• Substance Abuse Counselor

    Posted on May 20, 2020 by in
    May 20, 2020
    Job Type
    Certification Type
    Company Name
    Southside Center of Hope
    Your Name
    Yaisa Hagood
    Address 1
    6423 S. Woodlawn Ave.


    About Southside Center of Hope

    Southside Center of Hope’s mission is to provide a safe and healing community for women recovering from substance use disorders, trauma and mental illness. Southside Center of Hope is a highly structured, supportive; community-based residential program for women and their children.

    Southside Center of takes a comprehensive approach to recovery, incorporating mental, spiritual, physical wellness, education, skill building and sober leisure activities. Southside Center of Hope is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    At Southside Center of Hope, we believe investing in our employees and creating a supportive environment is essential to our mission. Therefore, we offer a competitive compensation package, including paid time off, health, vision, dental, and life insurance.

    Essential Functions

    Develop an integrated recovery/treatment plan, based on the assessment data and the goals the resident has identified as most important. Ensure the treatment plan addresses the residents’ stage of treatment, clinical needs, and includes objectives and techniques for accomplishing each goal.

    Provide direct service to residents through case management, group counseling, individual counseling, educational programs, job support, crisis intervention, transition coordination, and psycho-social rehabilitation services.

    Ensure residents diagnosed with a co‐occurring mental health disorders receive integrated behavioral health services from external providers.

    Facilitate didactic and therapeutic groups and document for each resident in attendance.

    Link residents to recovery support services, including facilitating the use of community-based mutual aid resources.

    Collaborate with residents to engage family and other social supports in recovery planning.

    Provide crisis intervention as required and follow-up clinical assessments with residents involved to determine need for appropriate clinical course of action.

    Facilitate and attend resident staffing/intervention meetings and document outcomes in residents’ chart.

    Develop formal relationships with the Chicago area behavioral healthcare providers, hospitals, clinics, and other social service agencies including DCFS, POS providers and the DHS local offices, to establish referral relationships and to effective processes.

    Present SSCH program descriptions and eligibility requirements to community leaders who represent local social service, church and political organizations.

    Professionally represents SSCH at community organization events, seminars and conferences.

    Complete substance use admission, discharge assessments and aftercare planning, treatment plans, continued stay reviews and ensure progress notes are completed in a timely manner, in accordance with the agency’s policy.

    Transport residents using an agency provided vehicle.

    All other duties as assigned.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    Ability to respect the sensitivity and confidentiality of all residents and adhere to agency’s Ethics Statement in all aspects of the program.

    Ability to interact effectively and in a supportive manner with persons of all backgrounds.

    Ability to follow through with assignments and projects with minimal oversight; while having the judgment to bring issues or problems to supervisors in a timely manner.

    Emotional maturity, with a calm self-centeredness that allows for self-insight and continued learning from experiences, shared discussions, and supervision.

    Ability to maintain calm demeanor when faced with challenging behaviors, handle crisis situations in a calm, quick and efficient manner.

    Ability to interact effectively and in a supportive manner with persons of all backgrounds.

    Ability to perform job functions adhering to service principles with customer service focus of service excellence and teamwork to provide the highest quality care and service to our residents.

    Core Competencies:

    Professionalism and Work Conduct 

    Follow policies and procedures to maintain order, including agency’s Code of Ethics and Staff Behavior Guidelines.

    Effectively manage own time to get job responsibilities completed.

    Take responsibility for one’s actions, job performance, team dynamics and resident reactions.

    Report to work, meetings and activities prepared and on-time.

    Accept responsibility for agency property and equipment.

    Employees are required to remain on the agency’s premises during breaks and/or meal periods.

     Professional Development

    Strive to learn new skills and improve current skills through participation in in-service trainings and seminars.

    Assess performance of self to identify areas of improvement or corrective action.

    Recognize own strengths and weaknesses to identify individual development and career plans.

    Utilize supervision as an opportunity for growth and development; implement feedback and direction from supervisor.

    Willingly accept new challenges and adapt to change.

    Proactively seek out additional tasks and responsibilities to complete.

     Personal Characteristics:

    Individuals most likely to succeed in this position generally possess the following personal characteristics:

    Attention to detail.

    Commitment to complete tasks correctly and on time.

    Act in accordance with rules, law, policies, and procedures and expects others to do the same.

    Commitment to obligations.


    Somewhat faster than average pace.


    High stands of quality and accuracy

    Strong follow-through


    Bachelor’s degree in Addiction Studies, Social Work, Human Services or Psychology and Certification as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor from the Illinois Alcoholism and Other
    Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IODAPCA); master’s degree and LPC or LSW preferred.

    Minimum two (2) years of counseling experience in substance abuse and CODP Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorder certified formerly known as MISA (mental health).

    CPR Certification or must be able to obtain within 90 days of hire.

    No history of child abuse or neglect.

    Ability to synthesize and summarize information and make judgments regarding member care.

    Must communicate effectively both verbally and in writing in order to provide information to residents, staff and external service providers.

    Computer skills required; knowledge of database functions and maintenance necessary.

    Maintenance of a valid Illinois driver’s license with no suspensions in effect in the previous three (3) years prior to hire.

    Flexible to adapt to schedules and workload to the needs and demands of the program and attend meetings or trainings held outside of work hours.

    Commitment to the mission of Southside Center of Hope.

    Ability to interact effectively and in a supportive manner with persons of diverse cultural, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.

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