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COUNSELOR, PROGRAMS

The GEO Group, Inc.

This is a Full-time position in Cambridge Springs, PA posted February 17, 2021.

Summary

This position has the primary responsibility of providing therapeutic program services to inmates. It is assigned a specific caseload of inmates and monitors the service delivery for them while they are enrolled in the program. These services may include didactic, psycho- educational, individual and group counseling, peer awareness activities, therapeutic encounters, crisis intervention and recordkeeping. The Counselor/Case Manager provides these services within the scope of local certification, licensure and credentialing authorities and in accordance with internal and external assurances and prohibitions.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensures compliance with standard internal and external and other accrediting agency contract policies and procedures.
  • Facilitates daily clinical program activities in accordance with the established clinical schedule. Activities may include daily process groups and therapeutic community (TC) meetings, weekly program curriculum lectures, Life Skills seminars, caseload groups and specialized groups focusing on the areas of Anger Management, Relapse Prevention, Job Readiness preparation and Parenting Skills.
  • Conducts initial intake session with new inmates assigned to the program and orientate them about program requirements, reviews the inmate’s criminal file and establishes a preliminary treatment plan.
  • Conducts bi-weekly individual counseling sessions with assigned caseload. These sessions may include the following tasks: completion of a monthly progress report, monthly treatment planning, goal-setting, crisis intervention, behavioral adjustment sessions, psychological referrals, and discharge planning in order to provide recommendations and referral sites for continued treatment upon their release
  • Maintains clinical charts (electronic and hard copy versions) for assigned inmate caseload and ensures all documentation is completed in accordance with established deadlines and program policies.
  • Monitors and addresses behavioral issues displayed by the inmate population and conducts daily visual room inspections.
  • Participates in compilation of data and program reporting functions.
  • Participates in staff meetings, seminars and workshops, as required.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

  • High School Diploma or GED required.
  • Two (2) years professional experience providing drug and alcohol counseling services directly to clients in a social work or criminal justice setting and have earned a Bachelor’s degree that includes eighteen (18) credits in the behavioral sciences, preferred,
  • One (1) year of paraprofessional and one year of professional experience providing drug and alcohol counseling services directly to clients in a social work or criminal justice setting, and are certified by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) as a “CADC”; preferred,
  • One year of professional experience providing drug and alcohol counseling services directly to clients in a social work or criminal justice setting and a Master’s degree with major coursework in addictions science, psychology or social work, or an equivalent combination of experience and training which includes 18 college credits in the behavioral sciences; or;
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or Addictions profession, and experience working with the Criminal Justice population; and Training in Medically Assisted Treatment.
  • Preference given to experience within a correctional setting.
  • Ability to interact in a professional manner in both individual and group counseling settings.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work with a team of professionals and have the ability to implement team strategy approaches to work assignments.
  • Ability to work with computers and the necessary software typically used by the department.

Equal Opportunity Employer.