Your child and depression

No parent or guardian ever wants to see their child suffering whether it’s physical or emotional pain. As parents, it could be easier to tend to a wound you could see, but it could be harder when it’s a wound you can’t see because it’s on the inside.

Identifying Depression in Children

Timely recognition and treatment for children can change, or even save, their lives. Depression consists of persistent feelings of sadness, irritability and hopelessness. This can drastically affect the way one feels, thinks and acts. Quite often, depression is not diagnosed or treated in children because the symptoms are passed off as normal emotional and psychological changes that occur during development. Research shows that about 60 percent of children living with depression are not receiving any form of treatment.

Depression in children presents itself differently than it does in adults, often causing it to be easily missed. Children may not have the emotional maturity or ability to talk about their feelings as an adult might. Symptoms will vary from child to child, but most children with depression will display a noticeable change in their academics, social life and/or self-esteem.

Common Symptoms of Depression in Children Include:

  • Bodily symptoms (restlessness, stomachaches, headaches or digestive issues)
  • Increased irritability
  • Persistent feelings of sadness
  • Withdrawal from family, friends or activities they once enjoyed
  • Drastic changes in sleep or appetite
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Increased fatigue and low energy
  • Frequent outbursts or temper tantrums

What Causes Depression in Children?

Genetics and the environment both play a huge role in causing depression in children. With a child who has depression, they will have persistent feelings of sadness, irritability, hopelessness and worthlessness that can be caused by different factors in their life. Children with a family history of violence, substance abuse, physical abuse or sexual abuse are at a greater risk of depression than those without.

Other Common Causes of Depression in Children Include:

  • Physical illness (such as diabetes, epilepsy or cancer)
  • Harmful environment (community or home)
  • Family history of depression
  • Substance abuse
  • Stressful life events
  • The loss of a loved one

Get Your Child the Help They Need at the Youth Crisis Center

When a child’s everyday routine is disturbed by their depressive symptoms, it’s time to get them help. YCC’s Family Link program provides professional and compassionate short-term outpatient counseling services for families with children ages 6-17 who are experiencing any concerns that disrupts the health and stability of the family. These services are available at no cost to residents of Baker, Clay, Duval, St. Johns and Nassau counties through appointments at the child’s school or other community locations. Our therapists have master’s degrees and extensive experience in a wide range of family and youth concerns that include depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, chronic behavior problems, homelessness, running away, poor academic performance, and truancy.

Click to learn more about Family Link and the 5 Ways to Strengthen Your Family. All Family Link counseling sessions are confidential. To learn more about services, please call (904) 725-6662.

 

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Youth Crisis Center Job Fair

The Youth Crisis Center is looking for dedicated staff to join its team. As YCC continues to grow and serve families in our community, there has been an increase in job vacancies and career opportunities. The Youth Crisis Center is expecting to have open interviews on August 18th at the administrative offices located at 3015 Parental Home Road in Jacksonville.

LEAD OUTPATIENT THERAPIST (Full-Time)

 

 

 

Youth Crisis Center, Jacksonville

The Lead Outpatient Therapist delivers outpatient therapeutic counseling to children, adolescents, young adults, and their families, to assist in helping them relieve mental and emotional suffering and assist in finding ways to change behaviors. The Lead Therapist works with clients on issues such as: anxiety, trauma, mood disturbances, family dynamics, abuse, poor self-esteem and other areas of life that are creating emotional, mental, spiritual and behavioral concerns.  The Lead Outpatient Therapist is also responsible for assisting the Clinical Director with the administration, planning, provision, consultation, and evaluation of the Outpatient Behavioral Health Program, including training and supervision of multidisciplinary professionals.  Will also be responsible for the billing of services to Medicaid and other insurance providers as needed.

 

Requirements/Qualifications:  Requires a Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, or a related counseling field from an accredited college/university recognized by the Florida Department of Education. Must have a Florida license or be able to be licensed within 30 days of being hired.  Must have a minimum of 1-year of leadership experience and a minimum of 3-years’ experience working with children, adolescents, young adults and families.  Experience with Medicaid and third party insurance service is required.  Experience with Electronic Health Records highly preferred. Must be able to successfully complete a pre-hire background screening and drug test.

