ADDICTION COUNSELOR, SR COUNSELOR, Substance Use Disorder Counselor, Residential Substance Abuse Counselor
In conjunction with supervisor and treatment team, provides chemical dependency counseling services to patients and their families/collaterals through assessment and design,implementation, and revision of treatment plan
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Obtains information from patients and others and uses appropriate tools to make assessment; prepares summary and makes recommendations regarding treatment;communicates patient information to treatment team; maintains knowledge of the pharmacological effects of drugs and alcohol on patient health; uses ASAM patient placement criteria for appropriate placement and continuing care.
- Develops service and continuing care plans; prioritizes problems and plans appropriate methods of addressing problems; incorporates appropriate use of community-based support groups.
- Develops therapeutic relationships with patients and significant others and uses communication skills to engage them in treatment; identifies obstacles to counseling and minimizes their impact.
- Plans, structures, and organizes different types of group therapy sessions. Conducts individual, joint, and family counseling sessions using family members and/or collaterals to determine family’s impact on patient and patient’s impact on family and/or collaterals.
- Supervises patients during free and unstructured time, identifies and uses treatment tools to monitor and support the structure within the program.
- Identifies potential conflicts and implements crisis intervention techniques to prevent or intervene in potential crisis situations.
- Uses clinically appropriate professional terminology to complete forms and records,accurately and timely documenting patient assessment, planning, and progress;maintains knowledge of laws and regulations surrounding confidentiality of alcohol and drug patient’s charts.
- Develops and maintains appropriate professional boundaries between self, staff, patients, and collaterals and identifies issues related to ethics and boundaries, as identified in the Code of Ethics policy.
- Identifies tasks to be completed in order of highest to lowest priority and behaviors that will not interfere with the ability to complete assignments.
- Promotes teamwork through collective effort and works cooperatively with team members.
- Maintains appropriate credentials and pursues internal and/or external training and development opportunities.
- Performs related duties as assigned.
- Adheres to confidentiality requirements.
- Knowledge of the procedures to follow in the event of an incident.
- Knowledge of job responsibility in emergency.
- Knowledge of responsibility regarding actions to minimize, eliminate, and report risks.
- High school diploma or GED and twenty-four (24) credit hours of college education or accredited training program in substance abuse counseling and/or other human services area.
- Higher education given preference
- Certificate in Additions (CADC, LSW, LCSW, LPC, or LCPC) plus experience in a technician level position
Any new professional staff who do not have an IAODAPCA CADC or above certification when hired or first moved into this position must:
- obtain an IAODAPCA CADC or above certification (LSW, LCSW, LPC, or LCPC) within two years after the date of employment; and
- not work in any supervisory capacity until such requirements are met; and
- work under the direct, verifiable supervision of an individual who has staff supervisory responsibility at the facility and who has the required qualifications and certifications; and
- adhere to, a professional code of ethics developed by the organization
- Maintain a valid driver's license