Adelbrook is committed to being the premier resource for children, families and communities to meet the needs of youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other behavioral and developmental challenges. Through collaboration, both internally and externally, we will utilize our expertise to provide high quality, comprehensive, data-driven, person-centered services with compassion. By building trust in a safe and nurturing environment we will help those we serve find a future filled with achievement, dignity, happiness and hope. See below details for this position and the great benefits we offer to our employees.
The Direct Care Counselor provides guidance, supervision, mentoring and life skills training to adolescent females residing in the Therapeutic Group Home. S/he ensures maintenance of a healthy, therapeutic milieu and sound, trauma-informed treatment-focused therapeutic activities. This is a non-exempt, full-time position that reports to the Co-Supervisors, or to the Program Director in the Co-Supervisors’ absence. The Counselor’s schedule may include mandatory overtime and shifts on Saturdays and/or Sundays.
Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Monitors residents’ behavior and teaches behavior and anger management techniques to the residents, using the agency’s trauma-informed treatment philosophy.
2. Records and reports client behavior data using appropriate logs and other documentation. Including but not limited to: Milieu Notes, Resident Daily Logs, and Q 15 Record.
3. Manages and intervenes in critical incidents using the least restrictive PMT intervention.
4. Provides one-to-one mentoring to residents, as necessary or directed.
5. Provides planning and programming assistance to the Co-Supervisors, Clinician, and Program Director when requested.
6. Transports residents to off-grounds activities and appointments in agency vehicles when necessary.
7. Attends all Ädelbrook required trainings, Group Home Staff meetings and functions and participates in therapy groups, as directed.
8. Provides life-skills training to the residents as directed by the Co-Supervisors, Clinician or Program Director.
9. Perform household cleaning and meal preparation (ex. portioning food, defrosting or preparing meals for the following day) assigned by the Co-Supervisors.) Direct Care Counselors are expected to clean and maintain a clean household environment, along with following a recipe as outlined in the planned menu and cooking said recipe.
10. Serves as an exemplary role model to the residents and other staff members.
11. Will participate and cooperate with any agency investigation as asked.
12. Follow established procedures regarding all illnesses, emergencies, fire alarms, etc. per agency (i.e. calling chain of command, filling out an internal critical report, calling DCF Careline when necessary).
13. Secure the entire Group Home. Check security inside the building and the grounds (i.e. locking exterior doors when leaving program, making sure medication room and staff office are locked when unoccupied, ensuring windows are locked).
14. Enter all unusual activity inside and outside the home in the Communication Log, along with following chain of command, filling out internal critical reports, and calling DCF Careline if necessary.
16. Communicate daily with direct care staff, taking note of any special instructions, residents’ status, number of residents present, illnesses and special needs.
17. Performs other duties, including mandatory overtime, as requested by the Co-Supervisors, Clinician, Program Director, Nurse, or other Administrative staff.
18. It is important to note that a DCC works for the TGH department as a whole and may be required to work at another TGH house at any time.
Education, Experience and Other Qualifications:
A high school diploma is required. An Associate Degree or BS/BA degree in psychology, social work, criminal justice or another human services field is preferred. At least one year of experience working with seriously emotionally disturbed youth, preferably in a residential setting, preferred. Experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or trauma also preferred. The incumbent must know and be able to apply the agency’s trauma-informed treatment philosophy and be able to maintain certification in PMT, CPR, First Aid and DCF Medication Administration. A valid driver’s license, clean driving record and insurance coverage through the agency’s insurance carrier must be maintained. The ability to work with residents and other employees of diverse ethnic, educational, religious and economic backgrounds is requisite.
Job Types: Full-time, Part-time
Pay: $14.00 – $15.00 per hour
- High school or equivalent (Required)
- working w/ children w/ mental disabilities: 1 year (Required)
- Driver’s License (Required)
- Remote interview process
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