Residential Counselor I/II

Residential Counselor I/II 

STARTING SALARY:  RC I - $13.41/hr. - $16.09/hr. (no degree req.)
RC II – 14.23/hr. - $17.07/hr. (Bachelor degree or higher)

STATUS:  Full and Part-time options

Certifications:  QMAP (Medication Administration), CPR

General Hours:  varies

REPORTS TO: Program Manager

FLSA: Non-Exempt/Hourly  

POSITION SUMMARY:  Facilitate and work with consumers on a variety of activities of daily living (ADLs) needed for consumers to become more self-sufficient and move toward recovery. Additionally, you will facilitate group therapy, manage intakes/discharges, monitor medications, create a safe environment for the consumers, help coordinate treatment, and advocate for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. Responsible for direct service care to consumers as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Provide individual psychotherapy with consumers to provide support and insight.
  • Facilitate group therapy sessions within the house.
  • Coordinate clinical care with case management services and other services both inside and outside of MHCD.
  • Assess consumers throughout the workday, and provide appropriate interventions.
  • Encourage, support, and train consumers in activities of daily living (ADLs) - teaching consumers about hygiene, help make appointments, show how to do household duties/chores, such as cooking, cleaning, etc.
  • As part of a multi-disciplinary system, help facilitate the treatment and continuity of clinical care.
  • Complete intake and discharge tasks for consumers being place in the house as new residents or moving out of the house.
  • Maintain household safety in regard to a variety of household chores and activities, such as cooking, cleaning, and laundry.
  • Document all significant consumer interactions toward recovery and continuity of care.
  • Complete necessary clinical documentation, such as the daily log, consumer record, and medication records.
  • Respond to consumer and building emergencies, and facilitate appropriate interventions.  In emergency situations, contact other residential staff, your supervisor, or other clinicians when needed.
  • Advocate for acceptance and integration of individuals with mental illness within the neighborhood and community in which they live.
  • Required to attend scheduled team meetings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION: 

RC I:   Minimum of High School Diploma or equivalent, 

RC II:  Bachelor's Degree in social work, psychology, human services, or related field.      

CERTIFICATIONS: 

QMAP (Qualified Medication Administration Person)

CPR &  First Aid

Physical and TB required. (must be completed prior to hire, and maintained during employment)

EXPERIENCE:   Two years of mental health experience or in related field preferred.  Must be 21 yrs. of age to apply.  

SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:

  • Excellent communication, organizational, and clinical skills: 
  • Must be able to multi-task and prioritize.
  • Attention to detail in regard to clinical information.
  • Must have a clear understanding of personal boundaries and be confident and self-assured in a variety of situations.
  • Have the ability to de-escalate tense situations, and remain calm.
  • Possess a high level of energy, with a positive and creative attitude.
  • Knowledge and understanding of trauma-informed care principles/practices.   

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:   None   

MACHINES AND EQUIPMENT TO BE USED: Computer, telephone, facsimile, and other machines found in a residential facility.

TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Requires sitting, standing, bending, lifting.  Must be able to perform a variety of household tasks, climb stairs, move throughout the house, and quickly respond to emergencies. May require lifting 50 pounds.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Must meet qualifications under Chapter 7 of the Residential Care Facilities - Mentally Ill requirements.  Shift work and/or weekend work is required.  Certain programs may require a Class "S" driver's license.


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