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Position Title

    Bilingual Youth Counselor


    The Bilingual Youth Counselor (BYC) is a member of our team providing twenty-four
    hour shift supervision in a residential facility designed as a therapeutic environment.
    Within this setting youth receive individualized treatment, mental health services,
    educational and vocational services, recreation and physical education activities,
    and scheduled daily activities. Youth Counselors support the Individual Treatment
    Plans and Strength Based Behavior Management Plans for each youth, and act in
    accordance with the individuals’ needs and abilities. Youth Counselors support youth
    feeling safe in the program, provide transportation to meet medical and legal needs,
    and motivate and engage the youth to stay in and participate in their program. The
    BYC functions as a counselor to all residents and is assigned as primary counselor
    for one to three residents.


    A. Treatment Tasks
        1. Maintain a favorable living and treatment environment in which the residents
            - by insuring that youth have a safe and clean place in which to live.
            - by demonstrating to youth that they are respected and understood as        
            - by demonstrating to youth that people care about them and will take care of
            - by demonstrating that adults can help them deal with unacceptable behavior
            without being punitive, retaliatory, or rejecting.
            - by demonstrating that youth will receive protection and guidance in controlling
            their impulses until their own controls are established.
            - by modeling appropriate behavior, language and attitudes.
        2. Participate in incorporating and supervising student interns and volunteers in
        performing program activities in cooperation with the volunteer coordinator.
        3. Model pleasant, positive attitude, good disposition, and appropriate humor.
        4. Demonstrate self-control in stressful situations.
        5. Use preventative as opposed to reactive floor management skills.
        6. Complete a De-escalation and Restraint training within the first 45 days of
        employment to be eligible to be involved in the restraint of a resident if necessary.
        7. Maintain appropriate physical structure and house schedule and safety.
        8. Remain visible and available to residents at all times.
        9. Facilitate regularly scheduled groups and call groups as needed to address
        residential house problems and concerns.
        10. When appropriate attend court, family therapy sessions, or appointments as
        11. Assist in planning a wide range of recreational activities. Occasionally be
        available for extended recreational outings.
        12. Develop plans with residents for constructive use of free time.
        13. Participate in supervising classroom and participate in activities under the
        direction of the DCS teacher as requested or to meet census compliance.

    B. Housekeeping Tasks
        1. Teach, supervise and model various chores, including meal set-up and clean-up,
        room care, residence and grounds maintenance.
        2. Take initiative for and supervise residents in completing allowance chores and
        household tasks.
        3. Demonstrate concern and pride in the environment. Create a clean and pleasant
        surrounding and encourage safe and careful treatment of all agency property.
        4. Take responsibility for reporting any damage to agency property and when
        appropriate, discipline for damage in accord with Friends of Youth policy.
        5. Maintain linen, toiletry and clothing items. Teach, encourage and model personal
        6. Prepare meals and snacks as necessary. Support appropriate table behavior
        and conversation.
        7. Maintain prescribed medications in a secure area and dispense as instructed.
        8. Assist residents with school assignments and meet with DCS teacher/aide to
        review assignments and/or special instructions.

    C. Monitoring Tasks
        1. Make every effort to protect and secure resident's property.
        2. Monitor residents' health, transport to medical appointments as assigned by
        Program Supervisor/Medication Coordinator.
        3. Monitor and document the whereabouts of all residents at all times.
        4. Report any known or suspected abuse, exploitation or neglect of residents in
        consultation with management to Child Protective Services and per DCS policies
        and procedures.
        5. Monitor and assist Program Supervisor in training volunteers, interns and relief
        staff in the completion of their duties and service time.

    D. Participate as a Member of the Treatment Team
        1. Assist in establishing treatment goals in various program areas consistent with
        agency policy, subject to review of Clinical Program Manager. Monitor performance
        in relation to the goals, providing feedback and modifying them as necessary.
        2. Read each treatment plan, become familiar with specific goals for each youth.
        3. Be familiar with both the agency treatment philosophy and program, as well as
        the individual treatment and goals for each resident.
        4. Attend and participate in weekly staff meetings.
        5. Contribute to discussions, offer input and feedback concerning both residents
        and co-workers.
        6. Initiate conflict resolution.
        7. Display positive morale; speak positively and objectively about the program.
        8. Attend agency or professional training, seminars, or conferences to increase
        professional knowledge.
        9. Encourage the involvement of family members and support persons when

