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"Great kids, horrible management"

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Mental Health Counselor/Behavioral Health Technician in Streamwood, IL
Current Employee - Mental Health Counselor/Behavioral Health Technician in Streamwood, IL

Pros

You have an opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the lives of youth who have often been abused and neglected by almost every adult they have met.

Cons

Upper and middle management usually do not understand the requirements of the job, so they often lead blindly. Rules are arbitrarily created and enforced. Favoritism and promotions are rarely merit based.

Advice to Management

Learn the job of the counselors, with actual observation and interaction with the kids. (Try working a unit on a day with crises.) Your leadership would be more meaningful and effective if you actually understood what the mental health counselor's job entailed.

Other Employee Reviews for SBHS

  1. "Great for gaining experience but not to stay for long..."

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    Former Employee - Expressive Therapist in Streamwood, IL
    Former Employee - Expressive Therapist in Streamwood, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    This is a tough environment because it's a mental health hospital for kids and adolescents. I name that as a pro because it builds credibility, personal strength, and professional ability really quickly. It's a great place to put on your resume, that's for sure.

    Cons

    For one, they are for profit. At UHS this means that the well-being and care of the children is not the top priority. Cutting costs, reducing staff, and pushing paperwork is more important. Personally, I was laid off because my department was deemed to be supplemental and not really all that necessary. Fine. But the people who are still there (interns, post-doctoral fellows, therapists, etc) are being forced to work many more hours doing jobs that they were not hired to do and they are not being given sufficient respect or support. They will burn out. Children will suffer.

    Advice to Management

    Put the kids first. Money is necessary because that's what pays the bills and keeps things running. But when you're promising to take care of minors in their most vulnerable moments, you need to make sure that you are adequately staffed, that your staff are well rested and well paid, and that the employees feel valued. Otherwise you are begging for trouble.


  2. "Overall poor quality"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SBHS full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, and a reasonable amount of paid time off, and likely one of the highest salaries available for someone in the mental health field.

    Cons

    Little respect for personal boundaries and work/life balance. As an inpatient therapist it can be difficult to juggle paperwork, meetings, and having at least 3 sessions per patient per week, and still get out at a reasonable time each night.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on patients over profit. Often patients are admitted to the hospital and kept there longer than they necessarily should be for the sake of profit. There is pressure from management to ensure each patient stays a minimum of 7-10 days.

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