Drug Counselor Job Description

Drug Counselor Job Description

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Drug counselor provides individual and group therapy to patients in the program(remove word program) home, school, community settings and engages families in the assessment and treatment processes when indicated.

Drug Counselor Duties & Responsibilities

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Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Performs assessment, planning and implementation of counseling and education services for substance abuse rehabilitation patients
Performs individual, group, and family education and counseling (at least 20 hours of direct one-on-one patient contact per week through individual or group counseling)
Prior to conducting services without direct supervision, each intern shall observe at least three hours of face-to-face interviews, 12 hours of educational classes, and 20 hours of group counseling sessions that are conducted by a certified
Processes program dismissals and program completion paperwork
Monitors client payment history
Provides assigned patient counseling case management
Systematically and continually assesses the patient's coping mechanisms in collaboration with the patient/family
Networks with center staff and community agencies toprovide support services to students
Assists in developing center operating procedures forprogram components
Works with the CMHC, Center Physician, Health Servicesstaff and other designated staff to ensure intervention components arefully understood and integrated in the center

Drug Counselor Qualifications

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

Licensing or Certifications for Drug Counselor

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: CPR, CPI, AOD

Education for Drug Counselor

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the drug counselor job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Collage and Bachelor's Degree in Counseling, Social Work, Psychology, Nursing, Health, Human Services, Education, Supervision, Business/Management, Public Administration

Skills for Drug Counselor

Desired skills for drug counselor include:

Program policies and procedures
State and county requirements
Excel
Microsoft Word
Outlook
Education
Federal and state confidentiality requirements
Generally accepted principals of Chemical Dependency treatment
Practice literature that examines the relationship of basic and life skills to the attainment of positive treatment outcomes
Prevention in a group and individual setting

Desired experience for drug counselor includes:

Requires frequent sitting, standing and data entry
Works in conjunction with the Recreation Department toassist in developing leisure activities and incentives to reinforceTEAP lifestyle
Acts as liaison to CMHC and Center Standards Officer forTEAP issues
Maintains TEAP statistics for quarterly reporting to DOL
Assures collection and handling comply with chain ofcustody procedures
Knowledge of tools used to determine levels of basic and life skillsCentene is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, and values the ways in which we are different

