Job Description

COUNSELOR



Summary

Provides counseling services, assists the inmates in adjusting to facility life and obtaining needed services or changes in assignment.



Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Interviews newly admitted inmates/detainees. Develops detailed knowledge of those assigned to specific caseload.
  • Resolves daily inmate/detainee problems, complaints and concerns with general counseling techniques.
  • Conducts regularly scheduled meetings with inmates to provide assistance with rehabilitation program, work assignment, housing-related challenges.
  • Makes daily assigned unit visits to ensure informal contact with inmates/detainees and interaction with Correction Officers.
  • Inspects units for cleanliness and adherence to security practices.
  • May log and distribute legal and certified mail and coordinate inmate telephone sign-up list.
  • May serve as an active participant on the classification teaming committee meetings to determine assigned housing, in addition to appropriate work and rehabilitation programs. May serve on the discipline committee.
  • Resolves day-to-day problems with counseling.  Refers inmates/detainees with serious problems to professional counseling staff.
  • May provide assistance to the inmates/detainees in obtaining needed services.  Serves as a representative for the inmate/detainee at classification committee meetings.
  • Maintains appropriate documentation of inmate/detainee daily contacts as detailed in the agency program procedures.
  • Monitors inmate/detainee work details to ensure appropriate assignments and quotas are filled to provide facility needs.
  • Coordinates approval/denial of inmate/detainee visiting and telephone lists.
  • Assists the Corrections Officer with the security inspection of the living unit to ensure sanitary and security policies of the facility are adhered to.
  • Assists with unit management activities as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned. 

Job Requirements



Minimum Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent certification required.
  • Three (3) years experience working in a correctional setting required.
  • Must have good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must possess the ability to work with a team of professionals and have the ability to implement team strategy approaches to work assignments.
  • Must be flexible, cooperative and empathetic to the needs of staff and inmates/detainees. 

 

 

 

 

 

Equal Opportunity Employer