Wediko School, Windsor, NH
Do you want to be a transformative counselor deeply affecting the lives of troubled youth and their families?
Located on magnificent Black Pond, the Wediko School’s 450 wooded acres are dedicated to providing state-of-the-art residential treatment and therapeutic boarding school services to middle- and high-school-aged boys experiencing significant social-emotional, behavioral, and academic challenges. Typically, family involvement is key our students’ having an effective and successful treatment and educational experience.
In order to change the trajectory of these young persons’ lives, a transformational treatment experience must be created. The Residential Counselor position is key to that experience.
The Residential Counselor:
- Implements a milieu therapy approach in which every structure and all interactions are designed to assist students in the process of positive change.
- Implements a range of techniques to effectively manage behavioral issues, promote cognitive maturation and executive skill development, and form therapeutic relationships that foster a healing experience for our students.
- Ensures physical and psychological safety for sometimes overwhelmed youth, and ensures that basic day-to-day needs for care, recreation, and positive peer and adult relationships are facilitated.
Through an interdisciplinary team effort and direct supervision from Masters-level clinicians, Residential Counselors:
- make every part of the day contain experiences for our students that are skill-building, illuminating, strengthening, and emotionally corrective;
- develop professional communication skills;
- evoke positive change in youth through independent and team intervention;
- provide youth with guidance and feedback toward the achievement of individualized goals;
- prevent and manage aggressive behaviors utilizing principles and techniques through certification in the Crisis Prevention Institute’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention®
This is difficult high-stakes work, that will at times be very stressful, with tough hours. It’s not for everyone. On the other hand, you’ll grow as a human-services professional, potentially start or enhance a professional career, and feel that your work is purposeful, meaningful, and emotionally rewarding. You’ll be part of a team of colleagues supporting your professional growth and success.
The Residential Counselor is responsible for maintaining the safety (physical and psychological) of the students in the clinical milieu, providing the day-to-day care of students’ basic needs, assisting with integrating of appropriate therapeutic interventions based on the individual student’s clinical issues, and supporting the students in meeting dorm and setting behavioral expectations. The Residential Counselor will work with their Lead Staff and Clinical Supervisor to ensure all students have an opportunity to build on social skills and increase their ability to improve their emotional regulation by running inherently interesting activities within the milieu for students to participate in daily.
Implementing Individual Treatment Plans for one group of children on a day-to-day basis. This will include:
- Behavioral management of the students in accordance with their ITP by using various tools such as behavioral checklists.
- Providing regular individual supervision of children.
- The development and implementation of recreational activities both on and off campus.
- Participating in the facilitation of daily group therapy sessions with students.
- Providing therapeutic experiences for each child in accordance with their ITP.
- Crisis management of students with critical incident reporting.
- Overseeing the daily physical and psychological safety issues with children.
- Maintaining an age-appropriate balance of limit setting, giving directions and nurturing on an on-going basis.
- Overseeing, monitoring and providing the day to day care of students’ basic needs, such as:
- Mealtimes and nutrition
- Bedtime routines
- Personal hygiene
- Upkeep of all living spaces in dorms
- Communicating about student and setting issues with the Lead Staff, Clinical Supervisor and Program Coordinators.
- Providing transport and/or monitoring from one activity to another and between Wediko, home, local districts or appointments as needed.
- Completion of the medication management and administration training course and assisting with the administration of medications as directed.
- Completing all necessary documentation including: daily logs, tracking of students’ behavior, critical incidents, weekly progress summary, food requests, and the request for dorm supplies.
- Participation in essential responsibilities for the maintenance of day to day functions of the Wediko campus including
- On-call weekends
- One asleep overnight weekly
- Bachelor degree in human services, psychology, sociology, or a related field.
- Strong communication skills.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Responds positively and appropriately to direction and feedback.
- Satisfactory completion of CPI training and Medication Administration Training required.
- Preferred driving record that allows for the transportation of students in Wediko vehicles.
The position requires the ability to walk the rugged terrain of the NH campus, an active wooded setting; Residential Counselors will be outdoors, playing sports, or participating in indoor recreational activities with students. The ability to bend, hold and lift is also required as indicated by CPI behavioral management techniques.
Job Type: Full-time
Job Types: Full-time, Part-time
Salary: $30,000.00 to $32,000.00 /year
- treatment, milieu therapy, social work, or psychology: 1 year (Required)
- Bachelor's (Required)
- Driver's License (Required)
- Evening (Preferred)