Residential Care Counselor - Lifespan

Riverside, RI 02915

Posted: 06/25/2020 Industry: Healthcare Services/Human Services Job Number: 1862

Job Description

Skills for Rhode Island’ s Future is recruiting candidates for Lifespan.  Please read more about Skills for Rhode Island’ s Future at the end of this job description. 


JOB TITLE: Residential Care Counselor

LOCATION: Bradley Hospital (Exeter, North Providence, Warwick, Rumford/East Providence)

HOURS: Per Diem or Part Time; Rotating shifts (day, evening, and weekend)

Lifespan employees are expected to embrace Lifespan' s mission of " Delivering health with care" and successfully role model Lifespan' s values of Compassion, Accountability, Respect, and Excellence as these guide our everyday actions with patients, customers and one another.

Key Responsibilities:

- Responsible for the care and safety of assigned children.

- As a member of the multidisciplinary treatment team, assume primary residential care counselor role. 

- Responsible for input into the formulation of a therapeutic residential treatment plan, and the implementation, observation, and documentation of this program under the direction of the Residential Care Supervisor.
- Participates in maintaining a safe and therapeutic environment.

- Participates in the development and operationalization of the residential care plan for assigned children according to established Department and Program-based procedure and policy.

- Maintains and documents level of child observation as ordered by the physician or Program Director each shift.

-  Supervises assigned children in daily routines and assists with activities of daily living.

-  Identifies, reports, and actively resolves potential/actual problems in the Programs

-  Demonstrates appropriate critical incident follow-up skills by timely verbal reporting to Residential Care Supervisor or Nursing Supervisor/Program Nurse and documentation in child’ s chart.

-  Intervenes in disruptive milieu or destructive to self/other child situations providing timely therapeutic intervention(s).

-  Adheres to Hospital, Departmental, and Program policies and procedures.

-  Attends Program meetings as assigned

-  Maintains current certification in crisis management.

-  Maintains current CPR certification.

-  Maintains current ERS, Safety & OSHA certifications.

- Attends Program staff development meetings as assigned.

-  Consistently follows all Hospital and Departmental policies and procedures.

-  Consistently follows all Program-based policies and procedures.

-  Actively participates in the residential child care planning process under the direction of the Residential Care Supervisor.

-  Participates in the initial admission interview process as assigned.

-  Works to support initial therapeutic alliance with child and family on admission.

-  Completes initial milieu assessment within a 24 hour period. Develops initial problem list and residential care plan within 24 hours of admission.

-  Reviews residential care plan and problem list on a daily basis, revising as necessary.

-  Communicates individual child residential treatment plans in an ongoing manner to other Program staff, including liaison with other multidisciplinary treatment providers.

-  Actively participates in DPC’ s, treatment team, and shift report.

-  Is aware of Program QA indicators and responsibilities related to such.

-  Accurately documents significant child/family observations/milieu treatment in the child’ s chart in a timely fashion.

-  Offers information and knowledge acquired through experience to other staff via formal/ informal staff development forums.
-  Supports and contributes to the development of residential care plans/behavioral management.

- Assists and teaches child in activities of daily living and personal hygiene based upon child’ s level of competence.

-  Demonstrates ability to set consistent and supportive therapeutic limits within guidelines of Hospital, Program, and Department standards.

- Institutes behavioral programs specific to the needs of the child in collaboration with off-line clinicians.

-  Participates and assists in organizing Program activities.

-  Consistently models to children/families appropriate and therapeutic interpersonal staff/child interactions.

-  Supports and participates in recreation therapy program

-  Handles crisis situations in a safe, effective manner, utilizing the least restrictive, safe patient care alternative.

-  Takes the initiative to seek formal/informal supervision, incorporating suggestions for improvement/changes in job performance.
Successful candidates will have:

- Bachelor’ s Degree in a Human Services field.  Other education and experience considered and may be substituted for educational requirements at the discretion of the Hiring Manager.

- Demonstrated knowledge and skills necessary to provide care to patients throughout the life span with consideration of aging processes, human development stages and cultural patterns in each step of the care process.

- Six months to one year of direct childcare work with emotionally impaired youth.

- Current Bradley Hospital Crisis Management certification or enrollment in Bradley Hospital course

- Current CPR certification

- Current ERS, Safety & OSHA certification

- Valid driver’ s license and reliable transportation is required for all RCC positions.


For more information and a full job description, please visit Skills for Rhode Island’ s Future website at  Applicants interested in this position will be screened by Skills for Rhode Island’ s Future and Lifespan will make the final hiring decisions. 


Our mission is focused on supporting unemployed and underemployed job seekers. Our goal is to get you back to work.  Skills for Rhode Island’ s Future’ s team will guide  and provide you with support  throughout the hiring process.

Skills for Rhode Island’ s Future has agreements with employers to recruit talent like you, making us a resource to get the unemployed and underemployed job seeker back to work.

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