Community Base Counselor (probation Counselor Ii)

Location
Fairfax, Virginia
Salary
$59,685.39 - $99,475.38 Annually
Posted
Sep 17, 2022
Closes
Oct 08, 2022
Ref
22-02638
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

This position is within the Foundations Community-Based Services Program, a community-based residential treatment program for adolescent females who are 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 underlying issues that brought them to the attention of the Foundations Program, and increase the ability to accept personal responsibility through therapeutic treatment. The Program offers intensive, in-home counseling for clients on probation who score moderate to very high on the Youth Assessment Screening Instrument (YASI), and are at risk for out-of-home placement, or are transitioning home from an out-of-home placement.

The Counselor:
  • Provides direct sight and sound supervision to clients in the milieu;
  • Conducts psychoeducation, process and support groups;
  • Coordinates recreational and community activities for the clients;
  • Provides case management support in connecting clients to resources;
  • Assists the primary and family counselors with treatment goals and planning on an as-needed basis;
  • Ensures facility operation and building safety, maintenance, and security on evening, overnight, and weekend shifts;
  • Ensures the health care and physical well-being of clients through appropriate disbursement of medication and administration of first aid; and
  • Operates a 15-passenger van or county vehicle and transports residents and families to a variety of community activities.
Community-based duties require work in the community, including meeting with clients and families in their home or a neutral community location (probation office, library, etc.). Services can be provided for up to six months, and the counselor will meet with the client and/or family in the community for up to 10 hours a week.

Additional responsibilities include:
  • Providing mentoring;
  • Conducting individual and family assessments;
  • Implementing and monitoring delivery parts of individual service plans; and
  • Preparing progress evaluation reports, court summaries and attending court hearings with clients.


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 required at the time of application
  • The following certifications must be obtained within a specified timeframe after appointment and recertification is required annually thereafter:
    • CPR/First Aid required within 30 days
    • Handle With Care required within 30 days
    • Medication Management required within 6 months
    • ServSafe required within 6 months
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 exemptionprior 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 appointee to the position will be required to complete the following to the satisfaction of the employer:
    • Criminal Background Investigation
    • Child Protective Services Registry Check
    • Sanction Screenings
    • Driving Record Check
    • Pre-employment Medical Evaluation
    • Tuberculosis Test
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 Licensed Psychologist.
  • At least 2 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.
  • The ability to work in a diverse team.
  • Certification in Handle with Care, CPR, First Aid, Medication Administration, and ServSafe.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Must be able to supervise and participate in educational and recreational activities with adolescents. Must be able to physically restrain acting out youth using proper handle with care techniques. Must be able to operate a motor vehicle. Visual and auditory acuity. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview and may include a written 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.