Substance Abuse Counselor
North Carolina Office of State Personnel - Caswell County, NC

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This is a Time-Limited position of 24 months with potential for adjustment to the time frame.

Employees in this class are the front line Substance Abuse Counselors for the prison treatment programs for ACDP. The treatment program at Dan River PWF has 68 beds, 1 SAPA, 2 SACAs and 4 SACs. These employees are the primary counselors and develop, implement and coordinate the treatment plan for each client. These responsibilities include intake, assessement, social histories, treatment progress evaluations, documentation entered into ACD--OPUS, and discharge summaries. Employees also assist clients in developing recovery plans and community support. The major portion of this employee's time is involved with clients needs and, within the treatment plan, formulate the treatment goals. The Substance Abuse Counselors work with clients to maintain appropriate participation and progress in attaining treatment goals.

This position has no RIF (Reduction in Force) Rights.**A trainee appointment may be considered if there are no qualified applicants. To be considered for a trainee appointment, the applicant must be registered with the NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies:

Knowledge of chemical dependency treatment and the recovery process is required. Some knowledge of practical applications of chemical dependency treatment and program approaches, group dynamics, crisis intervention and family issues. A working knowledge of AA/NA and other community resources. The ability to assess and evaluate clients needs and to formulate obtainable treatment goals and plans. Ability to record treatment progress and activities in a clear concise manner. Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with clients, treatment staff, community resources and the recovering community. Must be able to develop a rapport with clients, their families and the general public.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Credentialed as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) or as a Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional (CCJP),(or an equivalent credential from a governing authority recognized by the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board) to practice under the provisions of the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Act. Minimum education and experience requirements for a trainee appointment: registered with the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board in pursuit of credentialing as a (CSAC); or registered w/ the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board in pursuit of credentialing as a CCJP. Individuals in pursuit of either credential in this job class shall have five years to complete the process. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Supplemental and Contact Information:

The N.C. Department of Public Safety (DPS) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages qualified men and women to apply. DPS uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act with the most qualified individuals. Hiring salary will be based on relevant qualifications, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position.

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- Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

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