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Relief Residential Counselor

Company: The Children's Study Home
Location: Springfield
Posted on: July 12, 2018

Job Description:

Job Description Job titleRelief RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORReports toProgram Manager/Assistant Program Manager/Shift SupervisorLocationResidential ProgramsStatusNon-ExemptShift2nd shift, overnights and weekends; operationally as needed Job purposeThe Residential Counselor serves as a therapeutic agent to young children and/or adolescents with emotional and behavioral needs. Under the direction of the Program Manager, Assistant Program Manager and Shift Supervisor, the residential works are responsible for directly engaging the children by creating and implementing daily activities, working in groups/teams, and collaborating with other team members to create a therapeutic and trauma informed environment. Duties and responsibilities

  • Maintain a nurturing climate within the residence, which includes meeting the children’s needs in the following areas: safety, food, clothing, shelter, medical/dental, emotional, and recreational.
  • Maintain a social and emotional climate within the residence that is therapeutically oriented and follows the child’s and family’s treatment goals to include communicating with children in a respectful and professional manner exhibiting empathy and understanding.
  • Participate in the implementation of an individual service plan for each child and family.
  • Actively and frequently participate in the development and implementation of group programming that promotes learning and growth in accordance with each child and family’s treatment goals.
  • Participate in the development of reasonable limits and structure for each child and to implement these limits on a daily basis in the residence in a fair and consistent manner.
  • Serve as a positive role model, and advocate as appropriate for clients and parents.
  • Administer medications according to Massachusetts MAPS guidelines as required and/or requested.
  • Communicate clearly, orderly and in a timely manner on-going treatment issues for each child and family, to include written documentation through R-Day notes, e-mail, log books, incident reports and restraint reports.
  • Plan and organize recreational and social activities for the children on and off agency grounds, as directed by management.
  • Interact with clients, parents, co-workers and colleagues in a positive, respectful and professional manner.
  • Interact with the educational and clinical staff on a regular basis to ensure that the objectives of the service plan are being met.
  • Demonstrate a continued awareness and commitment to cultural and socio-economic diversity, religious and personal values and beliefs, traditions of clients and their families in order to accomplish the mission of the organization.
  • Participate as a member of the professional treatment team by attending all mandatory staff meetings and trainings.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of agency policies and practice, and procedures and follow all rules and regulations of the agency.
  • Utilize and perform appropriate and approved therapeutic de-escalation techniques as appropriate.
  • Utilize and perform appropriate and approved therapeutic restraint techniques with clients, only if deemed necessary.
  • Maintain individual productivity and support program effectiveness by being on time and available for work as scheduled.
  • Remain on shift until dismissed and/or if mandated to stay due to emergencies and/or lack of coverage.
  • Complete 24 hours of professional development each calendar year; part-time and relief staff are required to complete 12 hours.
  • Responsible for supervising the youth placed in your care.
  • Maintain a safe and clean facility, assisting with custodial duties as assigned.
  • Participate in the preparation of meals and snacks for residents, which may include cooking and serving as directed.
  • All other duties as assigned. Qualifications
  • High School Diploma/GED/Equivalent; Associates degree preferred.
  • 5 years of professional experience working with children; 1 year of experience working with children in a residential program preferred.
  • Must be CPR/First-Aid certified.
  • Requires a current valid driver’s license with a good driving record.
  • Must possess the skills for effective use of the English language to read, write, and speak (i.e. to express ideas, state facts, and provide information in person/reports/correspondence); bilingual preferred.
  • Proficient with computers, phones and copiers.
  • Proficient with e-mail, internet savvy, Microsoft Office products (Word, Outlook and Excel).Company DescriptionSince 1865, we have been caring for children and families who are at-risk in our communities. As the needs of the community have evolved over the past 150 years, our services have changed to meet new demands. Today, we continue to provide the quality of care and concern that we have always been recognized for in our communities.The Children's Study Home serves children and families throughout the Greater Springfield and Cape Cod regions. Through a variety of residential, educational and family services, we continuously expand and adapt to better meet the needs of those we serve.

    Keywords: The Children's Study Home, Springfield, Relief Residential Counselor, Other, Springfield, Massachusetts

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