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Substance Abuse Counselor

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Akeela, Inc.
Healthcare Services
Chemical Dependency Counselor I
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Function:Provide therapeutic services to clients with substance use disorders. This may involve collaboration with the client, family members or significant others, coordination of treatment and referral services, liaison activities with community resources and ongoing evaluation of treatment progress and client needs. Provide individual, group and family counseling.
The Primary Counselor must be able to demonstrate competency in the following areas:
·         SKILLS:1.      Facilitate the client’s engagement in the treatment/recovery process2.      Deal with hostile or distraught clients of all age levels and with their family members3.      Facilitate the development of basic and life skills associated with recovery and the understanding of their existing mental illness4.      Adapt counseling strategies to the individual characteristics of the client, including (but not limited to): disability, gender, sexual orientation, developmental level, acculturation, ethnicity, age, and health status5.      Conduct continuing care, relapse prevention and discharge planning with the client and involve family members and significant others as appropriate. 6.      Monitoring and mentoring of clients7.      Maintain order and direction in group sessions while moving group toward therapeutic activities. 8.      Apply knowledge of the causes and treatment of addiction disease in relating to persons who come into the treatment programs.9.      Provide appropriate support to clients without creating dependency.10.  Analyze situations accurately and plan and implement a course of action.11.  Type or enter data at a speed necessary for successful job performance.12.  Interpret and apply applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.13.  Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.14.  Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.                                        ·         KNOWLEDGE: 1.      Recognize how, when, and why to use the client’s family members or significant others (as appropriate) to enhance or support the treatment plan2.      Make constructive therapeutic responses when the client behavior is inconsistent with stated recovery goals3.      Describe, select, and appropriately use strategies from accepted and evidence-based, culturally appropriate models for group counseling with addicted or substance abusing client4.      Understand the concepts of “process” and “content”, and shift the focus of the group when such an intervention will help the group move toward its goals5.      Understand and recognize culturally appropriate stages of change and other signs of treatment progress6.      Theories and principles of counseling.7.      Counseling methods, techniques, and processes.8.      Intake interviewing techniques.9.      Physical, emotional, social, and spiritual dimensions of chemical dependency as a disease entity.10.  Medical aspects of substance abuse.11.  Alcoholism and/or drug dependency and treatment; addiction and recovery processes.12.  Treatment issues and treatment philosophy.13.  Family dynamics.14.  Client records maintenance and confidentiality standards.15.  Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computer and applicable software applications.16.  Provides information and/or outreach and intervention services to individuals seeking substance abuse assistance for themselves or another person17.  Interpret and apply applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.  ·         BEHAVIOR: 1.      Establish a helping relationship with the client characterized by warmth, respect, genuineness, concreteness and empathy through a continuing assessment process2.      Function and communicate effectively in an interdisciplinary team approach to chemical dependency3.      Work with the client to establish realistic, achievable treatment goals consistent with achieving and maintaining recovery. 4.      Encourage and reinforce all client actions that are determined to be beneficial in progressing toward treatment goals5.      Promote client knowledge, skills, and attitudes that contribute to a positive change in substance abuse behaviors. 6.      Promote client knowledge, skills, and attitudes consistent with the maintenance of good health (as defined by both the client culture and the treatment culture) and the prevention of HIV/AIDS, TB, STD’s, and other communicable diseases7.      Apply crisis management skills8.      Mentor the client’s identification, selection, and practice of strategies that help sustain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for maintaining treatment progress, relapse prevention, maintenance of their mental illness and continuing care9.      Meets with various staff to maintain knowledge of changes in the field as well as new requirements; provides staffing for discussions concerning clients10.  Function under stress11.  Work independently as well as cooperatively in a team environment12.  Work confidentially with discretion; respect client confidentiality13.  Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy. Responsibilities:§  Provides emergency on-call and crisis intervention services on a rotation basis as requested.§  Performs related duties as required. 
Qualifications and Requirements: §  Meets at least one of the following requirements for degree/certification: o   Advanced degree (masters-level or doctoral-level) in psychology, social work, counseling, child guidance, nursing or similar field; oro   BA/BS in psychology, social work, counseling, child guidance, nursing or similar field and substance abuse treatment training and/or experience; oro   Certification as a Chemical Dependency Counselor (CDC) I or Behavioral Health Counselor (BHC) I or higher by Alaska Commission for Behavioral Health Certification (ACBHC), or  certification by another certifying body, such as a state certifying affiliate of the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) or other similar recognized organization;  experience judged as meeting certification requirements may be accepted provided the applicant be certified within six months of hire.  §  Prefer three (3) years experience in addictions, social services, mental health or related field.§  Ability to handle the position without continual supervision.