IDM is a relatively small company with a high turnover of employees, due to the demanding nature of it's work.
Employees can work as hourly (8am-4pm), Half overnight (4pm-8am), or full overnight (8am to 8 am).
Typically employees work up to three 24 hour shifts a week at a designated house - this is the most demanding type of role.
While there is a slight disconnect between Sr. Managers and workers in the home's, support is available if needed, and a close culture exists if one works at several different resources and makes an effort to meet other employees.
There is no formal training for working in mental health - employee turnover is too great for that to be realistic - although literature and workshops are made available.
The key to success in this job is learning to prioritize the extensive paperwork/chores required, with managing the emotions of the youth served, and learning to work with others for up to 3 days at a time.
During the interview process for IDM, they are looking above all else for SELF CARE, as they need individuals to model behaviour. If you struggle with self care or emotional regulation, this may not be a job for you.
The core group of Sr Managers and long time employees were without exception wonderful, caring, selfless individuals who strive to manage both the houses and the high turnover of employees.
This was a great experience and would recommend it to anyone who wants to earn some money while pursuing a noble cause.