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Residential Counselors

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Job#: 2017-10

If you are interested in making a positive impact on the lives of Virginia’s youth, then we want you to become part of our Team!  Rural Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility located in Jarratt, Virginia seeks positive role models to work directly with adolescent boys and girls in a psychiatric residential treatment program.  The Youth Service Worker is responsible for role-modeling healthy behavior, teaching life skills, administering a trauma informed behavioral support program, and leading youth in and participating in social, cultural, and recreational activities.  This position supervises youth in the residential unit and on off-campus activities and appointments.

Must possess the availability to work weekends, evenings, holidays, and nights.  Supreme flexibility required. 

Seeking candidates with Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology, Sociology or other Human Services field.   Experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

Compensation package includes 401(k) retirement plan & employer sponsored health, dental, vision & life insurance.  JBHS is a Drug Free Workplace.  Successful applicants must pass a pre-employment drug screen and criminal background screening.  EOE.  Positions opened until filled.

E-mail cover letter and resume to:

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services
Attn: Chris Thompson
Job # 2017-10
E-mail:careers@jacksonfeild.org

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April is National Alcohol Awareness Month

This April is Alcohol Awareness Month.  Founded and sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) since 1987, this year’s theme is: “Talk Early, Talk Often: Parents Can Make a Difference in Teen Alcohol Use.”

No other substance is more widely used and abused by America’s youth than alcohol, making alcoholism and alcohol-related problems the number one public health problem in the United States.

It is important to know that parents play a significant role in preventing and reducing the incidence of underage alcohol and drug use.  Fostering healthy and responsible attitudes, talking openly and honestly, encouraging supportive relationships, and showing children that their opinions and decisions matter, are all ways to help prevent the use of alcohol and drugs.

In fact, research has shown that kids who have conversations with their parents and learn a lot about the dangers of alcohol and drug use are 50% less likely to use alcohol and drugs than those who don’t have such conversations.

It can be challenging to develop the communication skills needed to talk with your children about drinking and drugs, but it will be well worth the effort you put into it, as you get to know your children a little better and help them build the coping skills they need to handle the anger, stress, peer pressure, loneliness and disappointment that are part of being an adolescent.

So, let’s get started.  We can’t afford to wait any longer.  For more information about alcohol education, services & treatment, contact District 19 Community Services Board at (804)862-8002.

CAAN-DUU and District 19 Community Services Board Hosts Event as Part of Communities Talk: Town Hall Meeting To Prevent Underage Drinking

The Other Side of Alcohol

When Communities Talk, Prevention Is Possible

 On Thursday, May 12th, the Coalition Against Alcohol, Nicotine & Under-Age Drug Use (CAAN-DUU) in conjunction with District 19 Community Services Board will host “The Other Side of Alcohol” Town Hall Meeting as part of Communities Talk: Town Hall Meeting to Prevent Underage Drinking. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about  underage drinking and promote parental & community engagement strategies to prevent those under age 21 from obtaining and using alcohol.   

“Underage drinking is threatening the future of our children. We must act now to educate them about the many, and sometimes deadly, consequences of early alcohol use,” said Regina Smith, District 19 Prevention Manager.

Underage drinking is a major public health concern in our community and throughout the United States. According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 9 million—or one in four, 12- to 20-year-olds—reported alcohol use during the past month. Of these, about 5 million were binge drinkers, meaning that they consumed five or more drinks on at least one occasion. Underage drinkers are at risk for negative consequences, including lowered academic performance, involvement with law enforcement, risk of violence and sexual assault, and death.

Illegal use of alcohol can result in severe, even deadly, harm to themselves and others.  Data indicates that early drinking increases the odds that children will get hooked on alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs.  Kids who drink before the age of 15 are four times more likely to develop serious addictions to alcohol.In Virginia, statistics for under-age alcohol use are slightly higher than the national average (26% of Virginia youth ages 12-20 report alcohol use in past 30 days). 

“We need to stop pretending alcohol isn’t a problem, and be open about how it is affecting our community. Talking about it is only the first step; we must do whatever it takes to prevent underage drinking and secure the futures of our young adults. Each of us has a role and a responsibility,” said local parent.

According to national data, parents’ voices do count when it comes to underage drinking. This approach, along with other environmental strategies, has proven to reduce the incidence of underage drinking.

“The Other Side of Alcohol” Town Hall Meeting will be held Thursday, May 12th at the Hampton Inn by Hilton 898 Wiggins Road in Emporia, Virginia  at 5:30pm – 7:30pm.  Guest speakers and additional resources will be available to promote ways to prevent and reduce rates of under-age alcohol use in your community.  The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact (804)863-1689 ext. 3193.

The Communities Talk: Town Hall Meeting to Prevent Underage Drinking was created with support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in collaboration with the federal government’s Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking.  To learn more about this national initiative, go to https://www.stopalcoholabuse.gov/townhallmeetings. And join the online conversation, #CommunitiesTalk.

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