Website El Paso County
The Counselor will provide, depending on area of assignment, a broad range of therapeutic modalities to high needs and/or at risk juvenile justice involved youth; including participants with co-occurring disorders as well as a history of violent and/or habitual delinquency acts in an inpatient, outpatient and/or community setting. Responsible for providing screenings, assessments, individual, group, and family sessions and home-based services to aid both the juvenile and family in gaining a better understanding of the impact of mental health and/or substance use issues have on the family system. The Counselor collaborates with a multidisciplinary team and departmental personnel in order to conduct bio-psychosocial/behavioral health assessments as needed for service and supervision recommendations.
- Administer screenings and assessments for youth and family members utilizing tools identified by the Department.
- Develop and review treatment plans, progress notes, discharges plans and follow up reports as well as maintain records in accordance to departmental, TDSHS and TJJD standards.
- Provide individual, group, family and community educational sessions educational to address substance use and/or mental health disorders identified in youth and/or families and to increase skills and awareness regarding mental and/or behavioral health issues identified as scheduled and as per program design and/or departmental need.
- Provide therapeutic services and interventions to youthful offenders and their families to ameliorate symptoms associated with a mental and/or behavioral health issues.
- Identify and assist in the coordination of adjunct care and/or community linkages as necessary to ensure a continuum of care and developmental of natural supports for compliant and noncompliant youth/families receiving services.
- Provide experiential therapeutic approaches.
- Provide phased treatment using strategies that address cognitions, motivation, and mental/behavioral health issues.
- Assess and administer substance use and mental health assessments and screening tools to aid in the development of treatment/recovery plans through the identification of the client’s strengths, risks and needs.
- Develop spreadsheets and maintain accurate data collection and statistical information regarding clinical services provided.
- Participate in weekly staff meetings based on results of screening, assessment and treatment participation/engagement.
- Provide supportive substance use services to youthful offenders and their families with a substance use and/or mental/behavioral health issue involved in the juvenile justice system.
- Knowledge and ability to effectively facilitate individual, groups and family sessions with maladjusted youth and their family members in both clinical and home/community based settings.
- Knowledge and ability to effectively apply and utilize counseling and crisis stabilization techniques and resources as well as be well versed in family systems and/or family therapeutic modalities.
- Possess knowledge of Title III of the Texas Family Code, Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) and the Texas Juvenile Justice
- Department (TJJD) Standards.
- Knowledge of and ability to adhere to departmental policies and procedures, TJJD, TDSHS and licensing standards.
- Must possess a high degree of maturity coupled with interest in working with children/adolescents and their families and the ability to work positively and effectively with maladjusted children and dysfunctional or high risk families.
- Knowledge of and ability to learn and apply current juvenile justice theories and practices; evidence based programs and practices as relevant treatment theories and practices for individuals with a substance use and/or mental health disorder.
- Knowledge and ability to apply a range of counseling practices, theories and modalities to facilitate the rehabilitative process and the amelioration of identified symptoms.
- Must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills in order to engage juveniles and family members in the assessment and therapeutic processes as well as foster teamwork and partnerships with co-workers, departmental personnel and community stakeholders.
- Must have knowledge of application of evidenced based and/or best practices in providing therapeutic services for youthful offenders as well as be culturally astute to this diverse population.
- Must possess organizational and time management skills coupled with accurate record keeping in order to ensure that services are prioritized and adhere to Departmental, State and Federal standards and laws regarding treatment records.
- Ability to assess and administer substance use and mental health assessments and screening tools to aid in the development of treatment/recovery plans through the identification of the client’s strengths, risks and needs.
- Knowledge and ability to develop treatment recommendations, identification of services and interventions that will facilitate the rehabilitative process and the amelioration of identified symptoms/behaviors associated with a substance use and/or mental health disorders.
Company: El Paso County
Vacancy Type: Full Time
Job Location: El Paso, TX, US
Application Deadline: N/A