Meet Joe Goldsmith: Transitional Living Regional Supervisor

What has you your career path looked like at Youth Villages?

I completed two summer internships in Memphis while in college, during the summers after my sophomore and junior years.  After graduating in May 2007, I obtained a job as a Transitional Living Specialist with the YV Nashville office.  After about 18 months I was promoted to a clinical supervisor in January 2009.  After about 18 months of serving as a clinical supervisor, I was promoted to regional supervisor in July 2011.  I am still currently in this role.

What were your duties in these roles?

As a TL specialist, I carried a caseload of anywhere between 8-12 young adults.  I would see each of them for an hour a week, and during our sessions we would focus on the young adult developing the independent living skills that he or she would need to successfully live independently.  I would also be responsible for documenting the young adult’s treatment plans, as well as session notes.  I would also stay in communication with all parties involved in the young adult’s life in order to keep everyone informed.

As a clinical supervisor, I supervised 4-5 TL specialists.  I was responsible for providing them clinical feedback with their treatment direction with the young adults, monitoring their documentation, providing support in times of crisis, and other managerial tasks.

As a regional supervisor, I am responsible for the overall functioning of the TL program in Nashville.  I supervise 3 clinical supervisors, an educational/vocational coordinator, and 4-5 assessors who are responsible for reaching out to potential young adults to see if they would be a good fit for our program.  I also serve on the YV Scholars panel.  This is a program that provides extra support to some of our young adults who are thriving at a 4-year university. 

What advice do you have for new employees looking to stay with the company long term?

I would really encourage new employees to remain patient.  This is an extremely stressful field, and it takes a little bit of time to get settled and comfortable dealing with the madness.  Don’t expect to be perfect right away, but treat each experience as a learning one.  Don’t tie yourself down to just one program, but rather keep your options open.  If you want to learn about other programs/areas for growth, just ask and be open with your supervisor about what you are looking to get out of development.

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