North Hollywood non-profit Drug and Alcohol Treatment program seeks a full-time substance abuse disorder counselor who will assist clients in discovering a way of life that can be lived without the use of chemicals, while supporting clients through the recovery process.
The counselor will be required to:
- Keep a schedule of regular counseling appointments with clients and be available for non-scheduled counseling or crisis counseling as needed.
- Complete a bio-psycho-social assessment for each client. From the assessment, develop a treatment plan which includes goals and objectives. Through progress notes and other documentation, show progress or lack of progress the client is making towards achievement of those goals.
- Attend weekly case conferences to discuss clients’ progress in relation to their treatment plans. Identify problems and achievements through staff discussion.
- Attend weekly meetings with the treatment team. The focus will be continued training regarding systems, procedures and policies of CRI-Help.
- Act as a liaison between clients and other service agencies involved in clients’ treatment, such as probation, parole, DPSS, EDD, DVR, referring case managers and insurance providers.
- Make occasional court appearances.
- Attend, and actively participate in, monthly in-service training sessions.
- Facilitate groups and educational classes as assigned by Director of Client Services.
- Provide each client with an individualized continuing Care Plan.
- Complete all necessary documentation in a timely manner, including progress notes, discharge summaries, aftercare plans, etc.
- Provide family support and education through conjoint sessions as well as via family groups.
- Interface with all staff regarding client treatment issues.
- Participate in fundraising events and other activities as directed by CRI-Help.
- Facilitate bi-monthly family groups.
- Facilitate in-house Step Study groups.
- Facilitate therapy groups to the level of Recovery Process 2.
- Provide psychotherapy and work with dually diagnosed clients.
Skills and Knowledge Required:
- Must be knowledgeable in identifying patterns common to the population.
- Must have the ability to document client activities and carry out written assignments as required.
- Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- Due to the program philosophy, the CDW must have a strong understanding of the Narcotics Anonymous and / or Alcoholics Anonymous programs (The Twelve Steps).
- Must have the ability to establish a genuine therapeutic relationship with the client.
- Must possess the knowledge and ability to use counseling techniques to educate, elicit feelings, facilitate self-understanding, and motivate the client.
- Must be able to act as a case manager, coordinating a continuum of treatment and services for clients.
Experience and Education:
- Must be a certified chemical dependency counselor with CCAPP or CADTP.
- If a recovering addict or alcoholic, must be clean from all drugs and alcohol for at least 18 months, and must be willing to periodically submit to drug use detection testing.