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Position Title: Counselor
Reporting To: Inpatient Clinical Supervisor
Salary: Based upon Credentials and Experience
We are seeking a compassionate and dedicated substance abuse counselor to provide direction and support to our clients. This individual will be responsible for developing treatment and recovery plans and identifying behaviors that impede an individual’s recovery. The counselor will be required to maintain a caseload and facilitate individual and group therapy sessions.
The substance abuse counselors must have prior education, training, and experience in helping people overcome alcohol, substance, drug, and behavioral addictions. Treatment provided must be delivered in a Trauma-Informed approach. This person will perform the work in accordance with established regulations, policies, and procedures; but, is expected to exercise initiative and independent judgment while performing the duties as a counselor.
1). Be proficient in the twelve core functions of drug and alcohol counseling.
2). Demonstrate proficiency in areas such as: engagement; coaching; linking; advocacy and use of recovery support services.
3). Understand the addiction process and recovery process. Understand the addictions and the negative effects it has on the family dynamic.
4). Manage all aspects of a case from the date of entry to the date of discharge.
5). Confers with clients’ referral agency concerning progress and additional treatment
6). Must have a working knowledge of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5).
7). As appropriate and in concert with the individual’s treatment, assist the individual to address non-treatment needs as part of the individual’s recovery process.
8). Must be proficient in remaining current and up to date with all forms of required documentation including bio-psycho-social, progress notes, treatment plan, case consults, release of information forms, and discharge summaries.
9). Must have a working knowledge of conducting individual sessions and group dynamics.
10). Must know how to monitor a client’s treatment progress and relay the success and barriers while conducting utilization reviews.
11). Must know how to professionally collaborate with doctors and other professional staff along with internal and external departments.
12). Be able to manage one’s time to ensure that all duties and responsibilities are completed in a timely fashion in accordance with treatment guidelines.
13). Confers with immediate supervisor for guidance
14). Keeps accurate records and ensures that these records are completed within the specified time period
15). Ensures that all client information is protected by ensuring client confidentiality.
16). Any other duties deemed necessary
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Develop and adhere to the annual training activity plan in collaboration with the supervisor.
Ability to work with individuals who have physical, mental, or emotional disabilities or who are economically disadvantaged or involved with the criminal justice system.
Knowledge of the current social, economic, and health problems and available resources.
Practice progressive disengagement as an individual’s knowledge base grows.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
Ability to plan and organize work, prepare records and reports, set priorities, and maintain timeliness with assigned tasks with minimal supervision.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other members of the staff, outside agencies and institutions, and the general public.
Ability to interpret all associated regulations, policies, and procedures and apply them accordingly.
Understand and adhere to all state and federal drug & alcohol confidentiality laws and regulations.
MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
A Master’s Degree or above from an accredited college with a major in chemical dependency, psychology, social work, counseling, nursing (with a clinical specialty in the human services), or other related fields which includes a practicum in a health or human service agency, preferably in a drug and alcohol setting.
A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college with a major in chemical dependency, psychology, social work, counseling, nursing (with a clinical specialty in the human services), or other related field and 1 year of clinical experience (a minimum of 1,820 hours) in a health or human service agency, preferably in a drug and alcohol setting.
Current licensure in this Commonwealth as a registered nurse and a degree from an accredited school of nursing and 1 year of counseling experience in a health or human service agency. PCB credential or actively working toward that credential with proof of supervision.
An Associate Degree from an accredited college with a major in chemical dependency, psychology, social work, counseling, nursing (with a clinical specialty in the human services), or other related field and 2 years of clinical experience (a minimum of 3,640 hours) in a health or human service agency, preferably in a drug and alcohol setting.
Full certification as an addiction counselor by a statewide certification body which is a member of a national certification body or certification by another state government’s substance abuse counseling certification board.
If interested, please email your resume and cover letter to Brian.Hawn@chinc.org or visit our indeed posting at: