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Senior Awake Night Counselor - Portland

Location:Portland, ME
Employment Type:Full Time
Department:Direct Care

The Senior Awake Night Counselor has the added responsibility of ensuring that all other RYFS staff on the shift are meeting the needs of the clients and the program as outlined in their job description.  This position requires staff to work from 11pm-9am and staff must remain awake for that entire time and fulfill their work responsibilities. The awake night counselors work as a team to meet the needs of the residents who receive treatment in the Spurwink home. This position requires some housekeeping duties and light paperwork. Awake night counselors are responsible for supporting children with autism through morning routines and transporting clients to school as needed.


Develop relationships with clients who have emotional and behavioral disorders. Maintain safe and therapeutic environment and routines. Plan and lead group and individual activities aimed at helping clients achieve skills, creating opportunities for clients to succeed. Perform behavior management, therapeutic duties and crisis intervention, including restraints. Participate in reflective practice and supervision. Contribute to the management of the residence.

Awake Night Staff are responsible for maintaining the health and safety of the adolescents while attending to their needs throughout the night. Awake night staff assist the clients with their morning routine which may include hygiene, medication administration and preparation for the school day.


High school diploma or G.E.D. Prior experience and training in positions similar to that of the Residential Youth and Family Specialist or with children and their families faced with emotional and behavioral challenges. Direct Care Workers (Residential Youth and Family Specialist) must complete OQMHP licensure requirements within the first few months of employment, and must maintain it throughout his or her employment at Spurwink in this role. It is required that she / he will participate in designated in-service training programs and ongoing training is required. Basic computer skills are required.

Spurwink is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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