Youth Counselor
Chatham County, NC

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This position is a direct care position involving shift work and will serve as a professional-level member of a therapeutic treatment team. Youth Counselors develop individual treatment plans, provide skills training following a highly structured protocol involving behavioral rehearsal, provide counseling and juvenile supervision, and monitor the youth’s behavior in order to promote habilitation and successful community reintegration. The juvenile population served has a variety of mental health and psychosocial needs. The work schedule for this position is rotating shifts including weekends and holidays. **THIS POSITION REQUIRES YOU TO SUBMIT YOUR UNOFFICIAL COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS. To receive credit for all of your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the State of North Carolina application. Any information omitted cannot be considered for qualifying credit. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the state application.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies:
Must have considerable knowledge of the methods and procedures of cognitive-behavioral approaches to the rehabilitation of adjudicated youth confined in a state youth development center. Considerable knowledge of individual and group behavior, child and adolescent development, family systems, individuals 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, and behavioral and developmental challenges to treatment. Working knowledge of the organization and operation of treatment programs for youthful offenders, the NC juvenile court system, basic assessment principles, and practical application of a variety of counseling techniques and approaches. Ability to develop appropriate treatment plans; formulate clear goal-oriented treatment plans, and to document progress of youth. Skilled in the application of crisis intervention techniques and emergency treatment procedures. The ability to establish therapeutic relationships with a diverse and challenging population.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
Four year degree in human services related field and two years of counseling experience, preferable with juveniles in a therapeutic environment, or equivalent combination of training and experience. Necessary Special Qualifications: State employees engaged in “youth correctional work”, as defined by State statute G.S. 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. Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

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. Ø Online applications are only accepted through http://www.osp.state.nc.us/jobs/ Ø To receive credit for all of your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the State of North Carolina application. Any information omitted cannot be considered for qualifying credit. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the state application. Ø Applicants seeking Veteran’s Preference must attach a DD form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, along with your application. Ø During the online application process if additional documentation is required, attach the documentation at the bottom of Step 4 in the application process. Ø Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

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