Staff Positions & Services

There are many different types of staff who will be working with our students on their goals. Here is a list of staff that will be a part of your life at Hillcrest:

  • YDC (Youth Development Counselor): YDCs are staff that work directly with students on the dorm or in the classroom. YDC’s help the students with their daily needs, following their team schedule, and working on their skills and treatment goals. YDC’s also help students to learn the rules and expectations of Hillcrest, and find skills to use when they are stressed out or upset.
  • Supervisor (and Assistant Supervisor): Supervisors are in charge of running the campus during their shift. There is a supervisor on campus at all times, and they make sure that all the students and staff remain safe. Supervisors are here to help YDC’s, other staff, and students, as well as make sure that everything that is supposed to happen that day gets done!
  • Clinician: Clinicians work with each student, their family and the students social worker to make a plan for your treatment while they are at Hillcrest. They work with the students in individual, group and family therapy to help achieve treatment goals, overcoming obstacles from the past, and learning new skills for their future. They also talk with the students family and social worker, or other concerned adults, to make sure that they know how the student is doing, and to plan for what is next after our students leave Hillcrest.
  • Teacher: Teachers at Hillcrest work with our students to help meet specific educational goals. They also help each student, their family, and school district with understanding how our students learn, and what their needs are in school and to keep track of academic progress.
  • TA (Teacher Assistant): Teacher Assistants are assigned to a classroom and work with that classroom’s teacher to help each student meet their educational goals. TA’s also help to give extra support to students in the classroom when they need it, and help the teacher to keep the classroom running smoothly.
  • Nurse: Nurses are on campus during daytime hours and on call during the night. Nurses oversee the general health of all students. They also give student’s their medication, and provides treatment if a student is sick or hurt. They also help students learn about their individual health and well-being.
  • Psychiatrist: The psychiatrist meets with all students on a regular basis. They receive feedback from a team of staff and assess the need for medications or changes. They also work other members of the health care team if the student or the team have questions or concerns about your medical needs.
  • Nutritionist: The nutritionist works with the nurses and cooks to provide a well-balanced diet for all students. They help the students who need special guidance with the food they eat to be healthy.
  • Cook: The cooks prepare nutritional meals and snacks for the staff and students at your campus. Sometimes this can mean more than 100 people a day!
  • Speech-Language Therapist: These are specialized therapists that work with students who need extra help with speech and language skills. If a student had speech-language before coming to Hillcrest, they will probably continue to receive these services. The Speech-Language Therapist works with students during the school day, usually in their classroom.
  • Assistant Director of Clinical Services: This person is a member of the administrative team on campus. They supervise all the clinical staff in the treatment that every student receives on campus to ensure treatment goals are appropriate, and that all clinicians are meeting the needs of the students and their families.
  • Program Director: This person is responsible for the oversight and operation of the entire program. The Director ensures the security and well-being of our students and staff while operating a safe program.