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JUVENILE REHABILITATION COMMUNITY COUNSELOR

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JUVENILE REHABILITATION COMMUNITY COUNSELOR
355G
Category: Social Services

Definition

  1. As a juvenile parole counselor, develops and implements treatment, management and placement plans for rehabilitation or behavior management for an assigned caseload of youths.  Provides individual, group and family counseling; and/or,  
  2. As a Community Residential Placement Program Coordinator, provides technical assistance to contracted residential program(s) operations to ensure compliance with Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration Bulletins and contract requirements.  Coordinates placement of youth in community residential beds.  Provides technical support and assistance to contracted staff and participates in management, treatment and placement planning for youth; and/or, 
  3. As regional Diagnostic Coordinator for an assigned regional area reviews legal documents for all commitments of youth to Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration to determine appropriate placement of youth.  Prepares the diagnostic Record of Official Action.  Maintains a regional diagnostic manual and serves as a resource to courts, juvenile facilities, case managers and families.

Typical Work

Manages a caseload of juvenile offenders on parole; determines the treatment, management and security needs of youths; ensures all treatment, management and security needs are met;  

Conducts diagnostic assessments of youths committed to Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration and of youths on parole; directs placement of youth; conducts community assessments on parolees; supervises youth on parole and on leave from institutions; keeps informed on youth’s progress through files, telephone contacts with facilities and other; visits youths in institutions and facilities; prepares reports; 

Leads and defines tasks for a tracker who provides assistance to the counselor; 

Obtains and/or maintains a Qualified Chemical Dependency Certification (QCDC) as required by DASA for positions working in this specialized area;

Provides treatment recommendations to institutions, the youth, and superior and district courts; provides counseling in specialized treatment area in specific positions, such as alcohol and substance abuse, sexual deviancy, gang issues, mental illness;  

Manages various aspects of community program to include placement, school, drug/alcohol treatment, sex offender services, employment and training and other; 

Provides individual, family and group counseling; facilitates groups; serves as liaison between youths, family, court, providers and community; attends hearings when assigned youths are involved;  

Communicates treatment and management plans to staff, youths, families, courts, providers and others; 

Communicates with law enforcement agencies regarding the apprehension and return of run-aways; utilizing sentencing documents, determines release dates and makes supervision recommendations; assists with youths’ transition into the community;  

Initiates warrants and/or parole revocation proceedings; testifies in court and/or administrative hearings; prepares required written and oral cash reports and documentation;  

Conducts pre-release or leave investigations to evaluate the risk and/or readiness; communicates and plans for a parole with the youth, family and institution or facility; 

Makes presentations to schools and community groups; participates in and leads committees; attends training, workshops, conferences and various meetings; 

Serves as Community Residential Placement Coordinator; serves as liaison between contracted residential placement staff; gathers and reviews referral materials; monitors operation of contracted residential programs for compliance with contract standards and ascertains that youths receive appropriate treatment; 

Provides technical assistance and support to provide residential staff; conducts intervention with youths during critical situations; assists in identifying training needs for youths; 

Participates in Official Review Boards for youths in community residential program; 

Conducts diagnostic assessment for youths committed to JRA and of youths on parole who are recommitted; completes diagnostic reports; arranges transportation; 

Provides parole services to assigned counties; completes parole reports, collateral contacts, monthly reports and other; maintains list of youths and logs youth behavior reports from facilities; determines release dates and makes recommendations; 

Represents JRA and testifies in court regarding recommendations or as an expert witness; shares testimony with supervisor; serves as liaison with local police; 

Obtains medical, dental, psychiatric and psychological services as necessary for youths; distributes and monitors medications to youths to ensure medications are properly taken;  

Collects urinalysis samples for assigned caseload; ensures samples go out and results are returned; signs in logs; 

Chairs Review Boards relating to transfer and discipline of youths; serves on committees; 

Performs of other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  causes and treatment of juvenile delinquency; 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; theories and practices of individual, group and family counseling; interviewing techniques; work group and family counseling; interviewing techniques; work group supervision; staff management and development; techniques and Methods of crises intervention and de-escalation processes; Supervision and Counseling of youths with deviant behavior; report writing; clear and effective verbal and written communication; community resources, and negotiation and mediation techniques. 

Ability to:  causes and treatment of juvenile delinquency; 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; theories and practices of individual, group and family counseling; interviewing techniques; work group and family counseling; interviewing techniques; work group supervision; staff management and development; techniques and Methods of crises intervention and de-escalation processes; Supervision and Counseling of youths with deviant behavior; report writing; clear and effective verbal and written communication; community resources, and negotiation and mediation techniques.

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: 5-10-86 (effective 7/1/96)
New class code: (formerly 36182) effective July 1, 2007
Revises desirable qualifications, effective December 23, 2011

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