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Residential Counselor Featured

  2021-03-26     Generations Group     PO Box 80009 Simpsonville  
Description:

Residential Counselors are responsible for the supervision and management of emotionally disturbed children and/or adolescents within a therapeutic residential milieu serving as a positive role model, and providing direct supervision of residents to prevent acts of physical or sexual aggression, elopement, property destruction, or other behaviors that may place the residents, staff, or community at risk. 

Essential Functions:

  • Manages the environment as described in Job Summary.
  • Ensures the safety of all residents under his/her care by learning and implementing all policies and procedures approved by Generations.
  • Provides active, therapeutic supervision of residents during treatment and educational activities.
  • Reports immediately to the Team Leader and/or Staff-in-Charge any behavior which may disrupt the therapeutic milieu or which may indicate a potential problem for the resident.
  • Assists in the management of aggressive resident as needed, using only TCI de-escalation and behavior management techniques approved by Generations.
  • Possesses the ability to restrain physically aggressive residents after completion of TCI training including demonstration of competency in physical restraint skills.
  • Assists in the coordination of therapeutic activities, and oversees the completion of resident activities including, but not limited to, hygiene, chores, journalizing, homework, or other clinical assignments.
  • Provides documentation on the daily tracking sheet of resident behavior, and interventions provided and their effectiveness on a daily basis, using the format approved by Generations.
  • Maintains an awareness of the whereabouts of all residents under his/her care by providing constant supervision, regular rounds, and 15 minute head counts throughout the shift.
  • Attends daily shift reports, staff meetings, resident staffing, and all other required meetings as assigned.
  • Participates in staff growth and development training activities and maintains a minimum number of training hours as required by Generations and its licensing and regulatory agencies.
  • Monitors resident behavior and provides behavioral interventions as outlined in the residents’ treatment plan.
  • Provide timely and accurate documentation of interventions as related to the progress of treatment plan goals.
  • Reports all environmental / facility maintenance concerns promptly.
  • Reports all incidents promptly – includes anything that is out of the daily routine.
  • Reports all allegations and incidents abuse or neglect immediately according to guidelines in policy 3.29.
  • Maintains confidentiality of resident, program, and coworkers

Additional Responsibilities

  • Performs other related duties as required or assigned.
  • Assists with the transportation of residents in facility vehicles.
  • Provide transportation and supervision of residents during off-campus activities and outings, role modeling and encouraging appropriate behavior in the community.
  • May be required to work a shift not normally worked, to include weekend and holiday work.
  • In the case of crisis or inclement weather, may be required to work beyond scheduled hours until other coverage can be arranged.

    Essential Characteristics

  • Demonstrates an ability to establish credibility and be decisive.
  • Demonstrates an ability to establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with co-workers, management, referral sources, and the general public.
  • Demonstrates satisfactory communication skills, written and verbal.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of children and adolescent developmental issues.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of and insists upon the rights of children and adolescents as residents of Generations.
  • Must have a proven ability to relate to and work with children and/or adolescents.

      Organizational Relationships

  • This position is accountable to the Shift Supervisor and is under the supervision of the Program Director.
  • This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

     Qualifications

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must have High School Diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Must meet state requirements for direct care workers.
  • Must be responsive to cultural differences.

     Environmental Factors

  • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • Position is occasionally required to work outside while participating in the activities of the residents.  These duties will result in occasional exposure to the outside environmental conditions such as head and cold.
  • Position falls under Category I of the OSHA Infection Control Program.  Under Category I, some of the tasks associated with this position could involve exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissues.  This position requires a thorough knowledge of the proper use of personal protective clothing, equipment and training in Universal Precautions, barrier protection techniques and modes of transmission of blood-borne viruses.


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