 

CASE STAFFING COORDINATOR (Full-Time)

 

Youth Crisis Center, Jacksonville

The Case Staffing Coordinator is responsible for oversight of the Case Staffing Committee process which entails chairing the Committees in the five-county area. This includes preparation of all case staffing documentation and case presentation to the Case Staffing Committee. Additionally, preparation of documentation for CINS (Child in Need of Services) petitions, presentation in court hearings and completion of Judicial Reviews for court.  The Case Staffing Coordinator works with the CINS Attorney as necessary for case preparation. In conjunction with Case Managers, provide intensive case management services for youth ages 6 – 17 who are chronically truant, ungovernable, and/or runaways, are court involved or are likely to enter the CINS (Child-In-Need-of-Services) petition process, and may require more intensive and lengthy services.

 

Requirements/Qualifications:  Requires a Bachelor’s degree in social work, sociology, psychology, or any other human service-related degree from an accredited college or university recognized by Florida Department of Education; Must have at least one (1) year of related experience.  A valid Florida Driver’s License and safe driving record is required.  Must be able to successfully complete a pre-hire background screening and drug test.

 

DUVAL COUNTY CHARTER SCHOOL THERAPIST (Full/Time)

 

 

 

 

Youth Crisis Center, Jacksonville

(Field visits required)

The School Therapist provides short-term counseling within Duval County, with an emphasis on prevention. The School Therapist will work with individuals, families, and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. May help individuals deal with issues pertaining to the family such as family dynamics, parenting, and communication; suicidal/homicidal ideations; anger management; problems with self-esteem; peer related concerns, behavioral issues, and school related issues.

 

Requirements/Qualifications:  Requires a Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, or a related area of study from an accredited college or university recognized by the Florida Department of Education. Must have a minimum of two years of related experience in social work or counseling with at-risk youth and families.  Licensed-eligible in the State of Florida preferred, and must be willing to begin licensure supervision within 6 months of employment. A valid Florida driver’s license and safe driving record is required. Must be able to successfully complete a pre-hire background screening and drug test.

 

TRANSITIONAL LIVING SPECIALIST (Full-Time)

 

 

 

 

Position located in Clay County

The Transitional Living Specialist provides independent living skills through demonstration, observation, and instruction, to youth and young adults in the transitional living program (TSV) via individual and/or group settings.  The Transitional Living Specialist will also provide academic monitoring and transitional care services for TSV residents. Maintains a caseload of no more than 20 residents. Provides referrals to services for TSV residents as needed to ensure continuity of care. Maintains proper documentation in TSV resident client’s file, while maintaining confidentiality.

 

Requirements/Qualifications: Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and one year of related experience or a Bachelor’s Degree in another field and a minimum of two (2) years related work experience. Experience working with clients who have been in the dependency care system preferred. Computer skills a must. Must have a valid FL Driver’s License.  Requires a working knowledge of principles and concepts related to Transitional Living Programs, knowledge of Independent Living Skills training curriculum and resources, and knowledge of effective behavior management techniques for residents. Must be able to successfully complete a pre-hire background screening and drug test.

 

COMMUNITY (FAMILY LINK) THERAPIST (Full-Time)

 

 

 

 

Openings in St. Johns, Baker, Clay, and Duval Counties

The Community Therapist provides short-term counseling with an emphasis on prevention, and is assigned to one of four counties (Baker, Duval, St. Johns, and Clay).  Must have reliable transportation for traveling in the community (mileage will be reimbursed). The Community Therapist will work with individuals, families, and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. May help individuals deal with issues pertaining to the family such as family dynamics, parenting, and communication; suicidal/homicidal ideations; anger management; problems with self-esteem; peer related concerns, behavioral issues, and truancy, school related issues.

