This is a direct-care position working with children and youth in the residential program.
Pay scale: $12.00-$14.00 per hour
Work Schedule: Full-time/Part-time - open availability in 24/7 residential facility
The Residential Counselor creates a safe, trauma informed, and therapeutic milieu for the emotional nurturing and healthy development of each youth at San Diego Center for Children. Through a trauma informed lens, counselors are responsible for providing physical care, social and moral guidance, teaching skills, and role modeling for youth in residential care. Counselors work as part of the Residential multi-disciplinary team and are expected to collaborate with their unit team, clinical team, Residential departments, SDCC internal departments and programs, and external team members for youth in care. Counselors shall assist in developing and implementing the treatment plan and for each youth. Care can include physical holds of youth when necessary to prevent injury to the child or others. Counselors serve as a significant member of the treatment team. They are encouraged to make responsible suggestions for the improvement of the agency. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (other duties may be assigned):
Accountable for the safety and whereabouts of youth in care by providing active supervision at all times.
Help youth increase pro-social behavior by teaching and encouraging self-control and emotional regulation through active problem solving, role modeling and practicing of pro-social interactions.
Completes and passes required training and certification programs, including Intervention Toolbox, principles of Trauma Informed Care, CPR/first aid, Safe Positive Approaches (S.P.A.), New Hire Orientation and Residential Counselor Training within allotted time frames.
Maintains certifications and trainings up to date as required by company policy.
Understanding and following youth’s personal rights guidelines at all times.
Interact with youth in a trauma informed manner which supports the development of therapeutic relationships at all times.
Always intervene with escalated and/or assaultive youth in a manner which ensures the dignity and self-respect of the youth, and consistent with agency policies, including SPA and Trauma Informed principles and procedures.
Instruct, superve, and participate with youth on an ongoing basis throughout the shift.
Encourage youth to maintain the appearance and structure of the common environment and personal space according to each youth’s developmental ability. Role model and maintain the structure of the common environment and personal space when needed.
Engages in professional conduct (role model behavior and appropriate boundaries) and abides by all San Diego Center for Children policies and procedures and employee handbook guidelines at all times.
Facilitation of and/or active participation in recreation groups, therapy groups, milieu groups, parent education groups and/or multifamily groups as assigned.
Ongoing communication with internal treatment team members regarding youth’s progress and goals. Monthly written treatment team reports may be assigned.
Actively participate in all assigned staff meetings and trainings.
Maintain program structure, rules, routines, programming, boundaries, and youth and family rights at all times.
Acting as a youth advocate when appropriate or as assigned to an individual youth.
Become aware of each youth’s treatment plan and assist the youth in making progress toward those goals. If a youth has additional individual plans, assist in implementation as directed.
Prepare, serve, and supervise meals and snacks when designated in accordance with any dietary restrictions given by nursing or dietary, and complete all required documentation.
Ensure San Diego Center for Children policies and procedures are always utilized in dispensing and monitoring effects of prescribed medication, including administration of PRN medication when deemed necessary and clinically appropriate, under the supervision of the Nurse Manager, nursing staff, or designee.
Always follow San Diego Center for Children’s vehicle safety policy and procedures when driving.
Responsible at all times for clear and concise documentation of progress in treatment through the timely completion of assigned documentation (e.g. daily communication logs, progress notes, treatment team reports, specialized behavioral plans, serious incident reports, attendance sheets, logs, etc.).
Follow all protocols and policy in relation to spending funds if assigned.
Accept assignments to work as a Counselor in various programs (e.g. school programs) as assigned.
Maintain a safe work environment for youth and staff
Perform special projects, assignments and other related duties as required.
Immediately reports any unsafe acts, conditions or accidents in their department and or organization to immediate supervisor.