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Residential Youth Worker

Childrens Square U.S.A. Council Bluffs, IA

Job Description

Youth Worker Full- and Part-time Opportunities


Children’s Square USA is a multi-program, human services agency serving youth, children and families.  We employ caring, dedicated individuals at all levels to ensure quality care for our kids and their families.  

The Psychiatric Residential Treatment Program provides hope and healing to youth and their families in a therapeutically planned living and learning environment. Our goal for the program is to help each student and their family to heal and to build strong relationships with each other. Each child’s treatment is very individualized, and includes individual and family therapy.

Youth Workers in the Residential Treatment Program work hands on with youth to teach life skills, emotional management skills, provide behavior management and to carry out treatment and care plans.  Youth Workers provide safety and supervision to children of all ages.

As a Youth Worker, you will learn how to manage a crisis and calm down individuals who are angry or unable to manage other emotions.  You will lead groups designed to teach skills and help children learn to communicate and interact appropriately.  Most importantly, you’ll learn to build relationships with youth that help build a foundation for them to heal. 

Youth Workers benefit from a career ladder.   Education and Experience determine starting pay, and with more training and experience, become eligible for raises.  

All employees must have a High School Diploma (or equivalent), pass criminal history, child abuse, and sex offender checks and complete a physical and TB test. 

As a Youth Worker in Children’s Square’s Residential Treatment program you will receive extensive training in:

First Aid and CPR

Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting

Crisis Intervention

                Physical Aggression

                Problematic Sexualized Behavior


                Self Harm and Suicidal Ideations

Universal Precautions

Cultural Diversity

Trauma Informed Care

Self Care Strategies

Professional Boundaries

Situational Awareness

Join the dedicated team of Youth Workers at Children’s Square and get hands on experience with:

Behavior Management

Child Development

The PsychoEducational Model of Treatment

Therapeutic Relationships

Life Space Interviewing

Emotional Co-Regulation

Natural and Logical Consequences

Child Welfare

Interdisciplinary Cooperation

Developmentally Appropriate Practice

Infant, Toddler, Child and Adolescent Care


  • Teaches life skills daily and implements each student's treatment plan
  • Assists other Youth Workers in providing safety and ongoing supervision, counseling, teaching, and support of youth in the unit
  • Assists the team in ongoing documentation, communication, and monitoring of significant events of the youth and communicates this information to team members
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • High school diploma or equivalent required
  • Bachelor's degree is preferred
  • One year of relevant experience preferred
  • Knowledge of child care practices, human growth, and development issues including an understanding of the range of treatment needed by the youth served
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Personal characteristics and experiential background that will provide appropriate care for children to win their respect, to guide them in their development, to manage a home for them effectively, and to participate in the overall treatment program designed for them
  • Necessary stamina and temperament to work with children and youth (birth – 18 years of age) who are experiencing crisis and/or emotional and/or behavioral disorders
  • Able to be trained in basic skills in first aid and the identification of medical need
  • Must be able to provide appropriate care and supervision of youth at all times
  • Must be able to follow and consistently implement the policies and procedures of the agency
  • Must be able to handle confidential information appropriately
  • Valid driver's license with a driving record that is insurable under agency’s insurance
  • If required and authorized to drive personal vehicle on agency business, must have automobile insurance that meets agency policy
  • Must be able to interact and work cooperatively and effectively with other personnel and clients
  • Must be able to show sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural and socioeconomic characteristics in the service population

Children's Square USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability or veteran status.

Job Details

Date Posted April 4, 2019
Date Closes May 4, 2019
Address N 6th Street & Avenue E
Located In Council Bluffs, IA
Job Type Full-time Employee
Start Date Immediately
SOC Category 11-9151.00 Social and Community Service Managers
Zipcode 51502
Name Human Resources
Address PO Box 8-C
City, State and Zip Council Bluffs, IA 51502
FAX 712-325-5823

This job offers the following benefits

  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Dental
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Maternity / Paternity / Family Leave
  • Medical
  • Professional Liability
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Voluntary Life Insurance
  • Casual Dress
  • Free Parking
  • Nursing Facilities
  • On-the-Job Training
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Vacations

This job requires the following skills

  • Ability to Work Under Pressure
  • Excellent Team Member
  • Positive Attitude
  • Problem Resolution
  • Strong Flexibility / Adaptability
  • Strong Time Management
  • Strong Work Ethic

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  • Dental
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
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