Family Counselor

Youth Villages
 Opelika, AL

Who is Youth Villages?

Youth Villages is a nonprofit organization striving to help troubled youth and families live successfully. We are a team of 3,000 individuals who’ve come together across 14 states to change the landscape of child welfare and juvenile justice across the country. Our work involves providing an array of counseling and treatment services to youth with severe emotional and behavioral problems.

Eighty-four percent of those who go through treatment are succeeding two years after leaving our program. These youth are living at home, remaining in school, and are not experiencing trouble with the law.

We believe strongly in investing in and supporting our employees. We offer candidates opportunities to develop a career and be part of a positive change in our country’s treatment of at-risk youth and families.

Responsibilities

Program Overview

This position is responsible for providing Multisystemic Therapy (MST) to youth ages 12 to 17 that display serious antisocial behaviors and are at-risk of placement out of the home due to their behaviors. Our MST program is built on the principle that the serious behavior problems of a child typically stem from a combination of influences including family factors, deviant peer group, problems in school or the community, and individual characteristics. The MST model calls for simultaneously addressing all of those inter-related areas.

Position Overview

Carries a caseload of 4-5 families.

Intensive treatment requires counselor to meet with each family at least three times per week.

Develops individualized treatment plans for each case.

Ongoing assessments and reviews of treatment progress are performed on a regular basis

Documents all sessions within a pre-established cycle time.

Documentation is web-based and most locations provide voice-recognition technology.

Counselors rotate on-call availability

Drive up to 60-80 miles to meet with families in the home

Counselors provide treatment in individual families' homes in a wide array of settings and communities

Works closely with multiple types of clinical supervision provided in individual and group settings led by trained and licensed MST professionals.

Review of progress generally occurs at frequent intervals.

Develops strong community relationships and resources with which to provide families as part of treatment.

Additional Information

Schedule is flexible and non-traditional; based around the availability of youth and families served.

Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, a personal vehicle to use for work purposes and auto insurance.

Community Based staff will be reimbursed for applicable mileage

Salary

$41000 - $48000 / year based on education and clinical license

Qualifications

Requirements

A Master’s degree in a social services discipline is required.

Degrees that can be considered include: social work, drug and alcohol education or counseling, psychology, criminal justice, guidance counseling, or marriage and family therapy. Other degrees will have to be evaluated further to determine if they meet the qualifications.

Experience with at-risk youth and their families

Experience doing family therapy or providing MST services is a plus

Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

Excellent written, verbal, and oral skills

Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously

Covid-19 Vaccine Requirement

As of October 15, 2021, Youth Villages has required the COVID-19 vaccine for all employees, excluding those with an approved medical or religious exemption, as a condition of employment to help ensure the safety of all employees and youth and families served.

Benefits

Medical, Dental, Prescription Drug Coverage and Vision

401 (k)

2 weeks 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

What’s next?

Are you ready to make difference? Apply now!

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.

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