Counselors are responsible for:
- Conducts client interviews to review substance use disorder and treatment history.
- Evaluates client response to treatment to recommend modifications to the treatment plan and assist with caseloads and development of individualized treatment plan and preparing individually appropriate goals, interventions, and necessary support.
- Assists with and provides basic didactic group counseling, including psycho-education, drug education, and family education to ensure peer support occurs.
- Provides individual client counseling, educational programs and lectures to address relapse prevention, problem solving, behavior modification, anger management, etc., and to assist in overcoming substance use disorder, adjusting to pro-social life, and making cognitive and behavioral changes.
- Under direct supervision and with supervisor’s approval, carries case load, per State and contract requirements.
- Collaborates with clients to develop discharge summary and plans for supervisor’s approval to integrate aftercare treatment with referral resource services.
- Coordinates required services to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations in support of continued recovery.
- Collects and maintains treatment records and reports to ensure organizational, regulatory, accreditation, and contractual compliance.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Candidates with a Bachelor's/Master's degrees in a related field will also need at least 6 months of professional experience in substance use counseling and/or mental health counseling. If the degree is not in a related field then the candidate needs 1 year of professional experience.
- Candidates with PhD degrees will need 1 year of experience if their degree is not in a related filed.
- Candidates with an Associate degree will need at least 4 years of professional experience in substance use counseling and/or mental health counseling.
- Candidates with a H.S. diploma/GED need 6 years of experience.
- Candidates who hold the Florida certifications for addiction counseling (Certified Addiction Professional [CAP], Certified Criminal Justice Addiction Professional [CCJAP], Certified Associate Counselor [CAC]) would also meet the criteria.
- Basic knowledge of the principles of human growth and psychosocial development
- Basic knowledge of group and individual dynamics, conflict resolution and intervention techniques based on client maturation level
- Basic understanding of mental health disorders requiring referrals
- Basic communication skills to exchange information and interact with various internal and external audiences regarding client care
- Active listening skills and social perceptiveness
- Ability to read and interpret policies and instructions
- Ability to understand side effects and impact of medications on client
- Adaptability / flexibility: ability to shift priorities
- Ability to walk and move about the facilities for up to two hours at a time, to monitor and interact with clients
- Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.
- Ability to record, proofread and check documents and files for accuracy, to prepare and analyze data and figures, transcribe, read
- Ability to use a keyboard and video display terminal to receive, retrieve, and/or audit information and data
- Ability to respond to telephones, and to hear and detect alarms and unusual noises
Throughout Gateway Foundation’s proud history of helping others, dedicated and professional employees have been vital to accomplishing our life-saving mission. We continually seek talented individuals who share our commitment to helping people with substance abuse issues turn their lives around through rehab careers.