Maryhurst Youth Counselor in Louisville, KY

Institution: Maryhurst

Location: Louisville, KY

Category: Youth Counselor

Posted: 10/1/19

Type: Full-time

Contact: KC Lynch (502)271-4654

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Maryhurst provides treatment programs for severely traumatized children who most often are victims of sexual, physical, and/or emotional abuse. Children in our care turn to risk-taking behaviors to cope with their pain. These behaviors can include such actions as running away, truancy, suicidal gesturing, delinquency, and substance abuse. Their issues are further complicated by years of multiple placements in foster care and hospital settings. In fact, prior to their involvement with Maryhurst, any one of our children is likely to have experienced an average of 20 out-of-home placements. We work hard to provide consistency, structure, and love for children. It is because of this philosophy and the hard work of staff and volunteers that our programs are successful. Today Maryhurst provides nine different programs that address the unique needs of more than 600 children and their families.

The Youth Counselor is responsible for providing a therapeutic atmosphere within the dorm or group home setting. This is an integral and rewarding role that provides structure, safety and care to severely traumatized children who most often are victims of sexual, physical, and/or emotional abuse. The Youth Counselor will monitor and interact with our kids during meals, while they do their chores and homework, during free time and at bedtime providing a consistent and warm environment that they desperately need. The Youth Counselor may dispense medications as necessary, keep accurate documentation, and attend weekly/monthly meetings. The Youth Counselor functions as a conscientious member of a team in cooperation with other staff members and under the supervision of a Program Supervisor to assist the kids in building positive coping strategies, independent living skills and healthy relationships. High school diploma or equivalent required. Bachelor’s degree and experience in working with adolescents preferred. Degrees in psychology, social work, education are beneficial, but not required. The applicant must have the following abilities: To work as a team member; perform basic writing, communications, and computer skills; function as a group leader and role model in relation to troubled youth; respond appropriately to the emotional and physical needs of adolescents within a structured group setting.

All Shifts: Persons applying for these positions must be willing and able to perform “Safe Crisis Management”, a technique used to restrain or transport a resident who has temporarily lost control of their behavior. Maryhurst provides extensive training opportunities for all employees who will have direct contact with the clients.

The applicant must also possess a valid driver’s license. 2nd shift positions are scheduled from 2:00pm to 12:00am during the week and from either 8:00am – 4:00pm, 10: 00 am to 6:00pm or 4:00pm – 12:00am on the weekends. Currently weekend shifts are required for all Youth Counselors. Starting pay rates are as follows: High School Diploma – $12.25 per hour Bachelor’s Degree – $13.00 per hour Preferred Bachelor’s Degree – $14.00 an hour (Preferred degrees are Psychology, Social Work, Criminal Justice, Education, Child and Family Studies, Human Services and Sociology.)

Benefits available to Full Time Staff available 90 days from start date:
Humana Health Insurance and Wellness plan, Delta Dental Insurance, Ameritas Vision Coverage, Short Term Disability and Voluntary Life Insurance, Critical Illness Insurance, Gym Membership, Flex Spending Accounts for Medical and Day Care expenses, Retirement plan and Student Debt Loan Repayment plan. Maryhurst also offers free Life Insurance and Long-Term Disability.

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