Drug Counselor Examples

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Drug Counselor Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is hiring for a drug counselor. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for drug counselor
  • Generate research, respond to, distribute, and track billing communications through RLSolutions system
  • Maintain linkages with related community service agencies for the purposes of referral to and from the program and clinical consultations
  • Monitor and obtain treatment authorization and reauthorization as required by payors
  • Participate in educational programs, orientation, quality assurance, and quality improvement activities
  • Provide case management services to clients needing assistance with finances, housing and transportation
  • Provide drug and alcohol services for clients and their families utilizing skills applicable to the role of counselor in cooperation with other professional staff
  • Verify client funding coverage and inform staff regarding benefit coverage
  • Responsible for providing psychotherapy services to patients in our MAT program, including providing individual CBT-based psychotherapy with patients in MAT based on the curriculum developed by our behavioral health team and consultant, and integrated care warm hand-off visits for patients seeing medical providers
  • Completes patient psychosocial and an individualized treatment plan within the required time frame
  • Provides counseling and crisis intervention based on evidence-based approaches
Qualifications for drug counselor
  • Minimum of two years in chemical dependency recovery counseling
  • Ability to navigate throughout the hospital and manual dexterity sufficient to perform functions on a PC and keyboard
  • Requires frequent sitting, standing and walking
  • Bachelor’s degree, AOD certification, or equivalent alcohol counseling experience
  • Minimum one year experience in the field of human behavior, including individual group psychotherapy diagnostic formulation and psychological testing
  • Ability to navigate throughout the hospital and manual dexterity sufficient to perform computer entry on a PC and keyboard
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Drug Counselor Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking to fill the role of drug counselor. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for drug counselor
  • Develop a collaborative relationship with Care Team providers by asking questions about patient’s condition/treatment and offering immediate feedback on referred patients
  • Attend Care Team meetings/case conferences/trainings with the primary providers and/or other behavioral health staff
  • Facilitates daily clinical program activities in accordance with the established clinical schedule
  • Conducts bi-weekly individual counseling sessions with assigned caseload
  • Provides regular individual, group, and lecture counseling sessions for all clients as required by regulatory agencies and mandated direct service time standards unit assignments will be respected
  • Attend, participate, and when necessary, facilitate case consultations, special events, such as seminars, lectures, retreats, trips, workshops
  • Arrange, ensure and provide coverage for Team due to staff illnesses, PTO’s, holidays
  • Organize and co-run, with Utilization Review, Treatment Planning for team
  • Be lead for all follow up needed from discussions coming out of AM Rounds
  • Be lead for all interventions required form discussions coming out of AM Rounds
Qualifications for drug counselor
  • Knowledge of or experience with 12-Step Programs
  • AOD certification, Bachelor's degree or equivalent alcohol counseling experience
  • Experience in providing services within a correctional setting preferred
  • Licensed in Tennessee as an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LADAC), Professional Counselor (LPC), or Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a background in substance abuse required
  • Certification as an Addictions Counselor in another state may be considered
  • Certification as an Addictions Counselor from another state may be accepted
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Drug Counselor Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of drug counselor. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for drug counselor
  • Search out training and education opportunities from community resources
  • Participates in all training and supervision activities as provided for staff
  • Assesses client’s aftercare needs, challenges, and services
  • Works as a team member with all treatment staff and ancillary personnel to promote consistent and coordinated efforts
  • Follows the Company and client’s treatment curriculum, policies and procedures
  • Performs other duties including Performance Goals developed by manager and employee and reported in the employee’s Performance Review as part of Physicians’ Performance Management tools
  • Collaborate with the healthcare team, patients, families, and relevant community resources to develop and implement an individualized plan of care
  • Coordinate referrals with licensed addictions treatment facilities for higher level of care options for patients
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional practice, maintaining respect for confidentiality and freedom of choice as outlined by the Code of Ethics of the Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors
  • Demonstrates the ability to conduct clinical interviews of patients, families, and significant others to obtain information on personal, social, emotional, medical, and family history in order to complete social work assessments
Qualifications for drug counselor
  • Two (2) years' experience, knowledge, and/or expertise with co-occurring disorders and/or cognitive-behavioral counseling approaches, and an understanding of the unique challenges faced by our clients
  • C.A.D.C
  • OR Current licensure in the Commonwealth as a registered nurse and a degree from an accredited school of nursing and one (1) year of counseling experience
  • OR Associate's degree in chemical dependency, psychology, social work, counseling, nursing or related field and two (2) years of clinical experience
  • OR Bachelor's degree in chemical dependency, psychology, social work, counseling, nursing or other related field and one (1) year of clinical experience
  • OR Master's degree in chemical dependency, psychology, social work, counseling, nursing or other related field, which includes a practicum in a health and human service agency, preferably in a drug and alcohol setting
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Drug Counselor Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is hiring for a drug 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 drug counselor
  • Participating in Treatment Team Meetings
  • Documenting in Avatar electronic record
  • Develops and maintains a list of students who are or have been involved in the program
  • Enters information into CIS as required
  • Assists in developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for program components
  • Provide drug and alcohol services for clients and their families utilizing skills applicable to the role of counselor in cooperation with other professional staff.Develop individual client treatment and aftercare plans
  • Complete funding related paperwork as needed to secure authorization for all services provided and maintain compliance as outlined in payer contract.Ensure appropriate client information is released to funding sources in compliance with agency, federal, and state regulations.Ensure all outgoing funding paperwork is correct, completed in entirety, and is within payer's timeframe guidelines
  • Verify client funding coverage and inform staff regarding benefit coverage.Obtain treatment authorization as required by various funding sources
  • Complete within (24) twenty-four hours of admission psychosocial assessment and treatment plan of residents
  • Provide individual and group alcohol and other drug counseling
Qualifications for drug counselor
  • Master’s degree in chemical dependency, psychology, social work, counseling, nursing or other related field
  • The final candidate selected for the position will be required to undergo a criminal background check
  • High school diploma or equivalent and 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 preferred
  • Organized, and demonstrated strong leadership and interpersonal skills
  • High School Diploma or G.E.D and Certified or Registered Addiction Specialist, , Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADAC), or Registered Addiction Specialist(RAS), or Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS), or Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor (CATC)
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Drug Counselor Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of drug counselor. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for drug counselor
  • Participates in daily clinical meetings and scheduled supervisory meetings
  • On occasion may be interacting alone and/or supervising children of client families
  • Other duties as assigned by the Program or Clinical Director as the program develops
  • Provide direct clinical services to the inmates of the Substance Abuse Treatment program as a “primary counselor”
  • Conduct psycho-educational modules for program participants
  • Evaluate inmates referred for substance abuse treatment services to determine the appropriate level of treatment and agency to provide required services
  • Document inmate evaluation or program participation in accordance with program procedures
  • Coordinates with the CMHC, Center physician, health and wellness staff, and other designated staff to ensure intervention components are fully understood and integrated on Center
  • Conduct psycho-educational modules for all program participants
  • Evaluate inmates referred for substance abuse treatment services to determine the appropriate level of treatment and if applicable the necessary agency to provide required services
Qualifications for drug counselor
  • Competitive salary and outstanding benefits
  • Skilled in assessing clients who present with substance use and/or mental health related concerns
  • Proficient in utilizing the DSM-V
  • Demonstrates strong written and verbal communication skills and an engaging presentation style
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple competing priorities and effectively manage crisis situations
  • Experience with developing and delivering presentations that are enthusiastic and engage the audience

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