Thursday , March 30 2023

Youth Services Specialist – Colorado State Jobs

Website State of Colorado

Job Description:

Positions provide direct care security, supervision, and support of detained and/or committed youth in Division of Youth Services (DYS) State Operated Secure Residential Facilities within a trauma responsive environment. The Position serves a complex adolescent population with various behavioral health disorders, trauma and criminal behaviors.. Facilities are 24/7 and position shifts are dependent on openings.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Maintain a safe environment through appropriate supervision and use of behavioral management skills and interventions in order to guide youth through daily living and leisure activities.
  • Facilitate educational, skill development, recreation, and other youth groups and activities.
  • Support treatment and case plan goals and objectives developed by the Behavioral Health & Medical Services unit.
  • Implement and document suicide precautions monitoring, safety plans and behavior agreements for those youth at high risk of hurting themselves or others or demonstrating other serious behavioral concerns.
  • Conduct searches of individuals and rooms for contraband items.
  • Reinforce use of safe practices including methods of supervision and structure that maintain a non-violent environment.
  • Inspect and ensure the safety and security of doors, windows, and youth center grounds.
  • Develop and maintain professional relationships with youth to support them in their programming.
  • Inspect common areas and youth center living units to maintain health, safety and sanitation standards.
  • Utilize computer software to document incident reports and other activities when required.
  • Adhere to and reinforce established DYS rules, policies, and procedures and utilize proper protocols when responding to critical incidents, physical altercations, medical emergencies, fire drills and other incidents.
  • Monitor secure perimeter and monitor and control access to restricted areas.
  • Teach, coach and redirect youth within the behavior management program and role model prosocial behavior at all times.
  • Provide supervision and support of community transition/reintegration opportunities for youth.
  • Use conflict management, non-escalation and de-escalation skills and, in emergencies, use approved physical response techniques when all other interventions have failed.

Job Requirements:

  • Ability to study information and recount events in a written, factual, concise, and legible method.
  • Ability to verbally communicate clearly and willingness to do so respectfully
  • Self control, composure and the ability to manage stressful situations.
  • Skilled in conflict management.
  • Ability to identify and act on changes, inappropriate activity, hazards or potential security breaches and verbally communicate pertinent information.
  • Sound judgment and decision making skills.
  • Strong work ethic, integrity and dependability.

Qualification & Experience:

  • High school diploma or General Education Diploma, (GED).
  • College education in a behavioral health and or juvenile justice related field.
  • Experience working with youth in positive leadership roles, such as mentoring and coaching.
  • Experience facilitating psychoeducational groups; Education/experience working with adolescents who have trauma;
  • Experience utilizing verbal de-escalation and motivational techniques.
  • Experience working with adjudicated and/or detained youth within a secure residential facility and/or a behavioral health setting;

Job Details:

Company: State of Colorado

Vacancy Type: Full Time

Job Location: Westminster, CO, US

Application Deadline: N/A

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