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Recruitment #24-000313-0001


Mission statement: To transform young people’s lives, create safer communities, and forge more equitable systems through community-based partnerships that hold youth accountable while building on their strengths and support systems.

Vision Statement: Providing pathways to success for youth and families through partnerships across Maryland.





Victor Cullen Center - Behavioral Health Services 
6000 Cullen Drive
Sabillasville, MD 21780

Main Purpose of Job

The Mental Health Professional Counselor Advanced is the advanced level of professional counseling work, at the Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor level, providing counseling services as an expert to youth involved with the Department of Juvenile Services. The professional counselor represents the Behavioral Health team in select facilities and regions providing behavioral health screening, assessments, supportive counseling, consultation, and other mental health and substance use-related services.


  • Provide assessment, individual, family and group therapeutic counseling to assigned youth, including leading Seven Challenges groups: Trauma, Addictions, Mental Health, and Recovery for Youth (TAMAR-Y), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and other assigned groups to address behavioral health issues including social adjustment as indicated through the development of the youth's individual Treatment Service Plan (TSP);

  • Provide Crisis and On-Call Services for Behavioral Health Emergencies both on and off-site working in rotation with other licensed clinicians to provide emergency coverage;

  • Work as a leader, consultant, and/or member of a multi-disciplinary healthcare team to assist the team's understanding of social and emotional factors underlying the juveniles' involvement with DJS and the implementation of the Behavior Motivation Program.


Education: Determined by the Maryland State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists under the requirements for Certified Professional Counselors.

Experience: Two years of experience providing professional counseling to clients with mental health disorders by using assessment, evaluation, intervention, rehabilitation and treatment regimens.


1. These requirements are established by the Maryland State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists. The Department of Budget and Management, Office of Personnel Services and Benefits does not have the authority to accept substitutions or equivalents.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Mental or Behavioral Health Counseling classifications or Mental or Behavioral Health Nursing and Specialist specialty codes in the counseling field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

  • Experience assessing and providing therapy to a population of adolescents with mental health and/or substance abuse disorders in the Juvenile Justice system.  

  • Experience working with an adolescent population with mental health and/or substance abuse issues.


1. In accordance with Health Occupations Title 17 and Code of Maryland Regulations, candidates placed in this classification must be licensed by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.

2. Candidates appointed to positions in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.


Primarily day and evening shifts consisting of the following:


Tuesday - Friday - 3 days 11:00 am - 7:30 pm

1 day 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Saturday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

(Off Sun and Mon)


Monday –Thursday - 3 days 11:00 am - 7:30 pm

1 day 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Sunday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

(Off Fri and Sat)

Requires emergency on-call coverage in a rotational schedule with other licensed/certified behavioral health clinicians.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. 
We will not consider information submitted after this date. 
Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.  
The resulting Certified Eligible List for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.


The assessment will be a rating of your application based on your education, training, and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all related experience and education.
For education obtained outside the U.S., you will be required to provide proof of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service. Please note that your answers on the Supplemental Questionnaire must correspond to the information provided on your application to receive credit.



The online application process is strongly urged.  However, if you are unable to apply on line you may mail a paper application to the address below or fax a paper application to the fax number below.  If you choose to fax or use regular mail, you must include on each page of the attachment your First and Last Name, the Recruitment Number that is located at the top of the bulletin and the last four digits of your SS#.  The paper application must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for this recruitment.  No postmarks will be accepted. Incorrect application forms will not be accepted:   

Maryland Department of Juvenile Services

OHR-Recruitment & Examination Unit

217 E. Redwood Street

Baltimore, MD 21202

Attn: Jakiraman Jones

Fax number 410-333-4188

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

Should additional information regarding this recruitment be required, please contact the DJS Office of Human Resources at  Include the Recruitment Title/Number that is located at the top of the bulletin. 

As an equal opportunity employer Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

DJS values the experience gained by Veterans while serving our country. Veterans are welcome to apply for all current recruitments. 

Bilingual applicants and people with disabilities are welcome to apply for all recruitments.

Click on a link below to apply for this position:

Fill out the Supplemental Questionnaire and Application NOW using the Internet. Apply Online
View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.
Apply via Paper Application. You may also download and complete the Paper Application here.

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