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City of Torrance
Class Code: 1368

Class Designation: Non-Civil Service/At-Will

May 2008

Representation Unit: Certain Full-Time Salaried and Hourly Employees


Juvenile Counseling Intern


Under general direction, assists other Police Department diversion workers in the disposition, counseling and referral of juveniles referred to the Diversion Program.  Identifies pre-delinquent behavior and provides counseling/therapy, or makes arrangements with appropriate community agencies for treatment designed to modify behavior.  Implements special counseling programs; and does related work as required.

Organizational Relationships

The Juvenile Counseling Intern position is fully funded by grant funds and is subject to their availability.  Distinguished from the Juvenile Diversion Caseworker in that the Caseworker does not implement alternative programs such as parent education, Neighborhoods in Action (parenting program), and other specialized group counseling programs.  It is distinguished from the Juvenile Diversion Coordinator in that the Intern does not coordinate or supervise the activities of the Diversion staff.

Examples Of Duties

  • Counsels juveniles and parents, together or separately for purposes of Intake and Evaluation and provides on-going individual, family or group counseling when appropriate;
  • Reviews juvenile investigation reports prepared by Patrol and Investigative personnel to determine the facts leading to the delinquent behavior of a juvenile;
  • Conducts interviews and reviews background questionnaires in evaluating referrals to the Juvenile Diversion Program;
  • Assists in the creation and implementation of new programs designed to modify the behavior of pre-delinquent and delinquent youths, such as on-going school based group counseling, alternative type group therapy, and parent education courses;
  • In more difficult cases, makes arrangements with appropriate community agencies to augment the Juvenile Diversion Program to provide a more comprehensive treatment intervention;
  • Works closely and cooperatively with police investigators and school personnel to counsel juveniles exhibiting pre-delinquent behavior;
  • Prepares and maintains appropriate case reports and files;
  • Assists the Juvenile Diversion Coordinator in tracking youths referred to the program.
  • Minimum Qualifications

    Knowledge of
  • Counseling techniques used to modify pre-delinquent and delinquent behavior;
  • Community agencies having counseling, treatment, and testing programs designed to modify juvenile pre-delinquent and delinquent behavior;
  • Interviewing methods used to obtain information from and about pre-delinquent and delinquent juveniles and their families in order to develop appropriate treatment programs;
  • Current case law as it pertains to the detention and disposition of juvenile offenders;
  • Welfare and Institution Code as it pertains to custody, welfare, protection and detention of juveniles;
  • Modern Police Department practices in working with juveniles.
  • Ability to
  • Evaluate and counsel pre-delinquent and delinquent juveniles and their families, and adopt an effective course of action in difficult, sensitive, or emergency situations;
  • Provide on-going individual, family and group counseling;
  • Work closely and cooperatively with fellow employees, law enforcement personnel, school patrol  officers, school counselors, and others involved in youth servicing agencies;
  • Maintain calm, self control in difficult situations such as crisis intervention, irate or hostile parents and juveniles;
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • Prepare and maintain confidential case files.
  • License or Certificate

    Must possess a valid appropriate California driver's license.

    Education and Experience

    Any combination of education and experience that would have provided the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:
    Possession of a doctor's or master's degree in marriage, family, and child counseling, marital and family therapy, psychology, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, or counseling with an emphasis in either marriage, family, and child counseling or marriage and family therapy, obtained from a school, college, or university accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, or approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education; AND Registration as a marriage and family therapist intern; OR verification of receipt of application provided by the Board of Behavioral Sciences.

    Special Requirements

    Performance of the essential duties of this position includes the following physical demands and/or working conditions:
    Requires the ability to exert a small amount of physical effort in sedentary to light work involving moving from one area of the office to another; requires sufficient hand/eye coordination to perform skilled repetitive movements and the use of other office equipment and supplies.  Tasks require color and visual perception and discrimination, as well as oral communications ability.  Tasks are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions.