Milieu Residence Counselor
Staff members at CMCS are our greatest asset! We are currently seeking qualified and eager Milieu Residence Counselors!
Our Hayden Emergency & Diagnostic Center provides temporary care for youth under the custody of Westchester or neighboring Department of Social Service until suitable and safe living arrangements are made. Once at Hayden House, the youth, generally between the ages of eight and eighteen, receives a total diagnostic evaluation and a comprehensive discharge care plan. Youth stay in our home varies dependent on their needs and discharge plan.
POSITION SUMMARY : The Milieu Residential Counselor (MRC) is responsible to protect and advocate for the rights of all youth residing in our home/shelter while ensuring a safe, culturally sensitive, and nurturing environment. This requires engaging with youth through a strength based and trauma sensitive approach to supervise their daily living skills.. The MRC is further responsible for knowing, implementing and adhering to the policies and procedures of the agency and program including the Agency's Mission, Vision, and Values Creed. The MRC position is available per diem, part time, or full time dependent on current programming. Administrators manage scheduling based on program coverage needs; over time is requested as needed.
CMCS is committed to the practice of trauma-informed care in accordance with the tenets of Sanctuary through utilizing the SELF framework for Sanctuary practice and promulgating Sanctuary training and trauma-informed clinical treatment.
Responsibilities and Duties
- Maintain a clean, orderly and healthy environment for the residents
- Provide culturally and trauma sensitive counseling and guidance to the youth within the framework of their individual safety plan
- Effectively communicate with youth (individually and in a group setting) and provide direction and mentoring for their daily responsibilities
- Implement trauma sensitive, behavioral support plans for Hayden youth and track their progress consistently
- Responsible for preparing, serving and supervision of daily meals and snacks as needed considering the dietary guidelines for each youth
- Appropriately supervise and support the daily living skills of the youth residing at the Hayden House including monitoring of the daily routines of the Program, I.E. wakeup, school attendance, recreation, laundry, etc.
- Lead and participate in weekly youth group sessions as designated by administrative personnel
- Ensure the youth’s medical needs through appropriate monitoring and transportation to and from medical appointments as needed
- Implement appropriate Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) skills during daily practice
- Supervise youth during the after school tutorial program and ensure maximal participation
- Plan and carry out cost-effective recreational outings for the youth on a daily basis
- Support youth to have an opportunity to attend religious services at their preferred place of worship
- Provide transportation, supervision and assistance for residents with clothes shopping to teach budgeting skills
- Shopping as necessary for the maintenance of the home including food and household supply shopping
- Document information in the daily logs
- Attend departmental/staff meetings and trainings as required by the program or at the request of administrative personnel
- Participate in relevant trainings that will aid in the MRC's career growth and enhance their daily practice as a Residential Counselor
- Timely documentation and processing of all critical incident reports that occur
- Assist in the preparation of all departmental reports
- Responsible for answering emergency calls, notification to appropriate personnel and documentation of emergency incidents
- Other tasks/responsibilities as deemed relevant and necessary by administrative staff
Qualifications and Skills
ESSENTIAL SKILLS, EXPERIENCE, LICENSURE, CERTIFICATION:
- High School Diploma/GED required, Associate's or Bachelor's Degree in Human Services preferred.
- Bilingual in Spanish preferred
- Valid and clean NYS Driver's license is required.
- Good writing, organizational, and time management skills required
- Must be able to successfully complete the Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Course of Cornell University
- AMAP, TCI, and CPR-First Aid preferred
- Previous professional experience working with children and adolescents in a residential setting preferred
CMCS offers an excellent, comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, 403b, generous paid time off, in-service training, flexible work schedules and competitive salaries. At CMCS, we believe in creating progressive career paths for our staff and provide advanced training in order to promote constant growth and change. We encourage you to join our dedicated and diverse workforce by applying today!
CMCS is an agency certified in the Sanctuary Model. The Sanctuary Model is a treatment and organizational change model, which integrates trauma theory, with the creation of therapeutic communities which provide safety for both staff and those we serve. Training in this model provides the basis for enhancing how we serve those in our care by taking advantage of what we know about human nature, healing from injury, the power of communities and the chaotic nature of change. We ensure that CMCS offers Sanctuary Model Training to all employees so that we can fully integrate the methodology into the operation of all of our service programs and maintain a culture of respect, compassion, and dignity.
Since 1946, Cardinal McCloskey Community Services has been here to help protect some of the most vulnerable members of our communities. From children and teens who have suffered neglect and trauma to adults with developmental disabilities, we are here to serve others. Cardinal McCloskey Community Services’ mission is to protect, empower and promote independence for at-risk children and families and those with developmental disabilities through quality community based services.