 

Requirements/Qualifications:  Requires a Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, or a related area of study from an accredited college or university recognized by the Florida Department of Education. Must have a minimum of two years of related experience in social work or counseling with at-risk youth and families.  Licensed-eligible in the State of Florida preferred, and must be willing to begin licensure supervision within 6 months of employment. A valid Florida driver’s license and safe driving record is required.  Must be able to successfully complete a pre-hire background screening and drug test.

 

OUTPATIENT THERAPIST (Full-Time)

 

 

Youth Crisis Center, Jacksonville

 

The Outpatient Therapist provides short-term and long-term therapeutic counseling to clients participating in the House of Hope Program (a nine-bed emergency shelter for young adults 18-24 years of age), Touchstone Village (long-term program serving 18-21 year olds) and the Outpatient Behavioral Health Program. The Outpatient Therapist will assist in helping clients relieve mental and emotional suffering,  works with clients on issues such as: anxiety, trauma, mood disturbances, family dynamics, abuse, poor self-esteem and other areas of life that are creating emotional, mental, and behavioral concerns.

 

Requirements/Qualifications:  Requires a Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, or related area of study from an accredited college or university recognized by the Florida Department of Education; and two years of related experience in social work or counseling experience with at-risk youth and families. Licensed-eligible in the State of Florida preferred and willing to begin licensure supervision within 6 months of employment.  Must be able to successfully complete a pre-hire background screening and drug test.

 

RESIDENTIAL THERAPIST (Full-Time)

 

 

Youth Crisis Center, Jacksonville

The Residential Therapist provides short-term counseling with an emphasis on prevention. Work with individuals, families, and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. May help individuals deal with issues pertaining to the family such as family dynamics, parenting, and communication; suicidal/homicidal ideations; anger management; problems with self-esteem; peer related concerns, behavioral issues, and school related issues.

 

Requirements/Qualifications:  Requires a Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, or a related area of study from an accredited college or university recognized by the Florida Department of Education. Must have a minimum of two years of related experience in social work or counseling with at-risk youth and families.  Licensed-eligible in the State of Florida preferred, and must be willing to begin licensure supervision within 6 months of employment.  Must be able to successfully complete a pre-hire background screening and drug test.

JANITORIAL/MAINTENANCE WORKER (Full-Time)

 

 

Youth Crisis Center, Jacksonville

The Janitorial/Maintenance Worker provides custodial services to both internal and external structures. Will be responsible for keeping office buildings and grounds in clean and orderly condition. Assists in performing and coordinating repairs and maintenance of physical structures, equipment, machinery, plumbing and electrical systems. Will also assist with client/tenant transportation as needed.

 

Requirements/Qualifications:  Requires a high school diploma or GED and two years of janitorial/maintenance experience. Must have knowledge of janitorial sanitation; proper use, storage, and inventory of chemicals; Material Safety Data Sheets; health/safety standards; basic maintenance and repairs to buildings, grounds and vehicles; and the use and identification of various tools used in janitorial/maintenance and repair. Must have a valid driver’s license, and be able to successfully complete a pre-hire background screening and drug test.

 

 

 

YOUTH CARE SPECIALIST (Full-Time)

 

 

Various Shifts Available (day, evening, and overnight)

 

The Youth Care Specialist is responsible for overseeing and mentoring 10 – 17 year old male and female residents in a short-term residential shelter setting. 

 

Requirements/Qualifications:  Requires a high school diploma or GED, and a minimum of 6 months of experience working with at-risk youth, preferably in a residential setting.  Must have good communication skills, and be proficient in interacting with individuals having physical/mental/emotional/behavioral dysfunctions.  Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to successfully complete a pre-hire background screening and drug test.

 

YOUTH CARE SPECIALIST II (Full-Time)

 

 

Evening Shift

 

 

 

The Youth Care Specialist II is responsible for acting as the Shift Lead in overseeing and mentoring 10 – 17 year old male and female residents in a short-term residential shelter setting. 

