Juvenile Rehabilitation Counselor Assistant (NP) 00868
State of Washington - Richland, 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 Department of Social and Health Services' Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA), Region 1 in Richland, WA is currently recruiting to fill one (1) non permanent Juvenile Rehabilitation Counselor Assistant (JRCA) position at Twin Rivers Community Facility, Richland, WA. Twin Rivers Community Facility is a 24 hour, 7 days a week juvenile facility.

This JRCA operates out of a JRA minimum security facility that serves youth with complex treatment needs, including youth who have sexually offended and youth with mental health issues. The JRCA assists Juvenile Rehabilitation Residential Counselors in providing comprehensive case management, transition planning, counseling and treatment services for an assigned caseload of youth that are preparing to return to their homes and communities.

May manage a caseload of one to two youths under close supervision.

Assists in the development and implementation of treatment plans.

Provides individual and group counseling; assists in facilitating groups; serves as a back up to counselors.

Assist residential counselor in providing supervision and services to youth and families in the facility and community.

Fulfill reporting and documentation requirements identified in JRA policies and related statutes and rules including case management and community supervision planning.

Perform basic data entry and retrieval functions using an electronic management information system.

Monitor and assess youth compliance with treatment plan, program requirements and risk to self/others within the treatment milieu and the community.

Communicate effectively with residential counselors, supervisors, community treatment providers, and schools regarding appropriate intervention as needed.

Teach and reinforce use and generalization of skills using day to day real life scenarios that youth experience at work, school etc.

Maintain professional standards and boundaries when working with youth, families and the community.

Participate in multi-disciplinary case staffing.

Model pro-social adaptive behavior.

Supervise 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; assist youth in job searches.

Write and speak clearly and effectively in a professionally objective manner.

Network and communicate effectively with community stakeholders in order to support youth in their transition programming.

Support parole counselors in engaging, motivating and validating to build hopefulness with assigned youth and families; convey warmth, optimism, and humor in interactions with youth, families, colleagues and community stakeholders.

Perform routine security duties including head counts, building security checks, room searches for contraband, pat and/or strip searches of youth. Assist in search and apprehension of escapees. Visual checks in the community.

Supervise and/or serve meals to resident groups.

Monitor movement of residents to and from school, medical, and recreation facilities.

Transport youth to community appointments as necessary.

Supervise community service activities and create and supervise recreation opportunities.

Supervise and assign chores within the facility to meet health and hygiene standards. May collect or arrange for collection of urinalysis samples.

A Bachelor's degree.


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


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.


Demonstrated experience effectively communicating verbally and in writing with management, peers, clients, and community stakeholders as required to support successful transition/re-entry of youth back to their families and communities.

Demonstrated experience providing direct care to female youth in a community environment.

Demonstrated experience monitoring youth in a non secure setting and in the community.

Demonstrated experience developing and maintaining stakeholder relationships in the community that support successful transition/re-entry of youth.

Demonstrated experience understanding female, adolescent development and juvenile rehabilitation practices and principles; experience providing cognitive/behavioral and gender responsive/specific therapeutic interventions.

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

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

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

Supplemental Information:
Carefully review your application before submitting it. In order to be considered for this position, you must apply on-line and complete the entire Applicant Profile and Supplemental Questionnaire. A resume mailed, emailed or attached/embedded to your Applicant Profile will not substitute for the "work experience" section of the application. Please note that initial screening will be solely based on the content and completeness of the "work experience" section of your application in NEOGOV. The information provided in your Applicant Profile must support your selected answers in the Supplemental Questionnaire. All answers are verified and documentation may be required. Candidates for this position must be able to pass a criminal background check.

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. NOTE : This position is covered by a union security provision. Therefore, as a condition of employment, candidates who are appointed are required to become members of the Washington Federation of State Employees, or pay other representational fees within the first 30 days of employment.

A valid driver's license is required for this position.

Incumbent must comply with Washington State's liability laws when operating a privately owned vehicle on official state business. 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 job announcement in an alternative format may contact the recruiter at 509-249-6014. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388. If you have questions regarding this recruitment, please call Patti Palmer at 509-249-6014 or e-mail at patti.palmer@dshs.wa.gov .

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