State of Washington - Naselle, WA

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Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

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The Department of Social and Health Services’ Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration
is currently recruiting for a Juvenile Rehabilitation Residential Counselor position at Naselle Youth Camp. Naselle Youth Camp is a 24-hour, 7-days a week institution. Hours of work are Friday 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 – p.m., Monday and Tuesday 6:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. with Wednesday and Thursday off.

In a secure care institution this position maintains facility security, provides group supervision and provides comprehensive case management, transition planning, and counseling services for an assigned caseload of youth and their families, delivers cognitive/behavioral treatment and skills training to youth committed to Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA) care by the juvenile courts.

PLEASE NOTE: You must apply online and complete the supplemental questionnaire to be considered for this position. A resume mailed, e-mailed, or attached to the application will not substitute. The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the questionnaire.

This position performs activities that meet the definition of counseling of WAC 246-810-010 (7). As a condition of continued employment, the incumbent must possess within 60 days of employment and maintain a current Agency Affiliated Counselor or higher counseling-related credential from the Washington State Department of Health.

Must be certified by the DSHS Language Testing and Certification Unit as a Cluster 5 translator in Spanish. As a condition of employment, new hires must obtain state certification within 6 (6) months from date of hire. (Cluster 5: Social Service Specialist, Juvenile Rehabilitation Resident Counselor, Juvenile Rehabilitation Community Counselor, Institution Counselor, Mental Health Technician, Psychiatric Security Attendant Cluster 5 Test: Written and oral/tests/Written translation and oral interpreting within Cluster Five and for Cluster One)

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

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, please use the Human Resource contact numbers provided in the Supplemental Information section of this publication.


Provide DBT treatment and supervision interventions to youth, including clients with a complex range of co-occurring disorders and treatment needs related to cognitive impairment and/or medical fragility; conduct interviews and administer/interpret screening tools and assessments to determine level of care/supervision: assess risk related to observable and historical youth behavior; identify and prioritize treatment needs and formulate appropriate DBT treatment plans; prepare youth and their families for youth behavior; identify and prioritize treatment needs and formulate appropriate DBT treatment plans; prepare youth and their families for youth transition back to the community; placement issues, and ongoing treatment needs; meet reporting and law enforcement/school/victim witness notification timeframes, family contact standards, and case management documentation requirements as identified in JRA policies and related statutes and rules; perform basic data entry and retrieval functions using an electronic management information system.

Function as a member of a professional level multi-disciplinary treatment team; assess behavior, prioritize treatment targets, develop treatment plans and implement interventions based on cognitive/behavioral treatment principles; maintain professional standards and neutrality in managing and providing treatment to youth with complex treatment needs and/or parasuicidal ideation/behavior; facilitate JRA core cognitive/behavioral skills curriculum and other approved treatment groups; analyze a variety of situations and select an appropriate course of action applying sound judgment and professional standards.

Write and speak clearly and effectively in a professionally objective manner; network and communicate effectively with a variety of groups, organizations and agencies, including other treatment and juvenile justice professionals and schools; engage, motivate, coach, validate/reinforce, and redirect youth in positive behavior change; gain confidence and trust of youth and their families through respectful communications; convey warmth, and optimism in interactions with youth, families, and colleagues; support/facilitate productive connections with families and engage them in the rehabilitation and successful transition of their child upon release.

Provide translation interpretation services to residents or families who’s primarily language is Spanish.

Model pro-social adaptive behavior; maintain safety, recognize and assesses problem situations, and intervene to maintain order within a secure juvenile justice treatment milieu; remain calm and in control in crisis / dangerous situations and intervene to de-escalate using JRA approved methods and techniques; organize and supervise group recreational activities.

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/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 appointment as necessary.


One year as a Juvenile Rehabilitation Counselor Assistant.
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university and one year of professional experience in casework, counseling, probation and parole, social services, planning, directing and/or facilitating youth group activities or experience in a related field.

A Master’s from an accredited college/university degree in Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Social Sciences, or in an allied field will substitute for the one year of experience.

A valid driver’s license is required


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.

Knowledge of group behavior dynamics, societal trends and influences related to juvenile delinquency.

Ability to use verbal de-escalation and physical control techniques approved for intervention with verbally and /or physically aggressive youth.

Supplemental Information:

The first review of applications will begin 7 days after the opening date of this posting. Carefully review your application before submitting. You cannot re-apply to this job announcement for at least 30 days after submitting your application. Management reserves the right to fill these positions at any time after the 7th day of posting. Job seekers are encouraged to apply directly to this announcement at the very first opportunity.

Applicants must sign a release authorizing a background check. Failure to do so will disqualify applicant from employment. Criminal history will not automatically disqualify applicants. The circumstances involved will be considered.

Applicants are required to bring to the interview:
a) A transcript from an accredited college showing degree obtained OR
b) A transcript from an international college showing degree obtained with a credit evaluation of equivalency
c) Proof of a valid driver’s license
d) Provide name, address, and telephone number of current employer and the last three supervisors from previous employment

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

The State of Washington is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with a disability who need assistance in the application or testing process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360)664-1960 or toll free (877)664-1960 or Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (360)664-6211.

For questions about this recruitment, please call the Naselle Youth Camp Human Resources office at (360)484-3223 x216

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