 

Requirements/Qualifications:  Requires a high school diploma or GED, and a minimum of 6 months of experience working with at-risk youth, preferably in a residential setting.  Must have good communication skills, and be proficient in interacting with individuals having physical/mental/emotional/behavioral dysfunctions.  Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to successfully complete a pre-hire background screening and drug test.

 

RESIDENTIAL SPECIALIST (Full-time and Part-Time)

 

 

Part-time Hours : Monday – Tuesday from 6:45 AM to 7:15 PM OR Saturday – Sunday from 6:45 AM to 7:15 PM

The Residential Specialist will oversee and mentor the residents of House of Hope, a nine-bed emergency shelter for homeless young adults 18-24 years of age. The Residential Specialist will provide independent living skills individually or in a group setting to young adults, through demonstration, observation, and instruction. The Residential Specialist will also provide transitional care and referrals to services as necessary. The Residential Specialist will provide ongoing mentoring to residents and complete required documentation as needed.

 

Requirements/Qualifications:  Requires a high school diploma and a minimum of 2 years of experience working with at-risk youth or young adults. Prior experience conducting independent life-skill trainings preferred. Intermediate computer skills may be necessary. A valid Florida driver’s license and safe driving record is required.  Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to successfully complete a pre-hire background screening and drug test.

 

Youth Crisis Center is a nationally recognized Agency, serving youth and families since 1974.  Our mission is to build healthier communities by empowering young people and families to rise above adversity. 

We offer a full benefits package to full-time employees including: medical, dental, vision, short and long term disability, basic and supplemental life insurance, retirement savings, 12 paid holidays, paid time off, and an employee-centered work environment that promotes a work/life balance.

Please email your resume and cover letter with salary requirement to jobs@ycc.org

Youth Care Specialist (various positions)

Job Title: Youth Care Specialist (various positions)

Reports to: Shift Supervisor 

Department: Residential  

Exempt: No

 

POSITION OVERVIEW 

Supervise and mentor resident male and female youth ages 10 – 17 in the short-term residential shelter setting.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

The most important knowledge, skills, and abilities are listed for Youth Care Specialist:

Knowledge:

  • Customer and Personal Service- Knowledge of principles and processes for providing youth and families with personal services. This includes youth with needs assessment, meetings quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Crisis Intervention –Knowledge of principles, theories, models, and procedures for counseling of physical/mental/emotional/behavioral dysfunctions.
  • English Language – Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training – Knowledge of principles and methods for medical instruction for individual purposes.
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing youth and families with personal services.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word and data processing

Skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail.

Abilities: 

  • The ability to communicate effectively in simple and precise terms with clients and co-workers.
  • The ability to interact with persons of diverse backgrounds with tact, courtesy, and poise.
  • The ability relate to customers or clients in difficult situations.
  • The ability to give full attention to what people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Ability to adapt quickly to changes in procedures, conditions and to interruptions which disrupt the workflow.

POSITION DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES  

Occupational tasks and duties are listed for: Youth Care Specialist 

  • Maintain acceptable attendance and punctuality of no more than three (3) unscheduled occurrences within a 90 day period.
  • Ensure that all required training classes and training hours are completed in accordance with YCC, DJJ and DCF standards.
  • Ensure work performance meets quality and quantity standards as outlined in the job description.
  • Must complete at least six (6) file reviews per performance review cycle.
  • Emergency Drills – Must complete at least six (6) drills per cycle – to include First Aid Drill, Fire Drill, Alternative Drill to ensure compliance with emergency drills.
  • Must complete weekly health and safety inspections – 6 per year/1 per cycle.
  • Must complete intake and release paperwork – at least two (2) per evaluation year.
  • Must conduct at least six client groups per review cycle.
  • Must attend at least 10 out of 12 Residential Staff Meetings during the review year.
  • Monitor and ensure that Medication, Medical and Mental Health processes are followed with minimal errors.
  • All other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE 

High School Diploma and a minimum of six (6) months related experience; preferably working in a residential shelter with at risk youth.  A valid Florida driver’s license and safe driving record is required.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS AND REASONING ABILITY 

Basic and/or advanced computational skills may be necessary.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS 

This is a position which requires walking, interacting, monitoring and engaging youth in various positive activities and diffusing challenging situations that will occur.  Little to moderate lifting of less than 25 lbs. may be required.

