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Intern-Detention Screener

at Agency for Community Treatment Services, Inc

Posted: 3/23/2020
Job Status: Internship
Job Reference #: 1370

Job Description

Characteristicsof Position:

This is agraduate or undergraduate student practicum, internship, or field placement ina clinical position in a human services agency providing alcohol, drug abuse,mental health or juvenile justice services. Detention Screener Internsprovide assessment for mental health and substance use issues, basic integratedand supportive individual, family and group counseling, education, advocacy,linkage, coordination, problem-solving and monitoring to optimize thefunctioning of individuals with substance disorders or co-occurring substanceand mental disorders, working under supervision of the assigned fieldinstructor or designee.


  • Understanding Behavior - Learns to apply theories of addiction andhuman behavior; recognizes the risk and resiliency components of the personal,environmental, social and cultural contexts; co-occurring competent; analyzesand distinguishes between the contributing interactions of physical, social,behavioral, psychological and social factors.

  • Treatment Knowledge - Developing knowledge of science based treatmentphilosophy, models and practice; incorporates the use of other disciplines,family, social networks and community resources in support of individualrecovery; utilizes outcome measures in evaluating performance.

  • Application to Practice - Working under supervision, effectively matchesclient needs to appropriate levels and modalities of care; individualizesstrategies and interventions to individual client recovery needs, preferences,readiness, stage of change and unique co-occurring disorder, language, genderand cultural considerations; makes optimum therapeutic use of client crises;incorporates interventions as appropriate; adheres to the fidelity of selectedpractice models.

  • Professional Readiness - Understands and respects diverse culturesand cultural differences; comfortable with and responds to persons withdisabilities; evidences personal awareness of strengths, limitations andbiases; behaves ethically and adheres to professional standards of conduct; pursues guidance and supervision and continuous professional developmentopportunities; remains aware of personal and professional limits in knowledgeand expertise.

  • Technical Capabilities - Proficient in the use of Electronic Health Records;effectively utilizes electronic medium (internet, intranet, phones, etc.) tocommunicate and stay abreast of changes in the field and political andcommunity environments; thoroughly documents and records professional events,activities and transactions.

  • Business Acumen - Works with supervisors to learn support andbenefits available to clients and aggressively works to enable client access tothose resources.

  • Professional - Behavesethically; presents a professional image in appearance, communications and demeanor;adheres to agency scheduling policy; follows program activity schedules;committed to personal professional development.

  • Analytical - Establishesa helping relationship with the person receiving services by demonstratingempathy, respect, and genuineness in order to build trust; assists in gatheringinformation about basic and community living of the person receiving servicesto be used in the assessment process.


  • Currentlyenrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program in social work,counseling, psychology or other human services field and working under a formallearning contract or similar agreement with a university.

Physical/Safety/Health Considerations: Sit, stand, walk, lift, and carry

Qualityof Work Expected: Level commensurate with satisfactory Detention Screener internperformance

Quantityof Work Expected: Commensuratewith level necessary to fully meet obligations of learning contract or similardocument,

Supervision: Work isperformed under the direction of the assigned field instructor. This positiondoes not provide supervision to others.

Scope ofResponsibility: Undersupervision of the assigned field instructor or designee, conducts interviewsto assess social, legal, medical psychological and educational needs of client;provides individual, group, or family counseling; provides casework services toassist clients in obtaining social, educational and vocational goals. Engagesclients to talk and communicates empathically about their addiction or mentalillness, medications and recovery.

CoreResponsibilities/Essential Functions:

  • Workingunder supervision of the assigned field instructor or designee, interns:

  • Conductand document a face-to-face interview with the referred youth includingrequired information, accurately score and complete the Detention RiskAssessment Instrument, Suicide Risk Assessment Instrument, and PositiveAchievement Change Tool (PACT) on 100% of the juveniles referred to the JAC.Initiate an immediate referral for further evaluation when necessary.

  • Conductand document an interview containing required information with theparent/guardian and/or document diligent attempts to conduct the interview.

  • Conductand document an interview with the victim/complainant, arresting lawenforcement officer, Juvenile Probation Officer (JPO) and collateral sourcessuch as school officials, employers, prior service providers and gang unitofficer, as appropriate.

  • Makereferrals to community resources, including social, legal and educationalproviders.

  • Attendscheduled interdisciplinary treatment team meeting or clinical supervisorysessions and discusses aspects of client's care and progress (or lack of same);may participate in other meetings/events as assigned.

  • Reportcrisis situations and treatment needs of clients to clinical personnel andsupervisor; recognize client's comprehensive needs and discusses withinterdisciplinary treatment team.

Theomission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigningspecific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment toposition and encompassed within the learning contract or similar agreement.

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