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  • Residential Counselor - Highland Grace

    Location US-MA-Worcester
    # Positions
    Experience (Years)
    Residential Counselors/Rehabilitation Specialists
  • Overview

    Highland Grace House (HGH) is a passionate, approachable and diverse multidisciplinary team that provides quality care to clients. Community Healthlink (CHL) is looking for a Full-Time (37.5 hrs/wk) Residential Counselor in Worcester.


    HGH is a 12 bed substance abuse treatment residential program specifically for adolescent females (age 13-17) who seek long-term recovery from their addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. This program is staffed 24/7. The placement is voluntary and family involvement is mandatory; the use of addictive medications is prohibited.


    This program provides individual and family therapy, aftercare coordination, academic instruction, and daily group therapy.. Group therapy includes but is not limited to psycho-educational, relapse prevention skills, social/life skills development, communication skills, health and wellness and many sober living groups and activities.




    Compensation based on education and related work experience, licensure and other qualifications

    Health and Dental insurance (available upon starting)

    Generous paid sick, personal, holiday, and vacation time

    CEU benefits

    Life and Disability insurance

    401k with agency contribution

    Wellness activity discounts

    Work related travel reimbursement


    • Ability to implement program policies and procedures to maintain daily structure and consistency within the program milieu and maintain compliance with DPH and OCCS licensing standards. 
    • Knowledge of substance abuse treatment and mental health issues, familiarity with twelve step programming 
    • Ability to communicate effectively and develop positive professional relationships with clients, their families and co -workers.
    • Ability to respond daily & crisis intervention needs of clients and effectively provide intervention and support consistent with individual treatment goals and objectives and ability to prepare and complete all required written documentation
    • Provide interventions as outlined in the treatment plan as assigned under supervision of Clinical Director.
    • Work with residents to assist with activities of daily living and foster a sense of safety in the community which includes self-care skills, money management and budgeting, relapse prevention, use of public transportation, problem solving and conflict resolution, and other interventions as necessary.
    • Assist Clinical Team in the intake process as necessary.
    • Assist in engagement and coordination with families of residents.
    • Monitor residents' medication, refills, documentation of medications and changes, ensure safe storage of medications, assist with client’s attendance at appointments and compliance with recommendations for medical care.
    • Lead at least one skill development or recreational group per week as assigned.
    • Attend teams and case conferences, and collaborate with other providers for designated residents.  Provide outreach as designated to community-based residents.
    • Prepare daily log entries, incident reports and other required paperwork to ensure the program meets the quality assurance & licensure standards.
    • Work with residents to maintain the residence daily including chores, bedroom upkeep, yard, and other light housekeeping duties.
    • Perform other related job duties as assigned to provide quality rehabilitation services
    • Transporting residents, program related errands, provision of physical assistance, close supervision of clients


    • Grade 5: Residential Counselor I: HSD/GED/HiSet required with at least (1) year's experience working with adolescent girls 
    • Grade 6: Residential Counselor II: Bachelor's degree required; degree in Social Work preferred (or related substance abuse field)
    • Must be able to attend monthly staff meetings and other trainings as mandated by CHL and DPH.
    • Current valid US-issued drivers license and ability to provide registered, inspected and insured automobile for work related purposes, including transporting clients in your own vehicle or company vehicle 
    • Must be able to pass a CORI (Criminal Offender Background Check)  and a DCF/CPS (Department of Families Adam Walsh/Child Protective Services background check)


     Community Healthlink is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate in employment and personnel practices on the basis of race, sex, gender identity, age, ancestry, disability, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual preference, political affiliation or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. Hiring, transferring and promotion practices are performed without regard to the above listed items.
    If applicable, Community Healthlink shall also abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-300.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified protected veterans and qualified individuals on the basis of disability. These regulations require affirmative action by Community Healthlink to employ and advance in employment qualified protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.


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