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
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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.
Residential Counselor Insights
“This is quite distressing considering this employer works in an industry designed to help people.”
“there is not an equitable increase in pay if you have education or professional experience.”
“Everyone else gets restraint training (SCM) and nothing more beyond a 2 hour introduction to therapy in orientation.”
“Everyone genuinely cares about how their coworkers are doing and I have always felt extremely supported in my role here.”
“I felt very supported by everyone at my facility and it helped me grow my career.”
“Great team work and comradery”
“This company was made aware of my body’s ailments during the first week of training.”
“Best place to work and I’ve learned more here than I could anywhere else.”
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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a residential counselor
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