Title: Substance Abuse Counselor Reports To: Clinical Supervisor
FLSA Status: Exempt
St. Martin de Porres House of Hope is a highly structured, supportive; community-based 12-18 month residential program for women, and their children, who are in recovery from substance abuse addiction. As a key member of our counseling staff, the Substance Abuse Counselor must be able to foster and model a culture of healing and support for our residents and their children. We are a community-based agency that has served those who suffer from addiction for the past 34 years.
The Substance Abuse Counselor is accountable for assessing and providing service to women with substance abuse difficulties including alcohol and other drugs. The counselor’s role is to help residents get out of their addiction by educating them on the 12-Steps of Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous and providing them with additional tools to deal with their addiction. Additionally, he/she will provide the following services: service planning, long-term counseling, psycho education, case management, court and family advocacy and follow-up upon program completion.
Demonstrated knowledge of Department of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, and Medicaid regulations, and Federal Confidentiality Regulations.
Assessment of the client's strengths, weaknesses, problems and needs to be used in the development of the recovery plan.
Utilization of counseling skills to assist individuals, families, or groups in achieving objectives through exploration of a problem and its ramifications; examination of attitudes and feelings; consideration of alternative solutions, and decision making.
The delivery of crisis intervention services which respond to an alcohol and/or other drug abuser's needs during acute emotional and/or physical distress
Provision of information to individuals and groups concerning alcohol and other drug abuse, and dual disorders and the available services and resources.
Identifying the needs of the client that cannot be met by the counselor or Agency and assisting the client to utilize the support systems and community resources available.
Charting individual and group progress notes and other client-related data.
Relating with counselors and other professionals regarding resident’s recovery services to assure comprehensive, quality care of care.
Facilitate group and individual and group sessions utilizing knowledge of various evidence based practices such as Matrix Model, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy etc.
Provide qualitative and quantitative program data to the Executive Director in a timely manner.
Conduct quarterly follow-up for a period of one year with residents who have completed the program.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Show awareness of issues affecting adolescents and adults with severe addiction and mental health and addiction (MISA).
Skill in the use of motivational interviewing and engaging clients in self-directed care.
Must complete all CANTS and State Police Background check.
Demonstrated ability to communicate both verbally and in writing in a clear, comprehensible manner.
Adequate written skills to accurately complete required documentation within the time frames prescribed.
Excellent organizational and computer skills.
Self-Starter with ability to work independently and with a team.
HOURS OF EMPLOYMENT: Full-Time
Four days per week schedule: Tuesday – Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Master’s degree in Social Work and CADC required; LCSW/LCPC preferred.
Minimum of three years working in a residential facility with female substance abusers who suffer from co-occurring disorders.
Valid driver license with no suspensions in effect in the previous three (3) years prior to hire.
Strong computer skills (Microsoft Word and Excel); and verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to interact effectively and in a supportive manner with persons of diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds.