Full-Time Youth Care Workers - Copy
at Sequel Youth and Family Services

Date Posted: 1/2/2019

Job Description

Full-Time Youth Care Workers/ Direct Care Staff Needed Immediately!

Program Overview

Lakeside Academy, located in Goddard, KS approximately fifteen miles west of Wichita, is a residential youth center that provides programming for boys ages 13 and older and works closely with the Kansas Department of Children and Family Servcies and Social Rehabilitative Services. With a licensed capacity of 45 residents, Lakeside Academy is licensed through the Kansas Department of Health Environment and serves youth in foster care in Kansas. Residents can participate if needed in a certified, outpatient substance abuse treatment program, including substance abuse assessment and individual and group counseling along with outpatient individual, group and family counseling, sex offender treatment and psychiatric services. The Lakeside Academy environment focuses on behavioral change through the establishment of a positive peer culture and the intervention of negative behavior. By utilizing Thinking for a Change, Lakeside Academy’s goal is to reduce recidivism among the adjudicated youth served and effect change in thinking so that behavior is positively impacted.

Position Overview

Youth Care Workers, also known as Teacher Counselors, provide supervision, guidance and direction to behaviorally challenged youth in an adolescent residential setting. It is the primary responsibility of the Teacher Counselor to provide a physically and emotionally safe and secure environment. Teacher Counselors demonstrate competent skills that support the formation of trusting, supportive relationships with the youth under their supervision. The position also participates in the development and implementation of individualized program plans and unit programs that are designed to meet the goals of the youth served. Teacher Counselors are directly responsible for implementing and following the unit schedule and providing guidance and support as the residents learn social and life skills.

Primary responsibilities include:

• Provide teaching for youth around daily living skills.
• Evaluate each youth’s behavior according to the unit structure / expectations and the youth developmental capacity on a daily basis.
• Escort and supervise youth on community trips and activities.
• Perform crisis intervention duties including the use of restraints as needed in the direct management of the population.
• Participate in the implementation of individualized program plans.
• Conduct small, organized group meetings aimed at teaching youth social and other life skills.
• Monitor youth to ensure that they are performing daily self-care tasks.
• Provide minor First Aid treatment to youth.
• Assign consequences to youth for inappropriate behavior according to unit / agency policies and practices in a fair and consistent manner.
• Assist residents in their bedtime routine in a supportive manner.
• Effectively communicate any problems / areas of concern to staff members relieving them at the end of the shift.
• Supervise daily routines and responsibilities of youth including, meals, room care, clothing care and chores.
• Maintain quality codes of conduct and professionalism, i.e. strong work ethic, role modeling and commitment to improving quality of life to the youth in our care.
• Communicate effectively with internal and external customers, both orally and through documentation.
• Participate in facility-wide Quality Improvement initiatives.
• Attend staff / unit meetings to discuss facility and program operations and to receive facility communications.
• Attend all mandatory and scheduled training.

• High School Diploma or equivalent required.
• Must have prior experience working with children.
• Basic computer skills, including usage of email, Internet Explorer, and printing documents.

Benefits For Full-Time Employees:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance after 60 days
  • Company provided Long Term and Short Term Disability
  • Company provided AD&D insurance
  • Flexible Spending Program/Health Savings Account
  • 401K after 60 days
  • Paid time o

Job Snapshot

About Us

At Sequel Youth and Family Services, we work together today to build a brighter tomorrow. With a focus on providing programs for behavioral, emotional, or physical challenges, we proudly serve children and adults alike. Associates at Sequel Youth and Family Services enjoy giving back and getting more out of a career that positively impacts the community. If you’re a compassionate, motivated individual who’s looking for a truly meaningful career, we look forward to hearing from you.

Sequel Youth and Family Services is committed to offering a broad spectrum of services and options that care for our patients and families alike. Our offerings include long-term residential treatment, short-term impact programs, shelter care, therapeutic group homes, therapeutic foster care, community-based services, in-home services, and alternative education programs. Our reach extends to clients from 37 states and territories – and we’re growing every day.

Current employment opportunities span:

  • Business Administration & Support

  • Education & Counseling

  • Residential Support Services

  • Child & Family Therapy

  • Nursing (LPN, CNA, RN, PRN)

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