I worked at PYS for 3 years for the most part I did enjoy my job working as a contingency employee, and I also did some overnights from other programs which I did enjoy.
Residential treatment can be the most challenging jobs anyone can take, but in a lot of ways it does have its rewards as well. When everyone is working on a multi-disciplinary team, there is collaboration, and the physiological needs of the youth are being met. I did a lot of overnight shifts and for the most part I enjoyed working overnights, and having an office to myself at night, and the kids being settled. I had a routine on how to plan my night on getting my job specifications completed before front line staff came in the morning.
It is sad to say that the program and home I worked at when one of the youth mentioned to me how many staff and supervisors left that program that got me thinking a lot. There wasn't consistency there was a large turn over of staff, and unprofessional ARS that did not know how to run the program, or treat their staff. Communication breakdown was a big issue.
They used and abused me in a lot of ways of running home to home when they were short. One ARS who was outright rude and belligerent because I tried to get a night off because they were short. When I did decide to go in and she was on call she did not even acknowledge me or even have the courtesy to say hello when she saw me at that home. This is the way I was treated by this particular ARS who use to be a front line worker.
Regardless, I was there for the youth and I got the best work experience working with the youth. I have furthered on my career and thanks to PYS that did give me the experience to advance in my career.
There is a reason why they are looking for staff do your homework before considering employment with PYS.