CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY COUNSELOR II

Job Locations US-AK-Juneau
Job ID
2021-5766
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 position functions within the Behavioral Health Services Department in an integrated outpatient clinic with a mission for serving at-risk populations at the Front Street Clinic in downtown Juneau Alaska, to provide screening, assessment, referrals, and counseling to outpatient clients experiencing challenges with substance use disorders.

 

This position requires an understanding of substance abuse and dependence as well as the necessary interventions that are effective in treating this disease. This position also requires crisis intervention skills, and effective oral and written communication skills for working with and advocating for clients.  This position needs to know how to respond to and refer a client who is in crisis, in regards to their mental and medical health.  This position is also responsible for screening, assessing, diagnosing, referring, counseling, and documenting all aspects of a patient’s treatment needs.  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 screening, assessment, diagnosing, referring, and counseling interventions to individuals for the reduction or cessation of substance abuse and/or dependence.

 

Hours are 5:30 am - 2:30 pm Monday - Friday and rotating Saturdays

Responsibilities:

Duty/Responsibility #1 (50%):

Provide patient screening, intake, assessment, referrals, counseling, treatment-planning, case

management, crisis intervention, and client education to inpatients and outpatients experiencing

challenges with substance abuse and dependence.

 

Duty/Responsibility #2 (15%):

Maintain complete and accurate documentation for interactions, visits, and phone calls with patients.

 

Duty/Responsibility #3 (30 %):

Participate as an active team member of the behavioral health services department.  Provide support and assistance

to patients connecting them with community, state, national resources; assist them with completing

applications and forms for resources.  Assist as needed with patient discharge planning which may

include helping patients with securing home medical equipment, home support services, applying for

patient assistance programs,  transferring to other facilities, coordinating discharge planning meetings

with patients, their providers and family members.  Provide crisis support and make appropriate referrals

to patients and employees in crisis.

 

Duty/Responsibility #4 (5 %):

Participate in departmental meetings, multi-disciplinary team discharge planning meetings, and in-service training.  Coordinate and support community chemical dependency provider educational meetings to facilitate discussions on substance abuse and behavioral issues.  Meet as needed with Clinic Manager and/or Clinic Supervisor for clinical supervision regarding patient care.

 

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Four years full time substance abuse work experience (8,000 hours).
  • Bachelor degree in a relative field (or higher degree) may be submitted for consideration as a substitute for one year of the 4 years of required experience.
  • 100 hours supervised practicum as specified for CDC II by the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC).
  • 20 contact hours of training as specified for CDC II by the NAADAC.
  • Experience working in a setting providing Medication Assisted Treatment preferred.
  • Current Chemical Dependency Counselor II certification by the State of Alaska or in a state, which has reciprocity with Alaska.
  • Must be 21 years of age. Valid State of Alaska Driver’s License or can be obtained within 6 months of hire.

 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Considerable knowledge of substance abuse treatment modalities.
  • Considerable knowledge of substance abuse and its effects on the human body, mind, and social relationships.
  • Considerable knowledge of CFR 42 Part 2 and HIPAA regulations regarding client confidentiality and protected health information laws and practices.
  • Proficient skill in individual counseling, crisis intervention and group facilitation.
  • Proficient skill in oral and written communication, including accurate documentation on treatment progress
  • Proficient skills in the utilization of Motivational Interviewing, Relapse Prevention and other evidence-based practices.
  • Proficient ability to assess and identify patient needs, resources, and supports to plan appropriately for interventions and referrals.
  • Proficient ability to empathize with patients, yet maintain strong professional boundaries at all times.
  • Proficient ability to understand and follow departmental policies and procedures

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