At-Risk Intensive Int & Pr Pgm Counselor


Date Posted:
Juvenile Yso
Minimum Salary:
FLSA Status:
Employment Status:
Administrative and Support




This is a grant-funded position approved through FY 19-20. The Program Counselor will provide a highly structured supervision and intervention program, including intensive probation supervision. The Program Counselor will refer children and families on the case load for psychological evaluations, mental health assessments, alcohol and drug assessments, alcohol and drug treatment, medication services, individual and family therapy, in-home counseling, anger replacement training, and school based services.


  • Conducts intakes by receiving and examining complaints and allegations of delinquency and unruly behavior for the purpose of considering the commencement of proceedings;
  • Assesses needs of juveniles and their families;
  • Conducts home and school visits when applicable;
  • Provides intensive probation supervision, including weekly face-to-face contacts and nightly telephone curfew checks;
  • Provides or refers for individual and family counseling;
  • Provides or refers for group counseling such as anger replacement training and alcohol and drug education;
  • Provides or refers for curriculum counseling;
  • Provides community service monitoring;
  • Provides crisis intervention;
  • Provides on-call coverage (24 hours, 7 days a week) (coverage may be provided by other Juvenile Court Staff to allow for time off)
  • Administers random drug screens and refers to laboratory for confirmation;
  • Provides or refers for parenting assessment and training;
  • Refers and brokers inpatient services, residential services, day treatment services and other services as needed;
  • Collects, manages, and protects sensitive health and mental health records;
  • Reports data to the Department of Children’s Services pursuant to the grant contract; and
  • Performs other assigned duties.

Minimum Requirements



  • Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, education, child development, juvenile justice, criminal justice or equivalent;
  • One (1) year of experience;
  • Valid driver’s license;
  • Computer literacy including basic knowledge of word-processing, database management, and accounting software programs; and
  • Must go through fingerprinting and background check through the Department of Children’s Services.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of evidence-based intervention programs for adolescents;
  • Knowledge of available community support resources;
  • Knowledge of available mental health support services;
  • Knowledge of Tennessee State Board of Education graduation requirements;
  • Knowledge of and ability to administer the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths tool;
  • Ability to organize data;
  • Ability to perform basic mathematical computations;
  • Ability to manage a large case load of clients with differing needs;
  • Ability to coordinate services and to allocate community-based resources;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with children and families from a variety of backgrounds;
  • Ability to provide thoughtful and appropriate guidance for at-risk children and families;
  • Ability to remain calm and to provide counsel in crisis situations (e.g., domestic abuse, substance abuse, etc.);
  • Ability to liaise with law enforcement;
  • Ability to maintain constructive and cooperative working relationships with others; and
  • Ability to cooperate with fellow employees as a team member.


Work is primarily sedentary; requires travel within the community for home and school visits; requires annual travel for educational conferences; requires lifting and carrying (up to 10 pounds); hearing, mental acuity, repetitive motion, speaking, talking, visual acuity, and walking.


  • Most work is performed in a well-lighted, modern office setting with centrally controlled heating and air conditioning;

Some work is performed in homes and school settings in varying environments