Date Posted: 1/8/2021

Job Snapshot

Job Description

We are seeking individuals to join our team who have high standards and a desire to positively impact the lives of others.


The Therapeutic Youth Specialist (TYS) must comply with 80065 of Title 22.  Responsible for the safety, supervision, protection and care of children at all times. The TYS follows the resident’s treatment plan, emergency intervention plan and most importantly, creates a safe, trauma informed and nurturing environment where therapy can occur. The TYS assists each youth in working with a group and in handling individual problems. They administer behavioral support and intervention and setting of limits per Penny Lane policy and procedure. They work with youth to implement treatment techniques to resolve issues identified in the treatment plan. They provide therapeutic skill building services to youth as measured by supervision, direct observation and/or functional behavioral assessments using a team and community-based approach. They document the youth’s progress and communicate such findings to clinical treatment staff. They must have knowledge of agency policy procedure and treatment program. The TYS implements the resident’s treatment and safety plan. They must maintain staff to client ratio at all times. They are also responsible for transporting the clients to and from school as well as other destinations as required.

Position Location: North Hills, CA

Salary Range: $22.79 up to $28.93 per hour



Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) and four year’s experience working in a mental health setting. Two years of graduate education may be substituted for years of experience; Two years of post-AA clinical experience may be substituted for educational experience.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to add and subtract two digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10’s and 100’s. Ability to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume, and distance. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations. 
  • A TYS must demonstrate all the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
  • Knowledge and understanding of the needs of youth served in a residential setting
  • Skills and ability to engage and develop rapport with the youth who have various backgrounds
  • Skills and ability to provide consistency and behavioral limits through relationship-based interventions
  • Skills to communicate effectively with the ability to solve problems in a collaborative manner.    
  • Passes the Residential Medication Management test with a minimum of 80%. Attends the residential medication management training every 6 months. Avoid medications errors by following the 5 “rights” and being aware of high alert medications.
  • Passes the Emergency Intervention Plan test with a minimum of 80%. Attend Emergency Intervention Plan training every 6 months.
  • Must maintain Pro-Act and CPR/First Aid Certification
  • Valid California driver’s license; current automobile insurance; have and maintain a clean driving record acceptable to the organization’s insurance company.