Requisition Number: IA002-MHWRK-H-11-2019-01
Job Title: Substance Abuse Counselor
City: Waterloo
State: IA

Minimum Degree Required: C - 4 Year Degree
Minimum Years of Experience: 3
Salary Range: $18.00-$22.00/hour

Substance Abuse Counselor

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Description/Job Summary

The function of the Addiction Counselor is to provide integrated mental health and substance abuse services to consumers with co-occurring disorders. The Addiction Counselor’s job responsibilities include assessment, use of stage-wise interventions, provision of substance abuse group, implementation of harm reduction techniques, and treatment planning.  
 
The RHD Waterloo ACT program serves a 30-mile radious of the community of Waterloo. The incumbent in this position is a mobile clinician and expected to deliver services to individuals throughout the service territory as scheduled. This position will also support the operation of the program on a rotating on-call, evening, and weekend schedule. 
 

Responsibilities/Duties

  • Provide services at times and locations convenient to clients. 
  • Provide on-call, after-hour support to clients as scheduled.
  • Utilize Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) and Stages of Change techniques to engage and  provide    treatment to clients.
  • Provide clinical treatment for mental health and substance abuse/dependence, incorporating                            recovery- based, client-centered treatment approaches and harm reduction strategies. 
  • Provide relapse prevention training and on-going education as outlined in the treatment plan of clients.
  • Develop treatment plans, early intervention plans, and recovery action plans with clients.
  • Provide direct assistance with family of clients in areas such as in-home family education.                     
  • Provide assertive outreach when necessary to engage clients.
  • Assure continuity of care when client is in the hospital, jail, respite, etc.
  • Maintain up-to-date consumer charts, statistical forms; and other information and documentation as required.

Required Experience

  • 3 years of clinical work experience with at least 1 year working with substance abuse

Required Education

  • A Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred. Course of study in one of the core behavioral health disciplines or related field including but not limited to psychology, education, counseling, social work, rehabilitation counseling, or general studies with major concentration in a human service related field from an accredited institution.

Required Qualifications

  • CADC or IADC licensure in the state of Iowa, or the ability to become licensed in the first 90 days of employment.
  • The ability to make ethical clinical decisions in demanding situation
  • The ability to interact professionally with clients, their families and other professionals
  • Organizational skills; ability to complete documentation timely and accurately

Program Summary

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is an evidence-based, best-practice model of service provided through an interdisciplinary team to ensure a recovery-oriented system of care. ACT is available 24 hours a day, seven days per week, and is prepared to carry out a full range of treatment functions in the participants chosen community. The ACT team consists of the following members: master’s level mental health clinicians, registered nurse, substance abuse specialist, vocational specialist, psychiatrist/ARNP, peer support specialist, and a program assistant. Team members work together with the individuals served to promote symptom stability and appropriate use of medication; restore personal, community living and social skills; promote and maintain physical health; establish access to entitlements, housing, work and social opportunities; and help maintain the highest possible level of functioning in the community. RHD Iowa ACT in Waterloo serves 50 participants in a 30-mile service territory.
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