The Residential Treatment Specialist provides direct service to children and adolescents with behavioral and emotional disorders in a residential setting. The position requires general supervision of residents, teaching appropriate daily living and social skills, implementation of the daily schedule, behavior management, crisis intervention, group work, implementation of recreational activities, report writing and records management, and overseeing all aspects of daily living for the residents. The RTS is expected to role model how to work cooperatively with their team. They are also expected to conduct themselves in a professional, ethical, and therapeutic manner at all times with residents, resident family members and co-workers.
Education/Job Experience/Certification: • BSW or BA/BS in Human Service field • Non-degreed or non-Human Service degree and has at least 5 years of related experience (human services, child welfare or crisis intervention). • Has a working knowledge of computer use. • Has familiarity with the UCAN Clinical Philosophy. • Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) certified or obtains within 30 days of employment. • Physical ability to use TCI restraint techniques as required. • First Aid/CPR certified or obtains within 30 days of employment. • Valid driver’s license with approval/authorization by DCFS to transport children. • At least 21 years of age.
Special Knowledge and Qualifications: • Meets the Medicaid criteria as a MHP. • Ability to effectively communicate with staff and clients. • Must be able to work as a team member. • Ability to provide leadership and guidance to other staff members.
Work Environment: • Crisis prevention and behavioral management techniques includes physically restraining and physically transporting residents. • May be asked to works in all areas of the facility. • Hazards include risk of exposure to communicable diseases and risks of injury associated with residents with emotional disorders.
UCAN builds strong youth and families through compassionate healing, education, and empowerment. Since the Civil War, UCAN has served the most vulnerable children, youth, and families, and has grown over 145 years into a premier social service agency serving over 10,000 individuals annually. UCAN programs address the impact of trauma: with a consistent presence, meaningful programs, and unrivaled ...organizational diversity and cultural competence. These trauma-informed programs include clinical and counseling services, support for pregnant or parenting teens, foster care placement, a therapeutic youth home, a therapeutic day school, transitional living programs, workforce development, youth leadership development, and violence prevention. At the heart of it all, UCAN’s vision is that youth who have suffered trauma can become our future leaders. UCAN is a consistent and compassionate presence in the lives of those who are most at risk. We start with the premise that communities with challenges possess strengths upon which they can build. From this premise evolves an approach to community support that fosters collaboration with existing neighborhood resources to strengthen communities, one youth at a time. UCAN’s community efforts provide leadership development, supportive jobs for youth, individual healing, and mentoring. UCAN's founding is rooted in spirituality. In 1869, UCAN was founded by members of St. Pauls United Church of Christ (UCC) to provide a home for orphaned children of Civil War soldiers. The UCC and its predecessors have long advocated for social justice, including the struggle for the abolition of slavery and being the first to ordain African-Americans, women, and openly gay persons as clergy. Diversity is a core UCAN value, reflected in our staff, our minority-led Board of Directors, and our clients. It is vitally important that UCAN counteract the influence of discrimination on our communities, families and youth.