Youth Serv Counselor Trainee

State Of Mississippi Montgomery , AL 36101

Posted 6 days ago

Characteristics of Work Benefits Supplemental Questions

This is entry-level training toward work as a professional counselor working with youths in a juvenile justice setting. Work involves the preliminary assessment of cases which consists of conducting interviews to obtain social histories and providing psychological services and orientation back into the community setting.

Incumbents assist in determining the needs of students and make proper referral to federal, state, or local agencies supplying necessary supporting data. Additional duties of a similar nature are involved in the planning for case management and treatment; providing crisis intervention; and planning for and affecting the release, discharge, or parole of committed youths. Incumbents have frequent conferences with supervisors to discuss problems arising in their work and for instructions as to subsequent steps to be taken in specific cases.

Examples of Work:Examples of work performed in this classification include, but are not limited to, the following:

Prepares social histories, interviews youths, and makes other necessary contacts.

Confers with supervisor on apparent emotional problems of youths.

Works with Counselor Aides in their contacts with students.

Leads individual and group counseling sessions.

Maintains an individual file on each youth.

Compiles pre-parole progress reports.

Maintains weekly adjustment records of his/her case load and makes recommendations accordingly.

Initiates correspondence to students' families and to the courts.

Performs related or similar duties as required or assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
These minimum qualifications have been agreed upon by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in this job class and are based upon a job analysis and the essential functions. However, if a candidate believes he/she is qualified for the job although he/she does not have the minimum qualifications set forth below, he/she may request special consideration through substitution of related education and experience, demonstrating the ability to perform the essential functions of the position. Any request to substitute related education or experience for minimum qualifications must be addressed to the Mississippi State Personnel Board in writing, identifying the related education and experience which demonstrates the candidate's ability to perform all essential functions of the position.

EXPERIENCE/EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

Education:

A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Social Work, Counseling, or one of the Behavioral Sciences.*

Other Requirements:

Incumbents must enroll in a graduate program in Social Work, Counseling, or one of the Behavioral Sciences by the beginning of the first college semester after hire.

Employee Performance/Training Reviews will be made at three (3) month intervals during the first 12 months in order to assess progress.

Nine (9) semester hours of graduate work in the approved fields must be completed by the end of the first year after enrollment.

Eighteen (18) semester hours of graduate work in the approved fields must be completed by the end of the second year after enrollment.

A limit of four (4) years is mandatory for completion of the Master's Degree.

Completion of the Master's Degree is necessary before promotion to Youth Services Counselor.

  • As stated in the Final Judgment of the Kenneth Morgan, et. al. vs. Douglas Sproat, et. al.,

Civil Action No. J75-21(N).

Essential Functions:Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring agency. The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:
1.Performs activities involved in the preliminary study of cases.
2.Conducts individual and group counseling regarding troubled youths and/or youths in the juvenile justice system.
3.Provides supervision, leadership, and programs for troubled youths and/or youths in the juvenile justice system.
4.Prepares and maintains files, documentation, legal documents, and various reports.
5.Develops and maintains relations with the court and the community.



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Youth Serv Counselor Trainee

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