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Personal Care Assistant/Residential Youth and Family Specialist

Location:Portland, ME
Salary Range:$14/hr
Employment Type:Full Time

This position supports Spurwink’s community-based residences. The P.C.A./Residential Youth and Family Specialist is tasked with implementing the individual treatment plans on behalf of the residents of the home. The position is designed to maximize consistency of approach and to promote the greatest degree of developmentally appropriate independent functioning so that, in most cases, each resident may return to his/her family setting as quickly as possible. 

In addition to teaching self-help and basic living skills, a P.C.A./Residential Youth and Family Specialist assists clients with personal hygiene and daily living needs and helps clients achieve all of the competencies necessary to manage life events successfully. This will often include the development and use of coping strategies needed to manage emotional dysregulation as well as the use of crisis management strategies. She or he works closely with families and with other treatment team members in pursuit of these competencies. 


1.  Provides assistance with daily activities, monitors clients’ conditions and performs, physically and/or verbally assists with and/or monitors clients’ personal hygiene tasks according to individual cleint needs. Provides the appropriate level of supervision for clients in their care and adheres to the Individual Crisis and Behavior Management Plan.

2.  Demonstrate safe   behavior and work to assure the safety of clients and peers. Observes clients’ physical conditions and reports changes and/or concerns to the ADP-R.   Monitors bowel movements and reports changes and/or concerns to the APD-R.

3.  Administer medications according to policies and procedures.

4.  Recognize and comply with the recommendations put forth by the client’s ISP. Follow medical recommendations and treatment.

5.  Maintain a home-like, caring, clean and safe environment for the clients and their families within the clients’ live-in setting.

6.  Provide a sensitive, nurturing, and personal home life experience for clients and act as positive role models.

7.  Contribute to the continuity of group and individual programming within the residential and community settings by implementing varied, appropriate routines and activities that reflect the children’s unique developmental needs (activities will include swimming, which could take place in both pools and open water sources).

8.  Maintain, through communication and documentation, positive and collaborative relationships and continuity with other care providers.

9.  Report to work on time and, if unable to report to work or if there is a need to arrive late or leave early, follow Spurwink’s approval / call-out procedures.

10. Consistently engage in regular supervision, implement supervisory recommendations and directives, seek supervision as needed, and be receptive to feedback.

11. Embrace change and actively participates in efforts aimed to improve the quality of services, operations or outputs.

12. Exhibit a desire and willingness to gain more skills where appropriate and to apply skills to more challenging cases.

13. Positively contribute to staff consultations, coordinating efforts with educational, treatment, programmatic administrators and other staff to follow the ISPs and help clients meet their goals.

14. Help provide support, mentoring, assistance in orientation to newer staff..

15. Demonstrate resilience and display an ability to rebound from challenges / setbacks.

16. Encourage and exhibit problem-solving collaboratively within the clinical / educational team and amongst residential staff – show an effort to provide structure and consistency with our clients and professional interactions with other providers.

17. Display patience, cooperation, professional demeanor and tact.

18. Demonstrate personal interest, attention, initiative, and nurturance for each client in the milieu and appropriate intervention to ensure proper care of the clients, the home, and the agency.

19. Make a concerted effort to involve families and encourage family involvement (including visitations) as prescribed by the client’s ISP and family visit plan. Be proactive in considering the family’s roles in treatment.

20. Maintain clear, concise, and current documentation including that which pertains to medication management, medical protocols, milieu logs, incident reports, family visit forms, and licensing requirements.







P.C.A. Training/Certification and a high school diploma or G.E.D. required. Must complete the State of Maine Department of DHHS on-line standardized training to work as a P.C.A. Prior experience and training in positions similar to that of the P.C.A./Residential Youth and Family Specialist or with children and their families faced with emotional and behavioral challenges.  Basic computer skills are required.


Spurwink is an equal opportunity employer.

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