Correctional Counselor 1(Tennessee)
Source: 2011-08-10 11:53:03

Closing Date/Time: Wed. 08/10/11 7:59 PM Central Time 
Salary: $2,143.00 - $3,429.00 Monthly
$25,716.00 - $41,148.00 Annually
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Bledsoe County, Tennessee 
Summary/Distinguishing Features  Benefits  Supplemental Questions


SUMMARY: Under general supervision, is responsible for correctional counseling work of routine difficulty; and performs related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES: This is the entry level class in the Correctional Counselor sub-series. An employee in this class is responsible for counseling juvenile and adult inmates. This class differs from Correctional Counselor 2 in that an incumbent of the latter is responsible for acting at the working level. *An applicant appointed to this flexibly staffed class will be reclassified to the next higher class in the series after successful completion of a mandatory one-year training period; inadequate or marginal performance during the training period will result in automatic demotion or termination.
 Examples of Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Performs a variety of casework services for assigned clientele; conducts regular counseling sessions with institutional residents; monitors clients' activities to keep aware of progress and adjustments in behavior.

2. Supervises assigned caseload; counsels clients in areas of family relations, education, religion, community adjustments, finance and other matters in order to enhance clients' conformance to societal norms; consults with others to determine most effective case methods and methods of handling problem situations.

3. Develops program plans for clients of correctional system outlining goals and objectives to be accomplished before release.

4. Prepares and maintains records and reports on clients' history, progress, adjustment, rule violations, visitations, pre-release status and other related statistics.

5. Attends and participates in parole, clemency, and disciplinary hearings; represents department in variety of routine formal and informal public contacts; develops good working relations with community agencies and groups.

6. Attends staff meetings and conferences to learn policies, procedures and programs of correctional system; participates in various assignments to gain exposure to full realm of correctional counseling; studies cases and confers with more experienced counselors and supervisory personnel to expand understanding of counseling work.

7. Uses car to make field contacts on various correctional counseling assignments.
 Minimum Qualifications: 
Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree; qualifying full-time professional experience or paraprofessional counseling with inmates in a correctional institution may be substituted for the required education, on a year-for-year basis, to a maximum of four years.

 Necessary Special Qualifications/Examination Method: 
NECESSARY SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS: A valid vehicle operator's license may be required for employment in some positions.

EXAMINATION METHOD: Written Test, 100%. To be eligible for Career Service employment consideration, an applicant must attain a passing score of 70 or greater on the written test. An applicant's standing or rank on an employment register is based on this score.

TEST SUMMARY: The written test for Correctional Counselor 1 consists of 80 multiple choice questions divided into four test sections. Each test section has been designed to assess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to effectively receive the formal and informal training provided to new appointees. The four test sections are:

Reading Passages and Answering Questions About Content – The questions contained in this section are designed to assess the extent to which an applicant will be able to learn specific components or aspects of the job through the reading of written technical materials. (16 questions)
Word Meanings – The questions contained in this section have been designed to assess applicants’ communication skills by measuring their knowledge of word meanings. (21 questions)

Analyzing Situations – The questions contained in this section have been designed to assess an applicant's ability to understand and interpret guidelines or policies governing situational decision-making, and to apply the guidelines to specific situations in order to choose the most appropriate action or decision. (22 questions)

Recognizing Errors in Sentences – The questions contained in this section of the examination have been designed to assess applicants’ writing ability by measuring the extent to which they can detect either grammatical or standard English usage errors in sentences. (21 questions)


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