What does a Residential Counselor do?
Residential care counselors provide support and assistance to clients living in a residential facility or structured living program. They help residents with Activities of Daily Living (ADL) tasks, which include grooming, hygiene, meals, establishing a sleep routine, and exercise. Their duties include helping residents master life skills such as chores, shopping, and possibly performing a job of some sort. These counselors also provide case management services and help to coordinate supplemental programs and resources that may be available to residents.
Residential care counselors have at least an associate degree in human services or a related field. Experience working in residential care or a similar support role is helpful. These roles require patience and the ability to treat clients with care and understanding. A variety of clearances and background checks are routinely required.
Residential Counselor Salaries
Average Base Pay
Residential Counselor Career Path
Learn how to become a Residential Counselor, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.
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Residential Counselor Insights
“Loeb House is great place to work if you want to start your career in mental health”
“It’s a great job for part time employees looking to make a little extra money.”
“Great opportunity to see if this is the field you really want to go into.”
“Good and friendly environment to work”
“Everyone else gets restraint training (SCM) and nothing more beyond a 2 hour introduction to therapy in orientation.”
“I was fortunate enough to have been give an amazing opportunity to work at Capricorn Cottage as a residential support worker.”
“Great clients and coworkers.”
“I felt very supported by everyone at my facility and it helped me grow my career.”
Residential Counselor Interviews
Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Residential Counselor
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