|Correctional Counselor I
Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office
4434 Calle Real
Santa Barbara , CA 93110
|Job Description||ABOUT THE POSITION: The Sheriff's Treatment Program has been an integral part of the Santa Barbara County Jail for more than two decades and has served thousands of inmates with recovery and support services. Like many jail programs across the state, STP has been evolving over the last several years to meet the latest research of "what works" in recidivism reduction and offender reentry. Today, STP's mission and program structure is designed to meet the best practice recommendations of the National Institute of Corrections' (NICIC.gov) Transition from Jail to Community project and to incorporate jail programming recommendations outlined in the broad scope of Evidence-Based Decision Making and Practices (EBDM) of the Criminal Justice System. http://info.nicic.gov/ebdm/
This evolution also impacts the job descriptions, duties and the developed skillsets of the staff working in the jail programs unit. Evidence-based programming is curriculum-driven and delivered with fidelity to the models. Counselors are competent in stand up delivery of material, have a solid understanding of adult learning principles, can incorporate the use of Motivational Interviewing® and client-centered communication, and understand that incarcerated offenders require a variety of services to meet many diverse needs.
Mission Statement: The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Treatment Program (STP) is improves long-term public safety and reduces each participant's risk of recidivism by teaching effective, evidence-based interpersonal skills that guide the development of a pro-social lifestyle and change the behaviors that lead to criminality and other risky choices.
Sheriff's Treatment Program Classes:
•Criminal & Addictive Thinking
•Drug & Alcohol
•Release & Reintegration
•Thinking for a Change (T4C)
Additional SERVICES based on an individual inmate's needs:
•Risk & Need Assessment
•Individual Case Planning and Management
•Gender Responsive Programming
•Resume/Employment Skills Workshop
Examples of Duties:
1. Conducts initial intake interview in order to assess the inmate's risk factors and need for treatment and/or referral services.
2. Provides individual and group counseling to educate and assist inmates in recognizing and understanding the nature of their criminogenic risk factors and to assess the need for treatment, and to evaluate progress.
3. Organizes in-house meetings, activities, and workshops with representatives from Community based providers, self-help groups, and other treatment programs to facilitate rehabilitation, cognitive change and recovery; provides information regarding available services and programs; makes presentations before community groups regarding the program.
4. Develops and implements individualized treatment and recovery plans; makes referrals to County health services when warranted by inmate's status or behavior; confers with probation, parole, and other law enforcement agencies to determine inmate's legal status and/or develop appropriate discharge plans; consults with representatives from community treatment programs and recovery facilities to determine the appropriate placement of inmates and to ensure continuity of care after release from custody.
5. Writes reports and summaries to document findings, recommendations, and inmate progress; completes forms and maintains inmate records and charts according to established procedures, guidelines, and legal requirements.
6. Participates in case conferences with other health care professionals in order to discuss inmate care and progress; attends departmental staff meetings to report on inmate safety, morale, and custody operations.
7. Attends conferences and meetings to keep abreast of current correctional program best practices, alcohol and drug issues, treatment modalities, and services available.
1. Completion of 30 semester or 45 quarter units of college coursework in alcohol and drug abuse issues and counseling; or,
2. A combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.
Knowledge of: the issues and trends in alcohol and drug abuse; symptoms and behavior patterns of chemically dependent and co-dependent individuals; laws and regulations governing alcohol and drug abuse; co-occurring alcohol and other drug conditions; case management practices; assessment and treatment plans; and counseling and interviewing techniques.
Ability to: learn and explain the Federal and State laws and regulations regarding clients' rights in a rehabilitation program; learn the operations, policies, and procedures regulating a County jail; interact effectively with people of diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds; exercise tact and independent judgment; speak before groups; gather, document, evaluate, and interpret data; draw logical conclusions and make recommendations; prepare and maintain client records and reports; maintain client confidentiality; and determine inmate treatment needs and make appropriate referrals to other departments/agencies.
Experience providing correctional, alcohol and drug abuse counseling to adult offenders in a locked facility.
Selectees must register to obtain Alcohol and Drug Counselor (AOD) certification (pursuant to the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs' Counselor Certification standards) upon appointment and obtain certification within five years as a condition of continued employment.
Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License is required at the time of appointment.
|How to Apply||Please submit an online application 24 hours a day at www.sbcountyjobs.com, Job Opportunities.
Please email questions to Colleen Raper- HR Recruiter at email@example.com.
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