Therapeutic Childcare Specialist
Helping Hand Home for Children

Company Overview

Helping Hand Home for Children has been serving Texas children since 1893. We work with children from a background of abuse and neglect, and our goal is to give them the tools they need to heal and ultimately thrive in a healthy family setting. We offer residential services and therapeutic foster care, and we're located in Austin's historic Hyde Park neighborhood.

The Therapeutic Childcare Specialist works to provide a stable, safe, and healing environment for the children in our care. HHH uses the TCU Trust-Based Relationship Intervention model as the foundation of our program. A two-week paid training program is provided.

This role might be a good fit for people interested in direct care, child development, trauma-informed care, mental health, attachment theory and practice, social work, relationship-based therapy, treatment planning, or life skills coaching.

Essential Functions

  • Teach and role-model a variety of social, problem solving, academic, recreational, and self-help skills
    Implement motivational and discipline plans and effective teaching techniques taught in training or outlined in individualized treatment plans for the children
  • Build relationships with the children through mutual respect, positive feedback, and consistency
  • Actively and enthusiastically lead and participate in activities
  • Safely use crisis intervention techniques to manage aggressive behavior
  • Complete required regular forms and reports accurately
  • Contribute to building a home-like, therapeutic environment
  • Set boundaries in a nurturing, supportive way
    What we look for: patience, empathy, emotional resilience, flexibility, punctuality
  • Part- or full-time hours available. Currently hiring for our Spring training class.
  • Helpful but not required: Social Services degree and/or experience; experience working with children.

Salary and Benefits

  • Minimum of $14.50 per hour, depending upon experience.
  • Full-time employees receive paid health insurance, subsidized dental and vision, 401(k), tuition assistance and 26 days of PTO annually.
Requirements
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must be physically able to use authorized crisis intervention techniques
  • Valid drivers license with clean driving record
  • Must be flexible with hours and able to work weekends, holidays, and occasional overnights as needed
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