Teacher Counselor

Pressley Ridge - Clarksburg, WV (30+ days ago)3.3


Essential Roles and Responsibilities

1. Building Positive Relationships with Youth

To build and maintain positive relationships with youth, the Teacher/Counselor conveys a genuine interest and concern for youth in their care

develops rapport, listens, and engages youth in daily interaction
participates with youth in recreational and other daily activities
is available and approachable to youth
observes and attends to youths’ needs
demonstrates flexibility, fairness and consistency in setting rules and guidelines.
2. Safety & Well-being

To assure that each young person’s health, safety and well-being is guaranteed, the Teacher/Counselor will

provide direct supervision of youth as required by individual, program and/or regulatory requirements
respond to and communicate routine and emergency health care issues to necessary treatment team members
assess and respond to dangerous situations and conditions per organization policies and program expectations
consider the youths’ emotional, psychological and physical well being when engaging in activities or interventions. The Teacher/Counselor is responsible to monitor and document youth in self administering medication and ensure dosage timelines are met.
3. Group/Milieu Management

To assure attention to the importance of groups and utilization of group management techniques, the Teacher/Counselor will:

manage conflict and facilitate group and individual problem-solving
assess and respond to group behavior and dynamics
Effectively use group process as opportunities to teach community living skills
Plan, implement and evaluate all aspects of daily living routines and activities, including structuring the environment and managing group transitions.
4. Treatment Planning & Implementation

To assure the treatment needs are met, the Teacher/Counselor will

participate and collaborate with treatment team members in goal development conduct formal and informal functional behavioral assessments
identify and build upon child’s strengths
implement treatment interventions and services as it relates to a child’s individual service plan
teach and role model pro-social behaviors
evaluate the effectiveness of treatment interventions and provide feedback
provide ongoing advocacy and support for children
participate in clinical supervision and implement clinical recommendations as determined in clinical supervision.
5. Therapeutic and Educational Activities

To assure goal focused therapeutic and educational activities for all youth within the program the Teacher/Counselor will

facilitate Short Range (Daily, Weekly) and Long Range (Monthly, Yearly) planning of activities
implement planned activities connecting them to the individual and group treatment goals
ensure evaluation occurs for each individual activity and overall evaluation of the plan.
6. Professional Development and Training

To assure consistent and continuous professional development and training, the Teacher/Counselor will

complete all training requirements as identified
participate in ongoing professional development in-service trainings
participate in clinical supervision;
complete the minimum number of annual professional development training hours in accordance with regulatory guidelines
achieve professional development goals as identified in performance evaluations.
7. Documentation and Record keeping

To assure proper documentation and record keeping the Teacher/Counselor will:

complete all required paperwork in compliance with program, licensing, Medicaid regulations for services and interventions provided
sign off on various documentation per program, licensing and Medicaid regulations
complete written work that is legible, accurate and uses professional language meet timelines for submitting paperwork established by the program and organization to ensure the client file is accurate and reflects service provisions
use written documentation to communicate effectively with peers, subordinates and supervisors.
Working Conditions

1. Physical Demands. Requires vision, speech, and hearing and a moderate to high level of physical activity including; sitting, standing, walking lifting and carrying as required. Must be able to meet the demands and complete Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI).

2. Environmental Factors. Indoors/Outdoors: Residential treatment facility, school, home, community

3. Working Hours. 40 hour week, variable schedule based on program need

Clearances: State Police/FBI per state regulations; Child Protection

Valid driver’s license and auto insurance


Bachelors or better in Human Services or related field.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.