Meet LeBrandon Silmon, clinical supervisor in Tupelo

SIlmonMeet LeBrandon Silmon, clinical supervisor in the Tupelo, Miss. office.

What was your educational/experience background before coming to Youth Villages?

I have a master’s degree in counseling psychology with a specialization in community counseling. I also have a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in criminal justice. I have worked with an array of populations including sexual abuse victims, recovering addicts, adolescent females with conduct disorders, and intellectually disabled adults.

What do you love about living in your town?

I enjoy living in Tupelo because it is a small city and most businesses and attractions are close together. I go to different parks to walk, sightsee, or just relax for fun. In addition, the city is close to Birmingham, Alabama and Memphis, Tennessee.

What is the most challenging part of your job?

The most challenging part of the job is building rapport with youth and/or families who do not take ownership of their actions and behaviors. Developing that working relationship with families that feel that no one can help them or understand their needs is always challenging.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is seeing families praise YV employees for doing such a great job and helping them reach their full potential.

Join LeBrandon’s team in Tupelo today at www.youthvillages.org/jobs.

Indiana Career Opportunities Webinar

MadisonDo you have a Master’s or will you be graduated soon with a Master’s degree? Then join our webinar to learn more about the Master’s-level positions we are hiring for in the state of Indiana. We offer competitive salaries, opportunities for advancement, great benefits, and relocation assistance to select areas.

Indiana Career Opportunities Webinar

January 21st at 5 pm EST

Register here: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/197137126

Shelbi’s Summer Internship Experience

This summer was one of the best summers of my life. I worked on the Dogwood Campus in cottage  5. When I first came to Memphis, I was afraid and I did not know what I was getting into. I knew it was going to be an experience but I had no idea that this would be the most influential summer of my life. I looked forward to going to work everyday. My youth were awesome. I even got to celebrate my 21st birthday at work. My most enjoyable moment was coming into work one day and seeing my most “off-task” youth meet “gold” three days in a row – indicating he was displaying positive behavior change. It made my day to see that he was working on improving. I had some very active boys and outside recreation time was their favorite although I can’t say it was my favorite activity with the Memphis heat! Despite that, I enjoyed my summer internship experience. The staff of Youth Villages made me feel very welcomed and I felt like I belonged there. This summer I gained patience and a lot of respect for the people who work in the cottages with the youth year-round. I am excited about the potential to work for Youth Villages in the future either as an intern again or as a YV 360 staff member.intern blog

Takisha’s Summer Internship Experience

Takisha Walls When I was offered the summer internship with Youth Villages, I had no idea that it would be this rewarding. I expected to meet some new people, learn new skills, and experience what Memphis had to offer. I ended up falling in love with the staff I worked with and built amazing relationships with youth that I never expected to meet.

Once the internship began, I got the chance to meet college students like myself from all walks of life as well as work with teenage boys ages 13-17 in a residential treatment setting. The youth had emotional and behavioral issues that ranged from aggression to Autism. Everyday I got the chance to interact and make an impact in a child’s life that needed a positive role model. I pushed myself as a leader to teach, counsel, and inspire the youth that I worked with. We played games, taught life skills, and processed feelings with youth that lacked a successful family structure. Read more of this post

Jasper staff excited about OFC gifts

JasperThe Jasper, Ind., staff were excited to receive their OFC gifts recently. Even as one of Youth Villages’ smallest offices, the Jasper team gave big to this year’s Our Family Campaign. From left, clinical supervisor Megan Whitehead, senior family intervention specialist Tracy Brown and family intervention specialist Nancy Spahalski show off their gifts. The team of three is looking forward to doubling in size soon!

Asheville staff represent YV in colorful 5K

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The Asheville, N.C., staff will have the most unique “I Heart YV” shirts after getting blaster with color at the Color the River Arts District 5K benefiting the YMCA of Western North Carolina. Aileen Herald, Amber Taylor, Peter Reich, Valerie Richman and Theresa Jurgensen had a blast representing Youth Villages while getting sprayed with colorful powder throughout the course. The race was a great way for the staff to bond as a team, get some exercise and represent Youth Villages in the community.

