Under the supervision of an Assistant Director or other supervisor, the Residential Counselor is responsible for ensuring the well being of the program’s residents; promoting a normalized environment and a philosophy of self-care and independence with the goal of consumer wellness and recovery and eventual reintegration into the community. The Residential Counselor is also responsible for the operation, maintenance, and security of the agency’s residential facilities and programs during their assigned shift.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
Provides on-site consumer supervision, therapeutic training and functional assessment.
Supervises and organizes recreational and/or socialization activities.
Provides transportation for appointments, shopping and other activities.
Performs residential counseling and provides crisis intervention services.
Provides direct mental health rehabilitation services to the consumers according to the consumer’s Master Treatment Plan, and documents observations, information and services provided.
Serves as a vital member of the interdisciplinary team with first-hand knowledge of the consumer’s mental status, behavior, and response to the treatment plan objectives. Communicates with team members to ensure continuity and quality of care of all program consumers.
Attends individual supervision on a regular basis and requests supervision when necessary.
Attends case conferences, in-services, and scheduled staff meetings, as required.
Maintains current clinical records and treatment plans reflecting activity with all assigned consumers for the assigned shift.
Ensures the general safety and cleanliness of the residential unit by following applicable agency and department policies.
Completes the House Duties Checklist responsibilities.
Assists with grocery shopping and the proper handling, preparation and storage of food.
Participates in agency committees and task force as assigned.
Performs other duties as assigned by management.
Valid driver’s license is required. Driver’s abstract must meet insurance carrier’s requirements.
Graduation from an accredited college/university with a Bachelor’s degree in a mental health, health or other appropriate human services related discipline; or a combination of one or more years of college, plus one or more years related experience together equaling four years; or, a high school diploma or the equivalent, plus four years related experience.