The Runaway Homeless Youth Specialist (RHYS) will provide day to day direct supervision of youth in the Sanctuary. They will be responsible to complete all necessary paperwork and work as a team member to provide excellent services to the youth and families that utilize The Sanctuary.
Position Specific Duties/Responsibilities:
- Adheres to all Agency and departmental Safety Procedures including reporting any unsafe practices, equipment and environment, and takes an active role in correcting the unsafe practice, equipment or environment through proper notification.
- Nurturing care and management of children's everyday living requirements.
- Therapeutic care and sensitive management of the special needs of children and youth in care; when necessary, appropriate crisis intervention consistent with training guidelines (e.g. from Therapeutic Crisis intervention, appropriate use of Life Space Interview procedures, alternatives to restraint, and use of appropriate restraint techniques).
- Creating a learning environment in the shelter with consistent attention to the teaching relationship between RHY Specialist and youth. Active support and collaboration with the school.
- Accountability for orderly management and safety of the shelter daily living routines, individual youth, groups and therapeutic programs.
- Use of self to model appropriate behaviors (e.g., respect for others, appropriate dress, appropriate conflict resolution, etc.).
- Appropriate handling and reporting of all untoward incidents in accordance with agency policy and training. (see Safe and Sound: Preventing Child Abuse in Out-of-Home Care)
- Promoting and utilizing culturally sensitive care and treatment of child, families and co-workers. Actively working to reduce bias and promote cultural sensitivity. A RHYS Specialist is expected to participate as a full team member, as assigned.
- Understanding and working toward agency and unit goals and objectives.
Under the supervision and direction of a RHY Specialist Supervisor, has responsibility for:
- Attending case conferences and other team meetings.
- Carrying out Primary Counselor responsibilities, as assigned.
- Implementation of the principles and practices described in Safe and Sound: Preventing Child Abuse in Out-of-Home Care.
- Reading the records of assigned residents.
- Preparing and escorting children to their assigned programs outside the shelter, as needed.
- Checking for, and reporting repair and maintenance needs to maintain the physical condition of the shelter.
- Knowing and implementing individual treatment plans as created by social work staff.
- Using differential approaches to form relationships in order to meet children's individual and group needs.
- Working with groups independently and in accordance with agency guidelines.
- Monitoring clothing, shelter supplies, allowances and trips.
- Conducting regular fire drills as is appropriate and scheduled.
- Putting into practice the policies and procedures of the Health and Safely Committee.
- Preparing and supervising meals in accordance with menu, including using oneself to demonstrate an understanding of the importance of food and mealtimes in creating a nurturing and therapeutic environment (e.g., eating with children and teaching socialization skills during mealtime).
- Using life space process, conflict management techniques, and other forms of behavioral interventions with individuals and groups, to avoid and resolve crises as well as to teach alternatives to violence.
- Implement counseling techniques to youth and families
- Provide emergency hotline counseling and suicide prevention
- Provide aftercare services to youth and families as identified in the service plan
Reports to RHY Specialist Supervisor or to Assistant RHYS Specialist Supervisor as assigned.
- Minimum: academic record of a high school diploma or equivalent; some college education preferred.
- A genuine respect for and interest in children and their families of diverse racial and ethnic identity; an ability to form a therapeutic relationship with children and their families.
- Ability to put into practice all techniques of Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (as taught in pre-employment training) and demonstrated respect for client's rights and safety.
- Ability to demonstrate counseling techniques
- Ability to provide emergency hotline counseling and suicide prevention
- Must have valid NYS driver's license
- Ability to read, speak and write in English
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