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DETROIT BEHAVIORAL INSTITUTE, INC are looking for a Youth Specialist

This job requires a high school diploma.

This is a Full Time, Regular Employee position located in Detroit.

Title: Youth Specialist

Reports to: Shift Supervisor, Program Coordinator and Program Director.

Job Summary:

Participates in observing, reporting, and recording of resident behaviors under the supervision of the Shift Supervisor. Responsible for helping provide a safe and secure environment for all residents and staff in compliance with policies and procedures.

I. Qualifications:

1. Two years of college in a social or human service field; or

2. A high school degree or equivalent and at least two years experience working with troubled youth.

II. Job Duties:

• To observe, report and record behavior of residents

• To assist in the delivery of physical care for residents as needed

• To provide an accurate summary of each youth’s daily behavior in their progress notes

• To assist in the treatment and rehabilitation of residents, in accordance with the treatment plan, unit philosophy, and program policies

• To assist in the maintenance of the unit environment in compliance with the treatment plan, unit philosophy, and program policies

• To demonstrate ability and willingness to learn new procedures and develop new skills

• To maintain a professional and ethical code of behavior

• Facilitate thorough room/resident searches

• Assigns and facilitates Group Talks

• Facilitates Self Calls

• Assigns and ensures youth’s follow up on Rational Thinking Papers and Therapeutic Follow Up assignments

• Ability to identify normal childhood/adolescent problems, i.e., overly timid, general negativism, from abnormal childhood/adolescent behavior

• Identifies forces that shape development of children/adolescents through childhood/adolescent years

• Responds with therapeutic interventions to childhood/adolescent disruptive behavior disorders of:

o Separation anxiety


o Impaired social interaction

o Disturbance of self-concept/self-esteem

o Ineffective coping

o Sexual acting out

o Aggressive behaviors

o Suicidal ideations

• Facilitates residents through developmental task of identity versus role confusion

• Assists residents in adjusting to changes related to puberty, if needed

• Identifies verbal and non-verbal cues for potential aggressive behavior and applies de-escalation techniques to situation

• Differentiates between acute and chronic problems

• Facilitates evolution of independent life skills development

• Provides individual care to each resident while being consistent in privileges and consequences

• Appropriately complete Incident Reports, as needed

• Attends all mandatory trainings

• Performs all other duties as assigned

Please apply by Email or by Fax.

Fax: (313)831-3510 Email:


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