The mission of the Counselor is to counsel patients regarding all aspects of their addiction. He or she must be an active member of the treatment team in the formulation of assessments, treatment plans, diagnostic summaries, progress notes, and continuing care planning. The Counselor will provide supportive individual counseling, conduct group therapy, and review clients at case conferences with other team members. He or she must have excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills to provide these services to clients with chemical dependencies.
The ideal candidate has a Master’s degree or higher from an accredited college with a major in chemical dependency, psychology, social work, counseling, nursing, or other related field that includes a practicum in a health or human service agency, preferably in a drug and alcohol setting. Other acceptable degrees and experience would be a Bachelor’s degree in a related field with one year of clinical experience (minimum of 1820 hours) in a health or human service agency, preferably in a drug and alcohol setting, or an Associate’s degree in a related field with two years of clinical experience (minimum of 1820 hours) in a health or human services agency. If a candidate’s experience did not take place in a drug and alcohol setting, his or her written training plan must specifically address a plan to achieve counseling competency in chemical dependency issues. He or she must have full certification in this state as an Addictions Counselor and must be licensed in this state if a Registered Nurse (RN). In addition, he or she must be skilled in using Microsoft Office and must be able to function calmly in a crisis situation.
Administers assessments, establishes and revises individualized treatment goals, and participates in the formulation of diagnostic summaries
Documents patient progress in a manner that facilitates Utilization Review (UR) and corresponds to goals and objectives in treatment plan
Provides pertinent information at case conferences and expresses disagreement when necessary
Completes case conference documentation in a timely manner
Addresses problematic behaviors in patients
Conducts group therapy according to stage of group development
Gets involved in projects that improve delivery of treatment and participates in ongoing educational and training process
Keeps referral sources updated as to patient progress
Maintains family contacts in a timely manner
Maintains communication with patient’s families and facilitates participation in treatment
Keeps personal issues separate from therapeutic process and relationships
Delivers lectures and workshops in an appropriate manner
Interacts with co-workers in a helpful manner that contributes to high morale
Assumes responsibilities for case management, lectures, and group therapy as required and asked
Maintains and sets up aftercare for all patients in a timely manner in case of AMA
Arrives at scheduled activities on time
Completes paperwork and documentation on time and in a comprehensive manner
Completes discharge summaries in a timely manner
Performs evaluations for potential admissions and refers patients to appropriate level of care based on ASAM criteria
Involves patients in the treatment planning process
Completes treatment plans in a timely manner and ensures they are comprehensive in nature
Determines appropriate length of stay for patients based on ASAM criteria
Facilitates discharge process in an appropriate manner
May give direction and provide feedback on the performance of students
Performs other duties as assigned
Master’s degree in a related field preferred; will accept Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree with corresponding experience
One to two years of clinical experience in a health or human service agency, preferably in a drug and alcohol setting
Knowledge of 12-step recovery and an understanding of chemical dependency
Able to provide individual counseling as well as group therapy
Able to work in a supportive, caring, and non-judgmental manner with staff and patients in order to gain confidence and cooperation
Able to operate as a role model in speech and behaviors consistent with recovery principles
Confident, articulate, and able to speak effectively in front of groups and individuals to provide education/training
Demonstrated proficiency at educating, communicating, and empathizing with patients, answering questions and concerns in a manner that is respectful
Emergency Classification: Non-Essential Personnel
Technical/Computer Skills: Microsoft Office Proficient.
Work Environment and Hazards: No hazardous conditions. Protected from weather conditions.
Physical Requirements: Sedentary work – lifting 10lbs maximum
Benefits include: Medical, Dental, Vision, 401k with company match, life insurance, long term disability and one free meal per day!
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