Diagnostic Caseworker
Pay: $17 - $20 per hour
Job Type: Full-time
Program Type: Residential
Location: Coal Township, Northumberland | Note: Location availability varies, inquire for specifics

Pay: $17.00 – $20.00 per hour

If you are interested in joining a stable company of 30 years who believes in promoting from within, offers tuition reimbursement, 401-K, a hefty staff referral bonus, employee raffles, and years of service awards (just to name few perks) … You’ve found your new home!

Diversified Treatment Alternative Centers has been providing award-winning, specialized residential and outpatient treatment programs for children, adolescents, and their families since 1991. Our residential treatment programs in central Pennsylvania offer an intimate, welcoming environment for us to provide innovative treatment to those in need. We help those who have experienced emotional, physical, and sexual abuse and trauma. DTAC also provides treatment for those who exhibit sexual behavior problems in an intensive, solution-focused treatment process.

Our Mission at DTAC is to serve children, adolescents and their families in a stable and safe environment where one’s potential, personal strengths and relationships are the basis for life long change and self-sufficiency.


Responsible for the completion of comprehensive evaluations/assessments and subsequent treatment planning recommendations in a staff secure, highly structured residential level of care. Within 90 days will provide a roadmap for further treatment and a plan to meet the individual’s ongoing needs.


  • Responsible to: Clinical Coordinator, Administrative Coordinator, Supervisor and the entire client community in the residential setting with emphasis on providing primary care to assigned clients in a clinical capacity for diagnostic purposes
  • Workers Supervised: Secondary Counselors
  • Interrelationships: Interacts on an ongoing basis with Clinical Coordinator, management team, co-workers, referral sources, parents/guardians, and other significant parties needed to enhance the clients’ diagnostic experience.


  1. Assume primary care of youths assigned to caseload.
  2. Develop and implement a treatment plan that addresses the needs of the youth with input from the youth, family, referring agency, and Clinical Coordinator. All goals/objectives are to be realistic, obtainable, and measurable.
  3. Conduct multiple clinical interview sessions with assigned youth to collect clinical assessment data.
  4. Documentation of therapeutic experiences via progress notes and report writing.
  5. Communication with referral sources and other professionals in efforts to collect clinical assessment data.
  6. Conduct interviews with family of assigned youth in efforts to collect clinical data.
  7. Conduct individual counseling sessions with primary clients at least weekly and with all youth as needed.
  8. Develop and facilitate group therapy as designated by Clinical Coordinator.
  9. Provide for the health, safety, security, and appropriate social interaction and social behavior of all youth in placement.
  10. Facilitate family sessions and maintain appropriate communication with significant parties.
  11. Maintain professional documentation duties, i.e. court reports, taskwork, discharge summaries, individual and family notes, log entries, incident reports, progress notes, treatment plans and TPRs and clinical testing.
  12. Demonstrate a standard of conduct that provides effective role modeling for client population and peer group.
  13. Present accurate clinical information to referral sources, family members, and in court, or as requested.
  14. Plan and implement therapeutic, recreational, educational and seasonal events on and off-site.
  15. Facilitate appropriate discipline through therapeutic intervention as needed.
  16. Assume primary responsibility for making a decision to grant or withdraw a phase for primary residents.
  17. Attend and participate in weekly staff meetings.
  18. Improve level of competence through participation in ongoing supervision
  19. Attend on and off-site training seminars.
  20. Perform all other duties assigned by the Clinical Coordinator or Administrative Coordinator.
  21. Complete medication administration training and administer medications as necessary.
  22. Maintain client files by regular filing and keeping documents current.


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree or high school diploma w/ three years’ experience in childcare.
  • Training and Experience: Sufficient previous counseling experience, preferably with adolescents.
  • Job Knowledge: Comprehensive knowledge of DTAC modality of treatment, clinical philosophy, and awareness of the OCYF laws related to juvenile rehabilitation.

Salary: $17.00 – $20.00 per hour

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