Substance Abuse Counselor in Woodridge, IL at The Geo Group

Date Posted: 11/12/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description


Compensation Base: 

Compensation Bonus (if applicable): 


Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Woodridge Interventions

2221 64th St

Woodridge, IL 60517



  • 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


  • 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


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