Individual And Family Therapist (probation Counselor Ii)

Location
Fairfax, Virginia
Salary
$59,685.39 - $99,475.38 Annually
Posted
Sep 10, 2022
Closes
Sep 24, 2022
Ref
22-02604
Industry
Healthcare
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

This an exciting opportunity to be challenged and learn, while making an impact on adolescents and their families involved in the juvenile court system. Foundations is a community-based residential treatment program for adolescent females court ordered into the program through probation or monitored by a community based case manager. The primary goal is to assist the client and family in addressing the underlining issues that brought them to the attention of the Foundations Program and increase the ability to accept personal responsibility through therapeutic treatment. The residential program focuses on adolescent females brought the attention of the court or foster care.

Provides services in the residential setting and conducts assessments to determine the individual and family's needs and formulating treatment plans. Further duties include:
  • Conducts individual counseling sessions using evidence based practices;
  • Leads group and family sessions;
  • Coordinates, implements, and monitors delivery of individual service plans.
  • Prepares progress evaluation reports and court summaries.
  • When not providing therapy or doing case management, provides supervision while interacting with the residents.
Foundations also has a community-based services program, in which this position maybe assigned cases. The Community Based Services Program offers intensive, in-home counseling to male and female clients on probation who score moderate to very high on the Youth Assessment Screening Instrument (YASI), are at risk for out-of-home placement or are transitioning home from an out-of-home placement. At times, the counselor will need to operate a 15-passenger van, or county vehicle. They may also need to use their personal vehicle to meet with clients or attend meetings in the community.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position description.)

Counseling and Treatment Services
  • Conducts intake interviews and supervises offenders/defendants through office and home visits to verify compliance with court-orders;
  • Formulates treatment or rehabilitation plans for and presents written or oral recommendations for adjustment of behavior;
  • Supervises and monitors community service requirements; schedules payments, collects court costs and restitution; monitors urine tests;
  • Supervises visits or exchanges according to court orders or other relevant agreements;
  • Provides intensive supervision/monitoring, counseling and treatment of juvenile and adult offenders;
  • Interviews juvenile or adult offenders, their families and related persons to determine the nature of the adjustment difficulty;
  • Refers offenders/defendants to other agencies or facilities as needed and maintains liaison with service providers to coordinate evaluations;
  • Conducts field investigations;
  • Testifies in court and provides required written reports on adjustment and compliance to courts;
  • Documents and maintains prescribed records of casework services and periodically compiles related statistics:
  • Aids clients in obtaining employment;
  • Arranges for the court appearance of the client and family;
  • Informs clients of available community resources;
  • Arranges appointments for medical examinations and psychological testing;
  • Cooperates with representatives from State and local social service and law enforcement agencies in cases of mutual interest;
  • Composes and dictates case records, petitions and correspondence;
Residential Services:
  • Positions located in a residential facility supervise and direct house routines and therapeutic programs;
  • Ensures that residents maintain behavioral norms;
  • Coordinates and implements a residential program area such as recreational, educational or employment activities;
  • May drive a passenger van for educational and recreational trips;
  • Maintains on-going contact/communication with victims and witnesses during investigation and judicial proceedings;
  • Works with and assists the officers and detectives within a district station assignment with the victim services and referrals;
  • Provides court accompaniment to crime victim and witnesses for all court proceedings in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations, General District and Circuit Courts;
  • Responds to call-outs to crime scenes and other locations to provide immediate crisis intervention and support;
  • Provides training to departmental staff, commonwealth attorneys, judicial staff, and other relevant community organizations;


Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all inclusive list.)

  • Knowledge of casework supervision practices and procedures;
  • Knowledge of the principles of psychology and sociology;
  • Knowledge of current social and economic conditions;
  • Ability to use technology to enter and retrieve information;
  • Ability to interpret laws, rules, and regulations related to probation work and victim services;
  • Ability to interview and counsel clients;
  • Ability to prepare complete case records and reports.
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with a variety of individuals.


Employment Standards

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for “Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to”)

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in social/behavioral sciences, criminal justice, or education plus two years of professional experience in probation work, social work, criminal justice, juvenile justice, education, or counseling. A master's degree in the disciplines above may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:

  • Valid driver's license
  • The following certifications must be obtained within a specified timeframe after appointment and recertification annually thereafter:
    • Medication Management required within 6 months
    • ServSafe required within 6 months
    • CPR/First Aid required within 30 days
    • Handle With Care required within 30 days


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master's degree in counseling, social work or psychology, or other licensed eligible field.
  • Licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or License Psychologist.
  • At least two years professional experience counseling families, and adolescents, preferably in a home-based and/or residential setting.
  • Experience doing case management, treatment planning, and using evidenced-based practices such as Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Expressive Arts Therapy, and trauma-informed interventions.
  • Knowledge of juvenile justice reform and transformation.
  • An understanding of the unique services needed for females involved with juvenile justice.
  • Experience creating and running psychoeducation and process groups.
  • Ability to work in a diverse team.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word.
  • Certifications in Handle with Care, CPR, First Aid, Medication Administration, and ServSafe.


NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.
  • This position is considered "essential personnel" and will be required to report to work during times designated countywide as approved for unscheduled leave regardless of the emergency situation (i.e., weather, transportation, other disaster).
  • The schedule will include shift work, which includes days evenings and weekends.
  • The appointee to the position will be required to satisfactorily complete a criminal background check, Child Protective Services Registry check, sanction screening, driving record check, pre-employment medical evaluation, and tuberculosis test.



PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Must be able to supervise and participate in educational and recreational activities with adolescents. Must be able to physically restrain acting out residents. Visual and auditory acuity. Must be able to operate a motor vehicle. Must be able to operate keyboard driven equipment. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview and may include a written proficiency exercise.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home ( Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others ) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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