|Probation counselors typically
work with either adults or
juveniles exclusively. Only in
small, rural jurisdictions do
probation counselers work with
both juveniles and adults. In a
few States, the jobs of adult and
juvenile probation counselors are
Juvenile probation counselors, commonly known as youth corrections counselors, are primarily responsible for overseeing troubled juveniles, however, they also have a number of other responsibilities. Juvenile probation counselors are also responsible for recommending to the courts where juveniles requiring supervision should be placed, for example, a group home, state sponsored school, or a detention facility. Juvenile probation counselors also communicate with the families of juveniles, probation officers, social workers, and others involved with the juvenile. Counselors testify at hearings, complete predisposition studies, and are responsible for overseeing diversion agreements.
Probation counselors provide behavior, substance abuse, and mental health counseling. Additionally, many counselors set up and teach classes for juveniles' families. Counseling services are usually offered by juvenile probration counselors who have earned a master's degree in social work, psychology, or counseling.
How to become a juvenile probation officer:
Bachelor's degree in social work, counseling, psychology, criminal justice, or a closely related field, and one year of experience as a juvenile probation officer, counselor or social worker.
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