Trauma Informed Care Assistant

This is a part-time, grant funded position, with guaranteed funding for the next two years. Pay is $23 per hour for 30 hours a week.

Organization Description: 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.

Since 2018, GSGBC has implemented trauma-informed care through its organizational operation and how services are provided to members and their families. GSGBC is currently working with the Conscious Discipline model, a trauma-informed/evidence-based model of social-emotional learning, to implement trauma-informed care in our Clubs. Conscious Discipline helps us to better understand children’s behavior and emphasizes safety, connection, and problem solving. Staff are trained in trauma-informed care and will be provided with the tools to better understand how trauma affects our members, and how they can deal with the behaviors associated with trauma.

GSGBC offers afterschool and summer programming for youth ages 5-16, serving more than 900 youth annually. GSGBC supports youth development and holistic health with programs that include:  Academics, Athletics, Character Building, Healthy Living, College & Career Readiness and The Arts. The Afterschool Program runs August through May, 2:30pm-7:30pm, a Summer Camp is offered June through July, 7:00 am-6:00 pm.  

Primary Function: 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 5 – 16. This individual must have general knowledge of child and adolescent development, trauma and the therapeutic process to be able to provide social emotional support and psychoeducation for youth enrolled in afterschool and summer camp programming.

Responsibilities & Priorities:

  • Aid Trauma Informed Care Manager and program staff with implementation of Trauma Informed Professional Development Plan
  • Provide support and guidance to program staff in implementing trauma-informed practices and developmentally appropriate behavior management
  • 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
  • Plan and facilitate psychoeducational groups with 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 their family, provide resources and referrals to parents/families as needed
  • Maintain thorough documentation and assist in tracking outcomes for Mental Health Board Grant

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
  • Knowledge of child and adolescent development, trauma and associated therapeutic processes
  • Must be trauma aware with expectation of becoming trauma informed
  • 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


  • Bachelor’s Degree in social work 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
  • The ability to problem solve and process through critical thinking
  • Microsoft Office Suite proficiency and general computer skills required
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Must pass the health and employment requirements set by Department of Elementary & Secondary Education as a condition of employment

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.

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Job Type: Part Time
Job Location: 2524 S. 11th St. 3216 Pulaski St.

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