Addiction Counselor Job Description

Addiction Counselor Job Description

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Addiction counselor provides drug and alcohol assessments to patients requesting treatment at WPIC Drug & Alcohol Treatment Programs; reviews results of assessments with attending psychiatrist and/or clinical supervisor to determine diagnoses and treatment recommendations.

Addiction Counselor Duties & Responsibilities

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Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Provides DUI Level II Education, IOP, EOPand Relaspe Prevention classes
Provides DUI Level II Education, IOP, EOP and Relaspe Prevention classes and completes all required documentation for groups
Intake coordination over the phone
Excellent Customer Service, strong Administrative skills and detail oriented
Utilizes DSM multi-axial diagnosis and ASAM PPC to assess appropriate level of care
Provides individual/group counseling, case management, discharge planning, education, and referral assistance to individuals with substance use disorders and/or mental health conditions
50% of the case manager's time will be engaged in billable, consumer-oriented activity
Able to comprehensively assess the holistic needs of the consumer and to develop plans and goals needed to facilitate independent functioning and to decrease dependency
Able to participate in case management intake process in initial assessment of newly referred consumers
Assist consumers to access and to coordinate appropriate mental health and related services

Addiction Counselor Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Addiction Counselor

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: ICRC, CAC, CAP

Education for Addiction Counselor

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the addiction counselor job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Addiction Counseling, Addiction Studies, Social Work, Psychology, Health, Counseling, Sociology, Substance Abuse, Human Services, Behavioral Science

Skills for Addiction Counselor

Desired skills for addiction counselor include:

Ability to maintain and adhere to program licensing guidelines
CARF
Compliance regulations/policies of CARF accredited PHP
DNV
Drug and alcohol treatment agencies and programs and a list of resources that can be shared with clients
Electronic health record system
Eliminate
HIPAA
IOP
Job responsibility in emergency

Desired experience for addiction counselor includes:

Basic electronic mail communication skills
Basic computer skills in windows applications
Basic computer skills including ability to access and utilize web-based resources, and communicate in writing using electronic mail
Develops and documents full assessments, treatment planning, monitors patients’ clinical progress in treatment, and discharge planning
Demonstrated ability to provide crises intervention and milieu management
Demonstrates ability to attend, support, and manage patients, their families and visitors in large group settings

