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Residential Counselor

Company: Cambridge Eating Disorder Center
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: February 23, 2021

Job Description:

Job Title: Residential Counselor Reports To: RC Manager Required Qualifications:* BA/BS or Associates (Social Sciences/Psychology preferred)* MAP Certification Preferred* Detail-oriented and able to multi-task* Excellent written and verbal communication skills* Ability to work independently and as part of a team* Weekend availability* Ability to consistently work one of three shifts* Morning (7:00am - 3:30pm) - 5 shifts a week* Evening (3:00pm - 11:30pm) - 5 shifts a week* Awake Overnight (9:30pm - 7:30am) - 4 shifts a week* Willingness to eat a wide variety of food. (Our organization does not accommodate a vegan diet and RCs occasionally eat with patients.)At Cambridge Eating Disorder Center we are dedicated to helping adult and adolescent women rebuild their lives. The Residential Counselor (RC) role is a challenging and meaningful position, ideal for recent graduates looking to gain clinical experience towards a career in the field of psychology, social work, or healthcare. The ideal candidate is hard-working, compassionate, and eager to learn. RCs are an integral part of our multi-disciplinary treatment team which includes psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, registered dieticians, psychologists, and licensed clinical social workers. RCs receive intensive training to perform the following responsibilities:Emotional Support* Help patients develop coping skills and distraction techniques to manage ED urges.* Facilitate therapeutic groups that are commensurate with RC level of training and experience.* Use active listening skills to individually process day-to-day issues that patients struggle with (meal/behavior noncompliance on and off the unit, self-doubt, body consciousness).* Provide psycho-education about eating disorders and related issues to patients and their familial/social support system.* Promote appropriately supportive relationships between patients.Medical Supervision* Correctly weigh patients. Take, accurately interpret, and document vital signs (i.e., blood pressure, pulse).Supervise patients self-administration of medication and document appropriately.* Supervise bathroom and shower use for patients according to each patient's assigned supervision level.Safety Concerns* Possess a clear understanding of emergency procedures, including how to quickly access emergency contact information for each patient.* Remain vigilant! Check on assigned patients frequently.* Conduct thorough contraband searches.* Promptly communicate with patient's treatment team, (e.g., psychiatrist, case manager, nutritionist) regarding client care issues and concerns.* Carefully and thoroughly document all clinically relevant information regarding patient behavior (e.g., completing Meal and Snack logs, Group Notes, Shift Progress Notes, and Incident Reports, etc.) in a timely manner.* Attend the required number of RC Supervision meetings (at least 24 hours a year for full- time employees; at least 12 hours a year for part-time employees-starting from the date of hire). If unable to attend, follow-up with an RC supervisor as soon as possible.Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

Keywords: Cambridge Eating Disorder Center, Cambridge , Residential Counselor, Other , Cambridge, Massachusetts

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