Residential Resource Counselor

Industry: 
Non-Profit
Classification: 
Full-time
Company: 
Maryland Salem Childrens Trust,
605 Salem Drive,
Frostburg,
Maryland
21532
Contact Person: 
Kathy Friend
Contact E-mail Address: 
kathy@mdsalem.org
Contact Phone Number: 
(301) 6898176
Description/Responsibilities: 
AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY: 1. Acting as an aid to the education classroom staff: a. Escorting children to and from classroom and other activities. b. Monitoring all students' behavior for short periods of time while teacher and teacher’s aide confer. c. Assisting students with academic work individually or in small groups as directed by the classroom teacher. 2. Monitoring students' behavior during lunch several times per week. 3. Being responsible for attempting verbal intervention when a child is becoming frustrated and out of control. 4. Escorting students to counseling room area when verbal intervention is not effective. 5. Monitoring student's action and attitude in counseling room area. 6. Being responsible for documentation of need for time-outs. 7. Conducting the time-out from setting expectations to giving encouragement and counsel. 8. Utilizing techniques for de-escalation as outlined in the Salem Policy and Procedure notebook. 9. Coordinating with the educational staff and/or behavior management specialist the removal of the child from the education environment and initiating passive physical restraint, in the event the child becomes a danger to self, others or initiates action which might result in property damage. 10. Conducting therapeutic problem solving after release from restraint has been accomplished. 11. Using approved passive physical restraint techniques. 12. Being responsible to complete all documentation in regards to restraint (Critical Incident Report). 13. Maintaining passive physical restraint skills at an optimum level. 14. Meeting weekly with classroom staff and educational coordinators. 15. Attending all trainings suggested and approved by the Education Director. 16. Acting as an aide to the teaching parents by: a. Assisting in waking children in the morning. b. Ensuring, along with teaching parent, that the children's rooms are clean, their chores completed, breakfast prepared, devotional time at the table and the children are well dressed when leaving for school. c. Communicating with the teaching parents in the afternoon about the school day, and deciding with the teaching parents what positive and or negative points the child has earned. 17. Representing adult authority to the children and administering discipline in a safe and effective manner, protecting the child’s rights in accordance with administratively determined policy. 18. Understanding and utilizing the family teaching model to teach social skills as determined by referral behaviors and by the service plan, encouraging and reinforcing appropriate behavior and discouraging destructive behaviors. 19. Serving as a role model at all times. 20. Accurately assessing situations requiring documentation by Incident Report; clearly and concisely communicating necessary information, in writing, within the time frame set forth by administrative policy. 21. Preparing and serving meals for the children. Eating with the children and striving to create a pleasant dining atmosphere, observing good table manners and teaching about and supporting the Salem nutrition program. 22. Administering medication according to policy guidelines, notifying a therapist, in advance, when psychotropic medication refill will be needed. 23. Supporting the Salem philosophy and concepts in all activities and discussions with the children. 24. Keeping abreast of child care issues through reading and attending workshops and trainings. Participating in the in-service training program on a regular basis. 25. Other duties as assigned by Education Director or Residential Specialist.
Requirements/Qualifications: 
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Must have an AA degree, or 60 credit hours of college, or have passed the Praxis Parapro Assessment. Must have one year of experience working with school-age children. PERSONAL QUALIFICATIONS: Incumbent must: 1. Be at least 21 years of age. 2. Be able to withstand the physical and emotional strain of performing passive physical restraint as needed. 3. Have a love for and ability to relate to students of all ages and abilities. 4. Be able to handle stressful situations in a mature and professional manner. 5. Have excellent communication skills. 6. Have an optimistic outlook on life. 7. Have the ability to positively motivate children. HOURS OF WORK: Forty hours per week, assisting in the house before school on holidays, snow days and during the summer, working in the school during school hours, plus attending special trainings and staff retreats.
Application Instructions: 
Email Resume to: Kathy@mdsalem.org