Youth Counselor

NFI Massachusetts - Worcester, MA3.9

Full-timeEstimated: $40,000 - $52,000 a year
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NFI Massachusetts Inc. operates two IRTP's in Worcester, MA. We are currently seeking full time/part time and overnight Youth Counselors. The IRTP's are short-term locked facilities serving male and female youth who are referred through the Department of Mental Health (DMH).

Located at the Worcester Recovery Center & Hospital, NFI’s two, fifteen bed IRTPs are state-wide residential programs for adolescents who have a serious mental illness and/or severe emotional and/or behavioral disturbances.

The two programs provide vigorous treatment in a locked setting for youth who are unable to be safely treated in a less restrictive setting. The programs are highly resourced with highly trained and credentialed staff which include child psychiatry, nursing, occupational therapy, clinical services, in-house education and therapeutic milieu.

Youth are referred by the Department of Mental Health (DMH). The program is structured in a trauma-informed, family focused environment. Both the D1 and D2 units utilize peer mentors as a support to the youth placed; peer mentors are staff that have lived experience in program placement and have gone on to fulfill their educational and professional goals, and work part time supporting youth at the IRTP on the path to recovery. The therapeutic milieu and educational day programming are designed to foster success after transition out of the program.

We are seeking dedicated and qualified candidates with strong leadership skills to provide direct care to youth served within the program.

A Youth Counselor is responsible for:
Ensuring the safety and security of the youth served.
Providing these youth support
Mentoring
Guidance
Demonstrating positive role modeling so they may elect healthier choices to and learn new skills to use upon their discharge from the program.
JOB REQUIREMENTS

Qualified candidates will preferably possess a Bachelor's degree in psychology, sociology or other related field of study.
And/or extensive experience working with a similar population, or a combination of education and experience.
Valid driver's license and a reliable vehicle is a must.