This is a learning opportunity for you to develop an understanding of the duties and responsibilities of a juvenile probation/juvenile court counselor (JCC). Your tenure here will expose you to as many facets of this profession as we are able.
**This is a competitive internship. CCJD accepts 2 JCC interns per term. Must be a senior in a 4 year degree program and commit to 3-6 months. Longer opportunities can be created. Individual opportunities combine probation and program supervision to create unique work experience options.
- Gain knowledge and understanding of:
- Basic case management techniques while working under the supervision of a JCC.
- The life of case, from the time a police report is received from law enforcement to the eventual closing of a case.
- Specialized caseloads relative to youth referred for law violations, gang activity, drug and alcohol abuse, and sex offenses for example.
- The court process and necessary documents.
- Effective interventions and community based resources.
- Residential and closed custody options & rules governing those resources.
- Learn philosophical perspectives endorsed and implemented by the Juvenile Department, such as Best Practices and Restorative Justice.
- Observe and assist in the facilitation of a skill building group under the supervision of a skilled group facilitator.
- You must be 21 years of age and in your last year of a 4 year degree program.
- Schedules will vary, but will be agreed upon between supervising JCII and intern.
- Your supervising counselor will complete evaluations regarding your participation, both for CCJD and your university.
- The minimum length of commitment is 200 hours. An extended experience is available with proven success. Intern will complete Exit Evaluation at end of internship.
- One intern can split their time between two JCII’s, if appropriate for their experience and if JCII’s are available.
- Online trainings must be complete within 2 weeks of start date, or prior. Trainings include: Mandatory reporting, Bloodborne pathogens, Confidentiality, On-site shooter, Computer protocols, and CJIS security training.
- Attendance at all in-house trainings are required before your internship is complete. These training may include: Restorative Justice, CCJD overview, Working with Youth in the Community and Crisis Prevention and Intervention if offered during internship time frame.
- Additional opportunities maybe provided, such as: Court observations, Juvenile Intake and Assessment (JIAC observation – to be schedule by Volunteer Coordinator), ride along with other counselors, Informational Interviews with other counselors, observation of Drug Court, home and school visits, observation of an intake interview or youth check-ins, completion of a reformation plan, observing one skills group (scheduled by volunteer coordinator), attend a CCJD staff meeting, and observe completion of a shelter or residential referral.
- Hours of internship will be reported to supervising counselor or Volunteer Coordinator monthly
Expectations of interns
- Each person brings their own wisdom and experience. There may be opportunities when a counselor will be explaining something and you’ll want to learn more. You are encouraged to ask about this, out of the youth & families’ presence.
- Being present, listening, caring and being genuine can have a huge impact on the youth we serve. Be aware of your presence and how it can impact a serious conversation or situation.
- You are a role model to our youth. We ask that you recognize the impact you have on our youth and families and take it seriously.
- Many questions will be asked of youth that are of a personal nature. This information should be dealt with respectfully.
- Trust your lead JCII. They follow procedures for a purpose. Use each scenario and phone call as an opportunity to inquire about our processes and become more informed of department practices.
- Dress professionally and appropriate for your shifts at CCJD. Follow the standard of your supervising counselor: Dress pants, conservative shirts/tops, closed toes shoes. No jeans.
- Do your best to listen to youth and families answers. You can learn a lot about how follow up questions are asked and why decisions are made.
- There are no wrong work related questions to ask staff, when youth are out of hearing grange. This is your opportunity to learn as much has you can.
- Use the Informational Questions and forms from orientation to learn more about the JCII role.