Statement of Purpose
Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of counseling techniques as they relate to drug and or alcohol abuse, physical behavioral and emotional characteristics and manifestations of drug and alcohol dependency and individual and group behavior. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients and other members of the treatment team. Ability to express ideas verbally and in writing for any necessary documentation.
Major Tasks, Duties and Responsibilities
• Counselor will meet with newly assigned clients within twenty-four (24) hours of admission and review with client.
• Obtain data on client’s background and behavior including Social History, Family history and other psychosocial data to determine diagnosis, counseling needs, and treatment approach.
• Complete Psychosocial History & Evaluation on each assigned client within first 2 weeks of admission.
• Employ the information gathered from the Psychosocial history and Evaluation in the formulation of an individualized treatment plan for each client.
• At the time the initial Treatment Plan, all behavioral symptoms, goals, and interventions will be explored with client.
• Provide individual and group counseling services to patients having drug and/or alcohol problems.
• Complete regular treatment plan updates in a clear and concise manner with measurable goals.
• Lecture clearly and intelligently on addiction/recovery and related issues as assigned.
• Complete necessary forms required for record retention, including, but not limited to, counseling progress notes, activity-oriented progress notes, treatment plans, medical profiles, discharges summaries and aftercare plans.
• Document all significant data regarding the client’s course of treatment –including any changes in the client’s condition which may affect the course of treatment.
• Demonstrate knowledge of and engage in individual and group counseling techniques.
• Provide competent information to patients regarding the addiction and recovery process.
• Motivate patient for any further rehabilitation and make necessary contacts with community-based agencies to facilitate the referral.
• Demonstrate a working knowledge of referral sources, organizations, and resources available to patient after discharge.
• Employ information gathered in the formulation of an aftercare plan for each client.
• Other related duties as assigned. Relationships with Others • Demonstrate the capacity to interact with clients in a professional, therapeutic manner.
• Participates in a constructive manner in team and community meetings.
• Consistently plans and completes assigned tasks on time. • Does not abuse time off and provides proper notification for absences
Qualifications: Minimum Education and Training
Must meet Department of Health (DOH) chapter 704 staffing requirements
• Counselor Assistant: Associate or Bachelor Degree without required experience
• Counselor I: Associate Degree w/2 years Counseling experience
• Counselor II: Bachelor Degree or CAC w/ 1 year Counseling experience
• Counselor III: Master Degree w/ appropriate internship or 1 year counseling experience
(Degree must be in Behavioral Health, Human Services or related field.)
•Must have 2 years working experience in Human Services field;
• Experience working in Drug and Alcohol Program preferred;
• Prior training in ASAM and Confidentiality preferred.
• Bi-lingual capabilities a plus.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• Ability to perform duties with minimal direction.
• Working knowledge of methods and techniques utilized in addiction treatment settings.
• Solid typing and computer skills and abilities required.
• Ability to utilize, update & maintain electronic health records (E.H.R.)
• Ability to maintain confidential information and exercise professional judgment on a routine basis.
ADA Requirements and Working Conditions
Must be able to speak and hear sufficient to communicate effectively by phone and or in person at normal volumes. Manual dexterity is required to take notes and simultaneously document pertinent information. Lifting, maneuvering, and transporting of files and materials up to 10 lbs. required from time to time. Vision should be adequate to allow for focus adjustment to read charts, computer screen, forms, etc. May be required to sit for extended periods of time in an office or treatment room setting.
The incumbent will deal with a wide variety of people on various issues and will be placed under significant deadlines associated with this position. Significant time will be spent on the computer entering information which requires attention to detail and accuracy. The work is performed in client areas, therefore, there exists a potential for exposure to environmental hazards and contagious diseases. Knowledge of hospital health, infection control, ethics, safety and de-escalation policies is essential.