Residential Youth Counselor (Current Employee) – Shelburne, ON – 18 February 2014
A typical day at work: Participate in daily student academic, recreational and therapeutic activities. Assist with keeping youth on track regarding their expectations and program.
I've learned in order for the program to work the management and staff need to work together and consistently communicate, so that everyone is on the same page. The program is very structured and the expectations need to be consistent. This provides a safe environment for the youth to flourish and grow. This is one of the reasons the program at Pine River is successful.
Its a long process for many of the youth so its important to remember that developing a connection with them may take time. Trust is an issue for many of them and it take time to gain their trust. The hardest part of the job is that it does take time and everyone's journey is different.
The most enjoyable part of the job is playing a positive part in the youth's journey and watching them grow into confident, happy young adults.
excellent staff, rewarding job, every day is different, enjoy the variety and challenge
Outdoor Educator and Safety Officer (Former Employee) – Shelburne, ON – 29 July 2019
PRI does not value their employees input or insight and seems to only care about those in their employment that happen to have Psychology degrees/doctorates. As a woods staff you are responsible for the lives of 6-8 youths who either do not want to be there, are suffering from withdrawls/suicidal thoughts, or both and when you make a suggestion or decision based on what you see while you are dealing with these kids and the situation that is at hand you will be unsupported by their office staff and or told to do something that is not feasible given the location.
Outdoor Leadership Field Instructor/ RYC Support (Former Employee) – Shelburne, ON – 4 May 2019
I have worked at PRI for over a year and love it there. The students are challenging but rewarding to work with. It takes a little while to get used to the PRI community, but once you understand the system, even behaviour management becomes routine. Nevertheless, PRI has work benefits and an amazing kitchen staff that provides for the community. Management and staff are all amazing and super easy to talk to; always willing to take the time to help others, and the workplace culture is supportive of all.