Youth Counselor A (Part-Time) - Turning Point Youth Services


Youth Counselor A - Position #420


Turning Point Youth Services


220 N. Locust Street, Visalia, CA 93291


Laura Quiroz, Program Director


(559) 627-1385


Class 80 ($13.10 - $16.58/hour)


Part-Time, Hourly, Non-Exempt


Until Filled



We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


The Youth Counselor A reports to the Program Director and provides direct counseling services to clients.


  1.  Counsels youth and families, and maintains a caseload of clients.

  2.  Provides assessment, evaluation, case management, client education, training in ethics and professional growth.

  3.  Develops counseling and educational materials.

  4.  Assists clients in attaining the goals on their treatment plans.

  5.  Provides individual coaching, conducts group, and family counseling sessions for youth.

  6.  Answers the telephone and serves as a receptionist when assigned.

  7.  Performs general office duties.

  8.  Reports and documents services to meet program and contract criteria, as outlined in the program protocol, services record and group roll sheet.

  9.  Prepares Treatment Plans, counseling notes, and other required documentation.

  10.  Attends staff meetings and staff business meetings.

  11.  Attends Client case review meetings.

  12.  Able to think and act quickly and efficiently in emergencies. 

  13.  Comply with all Turning Point Safety policies and procedures, including but not limited to: workplace safety, reporting work related injuries, Infection Control and preventing potential safety risks for staff, clients and others.

  14.  Will drive on Agency business.

  15.  Punctual and regular attendance is an essential responsibility of each employee at Turning Point. Employees are expected to report to work as scheduled, on time and prepared to start working. Employees also are expected to remain at work for their entire work schedule. Late arrival, early departure or other absences from scheduled hours are disruptive and must be avoided.

  16.  Perform other duties as assigned by Program Director.  Please note this job description is not designated to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required for the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


  1.  Associate of Arts degree and one (1) year experience, or three (3) years' experience in a mental health or substance abuse setting.  Experience in a mental health or substance abuse field may be substituted on a year-for-year basis provided that the experience includes clinical evaluation, treatment planning, and individual and group counseling.

  2.  Knowledge of substance abuse, addictions, and related disorders, and ability to effectively assist program clients in the treatment of these disorders. 

  3.  Must possess an ADP-approved Substance Abuse Counseling certification OR must be enrolled in an ADP-approved Substance Abuse Counseling certification course within six months of date of hire AND successfully complete the course in a timely manner or at the discretion of the program supervisor.

  4.  Must be registered with an ADP-approved Substance Abuse Counseling Certification Agency.

  5.  Communicate effectively in written and spoken English. 

  6.  Ability to communicate effectively in written and spoken Spanish preferred. 

  7.  Intermediate computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.

  8.  Ability to operate within Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system. 

  9.  Possess a valid driver's license and have access to a dependable means of transportation that is properly insured and operated in accordance with all laws.  Agency insurer authorization is required. 

  10.  Ability to pass a criminal background check.

  11.  Ability to pass a pre-employment physical, drug screen, general physical, and TB test.

  12.  Must maintain good relationships with consumers, co-workers, government and civic representatives, as well as community members within whom the Agency is transacting business, and relate to them in a professional manner.