Job Title: Residential Counselor Day and Evening Shifts
Reports To: RC Shift Supervisor, Residential Counselor Manager
- BA/BS (Social Sciences/Psychology preferred)
- Detail-oriented and able to multi-task
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Weekend availability
- Ability to consistently work one of three shifts
- Morning (7:00am – 3:30pm) - 5 shifts a week
- Evening (3:00pm – 11:30pm) - 5 shifts a week
- Awake Overnight (9:30pm – 7:30am) - 4 shifts a week
- Willingness to eat a wide variety of food. (Our organization does not accommodate a vegan diet and RCs occasionally eat with patients.)
At Cambridge Eating Disorder Center we are dedicated to helping adult and adolescent women rebuild their lives. The Residential Counselor (RC) role is a challenging and meaningful position, ideal for recent graduates looking to gain clinical experience towards a career in the field of psychology, social work, or healthcare. The ideal candidate is hard-working, compassionate, and eager to learn. RCs are an integral part of our multi-disciplinary treatment team which includes psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, registered dieticians, psychologists, and licensed clinical social workers. RCs receive intensive training to perform the following responsibilities:
- Help patients develop coping skills and distraction techniques to manage ED urges.
- Facilitate therapeutic groups that are commensurate with RC level of training and experience.
- Use active listening skills to individually process day-to-day issues that patients struggle with (meal/behavior noncompliance on and off the unit, self-doubt, body consciousness).
- Provide psycho-education about eating disorders and related issues to patients and their familial/social support system.
- Promote appropriately supportive relationships between patients.
- Correctly weigh patients. Take, accurately interpret, and document vital signs (i.e., blood pressure, pulse).
Supervise patients’ self-administration of medication and document appropriately.
- Supervise bathroom and shower use for patients according to each patient’s assigned supervision level.
- Escort clients to offsite medical appointments and ER visits (via taxi or uber; no driving necessary).
- Assist in the set-up of meals and snacks.
- Supervise meals and snacks: Prompt patients to follow meal and behavior compliance rules. Document noncompliance when necessary; inform patients that you have done so.
- Possess a clear understanding of emergency procedures, including how to quickly access emergency contact information for each patient.
- Remain vigilant! Check on assigned patients frequently. Conduct and document risk assessment for patients expressing suicidal ideation or an impulse to self-harm.
- Understand when and how to contract for safety.
- Conduct thorough contraband searches.
- Promptly communicate with patient’s treatment team, (e.g., psychiatrist, case manager, nutritionist) regarding client care issues and concerns.
- Carefully and thoroughly document all clinically relevant information regarding patient behavior (e.g., completing Meal and Snack logs, Group Notes, Shift Progress Notes, and Incident Reports, etc.) in a timely manner.
- Attend the required number of RC Supervision meetings (at least 24 hours a year for full- time employees; at least 12 hours a year for part-time employees—starting from the date of hire). If unable to attend, follow-up with an RC supervisor as soon as possible.