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Berrien County Administration Social Worker - Public Defender's Office in St. Joseph, Michigan

uRequired:/u Mastersrsquo; Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or marriage and Family Therapy from an accredited institution. A valid professional license from the State of Michigan in one of the above disciplines. At least three years of paid full-time professional experience providing treatment services in a mental/behavioral health setting.uOther Requirements:/u Must successfully pass a pre-employment physical and drug screen. Must maintain regular, reliable and predictable attendance. Possession of a valid driverrsquo;s license and access to a vehicle in order to access clients and witnesses. May be assigned to work in any public defender office or court location and have contact with clients in community jail settings.uDesired:/u Ability to work compassionately and respectfully with clients in crisis. Experience working with individuals from multi-ethnic communities. Excellent interpersonal, analytical, writing, and communication skills. Possess a demonstrated commitment to social justice issues and/or indigent defense. Ability to operate technology to search and retrieve information. Ability to operate typical office equipment such as phones, computer, fax, calculator, printer, copier, scanner, digital video and digital cameras. Utilize services of interpreters as necessary to communicate with clients, witnesses and other persons related to the case. Maintain confidentiality with highly sensitive information. Accept direction and follow office policies and procedures. Work independently as well as collaboratively in a legal services team atmosphere.uDuties:/u Provides clinical expertise to support the legal position being presented in court. Attends collaborative meetings with the client and attorney, reviews case service plans, assists clients in navigating local social service agencies. Makes appropriate referrals and assistance to address clientsrsquo; social service needs (drug treatment, mental health treatment, housing, and other benefits) and advocates to social service agencies. Gathers factual mitigation through interviews, and obtaining and analyzing records. Researches and recommends alternatives to incarceration through memoranda prepared for submission to judges and prosecutors through Assistant Public Defenders. Completes special projects and other duties as assigned by the Assistant Chief Public Defender and/or the Chief Public Defender. The duties stated are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by a person so classified and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities.

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