Juvenile Rehabilitation Counsleor Assistant (NP-EGCC) 01388
State of Washington - Snoqualmie, WA

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Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Our Vision is:
Safe, healthy individuals, families and communities

Our Mission is:
The Department of Social and Health Services will improve the safety and health of individuals, families and communities by providing leadership and establishing and participating in partnerships.

Our Values are:
Excellence in Service
Respect
Collaboration and Partnership
Diversity
Accountability

The salary indicated on this announcement reflects the 3% salary reduction beginning July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2013 that is imposed under the Senate Bill 5860

Duties:

The Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA) is part of the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and administers facilities and programs for youth who have been sentenced by county juvenile courts. JRA’s population consists of male and female offenders, most of whom have committed felony offenses. The majority of youth committed to JRA have multiple treatment needs. JRA provides evidence-based residential and aftercare interventions that improve the likelihood of youth successfully re-entering the community. Evidence-based programming is delivered within the context of JRA’s Integrated Treatment Model, founded on cognitive behavioral treatment principles and focuses on teaching youth self-management skills.

JRA values competent staff to provide a continuum of services to the diversity of youth and families we serve.

In an extended Mental Health program, under close supervision, manage a limited case load of one to two youth ; assist residential counselor in providing supervision and services to youth and families with a complex range of disorders and treatment needs; serve as back-up for residential counselors and respond to emergent situations; fulfill reporting and documentation requirements identified in JRA policies and related statutes and rules; assess youth behavior for risk to self and others within the treatment milieu and communicate with residential counselor and supervisors regarding appropriate intervention as needed; communicate pertinent information related to youth to counselors/supervisors; perform basic data entry and retrieval functions using an electronic management information system.

Assist residential counselors to assess behavior and monitor youth compliance with case plan and program requirements; teach and reinforce use and generalization of skills; support and monitor youth participation in appropriate treatment services; maintain professional standards and boundaries when working with youth and families; participate in multi-disciplinary case staffing. Co-facilitate DBT & CBT groups. Facilitate mindfulness groups, which are generalized groups. Supervise, maintain and disburse money to clients for gainful employment skills and vocational training. Co-Facilitate monthly client auction.

Model pro-social adaptive behavior; s upervise and maintain order among youth in a group setting ; remain calm and in control during crisis/dangerous situations and intervene to de-escalate using JRA approved methods and techniques; organize and supervise group recreational activities .

Network and communicate effectively with a variety of groups, organizations and agencies.

Perform routine security duties including headcounts, living unit building security checks, key control, room searches for contraband, pat and/or strip searches of youth, assist in search and apprehension of escapees. Supervise and assign chores within a living unit to meet health and hygiene standards.

Supervise and/or serve meals to resident groups; monitor movement of residents to and from central dining areas, school, medical, and recreation facilities; transport youth to community appointments as necessary. Complete Commissary ordering.

Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

Required Education, Experience, Skills and Abilities:

A Bachelor’s degree.

OR

Two years of college education and two years of experience as a Juvenile Rehabilitation Security Officer.

OR

Two years of college education and two years of experience in casework, counseling, probation and parole, social services, planning, directing or facilitating youth group activities or experience in a related field.

Desirable Skills and Abilities:

Demonstrated understanding of adolescent development and juvenile rehabilitation practices and principles; experience providing cognitive/behavioral therapeutic interventions.

Demonstrated competency in relating to clients from diverse backgrounds and cultural groups.

Must be able to effectively communicate with management, peers, clients, and the public as required to carry out the assigned duties of the position.

The incumbent must possess expertise in providing services to urban youth and have an understanding of juvenile offender behavior.

Supplemental Information:

This recruitment is to fill one full-time non-permanent Juvenile Rehabilitation Counselor Assistant position at Echo Glen Children’s Center located in Snoqualmie, Washington. Position WW37 is a swing shift with Wednesday and Thursday off located in Naches Cottage.

BACKGROUND CHECKS, which may include fingerprinting, are required for employees and applicants considered for selected positions within DSHS. You will be required to sign a release authorizing the background check. Failure to do so will disqualify you from employment in this position. Information obtained from background checks will not necessarily prevent you from being hired.

Positions in this classification are included in a Union Shop that requires employees to become members within thirty (30) days of employment.

This position performs activities that meet the definition of counseling in WAC 246-810-010 (7). An Agency-affiliated Counselor Credential (AACC) or higher counseling-related credential from the Department of Health is required. An AACC must be maintained and updated annually for the duration of employment in this position. Certification and annual certification renewal fees are the responsibility of the applicant/employee. Applicants who do not have an AACC at time of hire, will be given up to 60 days to complete the DOH credentialing process or be subject to separation.

This position functions in a Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration secure care institution. Work is indoors in a moderate to high-risk environment serving juvenile offenders with complex rehabilitation needs including chemical dependency, cognitive impairment, mental health issues and sexual offending histories who may exhibit physical and verbal aggressiveness.

This position has been designated as emergent under the DSHS Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan. Based on this status, in a declared emergency, the incumbent may be required to report for duty on short notice, report outside of regular work hours or on scheduled days off, and/or report to a duty station other than the official duty station. Must hold a valid driver’s license when operating a state or privately owned vehicle on official state business. Incumbent must also comply with Washington State’s liability laws when operating a privately owned vehicle on official state business.

In order to be considered for this position you must apply online and complete the entire Resume Profile and Questionnaire. A resume mailed, e-mailed or attached to the Resume Profile will not substitute. The information provided in your Resume Profile must support your selected answers in the application questionnaire.

Paper applications will not be accepted. The information provided in your applicant profile must support your selected answers. All answers are verified and documentation may be required. Responses not supported in your profile may disqualify you for consideration of employment from this requisition.

THE FIRST REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS WILL BEGIN 7 DAYS AFTER THE OPENING DATE OF THIS POSTING. C arefully review your application before submitting. You cannot re-apply to this job announcement for at least 30 days after submitting this application.

Please be advised that management reserves the right to fill this position at any time after the 7th day. Job seekers are encouraged to apply directly to this announcement at the very first opportunity.

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may contact the recruiter at (425)831-2704. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-533-6388.

For questions about this recruitment, contact Taumara Bevins at

425-831-2704.

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