Youth Treatment Counselor - Residential

$14.50 - $16.50 hourly
  • Tennyson Center For Children
  • 2950 Tennyson Street, Denver, CO, USA
  • Sep 08, 2020
Full time Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description


Responsible for the implementation of a therapeutic milieu, group and individual treatment programs and the daily supervision and care of clients living in the residential unit.

Implementation of the therapeutic milieu and individual treatment plans as directed by the clinician, milieu supervisor and supervising clinician. Provide clean, safe and therapeutic learning and living environments, including light house-keeping duties;

Provide a therapeutic balance of hierarchy and affiliation, demonstrating an understanding of the emotional needs of the clients at all times.  Implement TCC procedures for behavior management (both verbal and non-verbal) and physical management, balancing client’s needs for structure, nurturing, learning and recreation;

Form trusting relationships with the clients by forming a therapeutic alliance and demonstrating an appropriate and nurturing adult role model;  

 Provide input into the treatment plans on an ongoing basis; plan, implement and participate in recreational activities with the clients;  

Planning and facilitating therapeutic groups in collaboration with the supervising clinician;

Provide appropriate small and large group supervision skills to assure safety and growth of clients; 

Collaborate and communicate within the framework of the team: attend and actively participate in weekly team meetings and supervision, as well as service plan reviews, in-services and psychiatric consultations as scheduled. Provide vacation coverage for staff as scheduled; 

Complete appropriate reports and records, including attendance information, intervention reports and group documentation;

Administer medications when necessary in accurate, timely, and appropriate manner as taught through medication administration class;

Respect racial, ethnic and cultural differences of all clients and staff;

Other related duties as assigned.


  • B.A. in Human Services field or equivalent experience required.
  • Prior experience preferred with special needs population, especially EBD children.’
  • All candidates must have (or qualify to obtain) a current Colorado driver license. (Must obtain within 30 days of employment.)
  • Must be certified in medication administration within 6 months of employment.

 Physical Requirements:

  • Wrap his/her arms around the young person to immobilize the arms.
  • Maintain a firm bear-hug hold around the child from behind.
  • Have adequate strength and flexibility to hold the child while the adult drops to his/her knees, lowering the weight of the child backwards to the floor.
  • Support own weight above the young person while securing lower legs of face-up child (to prevent kicking) or maintain a firm hold of the wrists/arms of the child along the child’s sides.
  • Assume a restraint for between 5-30 minutes.

Additional Physical/Mental Requirements

  • Ordinary talking, hearing, vision, keyboarding 




Auditory discrimination




Writing ability





Visual discrimination