Do you want a career where you can truly make a difference? The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center is one of the largest human service providers in Lake County. We live our mission each day, promoting the health and well-being of all who live, work, and play in Lake County. If you are passionate about giving back and ready to be a part of an innovative team, we are looking for you!
Were currently looking for a Counselor that will lead Tobacco Prevention and Cessation initiatives on Lake County through policy development, advocacy, and direct services. In this role you will be able to provide free individual and group counseling to help adults quit. All participants are eligible to receive low-cost nicotine replacement therapy. Quit kits are available for teens and adults.
About the Role:
Provides individual and group tobacco use cessation counseling to assist Lake County residents and workers in quitting tobacco use.
Includes the discussion and distribution of over the counter nicotine replacement products (patch, gum, lozenge), as well as knowledge and discussion of all FDA approved cessation medications and insurance requirements.
Responsible for maintaining a weekly schedule of clients and coordinating with clinic coordinators to ensure appropriate space is available.
Provides education to individuals contemplating tobacco use cessation and explores and tailors cessation interventions to meet the needs of the clients.
Monitors and documents clients’ progress toward meeting tobacco use cessation goals according to established protocols.
Communicates clients’ progress or problems to their health care providers as needed.
Utilizes “Motivational Interviewing” skills to facilitate change and reduce ambivalence with clients
Organizes and oversees Nicotine Replacement Therapy supplies and distribution
Reviews and recommends educational materials to promote and assist tobacco use cessation.
Acts as a liaison between the Tobacco Free Lake County staff team and staff in Lake County Health Department’s Clinical Operations on issues related to tobacco use prevention and cessation.
Participates in tobacco use prevention/cessation medical provider training, as needed.
Participates in all assigned program reporting and evaluation activities.
Attends Behavioral Health and Primary Care staff meetings as requested.
Location: 3010 Grand Avenue, Waukegan IL
Hours: Monday though Friday (8:30am - 4:30pm) and Wednesday (12:00pm - 8:00pm)
Skills and Experience
Assist and individually provide services to clients in the community and clinic settings
Assist in the research, development and design of program protocol, client flow and educational materials
Assess the learning needs of specific clients &/or groups and adjust services to meet those needs
Assist in the development of marketing services and the recruitment of clients
Developing and reviewing media
Develop and maintain positive contacts with allied community service providers
Provide follow-up and referral where appropriate
Maintain appropriate documentation of services in accordance with program procedures
Participate in staff meetings
Attend assigned training activities
Maintain appropriate data collection for program evaluation activities
Participate in the development of annual program goals and assess progress towards the achievement of the determined goals
Participate in the process of work plan development and/or revisions
Education, Qualifications, and Certification:
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) certification/licensure
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) preferred
Bachelor’s degree in a related field (counseling, health education, social work, psychology, sociology, etc.)
With a bachelor’s degree, one year of experience is required; two years is preferred
Basic knowledge and understanding of prevention concepts and successful education approaches and techniques. Requires knowledge and understanding of addictions and addictive processes
Requires a valid Illinois driver's license and automobile insurance.