P/T COUNSELOR I-D52 in Woodridge, IL at The Geo Group

Date Posted: 7/12/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Equal Opportunity Employer.


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

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 treatment plans 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.
  • Promotes teamwork through collective effort and works cooperatively with team        members. 
  • Identifies tasks to be completed in order of highest to lowest priority and behaviors that will not interfere with the ability to complete assignments
  • 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.
  • Higher education given preference
  • Prefer: IAODAPCA certification CADC or above; LSW, LCSW, LPC or LCPC. OR must be working towards IAODAPCA certification CADC.

Other Qualifications

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Background checks (Criminal, Federal and State, if applicable, and Child Abuse)
  • Pre-employment physical exam, if applicable, drug screen and TB testing.
  • Valid driver’s license from employee’s state of residence.
  • Ability to work with computers and the necessary software typically used by the department.