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Part-time Youth Counselor-Summer Part Time

at Four Oaks in Cedar Rapids, IA

Four Oaks is now accepting applications for multiple summer and part-time openings!

The Youth Counselor is responsible for assessing clients interactions on location; formulating interventions based on the identified treatment plan; evaluating the progress of treatment goals; providing direct care services on assigned unit(s) completing documentation as assigned; supporting the agency mission as well as program mission & values, practicing safe & responsible work habits.

In this position, you will play a critical role in the day-to-day care of the children including the use of Trauma Informed Care. This treatment method allows us to look beyond a child's behavior to the deeper trauma that caused it. This approach helps heal the child so they can truly move successfully into adulthood.


Provides consistent, individualized reinforcement to client behavior, using daily issues to teach and reinforce adaptive behaviors.
Utilizes a proactive/preventive method of intercepting problems to neutralize them before the y escalate.
Strategically utilizes identified behavior management techniques and other de-escalation training to assist clients in developing appropriate behaviors.
Assists clients in developing insight into their behaviors so that they learn to self-identify and self correct.
Understands the impact of client’s behaviors on their own actions/reactions in the workplace and utilizes team feedback to enhance the effectiveness of their interventions.
Knows the population and is aware of individualized treatment plan.
Provides daily living supervision and treatment intervention.
Establishes a therapeutic relationship with the client based on trust & respect.
Evaluates the impact of behavioral, group treatment, and life-space interventions and provides direction/feedback.
Assures consistent, ongoing, and timely provision for basic client needs.
Follows medication management guidelines.
Safely transports youth to/from program activities and community resources monitoring behaviors and following agency transportation protocols.
Effectively participates in team to review case progress and provide best programming.


To qualify you must be at least 18 years of age and possess a High School Diploma or GED. A Bachelor's Degree in a Human Services related field of study is preferred. Additional requirements include:

Desire to help kids succeed
Prior experience working with children in a mental health setting preferred
Strong communication and problem solving abilities
Basic computer skills in a MS Office environment
We have many different programs in search of Youth Counselors across the Cedar Rapids area!

About the Psychiatric Medical Institute for Children (PMIC)

The Psychiatric Medical Institute for Children (PMIC) is designed especially for children between the ages of 5 and 13 in the Mason City Program who present serious emotional and behavioral problems. The basic foundation of this program is designed to develop positive self-concepts, social and problem-solving skills while integrating child and family treatment components.

About the Chemical Dependency Plus Program (CD+)

This residential program is jointly staffed and supported with Four Oaks and the Area Substance Abuse Council, utilizing each agency’s unique strengths. CD+ has a capacity of 20 conduct disordered and chemically dependent adolescents in a highly structured environment.

About the Comprehensive and Enhanced Residential Treatment Program (RT)

Residential treatment services are designed for youth with a variety of needs. These program focuses on the family-based approach, partnering with families in teaching cognitive self-control, personal coping skills, behavioral interventions, living skills accountability, and self-responsibility. Enhanced programs are tailored to each youth’s specific needs.

About the Sexual Abuse Treatment and Re-Orientation Program (STOP)

STOP serves adolescent males who have sexual behavior problems in an enhanced residential treatment facility and in their community-based out-patient program. Components of treatment include individual and family therapy, individual core counseling, and group skill training.

At Four Oaks We Believe…

At Four Oaks, we believe that every child needs the opportunity to succeed. It’s more than our mission – it’s the passion that permeates everything we do. Four Oaks has grown to become one of the state’s largest agencies devoted to child welfare, juvenile justice and behavioral health. We recognize that children come to us from a variety of circumstances, which makes it important for us to reach kids and families where they are right now. For that reason, we provide prevention, intervention and treatment programs and services.

Although we work with more than 15,000 kids and families in all 99 counties each year, each child is unique and treated as a single, special someone who needs some kind of support. Children may come to us with psychiatric and emotional problems; they stay with us until they feel secure. Some have been in trouble with the law, got into drugs or ran away from home; that’s when we work with them to teach them a better way to live. Others have challenges in the classroom; we teach them in a way that works for them. And when kids need a safe, secure home, we find foster care or a forever family.

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