Job Type
Full-time, Part-time

Job Title: Alcohol and Drug Counselor-Trainee

Job Classification: Non-Exempt

Supervisor: Range Treatment Center (RTC) Director

Payband: 5

Position Summary: Under the supervision of a Minnesota Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor or a person exempt under Minnesota Statutes section 148F.11, the incumbent provides high quality, respectful direct service to clients receiving substance use disorder (SUD) services within our inpatient and outpatient SUD programs.


  • Work with Managed Care Service Organization to obtain approval for chemical dependency services to prospective and current people per contract requirements
  • Provide direct chemical dependency services to inpatient and outpatient clients using group therapy, individual therapy, lectures, and other approved methods
  • Develop individualized treatment plans with assigned people we support 
  • Document appropriate services via preparation of discharge summaries, treatment plans, progress notes, and other relevant means for each assigned person in the electronic health record (CREDIBLE)
  • Complete and submit DAANES as per the applicable prescribed procedure
  • Provide chemical dependency consultations services to outside agencies 
  • Participate in Range Treatment Center multidisciplinary case staff meetings
  • Help promote positive interactions with employees from other agencies, the community, and within the Range Mental Health Center
  • Coordinate involvement with clergy, probation and other outside agencies/services of the people we support when appropriate 
  • Provide coverage for other counseling positions as directed / assigned
  • Participate in public speaking engagements as directed / assigned
  • Represent the Range Treatment Center and assume other functions and duties as assigned by the Director of RTC
  • Act as a liaison to other Range Mental Health Center programs with regards to Chemical Dependency services and illnesses
  • Respond to inquiries regarding chemical dependency services either via phone, writing, or in person 
  • Other duties as assigned 

Required Skills/Abilities: 

  • Able to formulate and prepare professional quality assessments, individual treatment plans, treatment summaries, progress notes, and other required correspondence or records in a timely fashion.
  • Must have knowledge of 12 step program and treatment theory
  • Assertiveness sufficient to complete positions essential functions
  • Able to attend to nonverbal cues from people in the therapy setting.
  • Able to maintain the confidentiality of interaction with people in the treatment setting and other relevant confidential information
  • Able to handle sensitive situations in a calm, professional manner.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize tasks with sufficient flexibility to meet demands in a fluid and changing environment
  • Able to facilitate group interactions between people that are directed at therapeutic goals.
  • Ability to handle significant daily stress 
  • Ability to read, write, and speak the English language 

Education and Experience:

  • Temporary permit issued by the State of Minnesota to provide chemical dependency services  
  • Participation in an accredited chemical dependency program
  • Two years of freedom from chemical usage problems
  • Philosophical approach consistent with Range Mental Health Center’s mission
  • Pass a Department of Human Services background check
  • CPR / First Aid certification required (training may be provided)
  • Current Minnesota driver’s license with acceptable driving record

Physical Requirements: 

  • Ability to sit and stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to climb stairs
  • Ability to operate a keyboard and mouse
  • Ability to lift 15 pounds
  • Sufficient vision to utilize a computer monitor, to inspect and monitor the physical outlay or each program, to monitor behavior and / or body language, and to inspect luggage, clothing, or packages of the people we support
  • Sufficient hearing acuity to accurately record or respond to another party both in person, on the phone, and in a group setting
  • Maintain an acceptable level of cleanliness and physical appearance
  • Ability to verbally communicate English in a manner that is sufficiently clear so as to be easily understood
  • Eighteen (18) years of age or older