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Working As A Residence Counselor

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $41,880

    Average Salary

What Does A Residence Counselor Do At Saint Dominic's Home

* Carries out the goals, objectives, and the Mission of the
* Agency.
* Is familiar with and follows policies and procedures outlined in the Agency Personnel Manual and the OMH Services Procedure Manual.
* Contributes to the safety and therapeutic environment of the programs.
* Portrays a positive role model for the consumers and appropriately advocates for their needs.
* Attends and participates in weekly supervision session and staff meetings as requested by residence manager.
* Provides supervision and training to consumers in the following areas:
* Personal healthcare and hygiene, e.g., bathing, washing, dental care
* Personal safety, including assessment of self-help, fire drills and safety regarding the use of kitchen appliances.
* Individual clothing care, personal belongings, bedroom and living quarters.
* Food and meal planning, preparation, purchase and storage.
* Use of household appliances, washer, dryer, refrigerator, freezer, vacuum cleaner and other small appliances.
* Use of public transportation.
* Assists with and/or assumes the responsibility for cooking, cleaning, and cleaning up after a meal.
* Supervises consumers while taking their medications, receive, log in and monitor intake of medications, assess for adverse reactions, count meds with the consumers, encourage consumers to take meds at the appropriate times.
* Prepares service plans with the consumer, designed to improve the consumer’s abilities and overall functioning.
* Assist in appropriate socialization.
* Assist with job seeking skills
* Responsible for writing and maintaining appropriate documentation on assigned consumers, including progress notes, restorative services, goals and objectives, special logs and incident reports.
* Communicates effectively with members of other treatment programs, family, therapist, psychiatrist, and other community-based treatment programs.
* Responsible for timely and accurate submission of time sheet.
* Acts as a therapeutic change agent for those consumers presently in the agency and for the potential consumers applying for admission to the program.
* Drive consumers to appointments when necessary.
* Uses therapeutic and respectful strategies when dealing with consumers and staff.
* Attends mandatory training as well as implementing individual annual staff training plan.
* Education & Experience
* JOB SPECIFICATIONS (_Skills, Knowledge, Ability)_
* Ability to interact with and complete assignments in a manner sensitive to the service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics

What Does A Residence Counselor Do At Unitedhealth Group

* Provide resources, consultation, coaching and guidance to non-licensed EAP Specialists as designated National Point of Contact Conduct telephonic, on-line (chat) and video consultations with individual members Provide support, education, and coordination with on-site vendors Provide consultation and disposition on ‘risk’ calls with non-licensed EAP Specialists Engage individually with member to clinically and holistically assess the reason for call and presenting needs including, issues impacting the individual’s personal wellbeing, emotional and physical health, and personal safety Independently conduct thorough assessment of risk of harm to self, or others; assist with safety planning and coordinating services with emergency personnel and hospital staff in order to access appropriate level of care and ongoing support.
* Coordinate follow-up care and services to individuals and organizations, as appropriate Develop next steps and identify meaningful goals and resources utilizing Solution Focused Consultation model.
* Provide appropriate type of service based on member’s presentation, clinical history and needs and accurately differentiate between EAP and BH services Formulate short term problem resolution plan of action, and provide Full Benefit Exploration reviewing the appropriate tools and resources to support the plan, and offer and refer clients to additional benefits including access to Specialty Help Center Specialists, Health Coaches, Health Advisors, and community resources as appropriate Authorize additional services including behavioral health, and/or contracted EAP and behavioral health network providers Formulate accurate description of member’s clinical presentation in their individual clinical records and maintaining appropriate records, case notes, forms and reports as well as database entries Quote and explain benefit coverage to members and providers

What Does A Residence Counselor Do At Stoneridge Senior Care

* Manages the sales process from initial inquiry to residency by effectively promoting the community to the prospect.
* Facilitates the process by understanding needs and independently making recommendations based on key information provided.
* Negotiates obstacles and issues by understanding client needs and collaborating with community management.
* Effectively responds to new inquiries in a timely manner
* Independently manages prospect inquiries and ensures that timely follow through is maintained in accordance with designated time frames
* Utilizes Prism Leads effectively by promptly inputting data and uses the system to manage assigned lead base
* Uses Direct Sales Performance Indicators (DSPI's) to set goals and independently diagnose areas of strength and needed improvement
* Generates adequate presentations by effective prospecting.
* This can include phone outs, referral generation, use of e-mail, home visits, etc.
* Staffs the office to meet business needs which may include evenings, weekends and holidays
* Communicates with key influencers to facilitate a timely commitment to the community
* Participates in marketing events as directed by the Marketing and Sales Director
* Understands and articulately represents all documents related to residency, including Residency Agreement, Disclosure Statement, etc.
* Provides feedback to community leadership regarding information learned through the sales process that can impact strategies to grow occupancy

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How To Become A Residence Counselor

Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists are typically required to have a master’s degree and a license to practice.


