Portland-Based Residential Program for Indian Youth Seeks Counselors

Portland-Based Residential Program for Indian Youth Seeks Counselors

ICTMN Staff
8/24/11

A Portland, Oregon-based program that helps children with emotional, behavioral and mental health issues is looking for behavioral counselors to work with Indian youth at its residential treatment programs.

Youth Villages-ChristieCare, a private nonprofit organization, operates two treatment campuses: the Clackamas River Campus and its Christie Campus at Marylhurst. Both campuses help Indian children and children of other ethnic backgrounds.

“Our programs have a long track record, and we are proud to offer a culturally responsive treatment program for Native American youth,” said Lynne Saxton, executive director of Youth Villages-ChristieCare of Oregon, in a press release. “Our goal is to offer Native American youth the best treatment in an environment that reflects and enhances their cultural and spiritual heritage. To meet that goal, we are looking for qualified behavioral youth counselors who share the children’s cultural and spiritual identity to help guide them on their path to a brighter future.”

Situated on 35 acres of evergreens along the Clackamas River in Oregon City, the Clackamas River Campus offers the Cedar Bough Native American Program featuring culturally responsive residential treatment for Native American youth as well as youth who can benefit from a strong cultural and spiritual life program. Guided by Youth Villages-ChristieCare of Oregon’s Native American Advisory Council, the Cedar Bough Program provides holistic care incorporating the physical environment and mind/body healing best practices. This program offers youth many traditional experiential opportunities, including powwows, therapeutic ropes course work, beading, drumming, singing, dancing, regalia making, sweat lodges and smudging.

To qualify for the position of behavioral youth counselor, applicants must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the social service field and complete an online application at www.youthvillages.org.

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