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Residential Counselor Relevant Educational Qualifications Job

5 months ago Other categories Evanston   84 views
Job Details

Core Responsibilities:

  • Plans and implements the daily routine, utilizing program policies and procedures, including supervision of children on site and in the community and addressing all physical, medical, and emotional needs of disturbed children throughout the entire program, and most specifically, to those children on the assigned living unit.
  • Demonstrates appropriate boundaries, follows unit and program rules and treatment model, and provides behavior management and treatment intervention in accordance with discipline and behavior management guidelines of the Center.
  • Addresses the individual needs of assigned children and families by developing healthy relationships which promote their social, emotional, and intellectual growth. This includes demonstrating personal interest and attention to each child and family assigned.
  • Observes and records children's behavior in the unit daily log, direct service reports (DSR's), community service reports (CSR'S) and unusual incident reports (UIR'S). All paperwork is to be completed before leaving a shift.
  • Participates as a member of the treatment team with other staff.
  • Makes recommendations regarding treatment issues and accepts team decisions regarding the direction of the treatment and will be familiar with all assigned children's treatment plans, behavior management plans and histories. Receives clinical supervision from unit Therapist during team meetings.
  • Transports clients and their families to appointments, visits, and activities.
  • Follows and implements medical standing orders and distributes medications under the training and direction of the Nursing staff and On Duty Support Staff (ODSS).
  • Implements treatment plans, makes clothing and birthday purchases, attends school functions, and may be assigned family work, with clinical supervision.
  • May be assigned as "charge staff" by Supervisor, for designated shift and be responsible for making sure the shift is planned and organized. Duties may include: overseeing decisions; making sure appointments and visits occur as scheduled; and shift reporting to ODSS, teachers, administrators, on-call personnel, and the Nurse.
  • Attends required trainings.
  • Collects, reviews and utilizes data and information on clients and services to inform program/department performance.
  • Participates in regular supervision and staff meetings as required by department.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Bachelors degree preferred in Human Service field or a high school diploma (or equivalent) and five years relevant experience.
  • Complete a criminal background and driving clearance.
  • Demonstrates respect and acceptance of diverse individuals and communities served by, working in partnership with or employed by Children's Home & Aid including but not limited to race, gender, ethnicity, social-economic status, and LGBTQ populations.
  • Must have valid driver's license and auto insurance when the position requires an employee to operate a motor vehicle in connection with executing the position's responsibility, which include driving to and/or from any agency function.


  • The applicant must submit to a criminal background check and a child abuse and neglect screening and maintain a cleared status throughout employment.
  • The applicant must submit to and pass a TB and immunization health screen upon hire and update TB/physicals as required by licensing standards
  • The applicant must clear DMV screening and remain eligible to transport clients if driving for the position is required.

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be able to actively engage and participate with children in all activities.
  • Must be able to manage the children in a physical way, including therapeutic restraints.
  • Works on the living unit, outdoors, in the community and in family homes. Work area can be unpredictable.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours which can include overnight, weekend and/or holiday shifts.
  • May have to remain past their scheduled shift in times of emergency or client crisis.

Children's Home & Aid offers a very generous benefits packet to our professionals:

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medical Coverage: Traditional PPO, or PPO w/health savings contributions.
  • Dental and Vision Insurance Options
  • 11 paid Holidays
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Flexible Spending
  • Opportunities for Student Loan Forgiveness
  • 401K Plan
  • Training and Professional Development Plan
  • E- Learning
  • Employee Assistance Plan

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What you do every day makes a difference
At Children’s Home & Aid
Make a Difference: what you do each day makes a difference in the lives of children and families.
Use Your Gifts: use your unique set of skills, experience, knowledge, talents, passions in an organization that is always innovating.
Grow: Create an Individual Development Plan, attend professional development workshops, work with a mentor, expand your skills and knowledge.
Work Toward Our Mission: work with us toward our mission to partner with children, youth, and families whose potential is at risk to create hope, opportunity, and bright futures.