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COUNSELOR I - Adolescent in Downers Grove, IL at The Geo Group

Date Posted: 2/12/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Facility: WOODRIDGE INTERVENTIONS

Compensation Base: 

Compensation Bonus (if applicable): 

 

Equal Opportunity Employer.

Summary:

In conjunction with supervisor and treatment team, provides chemical dependency counseling services to patients and their families/collaterals through assessment and design, implementation, and revision of treatment plan.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Obtains information from patients and others and uses appropriate tools to make assessment; prepares summary and makes recommendations regarding treatment; communicates patient information to treatment team; maintains knowledge of the pharmacological effects of drugs and alcohol on patient health; uses ASAM patient placement criteria for appropriate placement and continuing care.
  • Develops service and continuing care plans; prioritizes problems and plans appropriate methods of addressing problems; incorporates appropriate use of community-based support groups.
  • Develops therapeutic relationships with patients and significant others and uses communication skills to engage them in treatment; identifies obstacles to counseling and minimizes their impact.
  • Plans, structures, and organizes different types of group therapy sessions.
  • Conducts individual, joint, and family counseling sessions using family members and/or collaterals to determine family’s impact on patient and patient’s impact on family and/or collaterals.
  • Supervises patients during free and unstructured time, identifies and uses treatment tools to monitor and support the structure within the program.
  • Identifies potential conflicts and implements crisis intervention techniques to prevent or       intervene in potential crisis situations.
  • Uses clinically appropriate professional terminology to complete forms and records, accurately and timely documenting patient assessment, planning, and progress; maintains knowledge of laws and regulations surrounding confidentiality of alcohol and drug patient’s charts.
  • Develops and maintains appropriate professional boundaries between self, staff, patients, and collaterals and identifies issues related to ethics and boundaries, as identified in the Code of Ethics policy.
  • Identifies tasks to be completed in order of highest to lowest priority and behaviors that will not interfere with the ability to complete assignments.
  • Promotes teamwork through collective effort and works cooperatively with team members.
  • Maintains appropriate credentials and pursues internal and/or external training and development opportunities.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.
  • Adheres to confidentiality requirements.
  • Attends mandatory in-services.
  • Knowledge of the procedures to follow in the event of an incident.
  • Knowledge of job responsibility in emergency.
  • Knowledge of responsibility regarding actions to minimize, eliminate, and report risks.

 

Job Requirements

Minimum Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED and 24 credit hours of college education or accredited training program in substance abuse counseling and/or other human services area.
  • Higher education given preference
  • Required certifications or license:
    • IAODAPCA certification CADC, or above. LSW, LCSW, LPC, or LCPC

Minimum experience required:

  • Two (2) years paid work experience in a substance abuse, correctional, or other human services counseling position.
  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license.