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Counselor - Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility

Date Posted: 
Requisition ID:  53503

Pendleton, IN, US, 46064

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


About the Indiana Department of Corrections:

We promote public safety by providing meaningful, effective opportunities for successful re-entry.  As the model of best correctional practices, we strive to return productive citizens to our communities and inspire a culture of accountability, integrity and professionalism.


Salary Information:

The salary for this position traditionally hires at a base salary of $30,082.

About The Job:

In this role as a Psychiatric Services Specialist, you will provide advanced psychiatric social work to patients at a state operated facility providing administrative and consultative functions.

A Day In The Life:

In this role, you will:

  • Serve as social worker and/or case manager as assigned.
  • Complete social services assessments with patients.
  • Maintain a caseload of patients providing pre-admission evaluations, progress notes, consultations with families, and daily patient consultations.
  • Complete release of information forms (advanced directives, human rights, and HIPAA release forms) with the patient or other patient guardian/representative.
  • Present patient cases at treatment team meetings or patient staffing identifying problems and treatment approaches and leading meetings to the successful development of treatment plans.
  • Prepare discharge plans in collaboration with mental health centers, family or representative.
  • Assist patients in developing community living skills.
  • Promote continuing care in communities through comprehensive discharge planning.
  • Consult with and visits various other social service agencies to assist in individual care and to develop and maintain ongoing working relationships.
  • May provide administrative support in absence of Social Services Director.
Preferred Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.  (Major in Counseling and Guidance, Rehabilitation Counseling, Psychiatric Nursing, Psychology, Criminology, Social Work, or a related area required); PLUS two (2) years of full-time experience in a psychiatric, group, medical, children, family or correctional setting.
  • AVATAR software system and Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment (ANSA) certification required.
  • Current knowledge of service line policies and procedures, hospital Bridge Building and Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques.
  • Completion of necessary continuing education training, certifications and/or licensure requirements.
What You'll Need For Success:
  • Advanced knowledge of principles and practices of social work and recovery.
  • Specialized knowledge of laws, rules, regulations and guidelines for the care, treatment and rights of those with mental illness and developmental delay.
  • Specialized knowledge of case management, assessment and continuum of care.
  • Practical knowledge of community social services agencies and the ability to develop and maintain professional working relationships with them.
  • Working knowledge of other treatment disciplines such as: rehabilitation therapy, psychology, dietetics and nursing and the ability to integrate these while discharge planning.
  • Working knowledge of causes, symptoms and limitations of various mental disabilities.
  • Ability to evaluate patient needs, document progress and record/update treatment plans.
  • Ability to resolve conflict and work as an integral part of a treatment team.
  • Effectively communicate, both orally and in writing.
Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:
This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers eligibility into a discounted medical plan)
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • Group life insurance
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • New Parent Leave


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Nearest Major Market: Anderson