Dallas County, TX - Dallas, TX

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Provides professional casework, supervision, counseling and services in the rehabilitation of youthful offenders who have been committed to the custody of various divisions within the Juvenile Department. Individual positions may perform all or a combination of duties which may include intake or risk assessments, diagnosis, investigations, crisis intervention, case planning and report writing. Responsible for the disposition of youths and the provision of appropriate resources necessary to meet the immediate needs of youths and their families.

Detailed Description

Provides supervision and services for youths to ensure efforts are made to promote the rehabilitation and protect the community from further delinquent acts. Conducts intake and risk assessments of youths to determine the appropriate level of supervision and intervention programs to ensure each youth is afforded an opportunity for rehabilitation. Consults with family members, school officials and others to gain understanding of youths and to ensure services are tailored to meet the needs of the youths. Plans treatment programs for youths related to education, drug or alcohol treatment, camp or foster care placement or other community based treatment to modify a variety of deviant behaviors. Counsels youths and/or families on behavior, school, responsibility, attitudes, goals, consequences of actions and other related concerns or problems to attain desire goals or required results; discusses progress of rehabilitation programs; and conducts crisis intervention sessions. Documents casework contact, status change, progress and problems to assure required contacts are being made and adherence to applicable policies; provides accurate reports for the courts to ensure effective and accurate case dispositions; and maintains case records. Responds to inquiries and serves as a liaison with schools, community agencies, law enforcement, CPS, MHMR and other agencies. May supervise youths in holding areas, responding to emergencies that may require chasing, carrying and/or restraining youths and transporting youths from police custody in accordance with all applicable laws, policies and procedures. Attends required staff training and meetings. Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Criminology, Corrections, Counseling, Law, Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, Business Management, Public Administration, Education, or in a job related field of study. One (1) year of work related experience in casework, counseling, community, supervision, or group in a social services, community, corrections or juvenile agency that deals with offenders or disadvantaged persons. Skilled in the use of standard software applications. Ability to effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing, and establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, departments and the general public. Must obtain Probation Officer certification within six months of employment. Must pass an extensive background investigation. Must possess a valid Texas driver’s license, with good driving record. Mandatory drug testing prior to employment and will be subject to random, unannounced drug and/or alcohol testing during employment. Employee will be working in a 24-hour facility which will require the employee to be subject to working overtime or staying over some or all of a double shift. The employee will also be subject to shift changes. Works inside a secured facility with potential exposure to hepatitis, tuberculosis, lice and other diseases. Ability to restrain and/or chase youths. May be required to utilize vehicle to make periodic home visits and transport youths.

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