The Juvenile Justice Permanency Specialist is responsible to provide services to JCS Youth either returning to the community from placement in residential treatment and the State Training School or about to be placed in the same. The Individual provides supervision for the youth in the home community, provides treatment services to youth and families, mentors and advocates for the youth, assists youth in job seeking, transportation, etc. The individual mentors the parents for more active engagement and interest in the youth’s life.
- Prepares and implements a client Situational Plan and a Family Support Plan with input from the youth, family, referral source, and placement agency.
- Demonstrates proficiency in use of various service techniques.
- Develops a relationship with the youth and family.
- Conducts numerous telephone and one-on-one contacts with the youth & family.
- Updates parents and referring worker of client status.
- Provides mentoring to client and family.
- Holds client accountable to the rules of supervision (probation contract).
- Monitors client behavior and risk domains utilizing the Thinking Errors and Anger Controls models as well as deliberate efforts improving domains (making more protective).
- Interfaces with school and community contacts.
- Provides formal reports or testimony on youth status.
- Provides consistent, individualized reinforcement to youth behavior, using daily issues to teach and reinforce adaptive behaviors.
- Assists clients in developing insight into their behaviors so they learn to self-identify and self-correct.
- Understands impact of youth behaviors on their actions and the resulting consequences, and utilizes team feedback to increase effectiveness of interventions.
A Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited college or university OR Bachelor’s Degree in related field plus two years of human service related experience.
About Supervised Community Treatment (SCT)
The Supervised Community Treatment program in Dubuque incorporates evidence-based interventions for juvenile offenders. While remaining in the community and connected to their families, participating youth attend the program 5 days a week— participating in individual and group treatment, group outings, and community service projects. Youth graduate from the program with reduced risk to re-offend.
ABOUT FOUR OAKS
At Four Oaks, we believe that every child needs the opportunity to succeed. It’s more than our mission – it’s the passion that permeates everything we do. Four Oaks has grown to become one of the state’s largest agencies devoted to child welfare, juvenile justice and behavioral health. We recognize that children come to us from a variety of circumstances, which makes it important for us to reach kids and families where they are right now. For that reason, we provide prevention, intervention and treatment programs and services.
Although we work with more than 15,000 kids and families in all 99 counties each year, each child is unique and treated as a single, special someone who needs some kind of support. Children may come to us with psychiatric and emotional problems; they stay with us until they feel secure. Some have been in trouble with the law, got into drugs or ran away from home; that’s when we work with them to teach them a better way to live. Others have challenges in the classroom; we teach them in a way that works for them. And when kids need a safe, secure home, we find foster care or a forever family.
Four Oaks offers a comprehensive benefit package, casual work environment, and opportunities for growth & advancement!
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