Occ. Code 8125100


Correctional services guidance Specialist, GRADE 22



New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard





Positions in this title assist the Director of Correctional Guidance with program development, implementation, and evaluation of facility program development.  In order to ensure continuity of services and to facilitate the transition of incarcerated individuals or veterans preparing for release. Incumbents in these positions act as a liaison with community resources and with other State and federal agencies.


These positions are classified at the Department of Correctional Services (DOCS) and assist in the total care and confinement of inmates sentenced to the custody of the Department.  All incumbents perform various duties and functions in conjunction with the overall operation of a facility and/or location to which they are assigned.




            Correctional services guidance specialist:  full performance level; staff position in support of the Director Correctional Guidance in the development, implementation, and evaluation of facility program development.




Correction Counselors apply social casework principles to the social, educational and vocational rehabilitation of inmates in the correctional facilities of DOCS. 


Correction Counselor Aides assist the counseling staff in their casework, including: interviewing inmates; assisting with inmate group sessions; maintaining case files; providing personal assistance to inmates for the maintenance of family contacts via telephone and written correspondence; assisting inmates in completing complex written forms; and explaining rules and procedures. 


Education Counselors are responsible for providing counseling service to aid inmates in making effective adjustments to facility education programs in facilities that have large education programs.


Facility Parole Officers apply social casework techniques to work on a variety of issues related to the release of inmates from correctional facilities, performing functions that include:  the assignment and review of caseloads and interviewing of inmates; creation and implementation of discharge activities to help inmates with the release and reintegration into communities; preparation of summary reports for the Parole Board; coordination with community-based parole staff, the development of a final discharge and supervision plan; and any other administrative duties associated with the release of inmates from incarceration.


            Assistant Director Correctional Guidance is a one-position class that assists the Director of Correctional Guidance in the design and implementation of policy on a Department-wide basis relating to all guidance activities. 




Assist correctional facilities in the establishment and implementation of specific programs for incarcerated individuals.


·         Develop criteria for the establishment of programs for incarcerated individuals.


·         Monitor existing programs and implement changes as necessary.


·         Conduct periodic program reviews and on-site visits to programs in order to ensure adherence to existing guidelines.


·         Provide technical assistance to establish new programs to improve and/or expand programs already in operation.


Provide or obtain assistance and training as needed.


·         Develop operational guidelines to be used by all program staff.


·         Develop a standardized format to be used in the presentation of treatment and discharge plans for incarcerated individuals.


·         Develop uniform evaluation criteria to be utilized to assess the progress and effectiveness of treatment.


Maintain liaison with key agencies and community resources.


·         Establish linkages with community resources in order to develop a treatment network for inmates preparing for release.


·         Maintain a close working relationship with the Division of Parole.


·         Work closely with the Office of Mental Health and other agencies which provide treatment of incarcerated individuals with special needs.


Conduct research and disseminate information to facilities and outside agencies.


·         Establish a reporting system and assess the services, counseling contacts and outside resources provided to incarcerated individuals.


·         Disseminate information to facility contact persons concerning the numbers and location of incarcerated individuals.


·         Conduct ongoing research concerning recidivism among inmates who have participated in residential or non-residential programs in order to determine program effectiveness.


·         Develop monthly and annual reports evaluating program effectiveness.




Promotion:   One year of permanent competitive service as a Correction Counselor, Correction Counselor ASAT, Correction Counselor (Spanish Language) or Education Counselor within the New York State Department of Correctional Services. 





Date:  8/09


NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.




Parenthetic Attachment




Correctional services guidance specialist (Veterans Affairs):  full performance level; staff position in support of the Director Correctional Guidance and line workers (Correction Counselors) for the development, implementation, and evaluation of facility program development regarding incarcerated veterans.





A Bachelors Degree and four years of qualifying experience;




A Bachelors Degree with specialization and three years of qualifying experience (a Masters Degree with specialization may be substituted for up to one year of the general experience).


At least one year of qualifying experience must have been spent in counseling or administering programs directly related to incarcerated veterans.  Qualifying experience is described as having experience in counseling or administering programs directly related to veterans.  Experience oriented toward behavior modification in such areas as self-improvement or the use of tobacco is not qualifying experience.


Degrees with specialization must be in counseling, social work, sociology, criminal justice, psychology, Hispanic or Black studies, community and human services or a closely related field.


IN ADDITION:  candidates must have been honorably discharged from service in the United States military forces.