    E. Primary Counselor Responsibilities
        1. Listen and respond to youth concerns on an individual basis, helping him clarify
        and understand his own feelings, attitudes and behaviors.
        2. Provide personal attention.
        3. Respect confidentiality.
        4. Demonstrate acceptance of, and establish a positive relationship with each
        5. Interact with youth in a non-judgmental manner.
        6. Understand dynamics of teen development, and incorporate knowledge into
        daily interactions with youth.
        7. Take initiative to solve problems.
        8. Assist in developing and implementing individual treatment plans.
        9. Meet weekly with youth assigned to you.
        10. Maintain youth charts assuring completeness in accordance with the Table of
        11. Complete and submit all treatment plans and reports, quarterly reports, and
        discharge summaries to the Clinical Program Manager for approval in a timely
        12. Assist the Case Manager by completing and sending to the proper authorities
        the required DCS paperwork per policy and procedure.
        13. Once a month, present the youth's case in the team meeting for the purpose of
        reviewing and updating the individual treatment plan.
        14. Help youth develop an appropriate, healthy, supportive relationship with peers
        and staff. Help the resident clarify the reason for placement.
        15. Develop and implement assigned residents' treatment plans with the
        collaboration and approval by the CPM.
        16. In conjunction with the Case Manager and consistent with residents' treatment
        plans, maintain contact with those significant people in the resident's life who
        support his growth and have ongoing involvement in his case.
        17. Create and maintain the residents' charts.
        18. Complete any other tasks assigned by supervisors or management.
        19. Group facilitation.
        20. Learn Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and implement core modalities in
        milieu management.

    F. Communicate Information in Verbal, Non-Verbal, Written Form, and Maintain    
    Required Forms and Records
        1. Provide objective descriptive narrative of behavior events.
        2. Understand and separate one's own belief and value system from interpretation
        on behavior and events.
        3. Be straight-forward and concise in communications.
        4. Show congruency between verbal and non-verbal messages.
        5. Maintain daily communication log and milieu notes of behavior on each youth
        per shift.
        6. Set up accounts, log entry, and disburse allowance and earnings funds for youth
        consistent with DCS guidelines.
        7. Record medication receipts and disbursements as directed by Medication
        8. Record fund receipts and disbursements.
        9. Assist in yearly inventory.
        10. Complete incident reports per agency and DCS policy.
        11. Record meal counts at each meal.
        12. Complete other reports as requested by supervisor(s).
        13. Maintain vehicle mileage log.

Required Skills and Qualifications

    A. Education and Experience
        1. Bachelor of Arts Degree in the social sciences area, fluency in Spanish, and
        Central American cultural experience preferred.
        2. One year of experience in working with emotionally disturbed youth.
        3. Must have a valid Washington State driver's license or be able to obtain one by
        date of employment.
        4. Employees and volunteers who operate their own or Friends of Youth vehicles on
        Friends of Youth business must have a safe driving record as defined by Friends of
        Youth. Employees and volunteers who operate their own vehicle(s) on Friends of
        Youth business must carry auto liability insurance that complies with the
        requirements of Friends of Youth.
        5. Must have a Red Cross First Aid Card, CPR and Food Handlers permit, or be
        able to obtain one within thirty days of employment.
        6. Must pass TB screening.
        7. Must successfully pass criminal history check (WAC 388-148-0035).
        8. Education or experience in cultural competency.

    B. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
        1. Fluent in Spanish
        2. Knowledge of laws, policies, and ethical concerns relating to confidentiality.
        3. Knowledge of immigration court systems, legal parameters, and
        therapeutic/legal, interfacing with youth.
        4. Able to accept the role of authority in youth/adult relationship.
        5. Role model health, good attitude and appropriate humor.
        6. Continuing awareness of development and research in the field of youth
        7. Know personal stressors and weaknesses, and work to overcome them.
        8. Knowledge of relevant COA standards, participation in the Quality Improvement
        process and knowledge of DCS policies and procedures.
        9. Must demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences and a
        commitment to the value of cultural competency.


    Full Time



Reports to

    Program Supervisor



Application Deadline

    Open until filled


    Please send resume to Barry Oman at

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