Addiction Counselor Examples

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Addiction Counselor Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of addiction counselor. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for addiction counselor
  • Attend and may provide agency and state training as appropriate or as required
  • Document and complete assessments, service plans, progress reports, case correspondence, service logs and other required monitoring and reporting documentation as appropriate and on a timely basis
  • Facilitate or co-lead small groups of consumers/or significant others to increase understanding of the consumers issues or to improve coping skills and performance of activities of daily living
  • Function autonomously and utilize appropriate judgment in the analysis and solving of sophisticated problems
  • Identify basic medications and side effects and to supervise the consumer in correctly filling his/her pill box and perform pill counts
  • Maintain regular contact with consumers during inpatient hospitalizations
  • Plan and goal are to indicate consumer self-determination and to be based on the consumer's strengths, needs, interests and cultural preferences
  • Provide case management services to a caseload of seriously and persistently mentally ill consumer/patients
  • Provides advocacy for consumers, including participation in 302 and other involuntary commitment proceedings, guardianship and custody proceedings
  • Through regular contact with consumers and provider, monitors consumer's participation and satisfaction in all services used by consumers on their caseload, and determine if the individual is progressing and if specific services continue to be needed and are appropriate
Qualifications for addiction counselor
  • Work within the context of the interdisciplinary treatment team and/or as a member of an identified program/module and as such is expected to attend staffing, consultations and case conferences on assigned consumers
  • Provides didactic, therapeutic groups individual counseling
  • Develops, modifies & implements treatment plans
  • Provide consultation to the team in the areas of assessment and treatment planning
  • Lead groups and other patient education or counseling sessions
  • Design and implement special clinical activities as assigned
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Addiction Counselor Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is hiring for an addiction counselor. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for addiction counselor
  • Provide consultation to less senior staff in all clinical documentation
  • Develop and prepare Interpretative Summaries
  • Establish, review, and update individualized treatment plans
  • Review/Completion of admission documents and consent forms
  • Monitor of patients on the ward to ensure safety (i.e., during meal times and at other times)
  • Provision of case management / individual counseling for patients
  • In addition, supervision and training of staff and the completion of performance programs/evaluations
  • Provides and coordinates a continuum of treatment services onsite and/or in the community designed to maintain and enhance the wellbeing of persons with a diagnosis of substance use disorder/s or dual diagnoses
  • Provides substance use and secondary mental health assessments, treatment planning and counseling services to primarily chemically addicted populations
  • Participates in clinical team meetings, training sessions and committee meetings as assigned
Qualifications for addiction counselor
  • Coordinate ACT field education and placements on all campuses
  • Coordinate placements and evaluation for students at field agencies
  • Assign field placements to students in a timely and efficient manner
  • Teach field preparation workshops
  • Teach and grade Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI)
  • Group classes are performed utilizing OBH Evidenced based curriculum per CDOC Selection
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Addiction Counselor Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking for an addiction counselor. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for addiction counselor
  • Completes SOA-R SUD assessment tool as identified by CDOC
  • Participate as a member of the Mental Health Team and coordinates with other facility staff
  • High School diploma required, Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Social Work or Counseling preferred
  • CAC II or above in good standing with Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies required
  • Strategies for Self Improvement and Change and Standard Offender Assessment Revised preferred
  • Works with Finance supplying accurate information for reporting purposes
  • Reviews and processes accounts for collection
  • Calculates accurate patient responsibility of approved assistance program
  • Identifies opportunities for program improvement, uses appropriate improvement tools and techniques to address potential quality issues within the facility, and participates in quality improvement initiatives/activities
  • Interacts with other agencies, professionals, and referral sources and presents a positive image of him/herself, the facility, and the organization
Qualifications for addiction counselor
  • Driving with Care certification required
  • 3-5 years of experience directly related to payor reimbursements would be considered in lieu of Associate level degree
  • Bachelor’s degree in the social sciences
  • Drug and alcohol treatment credentials from the state in which the position functions
  • Master's degree in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, Criminal Justice or Human Services is highly preferred
  • Experience working with a corrections population is desired along with substance abuse treatment experience
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Addiction Counselor Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking to fill the role of addiction counselor. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for addiction counselor
  • Develops service and continuing care plans
  • Plans, structures, and organizes different types of group therapy sessions
  • Completes SOA-R SUD assessment tool as identified by Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC)
  • Complete and maintain accurate records or reports regarding the clients' histories and progress, services provided, or other required information
  • Counsel clients, individually or in group sessions, to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, or making changes
  • Perform services involving the assessment, planning and implementation of counseling and education services provided on this treatment unit
  • Be responsible for assigned patient counseling case management.Position may provide ASAM Level III, II, and I treatment services
  • Be responsible for planning and implementation of therapeutic services
  • Implement strategies that address primary and co-occurring disorders
  • Recognize the patient’s age as a relevant factor and applies appropriate decision-making skills in the assessment, treatment, and care provided for the adolescent, adult and geriatric patient
Qualifications for addiction counselor
  • Minimum two (2) years of supervised and related (may include adolescent, adult, family, co-dependent) work experience in the field of chemical dependency treatment
  • ND Licensure as an Addiction Counselor
  • Minimum of 2 years' experience as an Addiction Counselor
  • Master's degree in addiction studies or related field
  • Communicate thoroughly and accurately in a professional manner both verbally and in writing
  • Demonstrate a pleasant upbeat demeanor and positive attitude
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Addiction Counselor Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is hiring for an addiction counselor. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for addiction counselor
  • Initiates referrals for needed services that are not directly provided by the program
  • Serves as on-site Substance Abuse Counselor of the facility treatment program
  • Ensures that proper documentation is in offender files and that it conforms to the ACA, ADAD and DCJ standards
  • Supervises the adjustment of each offender treatment level and assesses the appropriateness of each offender assigned level monthly
  • Provide comprehensive assessments for patient caseload
  • Develop and implementation of individualized treatment plans in conjunction with patients and multidisciplinary treatment team
  • Facilitates group programming/activities, seminars/educational lectures, family sessions/meetings
  • Facilitates individual counseling
  • Maintain active linkage and discharge planning with patient, employer, referral sources and other pertinent outside sources
  • Coordination of services with continuing care providers
Qualifications for addiction counselor
  • Chemical Dependency experience highly preferred
  • CAC II or above in good standing with Department of Regulatory Agencies in Colorado
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Psychology, Social Work or Counseling
  • Strategies for Self Improvement and Change and Standard Offender Assessment Revised
  • Experience counseling clients with substance abuse issues and writing reports or evaluations
  • The Psych Social worker must have experience in Addiction Medicine and will be required to work with Children, Adolescents and Adults

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