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Prevention Specialist
Title:Prevention Specialist
Location:330 Kay Larkin Dr., Palatka, FL 32177
Salary Range: $13.39/hr - 17.94/hr DOE
Additional compensation offered for Masters Degree and/or licensure/certification
Working Hours:  M-F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

This position is responsible for developing and providing prevention services to Putnam County schools.  Will provide evidence-based prevention groups to at risk children and adolescents.  Work will involve coordinating prevention activities along with establishing inter-agency relationship.  Follows the agency’s prevention plan to assure community needs are being met.  Understands HIPAA compliance, community connections, and clinical documentation. 


Graduation from an accredited school with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, Social Work, or other relevant Human Services discipline. Master’s Degree preferred. Licensed to practice as a Clinical Social Worker, Mental Health Counselor or Marriage and Family Therapist preferred.  Current valid driver’s license in the state of Florida is required.
  • Knowledge of the principles of leadership.
  • Good knowledge of mental illness, emotional disturbances, addiction and/or co-occurring disorders.
  • Knowledge of the risk factors for developing substance abuse, mental health, or co-occurring disorders. 
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle to transport clients & perform essential functions of the position.
  • Ability to express oneself clearly & concisely both orally & in writing.
  • Ability to maintain an effective working relationship with client, co-workers, professionals & the general public & other service agencies in a tactful & courteous manner.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with mentally, emotionally and/or psychologically disturbed clients in person and over the telephone.
  • Ability to obtain certification in CPR/First Aide and complete training in Mandt Training, Bloodborne Pathogens & HIV/AIDS within the first month of employment.
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment.


(May perform one or more of the following functions; may not perform all duties listed or include all duties performed).
  • Develop and implement evidence based prevention groups such as anger management, social skills, coping skills, etc.
  • Participate in prevention activities and school based meetings to assist with appropriate service placement.
  • Establish and maintain inter-agency relationships to promote services in the community.
  • Advocate for clients’ rights and preferences.
  • Instructs, orients and maintains an awareness of proper safety procedures and guidelines.
  • Participates in in-service training.
  • Develop and provide staff related training on risk factors.
  • Makes commitment to SMA’s mission and core values the SMA Way
  • Abides by principles of EEO compliance and a workplace of dignity and respect.
  • Works cooperatively in a group/team setting.
  • Shows respect to others.
  • Takes guidance and direction from supervisors.
  • Arrives/Reports to work on time and ready to work.
  • Performs related work as required.
SMA Healthcare is a tobacco and drug-free workplace.
EEO Employer     W / M / Vet / Disabled
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