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Group Life Counselor Fill Full-time

at Josephine County in Oregon (Published at 20-01-2020)

  • Josephine County Juvenile Justice Department provides residential care and detention services to youth in Josephine and neighboring counties. The Residential program is a statewide resource that operates under the Behavioral Rehabilitative Services or BRS federal guidelines. The detention facility operates under Oregon Revised Statutes, which includes evidenced based programming that may include cognitive behavioral treatment programming, educational services, alcohol and drug treatment and evaluations, mental health services and medical services. Both of these programs rely on and collaborate with other state and local agencies. These agencies may include juvenile and adult courts, attorneys, Department of Human Services, law enforcement and the public.
  • Staff oversees all aspects of daily living which include but are not limited to, education, recreation, facilitating both group and individual interventions based on department approved curriculum and training, Staff also serves as the primary resource for the youth in these programs and conducts themselves in a professional manner at all times, role modeling respect towards youth, co-workers and our shareholders.

Typical Daily Tasks

(Illustrative Only. Any single position in the classification will not necessarily involve all of the listed duties below and other positions will involve duties that are not listed. These duties do represent the essential functions needed, of persons in this classification.)
1. Staff are expected to interact with and visually supervise youth, and facilitate both individual and department approved groups, programs and activities.
2. Staff will continue to facilitate conflict resolution between youth; provide consistent and therapeutic interventions that are outcome based, invite change and provide accountability for youth. Based on using the cognitive behavioral curriculum and techniques, Motivational Interviewing Techniques and the CPI non-violent crisis intervention model.
3. Staff will be expected to provide a positive and affirming environment that values fellow employees, youth and all the people we serve at all times.
4. Provide overall visual and audio supervision and program implementation of all youth in custody and in the residential program.
5. Learn and follow the policy and procedure manuals as set forth by Josephine County and the Juvenile Justice Department.
6. Staff will be expected to use and follow Oregon Revised Statutes in accordance with their assigned job duties.
7. Primary responsibility is implementation of shift activities and delegation of assignments in the absence of Shift Lead.
8. To receive and make intake disposition decisions on all youth taken into custody.
9. Complete intake and release procedures on youth in custody.
10. Search detained youth for weapons, contraband and other harmful articles.
11. Inform Shift Lead of intake dispositions, or, as directed by Shift Lead, inform Department of Human Services
12. (DHS) Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) and Juvenile Department personnel of intake dispositions.
13. Supervise all daily activities of youth, including meals, recreation, cleanup, room time, showers, visitations, etc.
14. Accompany residential youth on community outings.
15. Write daily shift log reports, daily point system, incident reports and be able to make computer data entries and retrievals and utilize CJIS.
16. Able to intervene in crisis situations using guidance, support and approved Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI).
17. Must keep Shift Lead or designee advised of staff and youth whereabouts at all times throughout shift. Other related duties assigned by Shift Lead.
18. Serve as primary counselor over assigned youth who require BRS services. Maintain regular contact with Social Services Facilitator regarding youth's progress and needs. DHS contact as needed.
19. Facilitate and/or co-facilitate social skills groups.
20. Provide individual counseling at a minimum of one hour per week (several sessions may be combined to meet the minimum requirement) and document a weekly summary of individual counseling sessions.
21. Conduct room checks as required.
22. Perform control room duties which include: monitoring radios, intercoms and cameras; operating emergency fire alarms; telephone communications; control all door locking mechanisms; facilitate and visually supervise youth visits.
23. GLC shall provide line of sight and audio supervision at all times to all youth either in detention, residential facility or school.
24. Staff must have a valid driver's license in order to transport youth to and from appointments, outings and court. This includes both scheduled and emergent transports in order to meet the needs of the youth and facility.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.


Associate's degree (A.A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school.


Successfully complete 40 hours of Detention Standards and Residential facility orientation and training. Obtain and maintain First Aid/CPR Certification and Food Handlers License. Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Oregon Driver's License; safe driving record. These certificates must be obtained during initial probationary period (first six months of employment). Attend on-going training as scheduled.

Supplemental Information

Job posting is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed weekly.

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