CLACKAMAS COUNTY

CLASSIFICATION NO. 488
Established: 05/83
Retitled from Res. Grp. Super. 2: 07/89
Revised: 07/89
FLSA: Non-Exempt
EEO: 5

CORRECTIONS COUNSELOR

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS

Under general supervision, to provide counseling and case management services to assigned residents and maintain security in a residential probation center; and to do other work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

The Corrections Counselor is primarily responsible for leading a variety of counseling sessions and managing a caseload of residents to ensure their success in meeting program requirements. The Resident Supervisor differs from the Corrections Counselor by its primary responsibility for maintaining security and monitoring the daily activities of residents. The Supervising Corrections Counselor differs from this level by its broader responsibility and supervision of residential center staff.

TYPICAL TASKS

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Provides individual and group counseling to assigned caseload of residents; meets with clients on a regular basis to establish personal and financial goals, develops treatment and post-release plan to meet individual needs and goals.
  2. Interviews adult offenders on probation to assess client needs; refers clients to community agencies, as needed; counsels clients in probation procedures; monitors progress in meeting probation conditions such as fines, restitution and enrollment in drug or alcohol treatment programs; contacts service agencies, employers and client families for assistance in investigation and implementation of treatment plans.
  3. Performs intake interviews with new residents; provides program orientations; insures follow-through of client court orders and probation conditions; writes reports and confers with courts and probation officers on client probation compliance; reports on client problems and personal progress; processes early termination requests by residents in conformance with agency policy.
  4. Submits written and oral reports regarding resident activity, problems and progress in conformance with agency and policy guidelines, including recommendations on resident retention.
  5. Supervises and monitors the general activities of residents in Residential Center; may check residents in and out of the facility investigating any unauthorized absence.
  6. Secures and returns to custody those residents who have violated programs guidelines; testifies in court when requested.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

General knowledge of: Theories of human behavior and adjustment problems of adult offenders; caseload management; basic principles of social and correctional care and group work; criminal laws and criminal justice systems; rehabilitation processes, purposes and methodologies; operations and techniques used in security or custodial facilities.

Skill to: Effectively investigate background of offenders, communicate effectively in both written and oral manner to offenders and to the courts; make recommendations regarding disposition of residents; maintain complete and accurate written records; provide counseling and guidance to individuals and groups; understand, interpret and enforce facility rules with impartiality, reason and tact; maintain discipline and security with adult offenders; establish and maintain effective working relationships.

WORKING CONDITIONS

The majority of duties are of a sedentary nature that requires limited walking or standing; occasional interactions with residents may involve physical contact and exposure to hostile attitudes.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Must be willing to work weekends, holidays, and evening work schedules.

Must successfully pass an extensive background investigation including national fingerprint records check.

Must pass a pre-employment drug test.

Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.

MINIMUM RECRUITING STANDARDS

Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.