Residential Counselor

REPORTS TO: Program Director

The Residential Counselor must have at least a high school diploma with experience working with adults with SPMI and DD in a residential setting. Counselors must have skills in problem solving and decision making. This individual must also have the ability to work in a team approach setting and exercise discretion and responsibility when working with clients.

Job Summary

  • Respond to client’s health needs and emergency situations. This may include medical treatments and complaints, fire, behavioral, and weather emergencies
  • Communicate matters of importance verbally and via a communication book to other staff members
  • Must meet foster licensing requirements, including meeting minimum number of training hours required, attending required in-service hours and employee meetings
  • Complete all necessary documentations, including accident/incident reports, health care, progress notes and vulnerable individual reports as needed
  • Respond appropriately to clients needs and report changes in condition to the supervisor
  • Ensure effective communication with clients and their families
  • Work collaboratively with other staff members to ensure that residents’ goals are developed and appropriately implemented
  • Assist clients with activities of daily living such as bathing, grooming and hair washing necessary for personal hygiene
  • Transport and accompany clients to medical, social and recreational appointments and activities as directed by the house coordinator
  • Monitor and provide guidance needed by clients/residents in the reduction and/or elimination of maladaptive behaviors
  • Provide behavior redirection and intervention, including observation and monitoring
  • Assist with house coordinator and clients with creating balanced diet menus, grocery shopping and meal preparations