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Correctional Counselor

Company: County of Santa Barbara
Location: Lompoc
Posted on: June 19, 2022

Job Description:


$57,009.68 - $68,121.51 Annually


County of Santa Barbara - All locations, CA

Job Type




Job Number

22-0449-01 (SH/O)


TO APPLY or learn more about the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office,
please visit our website at TO APPLY ONLINE - NOTE: Incumbent may be appointed to a I or II level, depending on the qualifications and the needs of the department. The salary at the II level is $65,070.14-$77,962.28 annually.We are accepting applications to fill a vacancy in All Locations. The current vacancy is in the Sheriff's Office. We are accepting applications to establish one employment list that will be used to fill vacancies at all locations (separate lists for different locations will not be established). Therefore, applicants must check "All Locations" on the application and be willing to accept assignment at any location. Counselors will be assigned to the Main Jail in Santa Barbara and/or the new Northern Branch Jail in Santa Maria.

ABOUT THE POSITION: The Sheriff's Treatment Program has been an integral part of the Santa Barbara County Jail for more than two decades and has served thousands of inmates with recovery and support services. Like many jail programs across the state, STP has been evolving over the last several years to meet the latest research of "what works" in recidivism reduction and offender reentry. Today, STP's mission and program structure is designed to meet the best practice recommendations of the National Institute of Corrections' (NICIC.gov) Transition from Jail to Community project and to incorporate jail programming recommendations outlined in the broad scope of Evidence-Based Decision Making and Practices (EBDM) of the Criminal Justice System.

This evolution also impacts the job descriptions, duties and the developed skill set of the staff working in the jail programs unit. Evidence-based programming is curriculum-driven and delivered with fidelity to the models. Counselors are competent in stand up delivery of material, have a solid understanding of adult learning principles, can incorporate the use of Motivational Interviewing and client-centered communication, and understand that incarcerated individuals require a variety of services to meet many diverse needs.

Mission Statement: The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Treatment Program improves long-term public safety and reduces each participant's risk of recidivism by teaching effective, evidence-based interpersonal skills that guide the development of a pro-social lifestyle and change the behaviors that lead to criminality and other risky choices.

Sheriff's Treatment Program Classes: Aggression Replacement Training (ART)Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Employment (CBI)Thinking for a Change (T4C)Courage to Change Interactive JournalsReasoning and Rehabilitation (R & R)Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT)
County of Santa Barbara Employee Benefits and Compensation

Benefits and Wellness Plans-Medical/Dental/Vision
Compensation Summary .
Retirement Plans:

Vacation: 12 to 25 days per year depending on length of public employment.
Holidays: 12 days per year.
Sick Benefits: 12 days sick leave per year. Unlimited accumulation, one year of which can be converted to service credit upon retirement.
Shift Differential Pay: 75 cents per hour for regularly assigned night shift work.
Health Plan: Choice of medical and dental plans (with vision care). County contributes toward the employee's premium.
On-Site Employee Health Clinics in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria: Provides ongoing and episodic services to eligible employees and their eligible dependents over age 15.

In addition, applicants from other public sector employers may qualify for retirement reciprocity and time and service credit towards an advanced vacation accrual rate.
The Ideal Candidate possess:Experience providing correctional and/or addiction counseling to incarcerated adults in a locked facility. A commitment to professional development An ability to work with incarcerated individuals with a broad range of convictions, including violent crimes Strong presentation skills Clear communication & writing skills Demonstrated organizational skills An ability to adapt to situations quickly An empathetic and non-judgmental communication styleBilingual English/Spanish is a plus but not required

  • An admission of having committed any act amounting to a felony within five years in California, or in another state which would be classified as a felony in California
  • An adult felony conviction in California, or with a conviction for an offense in another state which would be classified as a felony in California
  • Currently on Probation or Parole
  • Adult felony and/or misdemeanor conviction(s) may be disqualifying depending on type, number, severity, and how recent
  • Conviction of/or sustained petitions for any sex crime
  • Recent use and/or possession of illegal drugs; Failure to reveal prior use will be disqualifying
  • Unfavorable work history
  • Poor credit history
  • History of committing domestic violence
  • Dishonesty or failure to reveal pertinent information
  • Recent use of marijuana may be disqualifying
  • Illegal possession of marijuana

    Examples of Duties
    Conducts initial intake interview in order to assess the inmate's problem and need for treatment and/or referral services. Provides group counseling to educate and assist inmates in recognizing and understanding the nature of the problem, to assess the need for treatment, and to evaluate progress. Facilitates evidence-based curricula to housing units with up to thirty (30) participants for up to six hours daily. Develops and implements individualized treatment and recovery plans. Writes reports and summaries to document findings, recommendations, and inmate progress; completes forms and maintains inmate records and charts according to established procedures, guidelines, and legal requirements. Attends trainings and meetings to keep abreast of current evidence-based curricula and services available.Incumbent will be required to travel throughout the County of Santa Barbara.Performs other duties as assigned.
    Employment Standards
  • Completion of 30 semester or 45 quarter units of college coursework in alcohol and drug abuse issues and counseling, OR
  • A combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.Knowledge of: the issues and trends in alcohol and drug abuse; symptoms and behavior patterns of chemically dependent and co-dependent individuals; laws and regulations governing alcohol and drug abuse; co-occurring alcohol and other drug conditions; case management practices; assessment and treatment plans; and counseling and interviewing techniques.

    Ability to: learn and explain the Federal and State laws and regulations regarding clients' rights in a rehabilitation program; learn the operations, policies, and procedures regulating a County jail; interact effectively with people of diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds; exercise tact and independent judgment; speak before groups; gather, document, evaluate, and interpret data; draw logical conclusions and make recommendations; prepare and maintain client records and reports; maintain client confidentiality; and determine inmate treatment needs and make appropriate referrals to other departments/agencies.

    Additional Qualifications: Selectees must register to obtain Alcohol and Drug Counselor (AOD) certification (pursuant to the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs' Counselor Certification standards) upon appointment and obtain certification within five years as a condition of continued employment. Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License is required at the time of appointment.Desirable Qualifications: Experience providing alcohol and drug abuse counseling to incarcerated adults in a locked facility.

    Additional Information: Incumbents work in a locked facility with persons who may be hostile and/or aggressive and convicted of crimes, including violent crimes; Incumbents may be required to work shifts, weekends, and holidays; Appointee must satisfactorily complete a one year probationary period.
    Supplemental Information

    SELECTION PROCESS:Review applications and supplemental questionnaire to determine those candidates who meet the employment standards. Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ): Candidates will be emailed a notice to complete a Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ). Failure to submit a PHQ by the deadline will result in disqualification from the selection process. Candidates, who successfully pass the PHQ, will be invited to the next step in the selection process. Supplemental Questionnaire Ranking: If you pass the presentation, your responses to the required supplemental questionnaire will be evaluated and scored. Candidates' final score and rank on the eligibility list will be determined by their responses to the supplemental questionnaire. This process may be eliminated if there are fewer than eleven qualified applicants.
    Candidates must receive a percentage score of at least 70 on the Supplemental Questionnaire examination to be placed on an employment list. An adjustment may be made to raw scores based on factors listed in Civil Service Rule VI. Those candidates who are successful in the selection process will have their names placed on the employment list for a minimum of three months. At the time the e

Keywords: County of Santa Barbara, Lompoc , Correctional Counselor, Other , Lompoc, California

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