WORK ENVIRONMENT 

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.
  • The noise level in the work environment is moderate.

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Outpatient Therapist

Job Title: Outpatient Therapist

Reports to: Program Director

Department: Outpatient Behavioral Health Program

Exempt: No

Position Overview

The therapist delivers outpatient therapeutic counseling to children, adolescents, young adults and their families to assist in helping clients relieve mental and emotional suffering and assist clients in finding ways to change behaviors. The therapist works with clients on a number of issues such as, anxiety, trauma, mood disturbances, family dynamics, abuse, poor self esteem and many others areas of life that are creating emotional, mental, spiritual and behavioral concerns for them.

The most important knowledge, job responsibilities and qualifications are listed for the Outpatient Therapist.

Knowledge

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological or social work research methods; and the assessment and counseling modalities of behavioral and affective disorders.

  • Knowledge of principles, theories, models, methods, and procedures for counseling of physical/mental/emotional/behavioral dysfunctions in the capacity of individual, family, and group therapy.
  • Knowledge of principles and methods for psycho-educational instruction for group counseling and the measurement of training effects.
  • Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins
  • Knowledge of counseling or social work ethics.
  • Have a working knowledge of how trauma impacts people of various developmental stages in the different domains of their lives.

Skills

  • Strong assessment and interviewing skills
  • Strong documentation skills
  • Minimal supervision required regarding use of time, able to prioritize work assignments
  • Effective organizational skills.

Abilities

  • Ability to communicate effectively with professionals and clients/families
  • Ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Active listening skills
  • A “team player”

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following for the Outpatient Therapist:

  • Complete services and documentation within designated time frame as determined by supervisor/agency policy, funding sources, accreditation organizations and best practices.
  • Complete services and documentation completely, accurately, according to requirements determined by supervisor/agency policy, funding sources, accreditation organizations and best practices.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of diagnostic criteria evidenced by documentation of symptoms presented supporting mental health diagnosis and prescribed treatment.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in the development of treatment plans based on clients presenting symptoms and identified underlying causes with measurable goals and objectives showing the progression towards discharge.
  • Maintains documentation and client files in accordance with program standards as determined by supervisor/agency policy, funding sources, accreditation organizations and best practices.
  • Close cases and files, completing all discharge data entry and documentation requirements completely and in a timely manner set forth by supervisor/agency policy.
  • Maintains an average of 25 billable sessions weekly.
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills through timely responses to emails, deadlines and requests, attention to detail in meeting task requirements.
  • Demonstrates critical thinking skills through display of flexibility, creativeness and ingenuity in meeting expectations and facing client and task oriented challenges.
  • Completion of training objectives within established timeframes.
  • Other job duties as required.

Minimum Education and Experience

A practitioner of the healing arts who is in accordance with the Florida State Laws according to their respective discipline, with a Master’s degree from an accredited college/university recognized by the Florida Department of Education in a major in the field of mental health counseling, social work, marriage and family counseling, or psychology with a minimum of two years of professional experience in providing services to persons with behavioral illness.

  • A minimum of two years experience working with children, adolescents, young adults and families.
  • Experience working in a mental health setting.
  • Experience with Medicaid and third party insurance service delivery preferred.
  • Experience providing outpatient mental health services preferred.

Mathematical Skills and Reasoning Ability

Basic and/or advanced computational skills may be necessary.

