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Truancy Program Social Work, Practitioner

Salary: $23.52-$28.71 hourly / $4,090-$4,993 monthly / Range: 5664

DEFINITION: Under general direction, performs professional-level social work for truancy intervention programs; provides technical consultation to Truancy Program Social Workers, Senior; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is characterized by the responsibility for performing social work typically associated with programs designed to reduce truancy and chemical dependency in junior high and high school students; however, assignments may vary based upon program needs. Incumbents work with considerable independence and report to a program supervisor. This class is distinguished from Truancy Program Social Worker, Senior by its requirement for master's-level education and by its responsibility to provide professional and technical guidance to Truancy Program Social Workers, Senior.


1. Conducts home and school visits with truant students and their families to gather information and assess obstacles to school attendance; makes recommendations to truant students and their families for alleviating truancy; provides information to students and their families regarding legal consequences of continued truancy; and assesses psycho-social and other factors influencing truancy and refers students and their families to various social services agencies and related community resources for assistance and/or treatment.
2. Participates in After School (ASM), Truancy Mediation Team (TMT), and School Attendance Review Board (SARB) meetings with truant students and their families, deputy district attorneys, program manager, school officials, probation officers, law enforcement officers, substance abuse counselors, and/or other related social service staff; may conduct meetings as assigned; recommends interventions to be included in behavior contracts made between students, their families, District Attorney's Office, and schools to improve attendance; and places eligible students in New Vistas alcohol and chemical dependency program as alternatives to formal probation.
3. Manages assigned truancy and/or New Vistas caseloads to ensure compliance with treatment plans; monitors attendance and progress of truant students; counsels students and families regarding communications, coping, and effective parenting skills, anger management strategies, and other techniques and strategies necessary for improving social interactions; conducts follow-up assessments; and refers non-compliant truant students to SARB.
4. Provides professional and technical guidance and consultation to Truancy Program Social Workers, Senior; determines the need and arranges professional training for Truancy Program Social Workers, Senior; and provides input to supervisor regarding performance evaluation of Truancy Program Social Work Practitioners.
5. Documents case files and updates databases; prepares narrative and statistical reports, documents, and correspondence regarding status of truant students; and testifies in court as needed.
6. Acts as community liaison for truancy programs; conducts positive reward programs for truant students; and performs special projects as required.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Possession of a master's degree in social work, educational or counseling psychology, or related field.

Additional Requirements:

1. Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License is required upon employment.
2. Selectees for employment in this class must, as a condition of employment, sign a statement agreeing to comply with Section 11166 of the California Penal Code relating to child abuse reporting.
3. Selectees for positions in this class are subject to fingerprinting for the purpose of a criminal record check as authorized by Section 16501 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code and Section 11105.3 of the Penal Code.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATION: Professional social work experience working with adolescents.

Knowledge of: principles and practices of social work as applicable to truant minors, high-risk adolescents, and their families; principles and techniques of interviewing, diagnostic assessment, and various counseling modalities; principles of human development, child development, parenting, and family dynamics; public assistance and social services systems; medical, psychological, social, and educational resources, needs, problems, attitudes, and behavior of assigned client population; report writing practices; and standard computer applications used in business and government.

Ability to: assess social service needs of clients; interview a variety of people with diverse socio-economic backgrounds and temperaments; plan, develop, and implement service plans; motivate clients to achieve social functioning goals; identify and make referrals to community resources; learn, apply, and explain complex laws, regulations, and policies; work independently; review work of self and others for conformance to accepted professional standards; provide technical guidance to other professionals; explain and defend the program's actions and decisions regarding program participants; determine the appropriate course of action in emergency or stressful situations; integrate program objectives with departmental goals; organize and prioritize work assignments; maintain accurate records and documentation; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships; deal firmly and fairly with clients; maintain confidentiality of information; and use a personal computer and related software.

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