To become a mental health counselor or a marriage and family therapist, applicants typically need a master’s degree in psychology, clinical mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, or a related mental health field. A bachelor’s degree in most fields is acceptable to enter a master’s program.

Counseling programs prepare students to recognize symptoms of mental and emotional disorders and to use effective counseling strategies. Marriage and family therapy programs teach students about how marriages, families, and relationships function and how these relationships can affect mental and emotional disorders.

Many employers prefer to hire counselors who have graduated from programs accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs.


Candidates gain hands-on experience through postdegree supervised clinical work, sometimes referred to as an internship or residency. In training, they learn to provide family therapy, group therapy, psychotherapy, and other therapeutic interventions, under the supervision of a licensed counselor.


All states require mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists to be licensed in the state in which they practice. Licensure requires a master’s degree and 2,000 to 4,000 hours of postdegree supervised clinical experience, sometimes referred to as an internship or residency. In addition, counselors and therapists must pass a state-recognized exam and complete annual continuing education classes.

Contact information for state boards regulating mental health counselors is available through the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Contact and licensing information for marriage and family therapists is available through the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Counselors and therapists often work with people who are dealing with stressful and difficult situations, so they must be compassionate and empathize with their clients.

Interpersonal skills. Being able to work with different types of people is essential for counselors and therapists. They spend most of their time working directly with clients and other professionals and must be able to encourage good relationships.

Listening skills. Good listening skills are essential for mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists, both of whom need to give their full attention to their clients to understand their problems, values, and goals.

Organizational skills. Good organizational skills are especially important for counselors and therapists in private practice, who must keep track of payments and work with insurance companies.

Speaking skills. Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists need to be able to communicate with clients effectively. They must express ideas and information in a way that clients can understand easily.

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Residence Counselor Career Paths

Residence Counselor
Resident Manager Program Manager Clinical Director
Administrative Director, Behavioral Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Counselor Case Manager
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Program Director Educator
Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Therapist
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Registered Nurse Case Manager Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Licensed Practical Nurse Nursing Director
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Counselor Therapist
Clinical Supervisor
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Program Director
Director Of Residential Services
7 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Social Worker
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Residential Counselor Case Manager Social Worker
Director Of Social Work
7 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse Nurse Manager
Emergency Services Director
8 Yearsyrs
Specialist Registered Nurse Career Manager
Health Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Specialist Security Officer Direct Support Professional
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Specialist Case Manager
Housing Case Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Residential Counselor Licensed Practical Nurse Physician
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Sales Consultant Leasing Consultant
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Home Health Aid Direct Support Professional
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Clinical Coordinator Program Supervisor
Residential Program Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Program Coordinator Program Manager
Service Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Social Worker
Social Services Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Residence Counselor Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • Korean

  • Hindi

  • Russian

  • German

  • Arabic

  • Indonesian

  • Braille

  • Greek

  • Japanese

  • Dakota

  • Dutch

  • Hmong

  • Ukrainian

  • Cayuga

  • Bengali

  • Armenian

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Real Residence Counselor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Residence Counselor St. Stanislaus College MS Aug 01, 2011 $59,480
Residence Evening Counselor YAI-National Institute for People With Disabilitie New York, NY Aug 01, 2009 $40,363
Residence Counselor Delaware State University Dover, DE Mar 15, 2011 $39,600 -
Residence Counselor Delaware State University Dover, DE Mar 15, 2011 $37,600 -
Residence Counselor Bethel University McKenzie, TN Aug 03, 2010 $36,689
Residence Evening Counselor YAI-National Institute for People With Disabilitie New York, NY Aug 01, 2009 $35,437
Resident Minister/Counselor Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA Aug 27, 2010 $32,620
Resident Minister/Counselor Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA Aug 28, 2010 $32,620

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Top Skills for A Residence Counselor


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Top Residence Counselor Skills

  1. Daily Living Skills
  2. Ensure Safety
  3. Crisis Intervention
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked with individuals with developmental disabilities, towards achieving daily living skills goals.
  • Do daily inspections on the unit to ensure safety for all residents.
  • Employed therapeutic crisis intervention as needed.
  • Assessed and wrote treatment plans and weekly progress notes for each client assigned to caseload.
  • Created and maintained a supportive work environment for approximately 20 adult resident counselor staff members.

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