GUIDANCE COUNSELOR in Woodridge, IL at The Geo Group

Date Posted: 8/9/2018

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Job Description


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Equal Opportunity Employer.

Abraxas Youth and Family Services is a national leader in the operation of residential treatment facilities and community-based programs for troubled youth and their families. We offer a wide array of services to include life skills, mental health services, cognitive behavioral therapy, family counseling, drug and alcohol treatment, case management services, recreational activities as well as vocational and educational services. Abraxas is a great place to start your career whether you have a high school diploma or GED, military experience, some college, or a bachelor or advanced degree.  If you are interested in counseling, juvenile justice, psychology, social work, teaching or just want to make a difference, we have a career path for you. Help change lives at Abraxas Youth and Family Services.


  • The candidate for this position is responsible for assisting with educational/life guidance preparation so as to provide the student the capacity to reach their intellectual, emotional, psychological and maturation growth.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist students with educational and career concerns.
  • Acting as a life coach for students who need a mentor for guidance in life decisions.
  • Educate career awareness and guide students in career / life planning.
  • Consult with management and staff members regarding behavior and discipline issues with students.
  • Implements all policies and/or behavior tools (point and level system) of the program with classroom behavior, policies, and procedures. Implement PBIS system.
  • Able to support and direct at-risk students with a variety of behavioral and emotional difficulties. Able to handle and de-escalate out of control behavior.
  • Aids in the implementation of the Student Reintegration Plan with input from the student, parent and treatment team.
  • Participates in truancy response for students
  • Assists in transporting students throughout the school building.
  • Review and approve plans for client activities, which may include group meetings, field trips and assemblies.
  • Responsible for monthly serious incident reporting.
  • Serves as a role model / coach to students
  • Provides for physical safety and care of students
  • Reports significant changes in the behavior, attitude, or physical condition of students to team members, supervisors and parents as necessary.
  • Participates in staff meetings reporting on students’ behavior and progress.
  • Adheres to departmental policies and procedures to ensure regulatory compliance with current departmental practices.
  • Supports the Abraxas’ philosophy and mission and promotes the Seven Key Principles of care.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Job Requirements


  • The position has no supervisory responsibilities                                       


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

Education and/or Experience

Required:  BA / BS degree in related field plus 1 year related experience in field, Substitute Certificate


  •   MA in School Counselor, Type 73
  •  Valid Department of Education Guidance Counseling certificate (may accept candidates who are      working on a higher degree in the field)

Language Skills                                            

  • Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.  Ability to write simple correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to school personnel, students, and other employees of the organization.

Mathematical Skills                  

  • Ability to apply basic math skills concepts such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Reasoning Ability                                                     

  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.  Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.

Computer Skills         

  • Word processing, basic computer programs and email 

Other Qualification

  • At least twenty-one (21) years of age
  • Criminal clearances (State Police, Local, FBI, DCFS and National Sex Offender Registry clearances)
  • Non-communicable diseases physical exam
  • Valid driver's license      
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment drug screening
  • Successful completion of orientation trainin

Physical Demands

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to talk or hear. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and use legs to lift/move up to 50 lbs. or more.
  • Ability to participate in and supervise therapeutic recreation activities structured for children and adolescents.
  • May be required to intervene with and/or physically manage aggressive clients as trained by the Crisis Prevention Institute.

Work Environment

  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • The staff must work both alone and closely with others and may be subject to verbal and/or physical confrontation initiated by the students.
  • While performing the duties of the job, the staff is occasionally exposed to outside weather
  • The noise level in the work place is usually moderate.

Minimum Requirements

  • Ability to work with computers and the necessary software typically used by the department.