CFG Health Network

Residential Counselor

Job Locations US-NJ-Camden
Posted Date 1 week ago(7/10/2024 11:31 AM)
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CFG Residentials


Residential Counselor (Behavioral Care Specialist)

Location: 1000 Atlantic Avenue Camden NJ 08030 (Virtua facility)

Population: Adolescents 


EARN $24.50- $26.00 per hour with full benefits. 


Open Shifts

1st Shift 7A-3:30P            $24.50 per hour

2nd Shift 3P-11:30P         $24.50 per hour PLUS $1.50 shift differential

3rd Shift 11P-7:30A         $24.50 per hour



Are you ready to make an impact on the lives of adolescents?


Our program at Virtua is open 24 hours, seven days a week with all shifts available. You will be scheduled for a five-day work week and days off may not be consecutive.


At CFG Residentials, our mission is to create a supportive and nurturing environment by providing comprehensive mental health and therapeutic residential treatment to youth affected by emotional, behavioral, and developmental challenges. As a Residential Counselor, you will provide direct patient care, supervision, skills training, guidance, encouragement, and support. Experience incredible career growth with supervision in a collaborative work environment.



  • 401(k) 
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Paid Time Off 
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Employee discounts on gym memberships, cell phone packages, hotels, rental cars, computers, amusement parks, theater tickets, and more!


  • MUST have a bachelor's degree.
  • MUST have a valid driver's license.
  • MUST have a year of experience providing direct care to youth in a behavioral health agency or institutional setting. For KIT: Bachelor’s level practitioner or high school graduate who is actively, continuously pursuing a bachelor’s degree, with 3-4 years of experience working with youth in a group setting.
  • The physical capability to restrain patients in emergencies.
  • Achieve and maintain First Aid and CPR certification.

This position is responsible to provide daily care, supervision, skills training, guidance, encouragement and support for youth. This position requires a varied schedule including some day, evening and weekend hours. 



The following are essential job accountabilities:


Reports To: BCS Manager



Education and Experience:

  • 18 years of age
  • For KIT: Bachelor’s level practitioner or high school graduate who is actively, continuously pursuing a bachelor’s degree, with 1 year of experience working with youth in a group setting.
  • For Insight & Excel: Bachelor’s level practitioner with 1 year of experience providing direct care to youth in a behavioral health agency or institutional setting.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to pass a Criminal Record History Clearance and a Child Abuse History Clearance.
    • Ability to physically participate in the use of therapeutic holds and to be certified biannually to demonstrate competence.
    • Ability to participate in trauma informed care and intervene appropriately to de-escalate and prevent crisis situations when necessary.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills with people from differing backgrounds and cultures.
    • Ability to be flexible in meeting scheduling needs. Ability to work on agency holidays, as required.


    Essential Expectations:

    • Has knowledge and understanding of CFG’s mission and values.
    • Follow and abide by all established program and agency protocols, policies and procedures.
    • Ability to maintain confidentiality and appropriate boundaries with staff and youth.
    • Attend and participate in all staff meetings, team meetings and processes for communication concerning youth and the program.
    • Attend and participate in all required trainings, both upon hire and annually.
    • Achieve and maintain First Aid and CPR certification.
    • Maintain a collaborative relationship with the team and other internal and external stakeholders. Provide help to other team members as needed.
    • Participate in creating an overall positive community atmosphere with other staff and youth.
    • Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively orally, in writing and on both an interpersonal and group level.
    • Provide the team with thorough, timely, legible, accurate, objective information through documentation.
    • Contribute to ensuring the facility is safe, clean and secure for all youth and staff.
    • Participate in quality improvement activities.
    • Demonstrate a willingness and ability to accept direction and supervision.
    • Dress professionally and appropriately as outlined in the Dress Code Policy.
    • Notify the State Central Registry (1-877-NJ ABUSE) whenever there is reasonable cause to believe that a youth has been or is being abused or neglected by staff members, youth, or any other person as required by the New Jersey Child Abuse and Neglect Law.
    • Demonstrate a commitment to CFG’s initiative to eliminate restraint and seclusion.
    • Possess the personal characteristics and experience to collaborate with and provide appropriate care to youth, gain their respect, guide their development, and participate in their overall treatment program.
    • Ability to provide services in a culturally and linguistically competent manner.
    • Possess the temperament to work with and care for children, youth, adults or families with special needs, as appropriate.
    • Support constructive youth and family visitation and youth involvement in community activities.
    • Achieve and maintain training in the Nurtured Heart Approach, a dynamic relationshipfocused methodology that builds Inner Wealth™ in children, empowering them to channel their intensity in productive ways, ensuring their successful future. Staff will utilize this Approach and its 3 Stands and Recognitions on a continual basis with youth, families and their co-workers.  


    Specific Job Functions:


    • Establish supportive, motivational and therapeutic relationships with youth, ensuring an atmosphere of safety, security and responsible residential care.



    • Responsible for daily supervision and being aware of where all youth are at all times.


    Daily Living:

    • Supervise, observe and participate with the youth in the carrying out of daily routines (i.e.

    meals, school, chores, etc.).  

    • Serve as a role model and coach for youth regarding developing and using effective problem solving, decision-making, conflict resolution, independent living skills and responsibilities.
    • Know current level of functioning of youth and appropriate needed interventions.
    • Observe and document the youth’s behavior, physical and emotional symptoms and perform behavioral management interventions as needed.
    • Responsible for reading and being familiar with all youth’s treatment plans.
    • Carry out daily living and/or behavior plans for youth, developed by a multi-disciplinary team of staff.
    • Assist youth with skill building activities.



    • Accountable for maintaining structure and following the daily schedule.
    • Develop, plan, supervise and participate in daily recreational and social activities, including outdoor programs and physical exercise.
    • Consistently implement all program policies and procedures including the behavioral motivational system.
    • Promote and generate enthusiasm for programming.
    • Consult and communicate with supervisors, directors and clinicians concerning behavior issues and the needs of the youth and the program.
    • Perform light housekeeping duties to ensure a neat, clean and orderly environment.
    • Transport and/or accompany individual or groups of youth to appointments or on community outings outside of the program.
    • Conduct group meetings with youth to discuss program rules and procedures, address concerns and provide instructional information on appropriate behavior management and the use of daily living skills.
    • Administer medication when necessary.



    • Familiar with all co-worker’s job functions so that appropriate internal referrals can be initiated as needed (i.e. nurse, clinician, and principal).
    • Assigned to mandatory extra shifts when needed.
    • Takes on special tasks to contribute to the overall functioning of the program (i.e., ordering supplies, shopping, fire drills, pharmacy runs, errands, etc.).  Aid in the training of new employees on the job.  
    • Drive program’s vehicles as requested.


    Training Requirements Specific to this Position:

    • Handle with Care Bi-Annually
    • All Training Academy Classes and ongoing training as developed


    Other Duties:

    • As assigned





The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and climb or balance. The employee is occasionally required to sit and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.





Company Profile

CFG is a comprehensive healthcare provider that is dedicated to improving quality of life for individuals and families by providing innovative medical and mental health services. Our Health Network includes Center for Family Guidance, CFG Health Systems and CFG Residentials.

Job Category

Behavior/Mental Health


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