Prevention Specialist

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  • Full-Time
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Job Type Details: Full Time

*Salary is commensurate with experience*

Job Purpose:

Within the Counseling and Wellness Department, the Prevention Specialist provides engagement and support services, particularly to program participants engaged in behaviors that may pose risks such as drug and alcohol use, criminal offensives and self-injury by using a strength-based approach. Build rapport with customers utilizing a non-judgmental, non-coercive, self-determination approach.  Conduct screenings, intakes & assessments to determine the best level of care and referral based on outcomes. Assemble and distribute approved materials for prevention and other SDC services at community health fairs, schools, youth community correction facilities. Provide prevention presentations in schools, community, and faith-based facilities, boys & girls club and SDC.

Essential Duties:

  • Develop professional relationships with other agencies that provide AODA Mental Health prevention/treatment services
  • Responsible for collecting data variables and inputting this information in SDC MIS and CAP-60 database.
  • Prepares and submits monthly report based on data collected and submits to supervisor for grant purposes.
  • Maintain and adhere to confidentiality protocols and practices in accordance with the federal, state and city governments and SDC policy and procedures.
  • Attend meetings, training, and conferences as required and attend all bi-monthly CBO meetings with Milwaukee County Funder as required.
  • Provide integrated case management for youth/families/Individuals referred to the program through court system, schools, community organization, and/or partners of SDC.

Intake Process:

  • Completes an initial intake/assessment and acts upon critical needs appropriately and immediately
  • Orients clients to the SDC programs and services, program requirements and consequences of behavior

Case plan:

  • Develops a comprehensive client-driven case plan with both short-term and long-term goals identified
  •  Completes a timeline and measures for each goal
  •  Monitors progress towards goals in regularly scheduled weekly sessions
  • Evaluates and adjusts case plans as needed and provides written progress notes
  •  Empowers clients to become self-determined with involvement in their own planning and goal setting
  • Refers clients to appropriate resources to assist with meeting goals
  • Training Programs:
  • Designs, coordinates and implements Life Skills and other training programs aimed at learning and practicing life and coping skills and decision-making
  • Evaluates the program for effectiveness and producing changes in client behaviors
  • Establishes and coordinates day and evening programs; schedules outside service providers and volunteers
  •  Participates in Substance Abuse/Prevention/Crisis Intervention/Mental Health training, and other trainings deemed necessary for position competency
  • Maintains an active caseload of a minimum of 25 families/youth providing case management, supportive counseling, interventions, case consultation and referral  as needed assuring procurement of additional services as needed
  • Must have a working knowledge of Screening, Intake, Client Orientation, Assessment, Basic Supportive Counseling, Case Planning, Case Management, Client Education, Crisis Intervention, Consultation with other Professionals, Report and Recordkeeping and Referral Services.
  • Coordinate and provide care that is safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable, and client-centered.
  • Must be able to assess and address motivational and psychosocial (housing, employment, education, financial, legal, social, emotional and physical) issues to meet the needs and of the client
  • Consults and cooperates with community systems to facilitate linkage, referral, crisis management, advocacy, and follow up with the focus on attaining treatment goals
  • Must have a solid working knowledge of community resources to provide information and referral services to clients and their families
  • Maintain client case records as proposed by SDC and the funding sources, including the use of CAP60 system
  • Advocate and intervene for/with clients in accessing services
  • Conduct home visits and school visits to make an appropriate assessment of the client’s situation. Will need the use of own insured and registered vehicle
  • Track clients while in the program and when they leave the program; maintain activity records and follow up as needed
  • Assist with/lead special activities (field trips, recreation events, job readiness. athletic leagues, etc.) as assigned
  • Conduct community education classes, workshops and presentations for youth and/or parents as assigned
  • Provide individual and group outreach, referral and information sessions for parents Individuals; assist them in accessing Family Services, SDC, and Community Resources
  • Attend court and case staffing for youth/families as assigned
  • All other duties as assigned


  • Must have excellent verbal, written  and presentation communication skills and able to demonstrate these in the delivery of services
  • Valid Wisconsin driver’s license with acceptable driving record, use of an automobile and current auto insurance
  • Experience working with at-risk youth and families and comfortable working with diverse populations
  • Have the ability to utilize cultural competent models of care while ascertaining clients’ needs and maintain consistent follow-up to ensure continuity of care.


  • Associate Degree in human service, social work, psychology, sociology, or counseling from an accredited US Department of Education School or can be obtained within the first six (6) months.
  • At least(3) years of direct work experience performing community outreach prevention education.
    • State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (WI-DSPS) Substance Abuse Counselor-In-Training (SAC-IT) or Prevention Specialist (PS) professional credential or can obtain within the first six (6) months of employment.  Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) or Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC) Preferred.

Physical Demands:

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The phrases “occasionally,” “regularly,” and “frequently” correspond to the following definitions:  “Occasionally” means up to 1/3 of working time, “regularly” means between 1/3 and 2/3 of working time, and “frequently” means 2/3 and more working time.
  • While performing the duties and responsibilities of this position, the employee is occasionally required to stand and walk.  The incumbent will regularly sit, and will frequently talk and listen and use hands, handle or touch.  Specific vision requirements for this position include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. During the performance of his/her duties, the incumbent will regularly lift up to 5 pounds and occasionally up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment:

  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • The employee works regularly in an office environment where the noise level is moderate.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by staff assigned to this position.  They are not be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required.  All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

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