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Transitional Counselor

Company: Maryville Academy
Location: Des Plaines
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Make a difference to individuals and our community today and for many years to come! Maryville Academy has an opening for a full-time Transitional Counselor in our St. Dominic Savio Program.

About Maryville Academy

For more than 134 years, Maryville has been committed to providing protection and guidance to children. As the world has changed, so have the needs of the families and children we serve. Maryville has adapted by focusing on our communitys most critical issues. Today, our range of programs includes residential care, mental health services, healthcare and family support services, as well as a variety of educational and youth development offerings. Maryvilles mission is to help children and families to reach their fullest potential by empowering intellectual, spiritual, moral and emotional growth.

About the St. Dominic Savio Transitional Program for Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) Involved Youth

The Transitional Program for Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) Involved Youth provides residential and support services to young men under the age of 21 to help them successfully transition from the Juvenile Justice System to life in the community.

About the Transitional Counselor Position

The Transitional Counselor is responsible for direct service to Transitional IDJJ Program youth in a residential setting. Transitional Counselors will work with youth to reduce verbal/physical aggression towards self/others, reduce criminal activity, increase compliance with societal and programmatic rules, reduce mental illness symptoms (and psychiatric hospitalizations), and increase empathetic understanding as evidenced by therapeutic compliance and participation in individual and group therapy. The overall goal is to maximize youths likelihood of successful transition to a less restrictive alternative and community re-integration.

Essential Functions

* Demonstrates knowledge of the principles of restorative justice and implements those principles in daily interactions with youth in the Program.
* Supervises youth utilizing the principles of the ARC model of trauma-informed care.
* Guides youth in the development of skills or strategies for dealing with their problems - teaching life skills, independent living skills and vocational and job readiness skills.
* Facilitates youth engagement in their treatment process, promoting positive attitudes, skills and coping mechanisms to encourage on-going recovery and community re-integration.
* Prepares treatment records and reports in a timely fashion
* Monitors youths self-administration of medication, as needed.
* Plans, organizes or leads structured programs of work, recreation or social activities for the youth.
* Performs crisis interventions with youth using Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI) techniques when required.
* Participates in individual and treatment team meetings and offers viable clinical input facilitating informed decisions concerning programming and client care.
* Fully understands treatment goals of the program and applies Maryville treatment paradigms, resources and materials to achieve positive client outcome.
* Facilitates group counselling/ skills training sessions assisting youth in skill development in specific target areas as outlined in the treatment plan.
* Interacts professionally and works effectively as a treatment team member.

Position Requirements


* Bachelors Degree in a Human Services field preferred;
* Or Bachelor's degree in counseling and guidance, rehabilitation counseling, social work, education, vocational counseling, psychology, pastoral counseling, family therapy, or related human service field;
* Or Bachelor's degree in any other field with 2 years of supervised clinical experience in a mental health setting;
* Or High School Diploma with minimum of 5 years work with children with behavioral and mental health issues.


* Ability to maintain healthy and appropriate treatment boundaries;
* Ability to monitor safety, demonstrate group management skills and effectively deescalate potentially volatile situations
* Possesses a valid Drivers License in compliance with the driving standards as identified on Form CFS-671. Able to drive a passenger van and transport youth
* Utilization of computer for program documentation and communication needs
* Excellent communication skills (verbally and in writing) to communicate with Maryville youth, supervisors, coworkers, and support agencies.

Physical Demands:

* Required to sit, stand, walk, bend, and drive for extended periods of time. Ability to walk up and down stairs;
* Required to lift/move objects and/or youth weighing in excess of 40 pounds;
* Must possess ability to provide physical restraint to youth as needed;
* Must have the visual, hearing, and learning capabilities sufficient to perform the essential job functions defined above.

Environment and Scheduling:

* Will perform work in, and in association with, Maryville program settings, including but not limited to schools, recreational facilities, court rooms, hospitals, correctional/detention institutions, and various community settings;
* Duties involve contact with youth who may be hostile, dangerous, threatening, aggressive, suicidal and/or under the influence of drugs and alcohol;
* Must be flexible in scheduling and willing to work evening and weekend shifts.

Why Join the Maryville Family?

Maryville offers all full-time employees:

* PPO health insurance options
* Vision Insurance
* Dental insurance (after one year of service)
* FSA and HSA
* 403(b)
* Paid vacation and sick days
* 9 paid holidays a year
* Long Term Disability and Life Insurance (after one year of service)
* Tuition reimbursement (after one year of service)

For more information about all of the services that Maryville provides, please visit our website at

Keywords: Maryville Academy, Des Plaines , Transitional Counselor, Other , Des Plaines, Illinois

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