Physical Demands

This is a sedentary position, and the incumbent will be required to sit approximately 70 per cent of the time.  Little to moderate lifting of less than 25 lbs. may be required.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is in a work environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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House Parent

Title:                House Parent- Touchstone Village Clay

Department:    Touchstone Village

Position:          Sub-Contractor


Touchstone Village Clay is a Transitional Living program that has been developed out of a community need and community collaboration. Per the Clay County School Board, in the 2017-2018 school year 118 unaccompanied homeless youth were enrolled. Unaccompanied homeless youth are young people experiencing homelessness who are not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. According to School House Connection, 4.2 million youth and young adults experience homelessness each year. The prevalence of youth homelessness is similar in rural, suburban and urban areas. Homelessness is associated with an 87% likelihood of dropping out of school. At the same time, the highest risk factor for youth homelessness is the lack of a high school diploma or GED. Youth without those basic education credentials are 4.5 times more likely to experience homelessness. YCC is excited for the opportunity to provide stable transitional housing to the young adults in Clay County to help with this need.

Touchstone Village Clay operates near the St. Johns River in Clay County. Transitional living services are provided to young adults, ages 18-21, who may be homeless, needing independent living skills sessions, aging out of foster care, leaving a group home, and/or in a variety of other situations which limit self-sufficiency. For those young adults that may already have stable housing, YCC will offer individual and group independent living skills sessions in the schools and community.

This subcontractor position is to work as a Houseparent for the Transitional Housing Program in Clay County.

·       Under general supervision, monitors residents in a residential/home life environment, and oversees the day-to-day care.

·       Maintains a clean, healthy and safe environment in house

·       Responsible for knowing and carrying out Youth Crisis Center policies and procedures in home as dictated by the Operations Manual

·       Provides transportation for residents to appointments and activities as needed

·       Performs community integration functions as needed

·       Demonstrated ability to work effectively with Transitional Living Specialist and Outpatient Therapist

·       Assist with homework as needed or required

·       Be the primary contact for emergencies after-hours.

·       Complete room inspections with Transitional Living Specialist weekly

·       Responsible for completing all required training as dictated by contract and Youth Crisis Center

·       Ability to effectively communicate to Youth Crisis Center on any pertinent issues.

 

Youth Crisis Center offers House Parent:

·       Business vehicle available (when responsible for live-in youth)

·       Free room and board (equivalent to a savings of more than $1000 per month)

·       $1000 stipend each month

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Shining a Light on National Youth Violence Prevention Week

During the month of April, the National Youth Violence Prevention Campaign is recognized for one week. This year, National Youth Violence Prevention Week takes place April 12 – April 16th.  Around 200,000 homicides occur annually worldwide among youth between the ages of 10-29. According to the World Health Organization, that makes up 43% of the total number of global homicides each year. For those who are lucky enough to survive a violent attack, most will require hospitalization and be affected by lifelong psychological damage.

The goal of the weeklong National Youth Violence Prevention initiative is to raise awareness to educate students, school staff, parents and the general public on effective ways to prevent or reduce youth violence in communities across the country.

Deferment Programs vs. Arrest Records

Jacksonville, Florida, is working to reduce youth violence by intervening at the earliest sign a youth may be in trouble. The deferment program, called the Civil Citation Program, is offered through the Fourth Judicial Circuit for qualified juvenile offenders.

The Civil Citation Program allows law enforcement and juvenile justice stakeholders to issue a citation to qualified juvenile offenders to join the program rather than being arrested and entering the criminal justice system. The purpose of this program is to increase public safety by assessing and referring at-risk, qualified juvenile offenders to intervention programs while also reducing recidivism.

Signs an Individual May Be At Risk for Youth Violence

  • attention deficit, hyperactivity, conduct disorder or other behavioral disorders
  • involvement in crime
  • early involvement with alcohol, drugs and tobacco
  • low commitment to school and school failure
  • unemployment
  • exposure to violence in the family

Teen Court Holds Teens Accountable  

After a teen is issued a civil citation, it’s forwarded to the Court Administration Teen Court Director and reviewed to determine which curriculum, under the Civil Citation Program, is most appropriate for that youth. From there, the case will be handled by the Teen Court or one of Jacksonville’s Neighborhood Accountability Boards. Youths are then held accountable for their crimes and are required to complete community service hours and other sanctions that could include individual and family counseling, early intervention, letters of apology or academic monitoring.

