Child & Family Services of RI Residential Group Home Counselor - Relief in Portsmouth, United States

Child & Family is seeking relief Residential Counselors for our Residential Treatment Program in Newport, Middletown, and Portsmouth, RI for children and adolescents ages 8-18. The program consists of a highly structured milieu with 24-hour monitoring of therapeutic intervention that is individualized on resident needs.

The Residential Counselor provides appropriate role modeling in a trauma-informed therapeutic environment that promotes the physical, mental and behavioral health of each resident and assists residents in developing life skills. The Residential Counselor works as a part of a collaborative trauma informed therapeutic team, establishing open communications and support among co-workers. The team is comprised of clinical and non-clinical staff in the residential program. The Residential Counselor is directly responsible for the supervision of clients and the coordination and execution of their day-to-day activities and treatment plans as directed. The Residential Counselor is directly accountable to the Program Manager who provides supervision and training. Due to the nature of the work and client needs, the Residential Counselor is considered a “direct care position".

  • Cultivate a trauma-informed environment by: understanding the short and long-term impacts of trauma and neglect; responding to the residents and their family/caretakers with empathy, sensitivity, and respect and; maintaining trauma-sensitive language and approaches in all interactions.

  • Supervise the interactions and activities of residents. Actively engage in day-to-day structured and unstructured recreational activities and life skill development and maintenance.

  • Provide the support services - the “direct care” needed for the residents, e.g. behavior management techniques, meal preparation, household chores, after-school activities, etc.

Available shifts may include:

Sunday through Saturday 12:00 AM - 8:00 AM; 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM; 6:00 AM - 2:00 PM; 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM; 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Relief Residential Counselor are not benefit eligible. Relief Residential Counselors support the Residential Treatment Program on an as-needed basis without any guarantee of either hours or days.

If hired Child & Family requires all Relief Residential Counselors to attend the mandatory Residential Training for one week during his/her first week of employment (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday) at our administrative office.


  • Bachelor's degree in social work, health, human services, education, psychology or related field + 3 months of human service experience, particularly with children and/or adolescents, or

  • Associates degree or 2 years of equivalent college experience + 6 months of human service experience, particularly with children and/or adolescents, or

  • High School diploma + 12 months of human service experience, particularly with children and/or adolescents

  • Must be at least 21 years old

  • Must meet the following driving standards:

  • Must hold a valid driver’s license for at least 3 years.

  • Does not have more than two (2) moving violations in the last three (3) years

  • Does not have more than one (1) at fault accident in the last three (3) years

  • Does not have any Serious Violation in the last three years

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Due to the dynamic nature of Residential services, Residential employees must be willing and able to adapt to changes in location, shift and task assignments if program needs require such changes. Although a concerted effort is made to avoid assignment changes, these are necessary from time to time.

EOE/AAP/E-Verify Participant

Child & Family will not discriminate against any individual on the basis of age, gender, sexual orientation, color, race, creed, national origin, ancestry, religious persuasion, marital status, political belief, pregnancy, military status, veteran status, physical or mental disability that does not prohibit performance of essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodations, genetic predisposition or genetic carrier status, or any other protected category under local, state or federal law, nor will anyone receive special treatment for those reasons, except for reasonable accommodation as required by law. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors.

C&F strives to achieve a workforce that includes representation of qualified affirmative action group members in proportion to the qualified and available target group workforce in the community that we serve.