Juvenile Counselor

  • 108204

SUMMARY: Under limited supervision of the Palm Beach County Community Court Clinical Services Program Specialist and supervised by the Police Department’s Community Services Sergeant, the Juvenile Counselor will act as the caseworker for each juvenile who agrees to participate in the Youth Court/Juvenile First Offender Program run within the Community Court. Work includes the analysis of problems presented by the juvenile and family, the development of an effective intervention plan, and implementation of this plan with the juvenile and family; performs other duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  1. Performs case management services when appropriate through referral to social, educational, mental health and medical agencies; follows up referrals to insure service delivery and monitor client’s progress.
  2. Performs advocacy functions with schools, social agencies and other professionals in order to obtain client-needed services.
  3. Consults with parents and other social, educational, youth services and mental health professionals in the identification of dysfunctional behavior and implementation of an appropriate treatment approach.
  4. Prepares reports of treatment plans and documents progress made in implementing treatment plans to solve complex interpersonal and family problems.
  5. Conducts individual and family counseling sessions for youth and their parents using advanced social psychological techniques.
  6. Counsels troubled, problem youth enabling them to change their behaviors/self-image in order to more adequately meet legitimate personal and social goals.
  7. Teaches effective parenting skills, enabling parents to cope with behavioral crises as well as how to prevent reoccurrence and escalation of ordinary misbehavior into more serious problems.
  • Knowledge of psychological and counseling theory, principles, practices and techniques.
  • Knowledge of the social and psychological basis for dysfunctional behavior.
  • Knowledge of the contemporary thought in the field of family dynamics.
  • Knowledge of the education system, the legal system and the social welfare system.
  • Ability to quickly and accurately implement solutions to youth and family problems.
  • Ability to work with diverse population.
  • Ability to intervene in family settings without disruptive repercussions.
  • Ability to exhibit empathy and concern for the problems and needs of the clients.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, associates and other community agencies.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves light work in an office setting. There is frequent need to sit, talk, and/or hear, and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university major course in behavioral science, and six (6) months of experience in youth counseling, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. A valid Florida driver’s license is required.

FLSA Code: E
B/U: None
Last revision: October 2001
Overtime: No
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