Status Offender Community Intervention Counselor
The purpose of this position is to provide in-home counseling and skill-building to youth with status offenses and their families so that they may be successful at home and in their communities and to avoid out-of-home placement and/or further involvement in the juvenile justice system. This position is also responsible for serving as a liaison between families and the juvenile justice system, and identifying and helping coordinate community resources for the youth and families based on their social, emotional, behavioral, educational, medical, and/or financial needs.
• Provide counseling and skill building to youth on the assigned caseload using a family-centered and trauma informed approach. Curriculums will be utilized with youth and families using motivational interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques.
• Establish and maintain relationships with DJJDP staff, local law enforcement, juvenile court judges, state attorney offices and public defender offices.
• Assist DJJDP with linking youth and families to community resources as needed.
• Provide intensive, goal-oriented parenting skills to DJJDP assigned families in the family’s home or a mutually agreed upon location; services include, but not limited to, assessing risk, developing behaviorally-specific safety plan, facilitating and/or teaching parenting skills, budgeting, and housekeeping skills, meeting medical needs, transporting clients, providing family counseling, and referring family members to services as needed.
•Ensure all training requirements are met to deliver evidence based practices with fidelity to the models.
•Develop, in collaboration with each family, a Service/Performance Plan and Progress reports, which will include family strengths, specific goals of intervention, and focus to resolve or improve safety concerns; complete plans in compliance with Eckerd, evidence based model and contractual requirements.
•Make initial and on-going contact with families as prescribed by Eckerd policy and contractual requirements; Maintain ongoing contact with referring staff at a frequency sufficient to address the circumstances of the individual family, as agreed upon with referring staff.
•Maintain up-to-date youth files and case notes on all contact and activities relating to cases; complete required tracking and follow-up data collection.
• Meet weekly with Manager (and Clinical Specialist as needed) to review cases, and discuss individual family progress and needs; document meeting decisions and outcomes.
• Conduct termination meetings, which will include families and referring staff; send summary of progress to family and referring staff within seven days of case closure.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a social services or human services field, or behavioral sciences required. Will be required to obtain certification as a certified cognitive behavioral group facilitator within one year of employment. Requires two years of progressively responsible case management or counseling experience, preferably with youth in human services/delinquency population. Knowledge of family re-unification, family therapy theories, treatment philosophies and strategies of home based services preferred.
Eckerd is a drug-free workplace and Equal Opportunity Employer. Eckerd utilizes E-verify to confirm employment eligibility.
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