SMA Careers >> Substance Abuse Counselor-DOC; Full Time
Substance Abuse Counselor-DOC; Full Time
Summary
Title:Substance Abuse Counselor-DOC; Full Time
ID:4055
Department:Reality House
Location:1341 Indian Lake Road, Daytona Beach, FL 32124
Description
Salary Range:
HS Diploma -BA ~ $12.74/hr -$14.42/hr DOE
MA ~ $15.91/hr - $18.00/hr DOE
Additional compensation offered for Certification and/or Licensure
Working Hours: 40 hrs/week; 40 hrs/week; 8am-4pm, Tues-Sat
Non-exempt


**This Position is Working with Male Inmates**

This is responsible and specialized direct service work with adult male inmate population. While the primary work is with clients with substance abuse issues; clients may display some symptoms of mental, emotional, psychological illnesses, dually diagnoses, or have mild developmental disabilities. Work involves responsibility for providing individual, group, family supportive, or crisis counseling; non-clinical treatment services; screening and monitoring clients; working with families or outside agencies; providing information and referral; assisting clients with their needs/goals through the development of treatment plans.  Work also involves working with community resources advocating and linking clients to appropriate services.

Qualifications

Possession of a High School diploma or equivalency and six (6) years of experience in chemical addictions counseling experience or an Associates Degree and four (4) years of experience in chemical addictions counseling or a Bachelor's degree in related field and two (2) years of chemical addictions counseling experience, or a Masters degree in a related field and one (1) year of chemical addictions counseling and experience or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the following knowledge, abilities, and skills.
  • Knowledge of mental illnesses, emotional disturbances, addiction, and/or co-occurring disorders and proper treatment techniques.
  • Knowledge of the basic principles, methods, practices, and procedures of behavior management and counseling.
  • Knowledge of the criminal justice system.
  • Knowledge of therapeutic techniques
  • Ability to conduct individual, group and family supportive counseling.
  • Ability to assess and monitor clients and develop realistic goals and objectives.
  • Ability to maintain documentation in accordance with the Department of Corrections Contract Standards as well as in accordance with DCF 65D-30 for the level of service.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle to transport clients and perform essential functions of the position.
  • Ability to express oneself clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to maintain an effective working relationship with client, co-workers, professionals, and the general public and other service agencies in a tactful and courteous manner.
  • Ability to handle verbally and/or physically abusive and aggressive clients and utilize aggression control techniques to ensure the safety and well being of the client, other clients, and employees in the unit, up to and including appropriate utilization of handcuffs and shackles.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with suicidal, mentally, emotionally, and/or psychologically disturbed clients in person and over the telephone.
  • Ability to express oneself clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to maintain an effective working relationship with client, co-workers, professionals, and the general public and other service agencies in a tactful and courteous manner.
  • Ability to handle verbally and/or physically abusive and aggressive clients and utilize aggression control techniques to ensure the safety and well being of the client, other clients, and employees in the unit, up to and including appropriate utilization of handcuffs and shackles.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with suicidal, mentally, emotionally, and/or psychologically disturbed clients in person and over the telephone.


Responsibilities
 

  • Assesses client’s condition and needs to determine eligibility according to program requirements. Performs initial functional assessment; psychosocial history, mental status exam, financial information, demographics, etc.; performs periodic assessments/updates as needed; determines appropriate services; completes referral forms.
  • Develops a service/treatment plan with client and establishes attainable goals.
  • Updates service/treatment plans when required; ensures that plans are current and charts meet all documentation requirements according to 65D-30 for the appropriate level of Substance Abuse services provided.
  • Provides didactic, life skills and process groups, individual counseling as well as “rational authority” for Therapeutic Community Activities daily; and oversees non-clinical services and activities for clients.
  • Links clients to available resources in the community; provides information and referral; maintains an up-to-date roster of all community resources.
  • Advocates to obtain services for clients.
  • Aids clients develop a reentry transition plan, receives complaints and advocates for improved services for clients.
  • Observes behavior patterns; implements behavior modification techniques, and/or progressive disciplinary actions if required.
  • Documents all contacts and services provided through service activity notes/logs, attendance rosters, monthly log sheets, and other tracking forms; provides updates; completes tracking forms.
  • Develops and presents educational programs for families of clients and the community; provides information to the community regarding services that are available to a targeted population.
  • Plans, conducts and/or attends meetings; staffing meetings; court hearings; hospital hearings; committee meetings; treatment team meetings; peer review; case consultations, clinical risk committee, etc.
  • Advises, recommends and staffs at various program related meetings; may take minutes.
  • Completes required program reports.
  • Communicates verbally and in writing with the public, other service agencies, criminal justice system, pretrial intervention services, schools, family, and significant others, etc.; may serve as a liaison or resource person.
  • Controls verbally and/or physically abusive and aggressive clients and performs aggression control techniques if necessary up to and including appropriate utilization of handcuffs and shackles.
  • Maintains client accountability through attendance and counts.
  • Provides immediate crisis intervention, in person and is responsible to follow The Florida Department of Corrections policy and procedure regarding crisis situations.
  • Maintains an awareness of proper safety procedures and guidelines.
  • May collect and validate urine samples.
  • May do room searches or pat downs
  • Participates in in-service training.
  • Provides or arranges transportation for clients as needed; may escort a client to the appropriate service if necessary.
  • Performs related work as required.
  • Abides by principles of EEO compliance and a workplace of dignity and respect.
  • Works cooperatively in a group/team setting.
  • Shows respect to others.
  • Takes guidance and direction from supervisors.
  • Arrives/Reports to work on time and ready to work.

SMA is a drug and tobacco free workplace.

EEO Employer W/M/Vet/Disabled

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