COUNSELOR I in Chicago, IL at The GEO Group, Inc.

Date Posted: 1/30/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description


Compensation Base: 

Compensation Bonus (if applicable): 


Equal Opportunity Employer.


Addiction Counselor/Substance Use Disorder Counselor/Counselor


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 twenty-four (24) credit hours of college education or accredited training program in substance abuse counseling and/or other human services area.
  • Higher education given preference


  • Certificate in Additions (CADC, LSW, LCSW, LPC, or LCPC) plus experience in a technician level position

Any new professional staff who do not have an IAODAPCA CADC or above certification when hired or first moved into this position must:

  1. obtain an IAODAPCA CADC or above certification (LSW, LCSW, LPC, or LCPC) within two years after the date of employment; and 
  2. not work in any supervisory capacity until such requirements are met; and 
  3. work under the direct, verifiable supervision of an individual who has staff supervisory responsibility at the facility and who has the required qualifications and certifications; and 
  4. adhere to, a professional code of ethics developed by the organization
  • Maintain a valid driver's license