POSITION: CSAC-S/A Certified Substance Abuse Counselor

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Director of Services
DESCRIPTION:
This position involves the provision of an array of substance abuse counseling and educational services within the group and program setting. Counselors are responsible for all client-related documentation and reports as well as the development and implementation of treatment goals and objectives. Facilitating peer support groups as needed is also expected.   On a monthly basis, 95.0% of the services provided are to be in the form of direct involvement with clients and/or their family members. Under close clinical and administrative supervision, to perform entry-level work in the treatment, counseling, education, and referral of clients and other concerned persons involved with the substance abuse program.   The position reports directly to DOS.
TASKS:
Performs substance abuse counseling and education, determines factual history and explains the OAS program; recommends to supervisor revisions to treatment plan with consideration given to the nature and severity of the problem, family and job-related pressures or complications, individual and family histories, physical condition, and other pertinent factors.  Under direct supervision provides case management to assist clients with alcohol and/or drug-related problems.  Under direct supervision, provides counseling in individual or group sessions; may serve as a  counselor in a group or program setting;  co-leads group counseling sessions; may need to have the ability to provide services to clients incarcerated in local correctional facilities; provides reassurance and encouragement to clients who make phone or personal contact during crisis or emergency situations; provides information or referral services for individuals, families and other concerned persons; ensures that all entries into records are according to the OAS and DBHDS standards; updates and completes records for all clients with whom they have had contact; may serve as a substitute on occasion as a primary counselor; consults with peers and other professionals to share information, to discuss early intervention and/or treatment methods and techniques and recommendations for appropriate treatment interventions; assists with substance abuse education classes for new clients, their families and other concerned persons.  Serves as an advocate for clients in their communities; and performs other duties as requested
REQUIREMENTS
Skills:
Case management
Client documentation
Oral and written communication
S.A. Group counseling
Program planning and coordination
Staff Supervision
Crisis intervention
Treatment plan Development
Knowledge Of:
Funding sources
Community Resources
Counseling Interventions
DBHDS/DMAS Standards
Human Development
Group Dynamics
Computer Software
Human Rights Regulations
Trainings & Certifications: 
CPR/FIRST AID
Medication Training
Restraint Techniques
Other:
Home Telephone
DMV License
Cell Phone Pager
Checking Saving Account
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION:
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to the following:  Graduation from a four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, or a related field or attainment of an Associate of Arts Certificate in a related field plus two years of experience in substance abuse or another human services field.

Participation in a substance abuse treatment/counseling program can be substituted for the required education on a one-year for one-year basis.

Knowledge of alcohol and drug addiction and the physiological and psychological effects; knowledge of/or ability to learn various substance abuse treatment methods and techniques;  knowledge of interviewing techniques; knowledge of/or ability to learn existing referral agencies and community resources; some ability to evaluate the severity of a client’s substance abuse problem and recommend appropriate intervention and treatment; ability to maintain records and prepare reports; ability to establish rapport with clients and other concerned persons and to maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and community resources; ability to speak and write effectively