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Company CSTC Psychiatric Child Care Counselor 1 (Float)
This is a great opportunity for you to gain valuable experience working with children in an in-patient setting. Company's Child Study and Treatment Center in Lakewood is expanding our team and looking for caring, dedicated team members who have a passion for helping our children with severe mental health issues. This is a truly unique job where you will leave most days knowing you made a difference in the life of a child.
We have two openings that offer learning opportunities working with all CSTC age groups in either a full time floating day or swing shift role (off Wednesday and Thursday). The day shift hours are 6:30 am-3:00 pm and swing shift hours are 2:30 pm-11:00 pm, based out of Camano Cottage. As a float counselor, you will also be filling in at our other cottages as needed.
As a Psychiatric Child Care Counselor, you’ll implement developmentally appropriate approaches to provide treatment, counseling, and supervision to children and adolescents. In this role, you will serve with a multi-dimensional care team assisting the development of appropriate social skills, including the development of problem-solving and decision-making skills that they will use when they return to their communities.
Some of what you will do:
Work alongside teachers and instructional assistants in a school setting to maintain a safe, therapeutic learning environment
Assist the treatment team in providing services to youth and families with a complex range of disorders and treatment needs
Provide situational counseling and mentorship to adolescent and pre-adolescent children
Facilitate the development of social skills, problem-solving, and decision-making skills
Assist youth with activities of daily living and provide the abilities to be able to manage their relationships, life events, and daily activities
Maintain a safe, comfortable and therapeutic milieu
Implement the cottage program as well as individualized behavior plans
Provide mentoring and crisis management for parents/guardians
Escort and transport patients to and from activities and medical appointments on and off-campus
Be a positive role model and demonstrate professionalism in all aspects of behavior while on duty
Provide patients with abilities to manage their relationships, life events, and daily aspects of living to successfully transition back into the community
Lead therapy groups to improve growth and social skills
What we are looking for:
Knowledge of normal and abnormal growth and development, dynamics of interpersonal relationships, mental health concepts, and community resources
Ability to understand and utilize behavioral approaches such as Positive Behavioral Support, Life-Space Crisis Intervention, and Developmental and Dialectical Therapy techniques
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
Ability to work effectively with children, adolescent patients, their families, other healthcare workers, and community contacts
Who should apply?
Professionals who have a Bachelor’s degree or higher with an emphasis in Social Science, Education, Recreation, Psychology, or related field
Two years of college with an emphasis in Social Sciences, Education, Recreation, Psychology, or related field, AND two years of social service experience
Four years of social service experience
Please Note:Selected applicants must complete the AACC credentialing process within 60 days of hire.
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