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Human Resources Office

Herman "Butch" Kelly

McLennan County Records Building
214 N. 4th St., Suite 200
Waco, TX 76701
Phone: (254) 757-5158
Job-line: (254) 757-5255
Fax: (254) 757-5073


Position:                              Detention Counselor

            TJJD Grant (N) Funded             

Vacancy Number:               14-06-B8-3531-1173

 Department:                      Juvenile Probation

FLSA Status:                      Non-Exempt

Salary Range:                    $3,000.00 - $3,400.00 Per     

           Month + Benefits


 Opening Date:  June 12, 2014

 Close Date:       Until Filled or Closed


Essential job functions for detention counselor:


  • Must conduct individual and group counseling sessions with clients and their families several times a week; these session may occur in the detention facility, in office, or at the youth’s home on field visits
  • Must have the ability to learn and implement evidenced based treatment modalities that are consistent with the needs of clients; including differences in educational abilities and ages
  • Must have knowledge of DSM-IV-TR/DSM-V diagnoses and ability to address the needs of clients as identified in psychological testing results
  • Must provide crisis intervention to clients as needed, especially to clients voicing suicidal ideation or engaging in suicidal behaviors
  • Must conduct screening assessments on clients to identify suicide risk factors and/or mental health symptoms
  • Must work with clients as they transition from detention to home/placement and facilitate continuity of care
  • Must contact client parents/guardians regularly to update on status, treatment progress, and help coordinate community services for clients and keep them informed of incidents occurring within detention
  • Collaborate with probation staff to provide necessary services for clients and identify potential areas for treatment
  • Formulate treatment plans for clients that identify areas for improvement and targeted interventions to address these areas
  • Participate in client staffing as necessary
  • Keep organized, detailed records of daily activities involving clients and families
  • Have a growing knowledge of community resources to aid in making referrals for clients and their families
  • Must be willing to provide parenting classes and conduct provide other educational information to families and agency staff as needed


Other Duties: Must be willing to work a varied schedule including working weekends and having time off during traditional work days (i.e. work Tuesday through Saturday).  Other duties may be assigned as administration sees fit. This position has an on-call component. 

Essential Physical Demands: Sitting, walking, bending, standing, driving; ability to pass a pre-employment physical, pre-employment and random drug-testing. 

Environmental Factors: Detention counselors may conduct field visits, resulting in exposure to sunlight, heat, cold, and other environmental factors.

Education, Skills, Experience: Required: Master’s degree in social or behavioral science from an accredited college or university recognized by the Texas Higher Education Board; must have a valid drivers and safe driving record; must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills; must be willing to work with “at risk” clients and their families; no convictions for criminal offenses other than minor traffic violations; must be willing to relocate to McLennan County Preferred: training in parenting skills, crisis intervention, and family therapy with at least one year of experience working with juvenile clients and their families; Preferred-(BILINGUAL) Fluent Spanish Speaking with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. 

To be considered, interested candidates must submit a McLennan County Employment Application, current resume, and a copy of college transcript to the Human Resources Department.  Not every applicant will be interviewed.  Selected applicants will be notified and scheduled for interviews by the department responsible for hiring.  EOE
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