The Support Counselor (Awake, Overnight, Asleep, Live-in) is also responsible for ensuring a safe, therapeutic family-like environment adhering to all safety standards, Federal and State regulations, agency and corporate policies. The position is responsible for promoting recovery, wellness, and self-determination for individuals participating in services by implementing, supporting, and documenting activities that promote recovery. This position is responsible for supporting community integration. The goal of this position is to promote the pursuit of independence for all individuals participating in service. Contribute to a welcoming environment in the home for family members and other members of the treatment community. The Support Counselor should make every effort to promote principles of normalization and dignity and include opportunities for individuals to fully join their community's.
• As a Support Counselor you will directly participate in daily routines while assisting and encouraging each person to develop their skills and be as independent as possible. Personal routines include a variety of different activities both at home and in the community.
• Participate in the development and implementation of service plans reflecting the individual's preferences, goals, lifestyles, and interests. On a daily basis, you will be assisting with personal care, household chores, administration of medication, preparing meals, and other activities of daily living.
• Assess, teach, evaluate, and supervise individual's skills in the areas of daily living, meal planning, housekeeping, career needs, and social, recreational, and community activities.
• Complete written documentation daily that reflects the individual's progress on their goals as well as staff interventions.
• Complete daily communication activities as required by the program including: day program and transportation, making communication log entries and completing data charts, incident reports, fire drill logs and menus as needed.
• Be knowledgeable and adhere to the residents' individualized Vision, Assessments, Goals/Implementation Strategies that are listed in the Individuals' Service Plan (ISP).
• Complete all training, staff meetings and supervision sessions as required by the program, including but not limited to: First Aid, CPR, OSHA/Universal Precautions, Medication Administration and Human Rights Training.
• High school diploma (Associates degree preferred)
• 6 months relevant experience
• Willingness to learn
• Ability to maintain a professional relationship under all foreseen and unforeseen circumstances.
• Must demonstrate initiative, creativity, be dependable, reliable and work well independently.
• Must be able to exercise independent thinking and good judgment under all circumstances.
• Must be able to set goals, analyze work develop plans and utilize time effectively and efficiently.
• Lifting is required. Ability to lift at least a minimum of twenty (20) pounds
• Ability to physically assist individuals in personal care
• Ability to perform common household cleaning activities that involve: consistent standing, bending, twisting, pushing, pulling, and walking
• Ability to drive agency vehicle
• Clearing of background checks as required by state and federal law.
• Valid MA driver's license (some positions require a vehicle).
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, military status, veteran status, or genetic information. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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