Youth Care Counselor (Group Home)

Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services - Van Nuys, CA (30+ days ago)3.7


The Group Home Youth Care Counselor (YCC) provides supervision, careandprotection of all Group Home residents. As a member of the Group Home's treatment team, the YCC is an important agent in setting the Group Home's tone and direction and helping to choose priorities for the group. He/she helps to develop an atmosphere within the Group Home where residents can learn to make appropriate choices, improve their judgment and increase the probability of meeting their treatment goals. A large part of the YCC’s role involves basic activities which most directlyeffectresidents; their physical and emotional needs; social demands; training and limit setting.


  • Daily care, protectionandsupervision of Group Home residents.
  • Implements discipline and limit setting.
  • Provides role modeling, understanding, guidance and example in order to promote in the resident a better understanding of himself/herself and the society in which he/she lives.
  • Provides for the residents' emotional and physical well-being, ensuring that interventions for clients are individualized andtrauma focused.
  • Familiarizes self with the principles of behavioral dynamics and group therapy, and to assist residents in handling their problems and working effectively with a group.
  • Charts the daily progress and maintains log notations and communications with Therapist and Manager.
  • Attends and participates in mandatory training and in-services as required.


  • Maintains Group Home log and medical log entries.
  • Administers and supervises house rules and discipline on a consistent level.
  • Supervises group outings, whether for shopping, medical appointments or recreation.
  • Assists in the planning and implement recreational programs.
  • Participates in and leads group meetings.
  • Attends all staff meetings.
  • Responsible for the cleanliness and upkeep of the home and vehicles.
  • Reports all special incidents.
  • Participates in preparing meals for residents.
  • Follows directions and assignments bysupervisoras needed.
  • Drives residents in agency vehicles as needed. As a driver, you must be certified in CPR & First Aid and be able to administer both CPR and First Aid when necessary.
  • Supervises medication regiment for regularly scheduled medications as needed.
  • Provides tutoring and schooling needs for residents as requested.
  • Ability to verbally communicate well with others.
  • Makes walking rounds of the complete grounds and buildings.
  • Completes weekly caseloads and assigned staff duties.


  • Direct care staff shall meet one of the following requirements prior to employment:
  • Have a Bachelor of Arts or Sciences Degree;
  • Have a valid Child Development Teaching Permit;
  • Have completed12 semesterunits of Early Childhood Education, Adolescent Development, or Foster and Kinship Care Education and have at least 100 hours of experience working with youth;
  • Have a valid certificate as an Alcohol Counselor, Drug Counselor or Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and have at least 100 hours of experience working with youth;
  • Have a valid Vocational Training certificate, credential or documentation demonstrating that the individual is a trade journeyperson who instructs children in vocational skills and have at least 100 hours of experience working with youth; or
  • Have previously been employed as a staff or volunteer at a group home or short-term residential therapeutic center for at least one year.
  • Have relevant experience as determined by the department to meet any of the above requirements.
  • Direct care staff shall be at least 21 years of age.
  • This subparagraph shall not apply to direct care staff employed before October 1,2014by a short-term residential therapeutic program that was operating as a group home license prior to January 1, 2017.
  • Direct care staff shall meet the training requirements.
  • A group home child care staff who was hired prior to January 1,2017by a facility transitioning to a short-term residential therapeutic program shall not be required to meet the requirements of this section in order to remain employed in a short-term residential therapeutic program as a direct care staff.
  • Personal characteristics to be able to work effectively with the children in placement as well as adequate knowledge, skillsandexperience.
  • Ability to be comfortable with the adolescents and be responsive to their needs.
  • Ability to accept the children’s parents regardless of their difference in values and standards of conduct.
  • Possesses the moral integrity, sense of values and a social commitment of the highest standards as required of all staff dealing with adolescents.
  • Able to handle crises.
  • All employees, regardless of position, serve as role models for children and adolescents who are served by our agencies. Therefore, each employee must at all times be emotionally stable and able to function effectively with children, adolescentsandadults who may have mental or behavioral health problems. The staff must be able to demonstrate appropriate daily behavior, appropriate expression of emotions as well as appropriate role modeling. Hostility, aggression, and unnecessary or inappropriate physical and/or emotional expression are not acceptable.


Must be able to pass criminal/fingerprinting background check, TB Test, Physical Exam and Drug

Testing. Must have and maintain a valid California Driver’s License and a clear DMV record for at least 5 years.

Must have the visual, physical and technical ability to independently operate a variety of office

equipment including the use of a computer. Will also require bending, stooping, filing, lifting

of at least 50 lbs. or more and able to interrupt physical altercations.

We offer a benefits package:

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Care Plan
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Holidays (11)
  • Paid Vacation Time
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan (up to 4%)
  • Educational Reimbursement
  • Employee Referral Bonus Program

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $14.00 to $16.00 /hour


  • working with probation youth: 1 year


  • Bachelor's


  • Van Nuys, CA


  • CA Driver License