Counselor
Job Type
Full-time
Description

This is a professional counseling position in the assessment and referral of people with substance use disorders and their significant others. In addition to direct substance use disorder counseling, the ability to address mental, societal and other crisis problems is needed. This position will engage in one-to-one substance use assessment and referral, education programs, presentations and training. This position is under the immediate supervision of the Associate Director of Counseling and the general supervision of the Deputy Executive Director.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (other duties as assigned)

· Interact with adults, adolescents and families to facilitate agency assessment, referral and early intervention processes based on existing agency programming. 

· Facilitate assessments in-person at multiple locations throughout the Eastern Region of Missouri and/or virtually.

· Provide referral assistance to each client for alcohol/drug misuse and disorder services, and other services as needed.

· Respond to community members’ inquiries in order to provide education and information on substance use disorders. This might include phone calls, scheduling assessments, resource sharing, networking and outreach.

· Assume responsibility for follow-up contact to check each client's progress and to document program outcomes.

· Be responsible for developing an adequate set of files (both electronic and physical) to serve both administrative and informational needs of counseling services.

· Make public appearances as needed, including presenta­tions to selected groups, organizations, and service clubs in regards to the agency’s counseling services and information about alcohol/drug use disorders.

· Be available to participate in special PreventEd programs/events.

· Participate in joint team effort in the formulation of program and/or agency planning.

Requirements

· A high degree of maturity and emotional stability.

· The ability to maintain effective and cooperative relationships with clients, volunteers, other staff members and community agencies/organizations.

· A high degree of judgment and leadership.

· A high degree of cooperative spirit to work as a member of a team.

· The ability to organize well and work with details.

· A degree of flexibility with regard to evening and weekend work schedules.


SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION

· Minimum of Bachelor’s degree required; Master's degree preferred in education, psychol­ogy, social work, counseling or human services area.

· Two or more years of responsible professional experience in casework or group work activity; one year of which must have included substantial work in the field of substance use disorders.

· Considerable knowledge of counseling principles, techniques, and their application to the area of substance use disorders.

· Prior experience in public speaking and training is preferred.


LANGUAGE SKILLS

· Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals or government regulations. Ability to write reports and business correspondence. 

· Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from management and public groups. 


REASONING ABILITY

· Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Ability to deal with several abstract and concrete variables.


COMPUTER SKILLS

· E-mail, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, data entry


WORK ENVIRONMENT

· This position works primarily in an office setting at the PreventEd agency location with local travel in the Eastern Region of Missouri. Some evening hours are required.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

· While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate effectively. The physical requirements of this job includes: sitting, standing, walking and climbing stairs on a regular basis; lifting up to 25 lbs, pulling and/or pushing on occasion.


SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

None