Youth Counselor
North Carolina Office of State Personnel - Cabarrus County, NC

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This position is a direct care position involving shift work and serves as a professional-level member of a therapeutic treatment team. Youth counselors meet in weekly treatment team and monthly service planning team meetings to discuss progress on service plans and make adjustments as warranted. The position provides youth training in pro-social skills following a highly structured cognitive-behavioral treatment protocol involving behavioral rehearsal, feedback, and contingency management, provide counseling and juvenile supervision, and monitors the youth's behavior in order to promote habilitation and successful community reintegration. The position also facilitates daily psycho-educational groups targeting issues that are associated with risk for involvement in criminal activity. Position oversees off-campus community and home visits. The juvenile population served has a variety of mental health and psychosocial needs. Work is subject to close personal and physical contact with juveniles and decisions made impact the protection of state property, the physical safety of the juveniles, staff and the employee.

Position is for SECOND SHIFT . Weekend and holiday shifts required. Stonewall Jackson Youth Development Center is a secure facility with an overall mission to provide committed juveniles with a safe, secure environment that fosters healthy decision-making and personal responsibility.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies:

Considerable knowledge of the methods and procedures of discipline and rehabilitation of juveniles confined in a state youth development center. Considerable knowledge of individual and group behavior, child and adolescent development, family systems, individual and group counseling techniques, crisis intervention techniques, the etiology of juvenile delinquency and empirically based methods of treatment. Knowledge and understanding of minority group cultures, techniques of communicating with adolescents, and behavioral and developmental challenges and their treatment. Working knowledge of the organization and operation of treatment programs for juvenile offenders, the NC Juvenile Court System, basic assessment principles, and practical application of a variety of counseling techniques and approaches. Ability to act quickly and efficiently in an emergency situation. Ability to assess clients to develop appropriate treatment plans, formulate clear goal oriented treatment plans, and document progress of juveniles. Ability to work with juveniles in an empathetic and understanding manner and establish a collaborative relationship with family. Ability to communicate
effectively with juveniles, families, and other treatment team members to explain the behavior and progress of the juvenile, and establish rapport with juveniles. Skilled in the application of crisis intervention techniques and emergency treatment procedures.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Bachelor s degree in human services field or related human services field from an appropriately accredited institution and two years of experience working with at-risk youth; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Bachelor s degree in a related Human Services field, such as Criminal Justice, Sociology, Education, Religion or similar subjects shall include 25 semester hours of coursework related to the human services field. Necessary Special Qualification - state employees engaged in "youth correctional work", as defined by State Statute GS. 17, are subject to and must meet the applicable education, employment, and training standards as defined and established by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training Standards Act and administered through the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Council.

Necessary Special Qualifications:

Selected applicant must attend and successfully complete and pass the Juvenile Justice Officer Basic Training certification program. The certification requires four weeks to complete and is comprised of classroom and physically demanding training. This training is carried out at regional training centers and requires consecutive overnight stays. In addition the selected candidate must:

· Have or be able to obtain required documentation for certification as a Juvenile Justice Officer (i.e. a diploma).
· Pass a Criminal Background check
· Pass a Drug Screening test
· Pass a Psychological test
· Pass a Sexual Risk Screening test
· Pass a Physical
· Be a US citizen
· Be at least 20 years of age
· Have a valid driver’s license

Information regarding required documentation and the JJO certification requirements may be found on the NC Dept of Justice website:

Supplemental and Contact Information:

The N.C. Department of Public Safety (DPS) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages qualified men and women to apply. DPS uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act with the most qualified individuals. Hiring salary will be based on relevant qualifications, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position.

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