In a state childcare facility or program this class is accountable for performing a full range of basic counseling and custodial activities for residents.
Works under the general supervision of a Lead Children Services Worker.
May lead Children Services Assistants as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Counsels and advises residents individually on such matters as purpose of institutionalization, problems, progress in unit and placement plans;
Participates in maintaining a therapeutic milieu by meeting psychological and physical needs of residents;
Oversees daily living activities to ensure proper care of residents;
Teaches residents in unit self-support skills such as basic money management, daily living habits, hygiene, etc.;
Dispenses rewards to residents as a result of behavior;
Oversees recreational activities for residents;
Writes reports of significant events in unit such as runaways and accidents;
Checks temperatures of residents and dispenses selected medications;
Records daily activities in log book;
Escorts residents to destinations on and off grounds, to and from meals, class, infirmary, court, placements, etc.;
Disciplines children who are acting out and follows up with appropriate action;
Attends staff meetings and training sessions to improve treatment and therapy skills;
Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
human behavior and emotions;
behaviors characteristic of clients with emotional and/or behavioral disorders;
proper procedures in threatening or emergency situations;
Considerable interpersonal skills;
foster self-worth and self-identity in clients;
counsel and motivate clients in coping with problems and setting achievable goals;
use good judgment and assess situations.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of paraprofessional experience in an applied treatment program for emotionally disturbed, delinquent, behaviorally disordered, educationally deficient or intellectually disabled children or youth.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
An Associate's degree in the health, human services or mental health areas may be substituted for the General Experience.
Thirty (30) college credits in a course of study leading to a Bachelor's degree in the behavioral sciences may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.
Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual or fluent in American Sign Language.
Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and maintain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
Incumbents in this class may be required to lift or restrain residents and may have significant exposure to risk of injury from assaultive and/or abusive residents.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(25)-Patient and Inmate Care
As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Children Services Worker (35 Hour Entry Level) in Salary Group HM 18 approved effective December 23, 2016. (Revised to add Acknowledgement section and modify content) Final No. 23-071