Mooseheart Child City & School

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Kids are great.. expectations are unrealistic

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Former Employee - Family Teacher  in  Mooseheart, IL
Former Employee - Family Teacher in Mooseheart, IL

Pros

Kids are great
Housing provided
In a nice area about 1 hour West of Chicago
Neat opportunities to make differences in others lives

Cons

Very little support
Expectations are unrealistic (if you were actually going to do what they expected of you it would include interacting with kids that live with you and who you are acting as a parental figure in a set of "scripts" or in other words like a robot. The ideas behind the model make sense but they treat the model as though it is infallible which is unfortunate. Since leaving I've still been working with kids and I wish I would've been more counseling towards the kids while I was there... unfortunately they just want you to "program" the kids. It would be a much better place if they cared less about the PROCESS and more about the RESULTS and the PEOPLE. I really hope they make these changes for the kids.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Mr. Hart seems to do a good job but middle management seems disconnected and this is unfortunate because it hurts the kids.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Other reviews for Mooseheart Child City & School

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    Not worth the so called "benefits."

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    Current Employee - Family Teacher  in  Mooseheart, IL
    Current Employee - Family Teacher in Mooseheart, IL

    Pros

    The kids are amazing. They are all so unique and it would be great to have a chance to help them.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations of live-in family teachers. Very few hired staff stay longer than six months. I have been here a lot longer than I should have been but with no free time I can't work on finding other jobs. No room for professional growth. Administration treats the family teachers the same way they expect the family teachers to treat the kids. Staff are guilty until proven innocent in all situations. There is no support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to rethink the way you run this place and treat your staff if you want there to be any staff left. Mr. Urwiler keeps preaching "family teacher retention" but nothing has changed since he took over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Kids are awesome but expectations on kids and staff are way too high.

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    Former Employee - Family Teacher  in  Mooseheart, IL
    Former Employee - Family Teacher in Mooseheart, IL

    Pros

    The two pros are that you live on campus and that the kids are incredible.

    Cons

    Long hours, frequently 6am-11pm. Ridiculous expectation on staff. Often working alone with 10 kids yet still expected to do 5-10 rote teaching interactions per kid, cook all meals, then complete paperwork. You're too busy trying to stay within the model of care and balance your teaching interactions to really invest in the kids. If a child goes out of control, all kids must go to their rooms. Even if the child id out of control for hours and hours- you must still complete about 75 teaching interactions per day with the other youth. You cannot give administration feedback or even ask a question about a rule- even if the rule negatively affects staff and children.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break up the upper management regime, allow staff a break during afternoons, properly staff the homes, allow staff to have a voice as they're the ones with the kids 24 hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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