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DCYF Juvenile Rehabilitation Residential Counselor - Naselle

at State of Washington

Posted: 11/17/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2580701

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


The Department of Children, Youth, and Families is a new cabinet agency in Washington State that has been established for the purpose of delivering existing services in a way that produces better outcomes for children, youth, and families served by the State of Washington.
Our vision is that "All Washington's children and youth grow up safe and healthy-thriving physically, emotionally, and educationally, nurtured by family and community." 
The Opportunity:
Calling all night owls! Naselle Youth Camp is searching for a dynamic and motivated professional to join our team as Juvenile Rehabilitation Residential Counselors on swing shift. You will provide comprehensive case management, transition planning, mental health counseling, and treatment referral services for an assigned caseload of youth committed to Juvenile Rehabilitation are by the juvenile courts. Your work will prepare our residents for their transition back to the community.

This is a swing shift; Tuesday - Saturday, 2:30pm - 10:30pm.

Some of the counseling and case management you'll do:

  • Provide supervision interventions to youth who have a complex range of co-occurring disorders and treatment needs
  • Conduct interviews to asses behaviors and administer screening tools to determine risk
  • Prepare youth and their families for transition back to the community
  • Gain confidence and trust of youth and their families through respectful communication
  • Support and facilitate productive connections with families and engage them in the rehabilitation and successful transition
  • Engage, encourage, coach, reinforce, and redirect youth in positive behavior change
  • Recognize symptoms of psychiatric distress and intervene to maintain order and safety
  • Generate accurate, detailed, and timely documentation of routine matters
  • Work with a variety of groups and provide comprehensive case management
Some of the residential youth and security management you'll do:
  • Model, shape, and coach, pro-social behavior, including the ability to set, personal limits and boundaries
  • Conduct routine and random security duties such as head counts, room checks for cleanliness and contraband, pat searches, building integrity checks, and collect urinalysis samples for testing
  • Recognize and assess situations and intervene to maintain facility safety and security using verbal de-escalation and if needed physical intervening using approved tactical techniques to control the youth.
  • Maintain a written account of activities during the work shift and clearly document breaches of security, behavioral incidents, and youth behavior in various logs and in youth files
  • Provide direction and behavior management during individual and group activities, meals and cleaning chores
  • Supervise the completion of facility chores and housekeeping jobs, serve and supervise meals, and escort/supervise the movement of residents within the facility and in the community
What we're looking for:
  • Ability to resolve conflicts in a calm and non-threatening manner
  • Demonstrated understanding of adolescent development and juvenile rehabilitation practices and principals
  • Experience providing cognitive/behavioral therapeutic interventions
  • Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, and societal trends and influences related to juvenile delinquency
  • Ability to use approved verbal de-escalation and physical control techniques for intervention with verbally and or physically aggressive youth
  • Ability to write and speak clearly and effectively in a professionally/objective manner
Who should apply?
Professionals with one of the following:
  • A bachelor's degree and one year of professional experience in casework, counseling, probation and parole, social services, planning, directing and/or facilitating youth group activities, or experience in a related field.
  • A Master's degree in psychology, sociology, social work, social sciences, or in an allied field will substitute for the one year of experience.
  • One year as a Juvenile Rehabilitation Counselor Assistant.

How do I apply?
In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:
  • Applicants MUST submit a cover letter explaining why they are passionate about this work and what makes them best qualified. College transcripts may be required should you be invited to an interview. If these items are not included, you may be immediately disqualified. 
Supplemental Information:

Applicants selected for an interview will be required to pass a national fingerprint background check and complete a questionnaire mandated by the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) inquiring about any sexual misconduct. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the job.
This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

The initial screening will be based on the content and completeness of your application and the materials submitted. All information may be verified and documentation may be required. Applications with comments such as "see attachments" or "N/A" in the supplemental question responses will be considered incomplete.
DCYF is an equal opportunity employer and supports equity, diversity, inclusion and respect.

Need accommodation throughout the application/interview process? Unable to apply on-line? Contact the Recruitment team at or (360) 407-1419or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf at 800-833-6388
Experiencing technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application? Call NEOGOV toll-free at (855)524-5627 or email

To take advantage of Veteran's preference please attach your DD-214, member 4 long form, or your NGB-22.Please black out your social security number prior to attaching.
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