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  • Per Diem Youth Counselor - Boys, Limited Secure Placement

    Job Locations US-NY-Brooklyn
    Posted Date 11 months ago(7/9/2018 3:12 PM)
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  • Overview

    The Youth Counselor works at the Brooklyn Limited Secure Placement (LSP) Program. This is a 20 bed residential program for adjudicated youth.

    Limited Secure Placement is part of a groundbreaking initiative to provide services and supports for juvenile justice involved youth in residential placement facilities closer to their families, communities and schools.

    The Youth Counselor is a professional responsible for providing direct services and support tasks as part of the daily care for youth.





    • Serves as direct youth supervisor with responsibility for the safety, personal conduct, care, and therapy of the youth.
    • Provides eyes-on/ears-on supervision of youth; implements group and individual treatment plans.
    • Maintains security in buildings, grounds, and other posts; intervenes during emergencies or altercations to maintain physical control of youth.
    • Supervises, counsels and implements natural consequences to youth according to facility policy and procedures.
    • Supervises movement of youth inside and outside the facility; takes periodic counts of youth.
    • Supervises youth in a residential juvenile justice facility in the performance of activities and during recreational and various other program activities; (i.e. school, homework, arts, phase activities, independent living, home visits, religious etc.).
    • Conducts personal and facility searches for contraband and facility inspections for health and safety hazards.
    • Assume the responsibility of successfully taking AMAP/Medication Administration, passing the course and administering medication as needed.
    • Assume the responsibility for successfully taking and passing the designated crisis management and physical safety intervention technique training (including any refresher and recertification trainings and examinations)
    • Successfully completes all required trainings
    • Preparing and serving meals for the youth as needed (primarily on weekends and mornings as well as when the cook is out)
    • Interacts critically and constructively with other staff members to develop and implement successful treatment techniques.
    • Develops effective relationships with youth, co-workers, and treatment team members.
    • Assists youth with their personal issues and refers issues to the group in accordance with the principles of the program.
    • Observes and keeps staff informed daily of significant behavioral conditions known about an individual and/or the group.
    • Assists in preparing reports regarding each youth’s adjustment and progress.
    • Prepare log entries and reports in a timely manner in accordance with program requirements.
    • Escorts and/or transports youth to predetermined locations.
    • Prevent any acts of physical aggression by youth towards other residents and staff.
    • Exercises judgment and discretion in the performance of duties within departmental rules, regulations, and policies.
    • Attends weekly team meetings.
    • Participate in the Advocate program.
    • Performs other related work as assigned.



    • Preferred - A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with in one or a combination of the following: Counseling, Criminal Justice, Education, Psychology, Sociology, or Social work.
    • One or more years of work experience in a residential juvenile justice or treatment program which involved casework, group counseling, juvenile rehabilitation, probation and parole, and/or social work for youth; or
    • Two or more years of experience in group work which involved direct care and interaction with youth such as YMCA, schools, recreational facilities, or residential care programs.
    • Valid vehicle operator’s license.
    • Physically able to perform physical restrains
    • Bi-lingual (Spanish) a plus


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