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

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Position available at Julian F. Keith Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center in Black Mountain, NC. Usual work schedule includes rotating weekends and some holidays. Serves as case manager for developing, implementing, and coordinating therapeutic treatment. Ensures patient needs are addressed through referrals to other program staff, outside agencies, and/or referring LME. Position may occasionally be called upon to assist with or conduct patient in-depth assessments in order to evaluate psychosocial factors related to addiction. Identified needs are presented to an interdisciplinary treatment team in order to formulate a master treatment plan. The case manager documents progress notes on a weekly or more frequent basis or as indicated and assists in the completion of continuing care plans to include attaining aftercare appointments as coordinated with referring agencies. A considerable amount of time in this position is devoted to assisting patients with identifying support networks and assisting with halfway house applications and placement.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies:
Knowledge of human development, psychodynamics, group dynamics, major schools of psychotherapeutic skills and techniques, chemical dependency, mental health, professional ethics, community resources, bio-psychosocial factors related to addiction and models of clinical intervention. Skill in oral and written communication, advanced counseling skills and techniques, skill in developing trust and rapport and facilitating the group process. Ability to work with and support others, to work through patient ambivalence and to provide honest, positive, constructive input to counseling department and agency as a whole.

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:
IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER WHEN CREATING YOUR ELECTRONIC APPLICATION: Provide ONLY the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number. With the exception of Standard Questions 21-25, you must answer ALL questions and complete ALL sections of the application. Provide COMPLETE information about your Education (including high school) and Work Experience. Although you may attach your resume if you wish, responses on the application such as “see resume” are unacceptable. As you describe your Work Experience, please be sure to include the knowledge, skills, and abilities that demonstrate your qualifications for the position for which you are applying. If you are claiming Veteran’s Preference, you must attach your DD-214 to this application. The NC DHHS selects applicants for employment based on job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, political affiliation, or political influence. PRE-EMPLOYMENT DRUG TESTING AND CRIMINAL RECORD CHECKS ARE REQUIRED. All State employee salaries are public information. All new employees serve an initial probationary period of not less than 3 months and not more than 9 months. Usual schedules and/or units are subject to change at any time, with or without notice, based on the needs of the patients and/or the facility at that time. If you have questions about this vacancy posting, please contact Beverly Coulter at 257-6223 or . Posted position number may be for recruiting purposes only.