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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 2178 - EO Juvenile Justice Clinician

Job Description

FLSA STATUS: Exempt
GRADE: 311


POSITION SUMMARY
Under general supervision; performs work of considerable difficulty in providing professional therapy to juvenile offenders and their families; performs related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
An employee in this class provides professional social service assistance to juvenile offenders and their families by providing community-based therapy. The employee determines treatment, makes a diagnostic assessment, provides the treatment and maintains records of treatment. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Clinical Supervisor.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Provide therapy to juvenile offenders and their families in a community-based setting
• Maintain a caseload of four to six families for Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) and ten to twelve families for Functional Family Therapy (FFT)
• Participate in crisis call services
• Conduct ongoing assessments including review of referral information which emphasizes the function of behavior for each family member and identifies the function of key systemic relationships
• Identify systemic strengths and weaknesses and analyze problem behaviors within an ecological context
• Engage the primary caregiver and other key systemic relationships in active, change-oriented treatment
• Engage the primary caregiver and other key participants in treatment by maximizing factors which promote positive change
• Identify problems, develop treatment plans and implement interventions using methods compatible with the Functional Family Therapy (FFT) or Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) objectives and practices
• Implement an outcome review and strategy revision procedure using Functional Family Therapy (FFT) principles or Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) Analytic Process
• Maintain clear and concise documentation of treatment efforts for peer and supervisory review and feedback
• Collaborate and develop linkages with key participants in all relevant systems to ensure their participation, buy-in and cooperation
• Participate in all training, supervision and consultation activities
• Maintain regular attendance and punctuality

NON-ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification

QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes
• Cognitive behavioral techniques, family systems theory, social ecological theory, behavioral theory, child development research and social skills assessment and intervention
• Professional standards, practices, and techniques in the field of counseling
• Counseling principles and practices
• Assessment methods and procedures

Skill in:
• Direct use of pragmatic family therapies (structural, strategic and functional); considerable skill in understanding problems, needs, and motivations of youth offenders and their families
• Dealing effectively with others
• Using language effectively
• Exercising sound judgment in keeping with current standards and practices of the counseling profession
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office
• Dealing effectively with others
• Verbal and/or written communications

Ability to:
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
None.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Completion of a Master’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or a related field, and a minimum of one year clinical experience in treating serious antisocial behavior in youth; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The ability to use your hands and arms to utilize writing utensils and a keyboard, to transport clients throughout the office, and dependent on the position ability to lift and carry up to 60 pounds with or without assistance.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

A general office environment with a moderate noise level, to include some travel to an off-site facility or building in all weather conditions, dependent on position, as well as, dependent on the position, will include working with children in a child friendly environment, or in a court room addressing a judge, attorneys, and, or court staff. May travel to other agencies and treatment facilities for the purposes of referrals and assisting clients.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Must be licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), or a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), or a Licensed Social Worker (LSW), or a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), or eligible for certification within one year of employment.