SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) I am thinking of getting a full time position as either a Residential Counselor or a Group Home Counselor while I go to grad school for social work. Are both counselors essentially the same? What does the job entail? I am thinking of doing an overnight position so I have the day to do my internships - what would nights specifically entail? Is the job reasonably safe? Are there any physical requirements - IE: would I need to lift patients or restrain patients? (I am partially disabled with back and neck problems.) Is this good experience for someone going into social work? Are there any other positions you would also recommend to someone pursuing a MSW? I was also considering working in an inpatient psych hospital, but several social workers advised against this because they said it could be dangerous for me - is this true? Any insights would be greatly appreciated!!