditions, which are or could be safety hazards.
- Performs food preparation and assistance, nutrition services,
housekeeping and maintenance of clothes, linens, as assigned.
- Associate Degree or 60 college credits in related field.
- Must have a clean and valid driver’s license and three (3)
consecutive years of driving experience. Must have the ability to
obtain a Public Service License, Medication Administration
Certified, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Certification, American
Red Cross First Aid and CPR Certified.
- One to three years in human service field or experience working
with special needs children.
- Must be flexible and able to work both in the residential
component of the program as well as in the community (home visits,
- Basic computer skills – MS Word, Outlook, preferred
- Must be flexible – able to work within residential component as
well as community setting (conduct home visits, schools, etc.).
- Good communication skills – verbal and written.
- Must have the ability to manage stress and to respond to emergency
situations safely and calmly.
- Must be culturally competent to serve a diverse population.
- Physically able to perform the essential functions of the
position, with or without reasonable accommodations, i.e. must be
able to supervise groups of children and perform physical
intervention if required; must be able to move freely from place to
place without restriction.
About The Program
The Village’s S-FIT is a short-term crisis stabilization program, which uses a trauma-informed, brief solution-focused family approach to treatment. Youth can stay in the residential program for up to 14 days. Services include individual, group and family therapy, psychiatric consultation, nursing services, care coordination, educational support, advocacy, and aftercare follow-up.
About The Village
The Village was one of the first agencies in the country to provide homes for neglected children. Today, we continue to achieve our mission "to build a community of strong, healthy families who protect and nurture children" by providing a full range of behavioral health, early childhood and youth development, substance abuse treatment, and support services for children, families and adults in the Greater Hartford region.Our staff are energetic, enthusiastic, mission-driven and open to learning. If you’d like to grow your career in a diverse and supportive environment rich with learning opportunities, join us!
The Village offers a comprehensive flexible benefits package designed to aid in the health and well-being of our employees and their dependents, including:
- Medical and Prescription Coverage
- Health Savings Account (HSA), with employer contribution of up to $1,000 per year
- Dental and Vision Insurance
- Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
- Annual on-site flu clinics
- Employer paid Life and AD&D Insurance
- Employer paid Dependent Life Insurance
- Employer paid Long-Term Disability Insurance
- Employer Paid Business Travel Insurance
- 403(b) Plan with Employer Contribution and Match
Advancement in your Career
- Annual Professional License Reimbursement
- Clinical Supervision toward Licensure
- Continuing Education Units (CEU’s)
- Student Loan Forgiveness Program – National Health Service Corp (NHSC)
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Employer paid and confidential counseling services
- Paid Holidays
- Paid time off; including 15 days of vacation, 12 days of sick and bereavement leave