$31.09-$41.26 Hourly / $2,487.18-$3,300.78 BiWeekly /
In a state child care facility or program this class is accountable for independently performing specialized services for the treatment and care of delinquent, emotionally disturbed or neglected and abused children and youth and for performing individual and group counseling.
Works under the limited supervision of a unit supervisor or other professional employee of higher grade.
Conducts group counseling sessions; participates in implementation of behavior modification programs including therapeutic recreation programs; leads group interaction (Guided Group Interaction or motivational sessions) meeting with residents of unit; confers with parents regarding behavior and progress of residents; attends meetings with unit staff to discuss behavioral problems and progress of residents in unit; recommends other professional services, doctors, dentists, social workers, etc. for residents; explains institutional programs, rules and regulations to residents and parents; determines appropriate awards for behavior modification program and dispenses accordingly; perform first aid and emergency medical procedures; writes progress reports on residents; trains and advises Children Services Workers in care of residents; attends parent visits with residents on grounds; works with caseworkers and/or social workers and other professional staff in making decisions through evaluation of residents progress and adjustment; assists professional staff with advanced level tasks; may perform related duties as required.
Considerable knowledge of physiological and perceptual disorders such as learning disabilities, perceptual handicaps, etc.; considerable knowledge of problems of adolescents and influences of environment; knowledge of psychosis, personality disorder, psycho-pathology and violence; knowledge of processes of normal human behavior such as motivation, emotion, neurosis, etc.; knowledge of individual and group therapy techniques such as client centered, behavior modification techniques; knowledge of crisis intervention;knowledge of first aid procedures in case of injury and life saving techniques as a result of choking, shock, etc.; knowledge of various symptoms caused by non-prescription drugs; considerable interpersonal skills; clinical skill in recognizing non-verbal communication such as cues and body language; ability to assess individual behavior and observe changes in clients; ability to mediate problems between staff members and clients; ability to logically analyze problem situations and come to workable solutions; ability to assess client behavior in terms of desired objectives and in relation to others.
Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain residents and may have significant exposure to risk of injury from assaultive and/or abusive residents.