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)
- 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.
- Performs advocacy functions with schools, social agencies and other professionals in order to obtain client-needed services.
- 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.
- Prepares reports of treatment plans and documents progress made in implementing treatment plans to solve complex interpersonal and family problems.
- Conducts individual and family counseling sessions for youth and their parents using advanced social psychological techniques.
- Counsels troubled, problem youth enabling them to change their behaviors/self-image in order to more adequately meet legitimate personal and social goals.
- 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.
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.
Last revision: October 2001