SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELOR

Job Locations US-AK-Klawock
Job ID
2021-5607
Category
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
Type
Regular Full-Time/80hrs (1.0 FTE) -A1

About Us:

SEARHC is a non-profit health consortium which serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska. We see our employees as our strongest assets. It is our priority to further their development and our organization by aiding in their professional advancement.

 

Working at SEARHC is more than a job, it’s a fulfilling career. We offer generous benefits, including retirement, paid time off, paid parental leave, health, dental, and vision benefits, life insurance and long and short-term disability, and more.

 

Job Overview:

This developmental position functions within the Department of Behavioral Health to provide substance abuse treatment both intensive outpatient programing, as well as individual and group modalities, in Outpatient Behavioral Health substance use treatment programs.

 

This position requires an increased understanding in a substance abuse treatment program including basic interventions that are effective in treating this disease. This position also requires increased crisis stabilization skills, and effective communication skills for leading educational groups with the clients. This position is able to conceptualized and incorporate addiction services across a broad range of disciplines, and demonstrates an increased level of practice. This position requires adeptness in the provision of care in regards to a client’s mental health. This position is responsible for assessing, diagnosing, and documenting all aspects of a client’s substance use treatment needs and is able to assist other staff members in these practices. This position supports SEARHC’s vision statement: “To improve the health status of Native people in Southeast Alaska and other partners to the highest possible level,” by providing chemical dependency counseling and interventions to individuals for the reduction or cessation of substance abuse and/or dependence

Responsibilities:

  • Facilitates daily components including: assisting with treatment objectives, participating in recreational events, leading various treatment activities, and sharing the therapeutic group process. Participates as a member of the treatment team including attending treatment team meetings and writing treatment plans. Assist other less experienced staff in the provision of these duties.
  • Provide client screening, intake, orientation, assessment, treatment planning, counseling, case management, crisis stabilization, client education, referral, report and record keeping, and consultation. 
  • Maintains appropriate records in a confidential manner and follows documentation standards as outlined in the policies and procedures. 
  • Participates in career development activities, attends formal and informal substance abuse and addiction training, studies treatment theories and practices.

Qualifications:

Education:

  • High school diploma or equivalent

Experience:

  • 4 years full time substance abuse work experience with increasingly specialized experience in chemical dependency treatment.  A Bachelor of Arts or Science may be substituted for one of the four years of experience if accepted by the Alaska Certification Board

License:

  • Current Chemical Dependency Counselor I certification by the State of Alaska or in a state, which has reciprocity with Alaska or eligible within 6 months of hire.
  • Valid State of Alaska Driver’s License or can be obtained within 6 months of hire.

Other:

  • Must be 21 years of age.           

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Knowledge:

  • Considerable knowledge with substance abuse treatment modalities
  • Considerable Knowledge of substance abuse and its effects on the human body, mind, and social relationships and co-occurring disorders.
  • Considerable knowledge of CFR 42 Part 2 and HIPAA regulations regarding client confidentiality and protected health information laws and practices.

Skills:

  • Proficient skill in counseling, crisis stabilization and group facilitation.
  • Proficient skill in oral and written communication, including accurate documentation on treatment progress
  • Proficient skills in the utilization of Motivational Interviewing and Relapse Prevention practices.

Abilities:

  • Proficient ability to identify client treatment needs
  • Proficient ability to empathize with clients, yet maintain strong professional boundaries at all times.
  • Proficient ability to understand and follow agencies policIes and procedures.

Other Comments:

  • Because this is a substance abuse treatment program it is necessary for staff to model substance free behavior. Use or possession of alcohol, tobacco or any illegal drug is prohibited. The Behavioral Health Staff Code of Ethics indicates staff will agree not to use illegal substances, and agree to use legal substances responsibly.

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