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Support Counselor/Child Care Worker

Sierra Vista Child and Family • Modesto, CA

Posted 30 days ago

Job Snapshot

Experience - At least 1 year(s)
Degree - 4 Year Degree
Not for Profit - Charitable, Social Services
Entry Level, Nonprofit - Social Services, Other
Relocation - No


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Job Description

Support Counselor / Child Care Worker

Are you ready to help ensure our Commitment to Caring? We are a not-for-profit with a mission to assist children, youth, adults and families by empowering and supporting them in becoming stronger and healthier individuals, families, and communities. 

Why Sierra Vista?
It's Not Just a Job, It's a Mission

Our supportive, caring environment extends not only to our clients and families, but to our valued staff as well. Employees from a number of disciplines work together in a collaborative, stimulating environment that is considered by many to be a model for quality care.

Sierra Vista Child & Family Services offers:
  • Competitive salary
  • Sick Leave   
  • Professional growth/Job challenge
  • Excellent training program        
  • Highly experienced and supportive clinical team
  • Release time for professional development

Seeking highly motivated individuals for the Residential Treatment program as Support Counselors / Child Care Worker positions available in group homes located in Modesto.  Support Counselors / Child Care Worker will provide nurturing and structure to a child in need.  

Here are a few of the attributes that will make you successful in this position:

Child Care Worker – Residential Treatment

  1. Maintain organizational and CCL approved certificates and training hours.
  2. Ability to follow and maintain the house schedule.
  3. Help in maintaining the facilities and cleaning as appropriate.
  4. Transportation of youth as needed.
  5. Complete required paperwork in a timely manner.
  6. Utilize recreation as a therapeutic aid.
  7. Participate in primary crisis prevention and/or crisis intervention. The agency requires 30 hours of formal training.
  8. Safeguard the dignity of each child and protect the rights and the individuality of each child so as to enhance his/her self-respect.
  9. Attend all in-service training programs, regular staff meetings and scheduled treatment team meetings.
  10. Observe behavior, interactions and individual needs of each child and report these to appropriate staff through written records.
  11. Adhere to Title 22 regulations and company, state and local rules and laws.
  12. Properly administer medication for the therapeutic treatment of clients.
Support Counselor – Intensive Treatment Foster Care
  1. Provide direct supervision and respite care to assigned children.
  2. Assist foster parents in all aspects of care and supervision of the foster child as needed.
  3. Work in coordination with the foster parent.
  4. Maintain a close and supportive relationship with the child’s educational placement which may include in-classroom support when necessary
  5. Monitor and assist the child with homework and provide tutoring when needed.
  6. Ability to work effectively with cultural and ethnically diverse population.
  7. Participate in all treatment review, program staff meetings and IEP meetings.
  8. Provide transportation for visits with birth family, therapy appointments and court hearings.
  9. Plan and lead recreational and group activities with Foster Children, including the Foster Parent’s own children when appropriate
  10. Complete at least 60 hours of training prior to assignment and attend all in-service trainings
  11. Meet weekly with the client’s Social Worker.
  12. Assist the Social Worker in the preparation of the Comprehensive Treatment Plan, Quarterly progress reports, staffing summaries and other casework duties as indicated
  13. Chart in-home weekly progress reports and quarterly summaries
  14. Complete incident reports when necessary
  15. Teach and model appropriate intervention skills for family.                         
  16. Set limits and appropriate consequences for child in the home.
  17. Development and implementation of client goals in conjunction with the Foster Family personnel.
  18. Utilize recreation as a therapeutic aid.
  19. Observe behaviors, interactions, and individual strengths and needs of family members.
  20. Provide written notes on each contact with child/family.
  21. Participate in services with local education agencies and the service provider’s school, where applicable.


  1. Report any suspected child abuse immediately to direct supervisor or if not available up the chain of command.
  2. Report any suspected dependent adult/elder abuse immediately to direct supervisor or if not available up the chain of command. 
  3. Effectively use Therapeutic Crisis Intervention techniques for crisis prevention and/or crisis intervention.
  4. Effective use of de-escalation skills and developmental milestones.
  5. Everyone who works in the organization has responsibilities for preventing and controlling infection.
  6. Attend staff meetings and in-service trainings.
  7. Other duties as assigned.

Our Support Counselor/Child Care Workers make a big contribution to our daily efforts and are extremely hands on.  If you are looking for a desk job, this position is not for you!  You will be responsible for attending weekly staff meetings, trainings, workshops, and in-service trainings in order to enhance your expertise!

  1. One of the most important and rewarding parts of your career with us will be developing a therapeutic relationship with clients through one-on-one interaction.  Some of the essential job functions will include:
  2. Ability to work in non-conventional therapeutic settings.      
  3. Ability to work harmoniously with others.
  4. Ability to communicate ideas in oral and written form using BIRP method.
  5. A genuine caring for emotionally/behaviorally disturbed children.
  6. Provide support and training to families in the program.
  7. Ability to apply organizationally established behavior modification techniques to modify behavior.
  8. Must possess knowledge of mental health programs and community resources.
  9. Mental and emotional health adequate to perform job duties.
  10. Physical capability to physically hold children, lift over 20 pounds, and engage in physical activity including various sports, sitting, walking, bending, climbing, kneeling, twisting, reaching, etc.
  11. Ability to manage crisis.
  12. Provide a safe, teaching environment for clients
  13. Ability to establish appropriate relationships with the clients and staff.
  14. Model socially appropriate behavior.
  15. Represent Sierra Vista Child & Family Services in a professional manner at all times, and in all settings.
  16. Availability to work irregular hours to meet the schedule needs of the program.
  17. Availability for on call.
  18. Ability to take direction and accept/implement feedback immediately.

Job Requirements

1)      BA or BS in psychology, social work, counseling or related field required.   

2)      Experience or training in behavior management with children.          

3)      A minimum of one year experience in a clinical child care setting.

4)      Must be at least 22 years old.

5)      Sound personal qualifications (i.e. maturity, stability, high moral standards and sound mental health).

6)      Ability to collaborate and work as a team member.

7)      Bilingual preferred.

8)      Must possess a valid California driver’s license with less than 2 minor moving violations.

Job ID: Support Counselor/Child Care Wor
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