Substance Abuse Program Counselor Walker Hall in Philadelphia, PA at The Geo Group

Date Posted: 8/30/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description


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Equal Opportunity Employer.


This position assists in developing, organizing, and conducting programs to provide education for conditions and problems relating to drug and alcohol abuse. Conducts or assists in conducting individual or group counseling sessions and programs. Learns, uses, and models principles of “What Works” system through evidence-based practices in all interactions with clients and other staff members.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinates substance abuse program at an office or group of offices using principles of the “What Works” system. Schedules intakes as well as group and individual sessions. Discusses specific cases with Case Managers to determine if they are appropriate for substance abuse treatment; may assist with assignment of cases
  • Selects and recommends new instructional materials and programs for use in the substance abuse program
  • Facilitates psycho-educational/behavior modification groups using principles of the “What Works” system. Documents residents’ attendance, participation, and progress in database
  • Conducts risk/need assessments and creates Individual Treatment Plans for each assigned resident; meets regularly with residents and documents residents’ progress or regress in database and Case Notes
  • Notifies the Facility Director and applicable contract agency staff of any problems/issues involving any program or resident services/treatment plan
  • Conducts individual and group substance abuse counseling sessions
  • Identifies problem areas that may impact residents’ ability to successfully complete treatment; guides residents to develop strategies to overcome obstacles to successful completion of treatment
  • May advise DOC of residents’ progress regularly or at completion of treatment
  • Makes decisions regarding caseload matters
  • Conducts and participates in case conferences for each resident assigned to the caseload
  • Conducts initial interviews of residents assigned to the Substance Use Disorder Program
  • Prepares a detailed, specific treatment plan for each resident in his/her caseload
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with outside referral sources, such as in-patient substance abuse facilities or detox facilities; actively pursues and develops referrals from probation and evaluating agencies
  • Maintains a collegial relationship with other substance abuse professionals, programs, and associations
  • Maintains knowledge of new developments in the field of substance abuse
  • Identifies problem areas that may impact residents’ ability to successfully complete treatment
  • Participates in related training for substance abuse
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Ability to interact in a professional manner in both individual and group counseling settings
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work with a team of professionals and have the ability to implement team strategy approaches to work assignments.
  • Maintains constructive, supportive working relationships among superiors and peers
  • Able to operate a PC with a basic knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and Access.


Job Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or GED required.
  • Associate’s Degree in social services, psychology, mental health counseling, or related field, preferred.
  • Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor with a certification recognized by the state in which the position is located.
  • A minimum of one (1) year experience providing substance abuse treatment and/or cognitive behavioral therapy to an offender population.
  • Preference given to experience within a correctional setting.