Intern-Detention Screener

Job Description

ACTS is committed to the health and safety of our workforce and persons served. At this time, ACTS is requiring all potential employees and interns to be fully vaccinated before their first date of employment.

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


Pre-requisite Requirements:

Currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program in social work, counseling, psychology or other human services field and working under a formal learning contract or similar agreement with a university.

Scope of Responsibility:  Under supervision of the assigned field instructor or designee, conducts interviews to assess social, legal, medical psychological and educational needs of client; provides individual, group, or family counseling; provides casework services to assist clients in obtaining social, educational and vocational goals. Engages clients to talk and communicates empathically about their addiction or mental illness, medications and recovery.

Core Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

Working under supervision of the assigned field instructor or designee, interns:

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

Conduct and document an interview containing required information with the parent/guardian and/or document diligent attempts to conduct the interview.

Conduct and document an interview with the victim/complainant, arresting law enforcement officer, Juvenile Probation Officer (JPO) and collateral sources such as school officials, employers, prior service providers and gang unit officer, as appropriate.

Make referrals to community resources, including social, legal and educational providers.

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

Report crisis situations and treatment needs of clients to clinical personnel and supervisor; recognize client's comprehensive needs and discusses with interdisciplinary treatment team.

The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to position and encompassed within the learning contract or similar agreement.