The Residential Counselor supports the resident/s and where there are Foster Parents, is supportive and responsive to them as well. The Worker is a functioning member of a team to provide counseling, care and support to the resident. The Residential Counselor acts as a liaison with the treatment team; other professionals involved in the care of the resident/s and community agencies.
This position is responsible for maintaining all necessary documentation for each resident’s file that they are the primary workers.
As part of a treatment team the Worker plans, implements and maintains specific treatment plans on each resident; observes and manages the behavior of resident; responds to the emotional and physical needs of the resident in the foster home and or in the resident’s own home/apartment.
Maintains case files and provides information/reports for the clinical file.
Completes daily notes, when necessary, Plans of Care reports, monthly summaries, weekend and holiday plans, discharge reports and all other reports according to the policies and procedures of Betamarsh Incorporated.
Maintains regular communication with school personnel, employers or employment trainers, therapists and other professionals involved in the resident’s care. Is prepared to provide in-school support, employment internship support and life skill training as outlined in the Resident’s treatment plan.
Provides therapeutic and recreational counseling to the resident/s. Plans and implements recreational activities, community involvement and activities that are age appropriate and other socialization programs that would benefit the resident/s.
Provides instruction and /or role modeling in life skills on an individual and or group basis: example cooking, laundry, cleaning, budgeting and apartment care.
Ensures all program requirements are met, such as all necessary medical, dental and optometry care.
Acts as an advocate for the resident/s and other professionals involved in their care. Provides relief for Foster parents when and where necessary. Coordinates family visits, meetings, therapy sessions, transportation, etc. Facilitates the placement of a resident into a foster home and or into his or her own living environment.
Attends regular staff meetings and staff training, as required. Meets the Supervisor monthly, or as needed.
Provide a safe and secure environment by supporting an acting out participant in a crisis situation through verbal intervention and if necessary as a last resort, physical intervention following the direction of the PMAB policy and the restraints supported by Betamarsh.
Education: Community College diploma in Child and Youth Worker Program or
Equivalent programs such as Developmental Service Worker, Social
Service Worker, Recreational Counselor and or a University degree
In Social Science, Life Skill Training and/or Certificate.
Experience: Three (3) years experience as a front-line worker in residential setting.
If with the day program to have experience working on a farm with
Farm animals, equipment and or with construction.
Training and experience with teaching Life Skills.
Orientation: Six months in the position will be required to become fully
familiar with the role.
Licenses / Certification / Training:
Valid “G” class driver’s license.
Current Certification in First Aid and CPR
Current PMAB training (Betamarsh to provide)
Excellent verbal and written skills to convey sensitive information to the resident, their family, the foster family (if relevant), staff, other professionals and community services.
Ability to lead or participate in-group discussion and facilitate group decision-making processes.
Ability to present oneself in a professional manner.
Knowledge of children’s mental health issues facing clients in our care, behavioral management technique and educational resources.
Need to possess basic money management skills.
Working knowledge of computer software programs.
Knowledge and ability to access resources to assist the client with a Life Skill program appropriate to their specific requirements.
Must demonstrate creativity and sound judgment in decisions regarding clients.
Understands and solves problems which can simultaneously involve many systems.
Understands and interprets the treatment needs of residents in their home, school, place of employment and community. As well as how to access resources that will assist in meeting their needs, which best serves them.
Relates well to all levels of staff, both internal and external to the agency.
Skills should include tact, diplomacy, persuasion, patience and good listening skills.
Relates with sensitivity to the resident and their caregivers.
The Residential Counselor (Homestead Life Skill Program/Saratoga Program/After Saratoga Program) is responsible to their immediate supervisor and to the Director. The main focus of accountability is to their primary resident/s and their treatment needs.
Impact of Job:
Makes recommendations on program planning and evaluation related to the resident’s living environment and new activities or agency polices. No budgetary control.
Freedom to Act:
Provides input and suggestions for development of residential programs.
Deals with crisis independently, subject to consultation with the Program Supervisor, the Director, if applicable foster parents (main caregivers) and the resident.
Environmental: The day program has a farm program that the Residential Counselor (Homestead Life Skills Program/Saratoga Program/After Saratoga Program) will be expected to complete a variety of Life Skill functions with the youth. This includes working with animals, farm equipment, electrical tools, construction equipment etc. At times the worker will have to work in harsh weather example snow and rain.
Driving long distances may be required.
Each situation is unique and requires some adaptability.
The possibility of risk of injury, communicable or infections disease and the unpleasantness of handling fluids exists.
Mental Stressors: Position can be emotionally demanding, requiring management of conflicting demands and priorities.
Driving long distances can be stressful.
Dealing with crisis situations.
Hours of Work: The hours vary according to contract and resident’s needs. Up to 40 hours per week. Evening work is required. Flexibility re: occasional weekend hours.
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $17.00 to $25.00 /hour