Residential Counselor - Rising Stars (4599)

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Location: Trenton, NJ

Job Type/Status: Full-Time


The Residential Counselor at our Triad Group Home is a dedicated and compassionate professional responsible for fostering a safe, supportive, and therapeutic environment for adolescents facing emotional, behavioral, and psychological challenges. This role involves direct interaction with youth, implementing daily routines, and collaborating with the treatment team to ensure the overall well-being and progress of the youth in our care.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Comply with funding source, contract and or program's Annex A

  • Complete required documentation within established timeframes per Federal, State, County, and agency regulations, policy, and procedure

  • Core Responsibilities for Job Role:

    • Residential Support: 

      • Provide 24/7 supervision and support within the residential setting, ensuring the safety and security of youth. Assist in daily living activities, such as mealtime, hygiene, and recreation. Conduct supervision checked based on program policy. 

      • Provides transportation to and from appointments

    • Individualized Care: 

      • Implement individualized treatment plans under the guidance of the treatment team, addressing the specific needs and goals of each resident. Foster positive relationships through trust, empathy, and clear communication.

      • Instructs guides and counsels youth informally throughout their interactions in day to day activities

    • Behavioral Management: 

      • Utilize appropriate behavior management techniques to address and de-escalate challenging behaviors. Collaborate with the treatment team to reinforce therapeutic interventions in the daily routine.

    • Crisis Intervention: 

      • Respond promptly and effectively to crisis situations, implementing de-escalation strategies and ensuring the well-being of youth. Communicate incidents and observations to the appropriate staff and maintain accurate incident reports.

      • Provides 1:1 supervision and engages youth as needed

    • Group Activities: 

      • Facilitate and participate in structured group activities, promoting social skills, teamwork, and a sense of community among youth. Encourage positive peer interactions and provide constructive feedback.

      • Co-leads recreation and physical education activities scheduled during shift as part of the daily house structure

    • Documentation: 

      • Maintain accurate and detailed records of resident interactions, behaviors, and progress. Ensure compliance with documentation requirements and contribute to the overall assessment and treatment planning process.

      • Complete all required documentation (ie shift notes, incident reports, etc.) by the end of each shift

    • Communication and Collaboration: 

      • Communicate regularly with the treatment team, including therapists, psychologists, and support staff, to share observations, updates, and concerns. Collaborate in team meetings to enhance the overall care and support provided to youth.

    • Cultural Sensitivity: 

      • Demonstrate cultural competence and sensitivity to the diverse backgrounds of the youth in the program. Foster an inclusive and respectful environment for all youth. of the youth.

    • Other related duties as assigned


  • Minimum of High School diploma or GED with 3 years' experience providing direct care to youth in a behavioral health agency or institutional setting.

  • Bachelor's degree with 1 year's experience providing direct care to youth in a behavioral health agency or institutional setting is preferred.

Benefits: At the Center for Family Services our employees are our greatest resource and we are committed to investing in our staff. We offer a competitive benefits package as well as ongoing resources that will support staff on their personal and professional journey.*

  • Excellent paid time off (PTO) program, including vacation, sick, personal, and holiday

  • 401k Plan

  • Medical insurance plan options

  • Dental & Vision Insurance

  • Prescription Insurance

  • Life Insurance

  • Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Health & Wellness Activities

  • Ongoing Training & Professional Development Opportunities

  • Opportunity for advancement

About Employment at Center For Family Services Apply and get hired at Center For Family Services, a leader in the non-profit sector and named as a top workplace in the region since 2010. As part of our team, you will be recognized as our most valuable resource. Our staff balance best practices with personalized care. Together, our team makes a positive difference in the lives of people in need. If you're interested in a rewarding career, Center For Family Services is a great place to grow as a professional. For more information about our top workplace, please visit the Center For Family Services website at

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