State of Washington Classified Job Specification
JUVENILE REHABILITATION RESIDENT COUNSELOR
In a juvenile rehabilitation residential facility, provides group supervision, case management and treatment to an assigned caseload of youth.
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.
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.
One year as a Juvenile Rehabilitation Counselor Assistant.
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 code: (formerly 36181) effective July 1, 2007
Revises desirable qualifications, effective December 23, 2011