High-paced job and stressful enviroment but rewarding when teaching moments for children occur
Residential Advisor (Current Employee) – Dyer, IN – October 28, 2016
Most of the day revolves around the safety of the unit. The job requires the residential advisor to maintain focus and appropriate boundaries/interactions between the residents. Throughout the day, staff is required to do such tasks as individual sessions and group sessions, learning how to de-escalate the resident when times are stressful, and providing support to families. Usually, there will be 3 to 4 residential advisors working together. Majority of the time, everyone shares the work evenly. There is great teamwork throughout the shift and when times become stressful I know I can count on them to help me out. The most enjoyable part of the job is seeing a successful discharge from a resident and knowing that I helped take part in their success. The hardest part of the job is leaving the job at work. We get very helpless children, that have gone through many traumatic experiences and it is hard not to think about that aspect of the work we do on a daily basis while caring for them. Management has been ever-changing, so that has been difficult. Trying to get on the same page and keeping the flow of all three units is a challenge but over its a good place to work at. There are many lessons to learn and tools to place in the your toolbox when working here.
gain knowlege in this field, easy to make overtime, get PTO benefits, easy schedule
never get lunch breaks, burn out rate is high, possible injury from resident, high-stressed/paced environemnt, poor health benefits