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Youth Villages is expanding intensive residential treatment on the Bartlett, TN campus!
Bill's Place will address a gap in services for youth with a greater need of integrated care and the growing community need for intensive treatment options to serve the most at-risk and vulnerable youth. The 148,000 square-foot center will allow 435 youth to be helped annually through our intensive residential services, allowing Youth Villages to help many of the children who otherwise would be on a waiting list for intensive services. .
Bill's place will be a welcoming space with natural lighting and interior finishes that provide a safe, comfortable, and fun environment.
The expansion will include:
- Recreational therapy spaces that include theater and musical performance rooms with space for therapeutic drumming
- Art room, Gym, outdoor pool, exercise room & outside playgrounds
- Classrooms and modern computer lab
- Family counseling rooms
- Enhanced health clinic with nursing and psychiatric staff, pediatricians, dentists, and optometrists
- Physical, occupational, and speech therapy rooms
- Sensory therapy rooms containing leadeing edge tacticle equipment
- Neurofeedback therapy programs - a state-of-the-art, non-invasive technique used for optimizing electrical activity in the brain when it is functioning abnormally
A hallmark of Bill’s Place, and all of Youth Villages’ programs, is the use of the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) approach. The CPS approach uses a revolutionary, evidence-based treatment model for youth.
Collaborative Problem Solving features:
- Evidence-based and trauma-focused treatment around the premise that kids do well if they can
- Demonstrated effectiveness with children and adolescents with a wide range of social, emotional and behavioral challenges across a variety of different settings
- A set of skills that equips and enables youth to make different and better choices by teaching flexibility, problem-solving skills and frustration tolerance
- Skills that can be replicated and integrated in both the child’s home and school after they depart residential care
Watch now to see how YV is helping kids live successfully!
Bill’s Place is dedicated to William “Bill” and Marjorie Lawler, the parents of Youth Villages CEO Patrick Lawler. Bill Lawler was born during the Great Depression and lost his mother when he was just 2 years old. From ages 6 to 11, Bill lived in an orphanage – an unpleasant place Bill despised – but because of his difficult childhood, Bill grew up to cherish the importance of family and instilled those values in his three sons. The way Bill lived his life became one of the driving forces behind Pat’s commitment to ensuring that every child has a path to success and ultimately created the legacy that will now be Bill’s Place.
Youth Villages has grown over its 34 years from helping approximately 40 youth in West Tennessee to serving more than 30,000 children and families annually across 20 states and the District of Columbia. The addition of Bill’s Place complements Youth Villages’ results-oriented programs and expands the organization’s outreach in providing services to children with emotional, behavioral and medical concerns.
Youth Villages’ Residential Treatment programs serve children with emotional and behavioral problems. Our residential campuses provide the setting for an intensive treatment program that combines the unique balance of structure and freedom. This enables children and their families to identify, understand and cope with their individual needs and develop the skills necessary to succeed in less restrictive settings. We have three different types of facilities—Intensive Residential Centers, Open Campuses, and Group Homes.
Are you looking for a change of pace? Do you enjoy working with children in a non-traditional setting? The Recreation Therapy position may be just what you are looking for. Our Recreation Therapists work with young people in a Residential setting to develop their abilities to interact with others in a team and increase their self-esteem. An ideal Recreation Therapist is creative, enthusiastic and can come up with new and innovative games and activities to keep the resident's engaged, all while building confidence in their abilities and promoting their teamwork skills. Recreation Therapist Specialists facilitate groups with the youth on a daily basis and coordinate additional activities for the campus.
- Coordinates activities of recreation service personnel in a staff secured residential treatment facility for
youth by performing the following duties. Other duties may be assigned.
- Manages student council and volunteer activities for youth involved.
- Oversees the use of canoeing and high ropes courses equipment and resident participation on
- Develops and promotes recreation program, including music, dance, arts and crafts, cultural arts,
nature study, swimming, social recreation and games, or camping. Promotes life skills training through
- Adapts recreation programs to meet needs residents of agency.
- Promotes and coordinates participation in clubs and organizations as may be helpful to the
development of individual children.
- Works in team with administrative or other professional personnel such as those engaged in medicine,
social work, nursing, psychology, and therapy, to ensure that recreation is well balanced, coordinated,
and integrated with special services.
- Ensures that relevant information is conveyed to treatment team members.
- Ensures that required notes and documentation are completed in a timely manner
- Maintains recreation equipment and consults with appropriate staff for replacement of depleted
- Oversees initial recreational assessment upon intake (within 14 days)
- Introduces and trains new program activities, equipment, and materials to staff.
The supervision and treatment of youth requires prolonged periods of walking and standing and physical agility. May be required to run and climb flights of stairs. Must be able to participate in physical interventions with youth when necessary. Must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. Will be required to complete Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) and CPR training.
Applicants are required to pass an agility and strength evaluation.
Applicants must have valid driver’s license.
Recreation Therapy Specialists work a flexible schedule and some weekends may be required.
A Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Therapy is preferred
CTRS certified or eligibility for certification is strongly preferred
Experience working with at-risk youth a major plus
Experience working with youth is required
Excellent written, verbal, and oral skills
Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously
Basic computer knowledge
Ability to maintain a flexible schedule
Medical, Dental, Prescription Drug Coverage and Vision
Retirement Savings Pension Plan
2 weeks paid vacation
12 paid sick days per year
10 paid holidays
Parental Paid Leave
Mileage & Cell Phone Reimbursement (when applicable)