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JUVENILE REHABILITATION RESIDENT COUNSELOR

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JUVENILE REHABILITATION RESIDENT COUNSELOR
355H
Category: Social Services

Definition

In a juvenile rehabilitation residential facility, provides group supervision, case management and treatment to an assigned caseload of youth.

Typical Work

Manages a caseload of juvenile youth offenders; documents and reviews case files; 

Reads and interprets diagnostic material; develops treatment, management and placement plans designed to modify youths’ behavior; monitors and signs assessments, treatment plans and progress notes; communicates case management and treatment plans to staff; develops aftercare and recovery plans; interfaces with public and private service providers and courts to meet treatment and management plans;  

Provides individual, group and family counseling; facilitates treatment group sessions; identifies and assesses specific problems, causes and conditions for referral of youth to in/out-patient services; facilitates Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, pre-treatment and aftercare services; provides specialized counseling and treatment services in areas of alcohol and substance abuse, sexual deviancy, gang issues, mental illness and other; attends alcohol and substance abuse college classes to obtain and maintain the Qualified Chemical Dependency Certification (QCDC) as required by the Division of Alcohol/Substance Abuse (DASA); prepares training on drug and alcohol issues for staff; 

Serves as liaison and maintains and monitors contact between youth and family, community, courts, schools, employers, law enforcement, courts, probation officers and treatment providers; makes presentations to educators and community businesses, groups and organizations; attends meetings and chairs and serves on committees; attends and may testify at court hearings for assigned youths involved in legal proceedings;  

Assists youths in coordinating payments on fines to court; monitors youths’ personal savings and bank accounts; tracks and receives all incoming/outgoing funds; maintains ledgers and coordinates payment services;

Prepares written and oral case reports and documentation; prepares record of review boards and various reports; coordinates transition of youths and completes reports; 

Conducts various security checks including head counts, youth and room searches for contraband and weapons; conducts urinalysis testing and breathalyzer exams; distributes and monitors medications to youths; 

Plans, organizes and supervises youths in individual and group activities including social, leisure time and recreation; supervises daily living routine of youths to ensure all treatment, management and security standards are met;  

Escorts and transports youth to and from activities and appointments off and on campus; supervises and monitors youth in daily living chores and activities for compliance with treatment plans; maintains daily log of events and observations; screens visitors and monitors visits; inspects and screens packages and items received from visitors; 

Obtains medical, dental, psychiatric and psychological services for youths;  

Intervenes and breaks-up physical altercations and de-escalates crisis situations; 

Participates in searches for escapees; follows escapee notification procedures; testifies in court; 

Maintains security of facility, equipment and vehicles; operates radios; 

Assists in training new staff; supervises student interns; 

Performs other duties as assigned. 

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  principles and practices of juvenile delinquency treatment; operating principles and treatment philosophy of Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration; juvenile offender justice system; State laws, regulations and administrative codes pertaining to juvenile delinquent determinate sentencing; fundamentals, basic concepts and principles of the social sciences relevant to adolescent behavior, motivation and disorganization; principles and practices of rehabilitation programs; theories and practices of individual, group and family counseling; interviewing techniques; work group supervision; staff management and development; techniques and methods of crisis intervention and de-escalation processes; psychology of deviant behavior; report writing; clear and effective verbal and written communication. 

Ability to:  apply and implement juvenile rehabilitation methods and techniques; interview and counsel youths effectively; motivate youths individually and in groups and maintain organization; recognize and identify problems and assesses situations; remain calm and in control during altercations; intervene and de-escalate crisis and dangerous situations; gain confidence and trust of youths; use authority constructively; write and speak clearly and effectively; represent agency in a professional and positive manner; network an communicate effectively with a variety of groups, organizations and agencies.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

One year as a Juvenile Rehabilitation Counselor Assistant.   

OR  

A Bachelor’s degree and one year of professional experience in casework, counseling, probation and parole, social services, planning, directing and/or facilitating youth group activities or experience in a related field.    

A Master’s degree in Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Social Sciences, or in an allied field will substitute for the one year of experience.    

A valid driver’s license is required for these positions. 

Note: A degree in Social Work must be from an educational program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Class Specification History

New Class: 5-10/96 (effective 7-1-96)
New class code: (formerly 36181) effective July 1, 2007
Revises desirable qualifications, effective December 23, 2011

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