• Counselor

    Posted on November 20, 2020 by in
    November 20, 2020
    2924 Stanton Street, Springfield, IL 62703, Springfield
    Job Type
    Certification Type
    Company Name
    Family Guidance Centers, Inc.
    Your Name
    Melinda Gibson
    Address 1
    2924 Stanton Street



    Substance Abuse Counselor

    Job Description

     Education and/or Experience: Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling, or a related discipline from an accredited institution preferred.

    Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: IAODAPCA Certified Alcohol and Other Drugs Counselor required.  State of Illinois Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Social Worker or Licensed Clinical Social Worker preferred.


    Reports To: Program Manager

     Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    Develop patient treatment plans and conducts continued stay review based on research, clinical experience, and patients’ histories - using SAMMS assessment on computer.


    Complete and maintain accurate records or reports regarding patients’ histories and progress, services provided, or other required information.


    Assess individual’s degree of drug dependency by collecting and analyzing drug screening samples.


    Interview patients, review records and confer with other professionals to evaluate individual’s mental and physical condition and to determine their suitability for participation in a specific program.


    Coordinate counseling efforts with mental health professionals or other health professionals, such as doctors, nurses, or social workers.


    Review and evaluate patients’ progress in relation to measurable goals described in treatment and care plans.


    Modify treatment plans to comply with changes in patient status.


    Intervene as an advocate for patients or patients to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations.


    Counsel patients individually or in group sessions, to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, or making changes.


    Confer with family members or others close to patients to keep them informed of treatment planning and progress (written authorization by patient must be obtained – refer to Federal Confidentiality Regulations for substance abuse treatment).


    Counsels family members to assist them in understanding, dealing with, and supporting patients (written authorization by patient must be obtained – refer to Federal Confidentiality Regulations for substance abuse treatment).


    Provide patients or family members with information about addiction issues and about available services or programs, making appropriate referrals when necessary.


    Plan or implement follow-up or aftercare programs for patients to be discharged from treatment programs.


    Follow progress of discharged patients to determine effectiveness of treatments.

    Supervise or direct other workers providing services to patients.

    Train or supervise student interns or new staff members.

    Standard Requirements:

    Possesses a working knowledge of FGC applicable Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).

    Knowledgeable of patient rights and ensures an atmosphere which allows for the privacy, dignity, and well-being of all patients in a safe, secure environment.

    Attend in-service and other training events to continue education and expand knowledge to improve the quality of patient services.

    Ability to follow written and oral instructions and procedures.

    Skills: Properly administer and read alcohol analyzers.

    Ability to use analytical software.

    Ability to use calendar and scheduling software.

    Experience using desktop computers, copier, and fax machine.

    Experience using electronic mail software.

    Other Duties: as assigned.


    Physical Demands: Ability to communicate in English via phone, in writing, and verbally in conversation with different levels of staff patient families, and any outside patients.

    The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand and walk, often up and down stairs. The employee is frequently required to sit; use hands or fingers, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.  Employee must be able to utilize a computer, phone, etc. for extended period of time and write or type notes for at least two (2) to four (4) hours per day.

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be occasionally exposed to blood or other body fluids. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


    Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:30 – 5:00pm, and available for Saturday coverage

                      as needed.





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