Residential youth counselor positions involve working with children and adolescents; in some settings, counselors deal with a wide range of ages, while others focus on a specific age group and/or demographic (such as teenage girls). They help provide a positive, therapeutic environment to the youth under their supervision, who may have experienced traumatic and unstable environments. Residential youth counselors must serve as a positive role model, working with youth in individual and group settings to provide guidance and support. They must coordinate with staff members such as nurses and mental health professionals to provide the best possible care.
Residential Youth Counselor Tasks
Supervise residents and group activities to promote a safe environment.
Teach residents behavior modification techniques and problem solving and life skills.
Observe patients and report outcome to treatment professionals.