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Residential Counselor

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The "Residential Counselor" works alongside residents to support achievement of treatment goals through engagement in health and productive daily activities. Residential Counselors will participate in daily program activities and implement treatment protocols, and will respond to the critical resident needs as they arise.


Basic skills in cleaning, cooking, and meal preparation. Demonstrates the ability to work with diverse populations in stressful and ambiguous situations. Basic computer skills and excellent communication and interpersonal skills.


  • Must have at least a high school diploma

  • Experience working with an adult with SPMI and DD in a residential setting.

  • Skilled in problem-solving and decision making.

  • The ability to work in a team approach setting and exercise discretion and responsibility when working with clients.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.


  • Must meet foster licensing requirements, including passing DHS background study, meeting the minimum required number of training hours, attending required in-service training and employee meetings.

  • Must have valid MN driver’s license and have a reliable transportation

  • Assist clients with instrumental activities of daily living such as bathing, grooming and air washing necessary for personal hygiene

  • Assist with medication administration

  • Respond to client’s health needs and emergency situations. This may include medical treatments and complaints, behavioral, fire, and weather emergencies.

  • Communicate matters of importance verbally and via communication book to other staff members

  • Complete all necessary documentation, including accident/incident reports, health care, progress notes, and vulnerable individual reports as needed.

  • Respond appropriately to clients' needs and report changes in condition to the supervisor.

  • Ensure effective communication with clients and their families.

  • Work collaboratively with other staff members to ensure that residents' goals are developed and appropriately implemented.

  • Transport and accompany clients to medical, social and recreational appointments and activities as directed by the house coordinator

  • Monitor and provide the guidance needed by clients/residents in the reduction and/or elimination of maladaptive behaviors.

  • Provide behavior redirection and intervention, including observation and monitoring

  • Assist with house coordinator and clients with creating balance diet menus, grocery shopping, and meal preparations.

  • Complete tasks as assigned

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