Girls Center recognizes staff at annual direct care banquet

The Girls Center recently held its annual direct care banquet, recognizing
direct care staff who go above and beyond to serve the girls on the campus. The
staff enjoyed a potluck lunch, and each courtyard and program selected one or
two staff members to honor. A youth presented an
original poem, and the girls of courtyard 1 performed an inspirational dance
routine. Honored guests included Carmen Mayham and Ladeidra Richards of
courtyard 1, Jennifer Harper and Shannon House of courtyard 2, Melissa Allen and
Kenya McIntyre of courtyard 3, Rebekah McLean and Erica Crabtree of courtyard 4,
Spencer Griffin of the mentoring program, Katy Key of the nursing program, Megan
Zawadzki and Ms. Polk of the campus school, Julian Johnson of the recreation
program, Ms. Clemons and Mr. Moore of the night staff and Alice Hiatt and
Danielle Maurer of the clinical team. All honored guests received a Youth
Villages t-shirt, a pillow decorated by the girls on the campus and a hat
knitted by the girls.

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Meet Angela Lowery, Clinical Supervisor in North Mississippi

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Meet Angela Lowery, Clinical Supervisor for Treatment Foster Care and Transitional Living for our North Mississippi Region. Join our team in northern Mississippi today as a Mental Health Therapist in Tupelo or Columbus.

1. What was your educational/experience background before coming to Youth Villages?

I obtained my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work and became a Licensed Social Worker. Before coming to Youth Villages, I worked for 10 years as a manager of Family Services for Head Start where I hired, trained and supervised Family Service staff in 13 counties. I was also responsible for the performance standard reviews, agency staff training on abuse and neglect and the agency audit. I worked for 5 years at Marshall County Department of Human Services as a Licensed Social Worker dealing with abuse and neglect.

2. What do you love about living in your town?

I live in Columbus, MS which is an Air Force Base town. It has lots of resources, great schools, and also has a great retirement community. I enjoy cooking and visiting with family and friends.  Starkville, home of Mississippi State, and Tupelo are also nearby with many things to do. This website offers some great highlights about Tupelo where we are also hiring staff.   Read more of this post

Heather Owsley, Regional Manager of Indiana, loves working in Madison

Heather head shot November 2012Meet Heather Owsley, Youth Villages’ Regional Manager of Indiana programs. Consider joining the growing team as a Master’s Level Family Intervention Specialist and change the lives of youth in the state. Visit www.youthvillages.org/jobs.

What was your educational/experience background before coming to Youth Villages?

Before I came to Youth Villages I had my bachelor of science in both psychology and social work. While at Youth Villages I obtained my Master of Science in Community and Agency Counseling. I also received my LPC-MHSP. [Heather has had a long history with Youth Villages in different locations and leadership capacities - one of the great things about Youth Villages is the opportunity for advancement!]

What do you love about living in your town? What do you do for fun?

I LOVE that Madison is a small town with tons of events going on. I never thought that I would be able to live in a smaller town. However, the city of Madison does a lot to draw in tourism for this river town. There are festivals and events every month, live music, art shows, wineries, local restaurants and shops. Main Street, located in the historical downtown, is lined with shops and restaurants. Overall, Madison is a very charming town that’s great for anyone to get away to!

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What is the most challenging part of your job?

The most challenging part is embedding Youth Villages into a state that already has several well-known providers. We really want everyone to see how different we are, the unique proactive culture that we flow down, and the long-term success rates that we have. This, in turn, saves taxpayer dollars.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Being able to build great teams. I have the best staff and all of us support each other. I’m one of the happiest bosses because I have strong employees who love helping children and families live successfully!

Meet Indiana Regional Supervisor, Rob Atchison

Rob Atchison, MA, NCC, LMFT (woah that is a lot of studying/exam taking!) is the Regional Supervisor over the Indianapolis, Bloomington, Jasper and Columbus offices in Indiana. We are looking for Master’s level staff to join our teams in Indiana. Apply at http://www.youthvillages.org/jobs.

What was your educational/experience background before coming to Youth Villages?

I graduated with a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Indiana Wesleyan University in December 2009.  This was my first job out of school in the counseling field, but I completed my practicum and internships working with at-risk teens in a group home and with college students in a counseling center at Indiana Wesleyan University. I also gained experience with couples with addiction issues as well as families at the graduate counseling center.  I was also a Psych Tech on an inpatient unit at a psychiatric facility.

What do you love about living in your town?

Living in Indianapolis allows for easy access to a lot of amenities so any hobby you could enjoy is available.  Downtown Indianapolis is a clean area and great for families as well.

What is the most challenging part of your job?

We work with the most challenging families due to a variety of factors, which can make for a stressful day for our specialists.  So, in my particular role, it is always a challenge trying to ensure that specialists are getting what they need to find that personal life and professional balance. That balance is needed to ensure the families receive the care they need.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Seeing families succeed as well as seeing staff succeed in their career goals.

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