The mission of Gene Slay’s Girls & Boys Club (GSGBC) is to empower girls and boys in the St. Louis metropolitan area, especially those who need us most, to realize their physical, intellectual, and emotional potential. In 2018, GSGBC adopted Sanctuary, a trauma-informed organizational change model, which encourages the core values of non-violence, emotional intelligence, social learning, democracy, open communication, social responsibility, and growth and change. All staff are trained in Sanctuary and all youth participate in trauma-informed curriculum focused on safety, learning about emotions, managing loss, and creating a hopeful future.
GSGBC offers after school and summer programming for youth ages 6-16, serving more than 900 youth annually. GSGBC supports youth development and holistic health with programs that include academic support and assistance, athletics, aquatics and recreation, character and citizenship, healthy lifestyle, the arts, college and career readiness. The after school program runs August through May, 2:30pm-7:30pm, and an 9-week summer program is offered June through August, 7:00 am-5:30 pm.
This individual will be responsible for assisting the Trauma Informed Care Manager in providing high-quality, trauma-informed care/interventions and client care to youth ages 6 - 16. This individual must have general knowledge of child and adolescent development, trauma and the therapeutic process to provide the psychoeducational interventions for youth enrolled in afterschool and summer camp programming.
Responsibilities & Priorities:
• Aid Trauma Informed Care Manager and program staff with implementation of The Sanctuary Institute’s trauma informed practices
• Assist Trauma Informed Care Manager in preparation for Sanctuary Certification Process
• Participate in Sanctuary Institute trainings
• Active member of the GSGBC Sanctuary Core Team
• Provide one-on-one and small group support to youth who demonstrate behaviors associated with trauma
• Build healthy, respectful relationships with youth and families
• Complete trauma assessments for youth, as well as assess the social and emotional needs of youth on an ongoing basis
• Facilitate Psychoeducational groups based on the Sanctuary curriculum for the youth, and provide resources and guidance for co-workers in facilitation of psychoeducation groups
• Assist in the development of behavioral modification plans
• Keep abreast of current community resources and determine how these resources may be beneficial to the student and her/his family, provide resources and referrals to parents/families as needed
• Maintain thorough documentation for case management and Sanctuary practice
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
• Deep understanding, commitment, and belief in providing high quality social and emotional supports to empower at-risk youth to develop effective adaptation and coping skills
• Sensitivity, appreciation, and commitment to socioeconomic, cultural and racial diversity
• Knowledge of child and adolescent development, trauma and associated therapeutic processes
• Must be trauma aware with expectation of becoming trauma informed through the Sanctuary Institute
• Must follow and implement GSGBC’s case management process
• Sensitivity, appreciation, and commitment to socioeconomic, cultural and racial diversity and LGBTQIA+
• Deep understanding, commitment, and belief in providing best practices in social work for members and their families
• The ability to problem-solve and process through critical thinking
• Written and verbal communication skills with ability to establish rapport and trust
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team
• Punctuality and timeliness, with highly efficient use of time and resources
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Outlook
• Bachelor’s Degree in social work or related field (required)
• Minimum 3 – 5 years’ experience in a social work setting
• Experience working with youth
• Case management experience preferred
• Facilitation of group social and emotional learning preferred
• Clear understanding of the work and mission of Gene Slay’s Girls & Boys Club and the ability to carry out the vision as defined by the Executive Director and the Club Board
• Must have reliable transportation
• Must pass the health and employment requirements set by Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services as a condition of employment
Covid-19 Vaccination Policy: GSGBC requires written proof of vaccination from the vaccine administrator or an image of your CDC-issued vaccination card, including the vaccination place, date(s) and name. Any employee who cannot comply with this policy due to a requested accommodation or otherwise will be required to submit to mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing until the employee becomes fully vaccinated.
Gene Slay’s Girls & Boys Club of St. Louis provides equal employment opportunities to all regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, military service eligibility, veteran status, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or any other category protected by law.
To Apply: Submit resume and cover letter to HR@gsgbcstl.org, put "Trauma Informed Care Assistant" in the subject line.