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Senior Mentor: REGIONS-Staff Secure Residential Treatment Program

Location: Hartford
Posted on: September 22, 2022

Job Description:

Senior Mentor: REGIONS-Staff Secure Residential Treatment Program for Male Youth, Hartford, CT SHIFT: 2nd Shift (4:00 PM - 12:00 AM), Thursday/Friday Off One of the oldest organizations of its kind in the country, Community Partners in Action (CPA) was founded nearly 150 years ago to champion criminal justice reform and advocate for preserving the dignity of those in and out of prison. Through our programs that include reentry and housing, youth initiatives, a nationally recognized Prison Arts Program, and holistic alternatives to incarceration, we provide a long-term impact that positively transforms individuals and society at large. Annually serving nearly 7,000 individuals throughout Connecticut, our work is possible due to partnerships with and support from individuals, government, private funders, organizations, and businesses.CPA is proud of the diversity of our organization. Over 80% of our participants, three-fourths of our employees, and close to half of our board are people of color. However, the reality is that diversity does not always mean equity and inclusion. Therefore, our Board of Directors, Leadership Team, and staff are working together on our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Initiative. We are currently in the internal discovery stages of the initiative. Read more about our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion journey at Community Partners in Action. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The REGIONS Staff Secure Program is a residential treatment program for up to 8 male youth. The mission of the program is to provide a home-like environment with a trauma-informed, culturally responsive, gender-specific, linguistically appropriate, strengths-based, and relationship-driven milieu for the youth to help them improve their social, physical and emotional well-being. Our vision is to therapeutically intervene in the cycle of offending to reduce the youth's risk factors and prevent them from transitioning into the adult justice system. Our treatment philosophy is one that is individualized, designed to help the youth develop a positive self-image, learn effective coping skills, experience success, gain confidence, build positive relationships, achieve behavioral changes and re-enter their communities better equipped to succeed.The youth in this program may have a high violence risk but it is not likely to be chronic and/or had later onset. The youth are not likely to have a history of violence nor be at risk for future violence. They are at a reduced risk to public safety and if they AWOL their behavior is not likely to involve violence or public safety risk. The youth in the REGIONS Staff Secure Program are amenable to treatment. POSITION REQUIREMENTS The ideal candidate will have a bachelor's degree with experience working with at risk or court-involved adolescents, residential treatment programs and demonstrated supervisory experience. Equivalent experience and training with specific experience in a juvenile residential program may be considered. Knowledge of the juvenile justice system and the operation of juvenile residential programs. Understanding and knowledge of gender-specific, trauma-informed, culturally responsive and linguistically appropriate issues and needs. Strong interpersonal, communication, emotional intelligence, decision making and crisis management skills. Ability to interact effectively with a multi-cultural population. Must share the belief that people can change and individuals in need deserve quality services and an opportunity to succeed.Must have and maintain a valid CT driver's license and have reliable transportation. Must be able to transport clients to appointments and into the community, have the capacity to become medication and Safe Crisis Management (SCM) certified, and work additional hours and/or overtime as needed. Bi-lingual ability (Spanish/English) preferred.Selected candidates will be required to attend and pass all phases of an approximately 7 week pre-service training followed by a course of shadowing in the facility. Skills to be acquired will include suicide prevention, CPR, First Aid, Safe Crisis Management, and other skills relevant to the care and safety of the youth as well as the safety of staff. The pre-service training will include the proper application of approved restraint techniques. Incumbents should be aware that there is a risk of injury from assaultive or abusive juveniles and exposure to communicable diseases is possible. RESPONSIBILITIES Provide supervision of shift activities including assistance and guidance to Youth Mentors. Make operational decisions around the safety of the youth. Assist Program Manager and/or Assistant Program Manager as required. Direct supervision of youth in daily activities including school and groups. Maintain a safe, strengths-based, gender responsive, trauma informed, linguistically appropriate and culturally sensitive environment. Implement all agency/program policies and procedures governing facility operations to ensure compliance. Ensure that all necessary logs, incident reports, inspections and forms are completed as required. Supervise, train, coach, develop and evaluate Youth Mentors. In the absence of the Program Manager and Assistant Program Manager, assume the operational responsibilities of the program. Oversee the proper use of equipment and other program property. Meet with management team and other staff on a regular basis to clarify operational policies and procedures and review programming. Maintain accountability for location of the youth at all times. Mediate and resolve youth problems. Handle all situations in a manner consistent with relational and strengths-based practices, and in accordance with policies and procedures. As necessary, utilize approved verbal and/or physical intervention skills. Utilize program behavior motivational procedures as needed. Initiate Egregious Behavior Protocol when needed after hours. De-escalate and use of restraint techniques when needed if harm to self or others is exhibited; do not restrain to prevent AWOL or minor property destruction and maintain communication with all necessary parties about the restraint. Monitor youth visiting, maintaining professional boundaries with youth and their families/visitors. Facilitate groups and conduct therapeutic programming under the supervision of the Rehabilitation Therapist. Reinforce youth's individual treatment plan. Serve as a role model to youth and staff modeling pro-social behaviors. Establish and maintain professional boundaries with all staff, youth and providers. Conduct both formal and informal counts and complete internal and external facility security and safety checks. Complete pre-post assignments and all required on-going training. Conduct investigations as required. Knowledge of universal precautions and related issues including risks of communicable diseases. Conduct "Pat Downs" of Youth and Visitors to maintain security. Perform other duties as required. Applicants must be able and willing to work evening and/or night shifts, weekends and holidays. Mandatory overtime is likely. _ONLY CANDIDATES SELECTED FOR INTERVIEW WILL BE CONTACTED_ An Equal Opportunity Employer Committed to Affirmative Action Job Type: Full-timePay: $18.50 - $18.98 per hourBenefits: 401(k) Dental insurance Employee assistance program Flexible spending account Health insurance Health savings account Life insurance Paid time off Retirement plan Vision insuranceSchedule: 8 hour shiftCOVID-19 considerations:Masks, social distancing and regular hygiene is required. Facilities cleaned frequently.Education: Bachelor's (Preferred)Experience: working with at risk or court-involved adolescents: 1 year (Preferred)Language: Spanish (Preferred)License/Certification: Driver's License (Required)Work Location: One location

Keywords: COMMUNITY PARTNERS IN ACTION, Hartford , Senior Mentor: REGIONS-Staff Secure Residential Treatment Program, Other , Hartford, Connecticut

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