Skills Trainer – Young Adult Program (2 Positions)

Location: Albany - Sender House
Program/Department: Young Adult Program/Sender House
Schedule: 2 Positions: 40 Hours/Week - Awake Overnight Wednesday thru Saturday & TEMPORARY 30 Hours/Week Hours TBD

Internal Applicants: Submit an updated cover letter indicating the position you are interested in as well as an updated resume to the HR department to apply.

Job Summary: Works under the weekly supervision of the YAP Clinical Supervisor in the planning, support, implementation and evaluation of skills-specific therapeutic services for youth in the Sender House, satellite apartment, places of employment and in the general community. Provides education, support, direction and modeling of behavior management techniques to youth to support specific youth treatment goals. Within the guidelines and direction established by the supervisor, oversees and coordinates implementation of the treatment plan in school, home, community and employment settings. Assists in the coordination of services provided by other professionals as prescribed in the treatment plan. Oversees and advises youth and/or school/community liaisons to ensure that youth expectations are consistent with treatment plan goals. Consults with team members, agency personnel, community professionals and family members regarding current youth issues.

Demonstrates Competency in the Following Areas:
Ensure the safety, security and confidentiality of youth and their families
Manage crisis situations as required by implementing crisis interventions/plans as directed by supervisor, or in case of emergency, by contacting appropriate officials for interventions
Model, coach and counsel youth regarding skills as outlined in individual treatment plans as treatment goals through individual skills training, group skills training, family skills training and/or treatment groups
Act as liaison between school systems and facilitate the integration of the youth’s treatment goals within school/community setting and employment settings.
Act as liaison between families, community based agencies, and school systems, facilitating interagency communication regarding placement, activities, treatment goals and progress
Work with supervisor to coordinate the implementation of treatment plans to address the strengths and problems of youth and their families
Provide support, education and modeling of behavioral management techniques to youth and community liaisons, modeling professionalism, effective communication, problem solving and decision making that support youth treatment goals
Perform duties to support treatment goals in the home, school, community and employment settings, depending on youth need
Monitor and document youth progress toward goal attainment in accordance with agency standards and complete professional documentation as required by agency policies
Participate in community and/or school meetings regarding youth when important for progressing toward treatment goals
Complete and keep current all training required for the position
Seek and maintain community resources and contacts to obtain referrals, materials and information including access to services by youth
Maintain confidentiality when in community or outside of treatment environment
Participate in weekly supervision with direct supervisor, group supervision with colleagues and staff meetings with YAP team
Maintain productivity and documentation requirements: Each youth should receive at least 6 hours of documented skills training and support services for every 8 hour shift.
Participate in on call pool of YAP staff members to provide Personal Care Services to youth as needed
Provide therapeutic services in the community which may require using own vehicle for transportation to these appointments


Professional Requirements:
Ability to understand and work effectively with a variety of community providers, family members, other professionals and children in various settings
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in writing, i.e., proper grammar, correct punctuation and thoughts well organized
An approach to problem solving, goal achievement and corrective action strategies which are systematic, orderly and empirical
Demonstrated knowledge of family systems and processes, and how to work with individuals in a family system
Demonstrated effective listening and observation skills
Demonstrated awareness of his/her own personal, developmental issues
Demonstrated ability to professionally, ethically and efficiently meet productivity standards as assigned by the YAP Clinical Supervisor
Demonstrated awareness and sensitivity to diversity
Demonstrated sensitivity and responsiveness to others
Demonstrated ability to function effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary treatment team
Demonstrated assertiveness to respectfully confront others and be comfortable in conflict situations without aggressiveness
Demonstrated ability to establish clear and appropriate boundaries in relationships with clients and the handling of confidential information
Demonstrated understanding of adolescent & young adult treatment principles, models, concepts and theories
Demonstrated understanding of case management philosophy, techniques and processes
Demonstrated team building skills
Demonstrated ability to conceptualize, organize, implement, monitor and evaluate complex projects involving multiple priorities and tasks
Demonstrated commitment to a treatment approach which addresses the needs of the youth in the context of the family and community systems in which he/she must function
Demonstrated ability to relate effectively to professionals working in other components of the service delivery system
Attention to detail and the ability to effectively and accurately organize and process large volumes of detailed paperwork
Demonstrated computer and word processing skills


Demonstrates a commitment to the following Organizational Priorities with regard to all persons:
A commitment to non-violence: Helping to build safety skills and a commitment to higher purpose.
A commitment to emotional intelligence: Helping to teach emotional management skills.
A commitment to social learning: Helping to build cognitive skills.
A commitment to open communication: Helping to overcome barriers to healthy communication, learn conflict management, reduce acting out, enhance self protective and self correcting skills, teach health boundaries.
A commitment to democracy: Helping to create civic skills of self control, self discipline and administration of healthy authority.
Commitments to social responsibility: Helping to rebuild social connection skills, establish health attachment relationships; establish sense of fair play and justice.
A commitment to growth and change: Helping to work through loss and prepare for the future.

 Additional Responsibilities: Performs other related duties as assigned.

 Supervisory Responsibilities: None

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences or a related field preferred. QMHA equivalent considered.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:   Maintain a driving record acceptable by the agency and a current driver’s license for state of residence, when authorized to use own vehicle for agency business, employee must maintain personal insurance

Experience:  Two (2) full years experience as a direct care worker with at-risk youth or young adults in a treatment setting.

Physical Demands: For physical demands of position, including vision, hearing, repetitive motion and environment, see following description.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position without compromising client care.

Application Details:

Consideration of candidates will begin as soon as 04/12, and position may close after that date without notice.

If you need accommodation to review the information and/or complete the application process, please contact the Human Resources Department.

Trillium Family Services is a drug free workplace. All final applicants will be subject to a criminal record identification check pursuant to ORS 181.536.727.537 and agency policy. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and Service Provider and support a culturally linguistically diverse governance, leadership and workforce.