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.
Interviewing residents, reviewing records and conferring with other professionals.
Counseling residents’ in-group and individual sessions to help them cope with chemical dependency problems.
Monitor, evaluate and record residents’ progress in achieving their service goals.
Collaborate with onsite nurse and therapist to coordinate and service treatment.
Modify service plans as needed depending on the progress in resident status.
Plan and conduct programs to combat social difficulties, prevent substance abuse or improve counseling and health.
Refer residents to resources available for needed services including but not limited to: medical, mental health, education, job training/placement and housing.
Provide qualitative and quantitative program data to the Executive Director in a timely manner.
Serve as an advocate for residents with the criminal justice system and those dealing with the Department of Children and Family Services.
Schedule and organize graduation ceremony for residents upon completion of the program.
Conduct quarterly follow-up for a period of one year with residents who have completed the program.
Bachelor’s degree in Addictions Studies, Psychology or Social Work and CADC certification required.
Maintain required training, licensure and/or certification and confidentiality of privileged information at the same time adhering to resident privacy laws.
Emotional maturity, with a calm self-centeredness that allows for self-insight and continued learning from experiences, shared discussions and supervision.
Ability to maintain professional boundaries with residents and coworkers.
Knowledge of principles, methods and procedures for assessment, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of substance abuse.
Ability to interact effectively and in a supportive manner with persons of all backgrounds.
Ability to work in a collaborative manner with other staff: floor staff, counselors, therapists, volunteers, program director and executive director.
Ability and willingness to continually develop as a professional in the human services sector and learn crisis prevention and management skills.
Ability to cope with the stress of working with persons who have mental/ physical illness and/or behavioral problems.
Ability to be on-call 24 hours once a week during each month.
Must be able to work a flexible, rotating schedule that includes evenings and weekends.
Maintain a valid driver license for agency travel.
Ability to respect the sensitivity and confidentiality of all residents and staff.