This program promotes accountability, immediate intervention and prompt consequences for the qualified juvenile offenders. “This expanded program provides swifter accountability and intervention through smart justice –  a benefit to juveniles and taxpayers alike,” said Melissa Nelson, State Attorney for the Fourth Circuit.

Youth Crisis Center Provides Diversion Opportunity

The diversion programs offered by YCC can be completed either through its Outpatient Behavioral Health program or Residential Crisis Care program. Throughout six different programs, YCC provides short-term crisis care, mental health counseling, family therapy, and transitional living services for young adults. “The Youth Crisis Center has been a readily accessible resource for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) for many years,” said JSO Assistant Chief Adam Pendley. “The services that YCC offers enhance law enforcement efforts by getting to the root cause of what influences youth violence, and transforms their lives by providing them with the help and intervention at an early age.”

Taxpayer Savings

The Civil Citation Program saves taxpayer dollars by producing cost-effective outcomes. Rather than arresting troubled youth, the Civil Citation Program works to identify and address the causes of their misbehavior and enacts disciplinary actions that will discourage them from completing future offenses. Upon successful completion of the requirements of the Civil Citation Program, there will be no arrest on their record.

The Civil Citation Program is important because it prevents life-long consequences associated with juvenile arrests, adjudication, or convictions. “Arrest and prosecution are a first thought for many who consider ways to fight violent crime, but it’s important to remember that arrest for some may do more harm than good,” insists Pendley. “These types of diversion programs, like the Civil Citation Program, still hold the offenders accountable, but in a more proactive way that helps them long term.”

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Are you dealing with a crisis or unmanageable youth? The Youth Crisis Center’s Residential Crisis Care program provides short-term residential services and therapy for youth ages 10-17. Our residential therapists work with youth and their families to address the immediate crisis and help provide long-term solutions to handle future concerns once the youth return home. Click to fill out the Residential Crisis Care form on our website and a therapist will contact you, or call our crisis hotline at (904) 725-6662 to speak with someone immediately. Click more to learn about 8 ways to help your child cope with stress and anxiety.

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Baker County Family Link Therapist

 

Job Title:          Therapist – Community Based Baker County

Reports to:       Program Manager

Department:     Family Link

Exempt:           No

 

Position Overview

Provides short-term counseling with emphasis on prevention within Baker County schools and community.  Work with individuals, families, and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health.  May help individuals deal with issues pertaining to the family such as family dynamics, parenting, and communication; suicidal/homicidal ideations; anger management; problems with self-esteem; peer related concerns, behavioral issues, and school related issues.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The most important knowledge, skills, and abilities are listed for Therapists.

Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological or social work research methods; and the assessment and counseling modalities of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Knowledge of principles, theories, models, methods, and procedures for counseling of physical/mental/emotional/behavioral dysfunctions in the capacity of individual, family, and group therapy.
  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Knowledge of principles and methods for psycho-educational instruction for group counseling and the measurement of training effects.
  • Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  • Knowledge of counseling ethics.

Skills:

  • Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Abilities:

  • The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.  It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Position Duties and Responsibilities

Occupation specific tasks and the most important generalized work activities are listed for Therapist.

  • Perform needs assessment and goal plan through interview, observation, client and guardian input completely and within designated time frame as determined by supervisor/agency policy.
  • Enter all data entry input and submit all data entry instruments to the quality improvement department completely, accurately and within the designated time frames.
  • Prepare, maintain and document all instruments of the client file in a timely manner, completely, according to clinical and documentation requirements set forth by supervisor/agency policy.
  • Close cases and files, completing all discharge data entry and documentation requirements completely and in a timely manner set forth by supervisor/agency policy.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in managing client length of service through- evaluate need, establish goals with measurable objectives and provide services showing resolve of identified problems.
  • Perform outreach efforts demonstrated through production of referrals and/or professional contacts for supervisor follow up.
  • Opens an average of 8(eight) cases per month.
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills through timely responses to emails, deadlines and requests, attention to detail in meeting task requirements.
  • Demonstrates critical thinking skills through display of flexibility, creativeness and ingenuity in meeting expectations and facing client and task oriented challenges.
  • A positive and professional workplace manner demonstrated through excellent customer service with clients, all workplace colleagues and community.
  • Responsible for completion of training objectives within established timeframes.
  • Attend work related meetings as required.
  • All other duties assigned.

