Department of Administrative Services

Children Services Specialist (35 Hour) (1921HN)

$28.31-$37.58 Hourly / $1,981.96-$2,630.31 BiWeekly /
$51,729.16-$68,651.09 Yearly


PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

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.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the limited supervision of a unit supervisor or other professional employee of higher grade.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

May lead/supervise lower level employees as assigned.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

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.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Two (2) years of experience as a Children Services Worker.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

  1. Three (3) years in the care of residents in an institution or facility for emotionally disturbed or delinquent children at the level of Children Services Worker including the utilization of therapy techniques to achieve behavioral change.
  2. A Bachelor's degree in health, human services, mental health or recreation therapy may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual or fluent in American sign language
  2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.

WORKING CONDITIONS

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.

JOB CLASS DESIGNATION

Classified/Competitive

OCCUPATIONAL GROUP

(25)-Patient and Inmate Care

BARGAINING UNIT

(10)-HEALTH NONPROF(NP-6)

EEO

(3)-Technician

SALARY INFORMATION

HN 20

CANCELLATION CLAUSE

This replaces the existing specification for the class of Children Services Specialist in Salary Group HN 19 approved effective January 15, 1988. (Revised to implement SCOPE compensation)

EFFECTIVE DATE

6/23/1995

CLASS: 1921HN; EST: ; REV: 6/23/1995;