Treatment Counselor – Orchard Place


Des Moines, IA

As a Treatment Counselor you will have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Iowa kids and their families every day. Your passion for being a team player and willingness to serve others will make all the difference in fulfilling our mission of building strong futures. Your ability to be flexible and dependable will make you an asset to the team. Employees are valued at Orchard Place, and we are committed to provide you with a culture of open communication, collaborative work environment, and opportunities for professional growth and development.

Orchard Place values diversity and inclusion, and we recognize that people come with a wealth of experience and talent beyond just the technical requirements of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and excellence; therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions. Please let us know if you require accommodations during the interview process.

Why you should become a Treatment Counselor:

  • Experience the rewarding feeling of being a part of youth’s growth and progress.
  • Work with an awesome and supportive team to create a therapeutic environment where kids find support and growth opportunities.
  • Learn valuable skills and knowledge that will apply to future career aspirations. Orchard Place values growth and change, and we are here to support you through your career development.

What you will do:

  • Learn, develop and implement intervention techniques consistent with Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), The Sanctuary Model, and Therapeutic Aggression Control Techniques (TACT2) models
  • Improve each child’s psychological and emotional well-being by providing a safe and therapeutic environment
  • Participate as an active member of the treatment plan; assisting in the development and implementation of Individual Care Plans
  • Plan and facilitate social skills groups
  • Act as an advocate for the residents and families, developing a meaningful relationship with the residents and families
  • Assist in managing challenging behaviors


  • Work schedule is typically Sunday-Wednesday or Wednesday-Saturday.
  • Shifts typically are 10 hours and scheduled in the afternoon and evenings
  • Overnight Youth Counselor positions also available. These positions work Wednesday, Thursday, Friday nights and every other Saturday night from 9:45 pm – 9:00 am.

Professional Development:

  • Our Professional Development Career Ladder offers an opportunity to receive periodic $1.00 per hour pay increases and promotion upon completion of the Career Ladder step
  • Professional development trainings provided throughout the year at no cost to you


  • Paid-time off and paid holidays
  • Medical, dental and life insurance starting first of the month following first day of employment
  • Vision plan
  • Cafeteria/Flex Spending Plan
  • 401(k) retirement plan participation starting first of the month following 30 days of employment; agency match after 1 year
  • Tuition assistance to support further education
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Years of service recognition
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)

Sound like a good fit?  A few requirements include:

  • Overnight Youth Counselor positions require high school diploma or GED.
  • Treatment Counselors require a bachelor’s degree in a human services field preferred. Will consider associate degree with relevant experience working with children and youth.
  • Experience volunteering and/or working with children and youth
  • Exceptional leadership skills
  • Ability to collaborate with co-workers and supervisors
  • Initiative to motivate and mentor children and youth
  • Valid driver’s license and driving record that meets agency guidelines

Criminal, Abuse Registry and Motor Vehicle Record checks completed.