THRIVE Family Specialist – Paris, TN
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 themselves and our organization.
Our Thrive program, a less intensive alternative to Intercept, is an in-home program that works with the child and family to divert youth from further involvement in the juvenile justice system, intervening at the critical point after they first encounter the system. The youth admitted to this program would be at risk of probation and court involvement but less at risk than youth served in Intercept and MST. The in-home approach, which incorporates the family in treatment, addresses drivers for juvenile delinquent behaviors without out-of-home placement. Thrive utilizes two evidence-based interventions to help youth remain safely in their communities: Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) and Motivational Interviewing (MI).
- Work with youth and families that have been (or are at risk of being) involved in the juvenile justice system
- Carry a caseload of 8-12 families
- Hold family sessions with each family once a week scheduled at the convenience of the families
- 3 supervision meetings a week
- Web-based documentation (voice recognition technology in most locations)
- Provide on-call availability to families on a rotating schedule
- Counselors provide treatment in individual families’ homes in a wide array of settings and communities
The schedule is non-traditional, but flexible and based on clients’ availability. Since counselors are heavily involved with each family, long hours may be required.
Counselors must have their own vehicle to use for work purposes as well as have liability insurance. Counselors are reimbursed for mileage.
$50000 – $58000 / year based on education and clinical license
- A Master’s degree in the social services field is preferred, a Bachelor’s degree in the social services field is required
- Degrees that can be considered include
- Social work
- Drug and alcohol education or counseling
- Criminal justice
- Guidance counseling
- Marriage and family therapy.
- Other degrees will have to be evaluated further to determine if they meet the qualifications.
- Experience working with at-risk youth and/or families in a volunteer, internship, or paid position; clinical experience is preferred
- Willingness/desire to maintain an untraditional schedule
- Strong writing skills and experience with electronic documentation
- Acceptable driving record- Three or fewer moving violations within the past 36 months
- Medical, Dental, Prescription Drug Coverage and Vision
- 2 weeks of paid vacation
- 12 paid sick days per year
- 11 paid holidays
- Paid Parental Leave
- Mileage & Cell Phone Reimbursement (when applicable)
- Tuition reimbursement and licensure supervision
- Growth & development through continuous training
- Clinical and administrative advancement opportunities
Youth Villages is an equal opportunity employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
Youth Villages is committed to not only advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace but also in our work with children and young adults. We know that children, families, and young people of color can face inequity in child welfare and justice systems, and we train our employees to build the skills they need to work with the communities that we serve, as well as, other employees from different cultures and backgrounds. Youth Villages is opposed to racism in any of its forms and is committed to inclusion, equity, and diversity. We believe that respect for each other is crucial in the work that we do each day.
How to Apply
Apply on our careers page
- Date Posted: October 11, 2023
- Type: Full-Time
- Job Function: Other
- Service Area: Children / Youth
- Salary Range: $50000 - $58000 / year based on education and clinical license