Education and Experience

Education and Experience: Master’s degree in social work, counseling, or related area of study from an accredited college or university recognized by the Florida Department of Education and two years of related experience in social work or counseling with at-risk youth and families; licensed-eligible in the State of Florida preferred and willing to begin licensure supervision within 6 months of employment.  A valid Florida driver’s license and safe driving record is required.

Mathematical Skills and Reasoning Ability

Basic and/or advanced computational skills may be necessary.

Physical Demands

This is a sedentary position, and the incumbent will be required to sit approximately 70 per cent of the time.  Little to moderate lifting of less than 25 lbs. may be required.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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Duval County Family Link Therapist

 

Job Title:          Therapist – Community Based Duval County

Reports to:       Program Manager

Department:     Family Link

Exempt:           No

 

Position Overview

Provides short-term counseling with emphasis on prevention within Duval County schools and community.  Work with individuals, families, and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health.  May help individuals deal with issues pertaining to the family such as family dynamics, parenting, and communication; suicidal/homicidal ideations; anger management; problems with self-esteem; peer related concerns, behavioral issues, and school related issues.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The most important knowledge, skills, and abilities are listed for Therapists.

Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological or social work research methods; and the assessment and counseling modalities of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Knowledge of principles, theories, models, methods, and procedures for counseling of physical/mental/emotional/behavioral dysfunctions in the capacity of individual, family, and group therapy.
  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Knowledge of principles and methods for psycho-educational instruction for group counseling and the measurement of training effects.
  • Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  • Knowledge of counseling ethics.

Skills:

  • Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Abilities:

  • The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.  It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Position Duties and Responsibilities

Occupation specific tasks and the most important generalized work activities are listed for Therapist.

  • Perform needs assessment and goal plan through interview, observation, client and guardian input completely and within designated time frame as determined by supervisor/agency policy.
  • Enter all data entry input and submit all data entry instruments to the quality improvement department completely, accurately and within the designated time frames.
  • Prepare, maintain and document all instruments of the client file in a timely manner, completely, according to clinical and documentation requirements set forth by supervisor/agency policy.
  • Close cases and files, completing all discharge data entry and documentation requirements completely and in a timely manner set forth by supervisor/agency policy.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in managing client length of service through- evaluate need, establish goals with measurable objectives and provide services showing resolve of identified problems.
  • Perform outreach efforts demonstrated through production of referrals and/or professional contacts for supervisor follow up.
  • Opens an average of 8(eight) cases per month.
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills through timely responses to emails, deadlines and requests, attention to detail in meeting task requirements.
  • Demonstrates critical thinking skills through display of flexibility, creativeness and ingenuity in meeting expectations and facing client and task oriented challenges.
  • A positive and professional workplace manner demonstrated through excellent customer service with clients, all workplace colleagues and community.
  • Responsible for completion of training objectives within established timeframes.
  • Attend work related meetings as required.
  • All other duties assigned.

Education and Experience

Education and Experience: Master’s degree in social work, counseling, or related area of study from an accredited college or university recognized by the Florida Department of Education and two years of related experience in social work or counseling with at-risk youth and families; licensed-eligible in the State of Florida preferred and willing to begin licensure supervision within 6 months of employment.  A valid Florida driver’s license and safe driving record is required.

Mathematical Skills and Reasoning Ability

Basic and/or advanced computational skills may be necessary.

Physical Demands

This is a sedentary position, and the incumbent will be required to sit approximately 70 per cent of the time.  Little to moderate lifting of less than 25 lbs. may be required.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.

 

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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