April 20, 2017 Leave a comment
Whether it’s participating in national research studies, introducing mobile tablets to help with documentation to improve work-life balance, or adding a new team, Youth Villages is constantly adjusting and taking initiative to best meet our kids and families’ needs.
This enthusiasm is seen in all of our Indiana teams in six cities across the central and southern parts of the state. Our Indiana programs specifically provide intensive in-home treatment, which prevents at-risk children from entering foster care or institutions and helps successfully reunify children with their families if out-of-home placement has been needed.
Meet Dedra Watkins, one of the Clinical Supervisors for our Jeffersonville Program – a great example of someone who has also taken initiative and grown throughout her 5 years with Youth Villages in Indiana.
Starting as a Family Intervention Specialist providing direct therapeutic & clinical interventions after graduating with her MSW from Spalding University, Dedra explains why she wanted to start working with YV back in 2012: “….I believe in the mission of helping youth and families be successful. It takes a Village to raise a child and I love the commitment that YV has to helping families live successfully one day at a time.”
Her role as a clinician has had a deep impact on her growth professionally.
“Personally, I have grown as a clinician. I have learned to dig deeper into what is triggering or driving behaviors. I have learned how to meet families where they are and not where I or other’s feel they should be. I have become a stronger advocate for myself, staff and the families that we serve. My confidence as a clinician and leader has increased. I am more organized and more conscious of time management and self-care.”
As she advocates for her families, she also challenges and encourages her staff in her current role as supervisor.
“The most rewarding part as Supervisor is being a positive support and role model to staff, helping them be effective clinicians and helping them be successful in providing the best quality of services to families. The most challenging part is not always knowing if you’re making the right decisions or if you’re pushing staff enough to be the best that they can be.”
This commitment to greatness is what makes Indiana such an ideal team to be a part of!
A Kentucky native, Dedra commutes across the bridge from Louisville, KY to the Jeffersonville office – just 20 minutes away. She gets the best of both worlds: city living & the chance to also enjoy the nice parks, quaint local dining options, and the beautiful scenery that Indiana has to offer.
In her spare time, she loves cooking, shopping, traveling, and couponing, as well as spending time with family and friends, and most importantly, making time to relax!
Right now, our Indiana office is GROWING – we’re adding a new team in our Columbus, IN office!
*** Now offering $3,000 Sign-On Payment & $5,000 Relocation Reimbursement!**
Where’s Columbus, IN?
– Perfect distance for day & weekend excursions to several major cities – 45 minutes from Indianapolis and Bloomington (Go Hoosiers!), 1 hr from Louisville, 1 ½ from Cincinnati
What does Columbus, IN have to offer (outside of working with a great YV team!)
**The July 2005 edition of GQ magazine named Columbus one of the “62 Reasons to Love Your Country”
**Known for it’s Modern Architecture & Public Art
**Over 20 miles of nature running/biking trails
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a social service field with at least one year experience required. Apply today!
Also hiring for our Indiana offices in Madison, Bloomington, & Jasper!