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Date Posted: 4/15/2021

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Job Description


Compensation Base: 

Compensation Bonus (if applicable): $5,000 Sign On Bonus (Ask for Details)


Equal Opportunity Employer.

We are seeking an Engagement Specialist, Adolescent Treatment / Client Liaison to join our Team at our Addictions Treatment Program at Woodridge Interventions location.

Up to $3,000 to $5,000 Hiring Bonus

(Ask for Eligibility Details)

Since 1994, Woodridge Interventions has been serving adults and adolescents from the greater Chicago area and throughout the Midwest by treating a wide variety of addictions and co-occurring disorders in both residential and outpatient settings.

As part of the intake and census development department, the Assessment and Referral Specialist acts as a liaison with the local healthcare and business community. The Specialist identifies and develops key referral sources and builds working relationships with these contacts to maintain or increase the quality and quantity of referrals for our residential and outpatient centers.


  • The Specialist is responsible for developing and maintaining contacts and/or partnerships in the community. Specifically, this position will work with local courts, hospitals, and other referral sources to increase both communication and referral flow among community organizations.
  • Work directly with the intake department to help determine which programs and services will best fit the needs of the client.
  • Maintain good relationships with intake staff, administrative personnel, and external professional groups and agencies.
  • Build and strengthen relationships with media, government, community and related organizations.

Abraxas Youth and Family Services is a national leader in the operation of residential treatment facilities and community-based programs for troubled youth and their families. We offer a wide array of services to include life skills, mental health services, cognitive behavioral therapy, family counseling, drug and alcohol treatment, case management services, recreational activities as well as vocational and educational services.

Abraxas is a great place to start your career whether you have a high school diploma or GED, military experience, some college, or a bachelor or advanced degree.  If you are interested in counseling, juvenile justice, psychology, social work, teaching or just want to make a difference, we have a career path for you. Help change lives at Abraxas Youth and Family Services.


Job Requirements

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, Human Services, or related field.
  • Master's degree in Psychology, Social Work, Human Services, or related field a plus.
  • Experience in information and referral services, customer service, counseling, substance use, or human services required.
  • Customer/consumer focused with excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Good computer skills and experience and/or ability to use online systems and databases.
  • Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) or Assessment and Referrals Specialist (CARS) or equivalent through Illinois Certification Board, Inc. Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association | IAODAPCA. CADC - preferred 
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) a plus.
  • Openness to information that may be different from personal views.
  • Willingness to work with consumers who may be ambivalent, impaired, or have psychological disorders.
  • Openness to providing information about a variety of treatment options and paths to recovery based on a caller’s needs.
  • Respectful of cultural differences and value diversity of thought, backgrounds, and perspectives.
  • High ethical standards and a willingness to comply with professional expectations and boundaries.
  • Ability to adapt to changes in work environment and expectations.

Other Qualifications:

  • At least twenty-one (21) years of age.
  • Criminal clearances (Act 33 and 34, specific State & child clearances and, if necessary, FBI).
  • Non-communicable diseases physical exam.
  • Valid driver's license from employee’s state of residence.
  • Valid registered vehicle insurance.