Outreach Specialist

Youth Villages

Woburn,MA

2/19/2020

Company Overview

Youth Villages has been a national leader in the adoption and 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.

Responsibilities

Program Overview

Youth Villages Continuum program will provide an array of intensive community-based, wraparound services designed to divert at-risk youth from out-of-home placements whenever possible. The primary goal of our Continuum is to maintain youth within their home and school, support families/caregivers, and help ensure maximum safety for the youth, family, and community. Youth Villages views the children and families we serve as the experts on their own lives; therefore, all of our continuum services are family-driven, youth-guided, and strength-based. This level of family involvement leads to increased family engagement; family engagement leads to improving the quality of treatment; and treatment quality leads to consistently high outcomes.

Position Overview

The Outreach Worker is provided to youth to support their involvement in the community. A youth outreach worker may:

Work to help youth develop:
Skills to manage symptoms
Coping strategies to deal with internal and external stresses.
Self-care skills that help them become independent at a developmentally appropriate level, such as money management skills, use of public transportation, career planning, and searching for jobs or colleges, or learning to complete applications.
Social skills and community living skills that promote successful participation in school, vocational programs, and social and recreational activities, including PAYA for youth, if needed.

Care Coordination:


Care Coordination activities as identified in the wraparound meetings
Wraparound meeting facilitation, at a minimum monthly and when placement changes occur

In addition:


Assist in educational and pre-vocational skill attainment, such as practice in interviewing for jobs or college, appropriate dress, etc
Accompany and/or engage youth in age-appropriate social and recreational activities in which he/she would not be able to participate without therapeutic support; transport the youth or assist him or her with use of public transportation

Additional Information

Schedule is non-traditional, but flexible and based around clients availability. Since counselors are heavily involved with each family, long hours may be required. Counselors provide treatment in individual families' homes in a wide array of settings and communities.
Carry a small caseload of 4-5 youth; providing 3-4 hours of direct support with family a week
Participate in an on-call schedule
Counselors must have their own vehicle to use for work purposes as well as have liability insurance. Counselors are reimbursed for mileage.

Qualifications

Requirements

A Bachelor s degree in a social services discipline is required with two years experience working with youth and 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.
At least six months experience working with the intensive in-home services is strongly preferred
Excellent cultural awareness and sensitivity
Must be able to work with people of different backgrounds, languages and ethnicities

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

Paid Parental Leave
Mileage & Cell Phone Reimbursement

EOE


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