The Substance Abuse Counselor positions have primary responsibility for counseling drug and alcohol abuse clients, aids with their personal adjustment and coordinates necessary resources and referrals. Persons in the position report to the Program Manager for the program to which the position is assigned.
You may be assigned to one of the following positions (depending on your qualifications):
Perinatal Program Manager
Perinatal Drug Therapist
Perinatal Case Manager
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
Typical responsibilities and duties include but are not limited to:
- Conduct individual counseling sessions and facilitates group counseling sessions
- Assist with the development of counseling programs designed to aid the rehabilitation and social adjustment of clients
- Determine the need for and facilitates client referral to other programs and/or services
- Assist professional staff in developing and implementing programs to help in the rehabilitation of clients
- Assist clients in developing appropriate plans for treatment
- Perform intake duties, including assessing the appropriate fee based on the financial resources of each client
- Arrange for medical and laboratory services, vocational counseling, legal and other needed services
- Assist with developing programs that make full use of community resources
- Assist with providing crisis intervention and prevention services
- Maintain social data records to meet casework and accountability requirements
- Assist with the preparation of administrative reports concerning caseload, program statistics and related items
- Attend training sessions, staff development and other in-service training as directed by management
- Maintain case management and necessary client/chart documentation
- Other duties as assigned.
60 semester or 90 quarter units of college level course work in psychology, sociology, counseling, human behavior or a related field. One year experience in counseling/advising a chemical dependent population. Bilingual preferred.
The essential function of the position is the management of the stresses, including those of the client, those of the employee personally, and those present in the work and home environment, related to achieving a mandated and/or personally desired change in behavior by a chemically dependent individual. It is an essential function of the position that the counselor be able to manage the stresses related to the processing of the clients as a case load towards the end of maintaining the required productivity. It is an essential function f the position that the counselors manage his or her response to the appearance, beliefs and behaviors of the client that they find personally repugnant. Conversely, it is an essential function that the counselor control inappropriate behaviors arising from any sympathy a client may induce. It is an essential function that the counselor manages any stresses arising from the need to resist the allure of a chemical dependent lifestyle. It is an essential function of the position that the counselor be self-aware of undesirable conditions in their personal or professional life arising from the stresses of the position and to take appropriate remedial actions. It is an essential function of the position that the counselor be self-aware of undesirable conditions in their personal or professional life that adversely impact their ability to act as a counselor and to take appropriate remedial action.