Youth Specialist; Full Time
|Title:||Youth Specialist; Full Time|
|Location:||3875 Tiger Bay Road, Daytona Beach, FL 32124|
Working Hours: 40 hrs/week; 2nd shift, Days vary (includes weekends & holidays)
*** Position qualifies for 10% shift differential***
Work involves responsibility for processing intakes and discharges; monitoring and documenting client behaviors and activities; participating and assisting with educational, social and recreational activities; providing a safe and therapeutic environment; interacting in a warm compassionate manner; de-escalating, clients when necessary; promoting client achievement of treatment plan goals and objectives. Work is performed in accordance with established policies and procedures.
Possession of a high school diploma or GED. Must demonstrate an aptitude and ability to work with the adolescent population.
- Some knowledge of the human services field and the application of basic client care skills.
- Some knowledge of communicable diseases.
- Ability to defuse potentially dangerous situations, and remain calm in an emergency.
- Ability to utilize behavior management techniques and serve as a role model.
- Ability to communicate effectively in person and in writing with the public, clinical professionals, and outside agencies. Ability to prepare and maintain written documentation.
- Some knowledge of the juvenile justice system and CINS/FINS programs preferred.
- Ability to perform light housekeeping responsibilities. Ability to operate standard office equipment and standard household appliances.
- Ability to handle verbally and/or physically abusive and aggressive clients and utilize aggression control techniques to ensure the safety and well being of the client, other clients, and employees in the unit.
- Ability to communicate effectively with suicidal, mentally, emotionally, and/or psychologically disturbed clients in person and over the telephone.
- Responsible for monitoring the behavior and activities of each client; reports any concerns regarding the health, safety, or well-being of a client to the appropriate authority.
- Serves as a positive role model; utilizes approved behavior modification techniques to help clients learn desirable behaviors; provides positive reinforcement and support to clients.
- Conducts and participates in basic life skills activities.
- Provides clients with training or assistance with basic daily living skills such as: bathing, shaving, grooming etc; uses token/point system to reward positive behavior.
- Assists in the planning and implementation of individual treatment plans; supports client goals; encourages and assists clients in achieving their goals.
- Processes admissions and discharges for voluntary and/or involuntary clients; orients the client to the facility; explains rules, policies and procedures.
- Completes required program documentation.
- Completes reports as required; ongoing, daily, weekly, monthly etc.
- Documents service activity notes using SOAP Format daily on clients’ activities, behavior patterns, changes in behavior patterns, medications.
- Reviews and documents in shift report logs, shift logs, companion files etc.
- Obtains required program information; inventories client valuables.
- Assists nurse with administering medications; counts control substance medications; supervises self-administered medications.
- Conducts security/safety checks; monitors visitors/clients for contraband such as knives, razors, belts; conducts searches; removes dangerous items; utilizes infection control procedures when necessary. May shop for supplies/clothing for clients; assists with the preparation and dispensing of snacks and meals.
- Follows all procedures in compliance with the National School Lunch Program.
- Participates in meetings as required; converses with staff on client’s progress or lack of progress. Performs general office duties; answers telephones; communicates with the public, police, DCF, DJJ, hospitals etc; links clients to needed services; makes doctor appointments; files, types, copies; receives food shipments; order supplies etc.
- Performs general cleaning responsibilities such as laundry, mopping, garbage removal etc.
- Attends training /in-services as required; which includes a minimum of 80 hours during the 1st year of employment and 24hours of training every year thereafter.
- Controls verbally and/or physically abusive and aggressive clients and performs aggression control techniques.
- Communicates effectively with suicidal, mentally, emotionally, and/or psychologically disturbed clients in person and over the telephone to diffuse potentially life-threatening situations.
- Transports clients to other agencies, hospitals, homes, community activities, AA meetings etc.
- Researches, plans, develops, implements and conducts therapeutic social, educational/vocational, life skills, and recreational/physical fitness activities or programs for individuals, groups, and families. Facilitates or co-leads daily group activities such as problem solving, goal planning, self-esteem, interpersonal skills, behavior management, etc.; prepares activity calendar.
- Plans, organizes and supervises group outings/special functions; contacts outside agencies /organizations/businesses for donations, tours, etc.; coordinates volunteers.
- May coordinate vocational services and act as a job coach.
- Leads and participates in process/performance improvement teams/activities.
- Ensures compliance with AHCA and/or DJJ standards and security safeguards such as room checks; removal of dangerous items.
- Assesses, develops and implements individual service/treatment plans; meets individually with client; identifies strengths and weaknesses; discusses goals; encourages and assists clients in achieving their goals; writes updates and discharge summaries.
- Develops and presents in-services on client care topics such as special population needs, diagnosis, medicine side effects, de-compensation, and advanced documentation skills.
- Performs related work as required.
- Makes commitment to SMA’s mission and core values the SMA Way
- Abides by principles of EEO compliance and a workplace of dignity and respect.
- Works cooperatively in a group/team setting.
- Shows respect to others.
- Takes guidance and direction from supervisors.
- Arrives/Reports to work on time and ready to work.
EEO Employer W / M / Vet / Disabled