Substance Abuse Counselor
The Unlimited Path - Ocala, FL

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The Unlimited Path has provided substance abuse treatment, mental health and re-entry services to clients in both community and residential settings in partnership with the Florida Department of Corrections since 1995. Given our extensive experience with correctional programs and re-entry initiatives, it is easy to see The Unlimited Path provides the most current evidence-based programming, substance abuse and mental health services available today. Our programming demonstrates our continued commitment to reintegration, helping ex-offenders stay out of the criminal justice system. We are looking for a few good people who believe in our mission to join our team - take your first step to The Unlimited Path today!

Position Summary: The primary purpose of the Substance Abuse Counselor is to provide professional and ethical application of tasks and responsibilities of addictions counseling to include clinical evaluation, treatment planning, referrals, service coordination, client and community education, client and group counseling, and documentation. This position works under the supervision of the Clinical Supervisor and/or Program Director. This position will maintain a caseload within the guidelines of Chapter 65D-30; caseloads within a Residential Therapeutic Community will not exceed 15 clients.

Scheduling Requirements: 8am-5pm, Tuesday - Saturday. May be required to work a rotating holiday schedule, subject to change based on program needs.

Essential Functions:

  • Facilitate group sessions for educational group, process group, and phase group as assigned. Adhere to treatment curriculum topics. (35%)
  • Keep all files in compliance with Chapter 65D-30 and initiate and maintain all paperwork required by funders, administrators, and applicable rules and law. This includes describing and documenting treatment process, progress and outcome. (30%
  • Provide substance abuse evaluations of clients screened as appropriate for treatment by Department of Corrections. Analyze and interpret data to determine treatment recommendations. (10%)
  • Provide the client with individual sessions to assess treatment and recovery progress and make appropriate changes to the individual service plan to ensure progress toward treatment goals. (10%)
  • Document assessment findings and treatment recommendations. With the client, develop a mutually acceptable individual service plan and method of monitoring and evaluating progress. (5%)
  • Inform client of confidentiality rights, program procedures that safeguard them, and the exceptions imposed by regulations. (5%)
  • Review all client issues or needs with Clinical Supervisor, Program Director or designee. Attend and participate in staff meetings as scheduled. (5%)

  • Knowledge and Critical Skills:
    • Master’s degree in counseling, sociology, psychology or other behavioral science and one year of professional experience in chemical addiction counseling and/or mental health counseling; or Bachelor’s degree in counseling, sociology, psychology or other behavioral science and two years of professional experience in chemical addiction counseling and/or mental health counseling; or Associate’s degree in counseling, sociology, psychology or other behavioral science and four years of professional experience in chemical addiction counseling and/or mental health counseling; or High school diploma/GED and six years of professional experience in chemical addiction counseling and/or mental health counseling.

    • Ability to establish rapport, including management of crisis situations and determination of need for additional professional assistance.

    • Provide case management services for clients as necessary, to benefit successful and effective delivery of counseling services.

    • Provide a written discharge plan establishing appropriate follow up care for all clients who receive a documented alcohol or drug abuse assessments.

    • Working knowledge of MS Office. Ability to use computer for case management notes.

    • Skill in applying accepted criteria for diagnosis of substance use disorders in making treatment recommendations. Ability to gather data systematically from the client and other available sources, using assessment instruments and other methods

    • Ability to screen for psychoactive substance use and symptoms; aggression or danger to others; potential for self-inflicted harm or suicide; and coexisting mental health problems.

    • Ability to analyze and interpret data to determine treatment recommendations.

    • Demonstrate respect and non-judgmental attitudes toward clients in all contacts with professionals and agencies.

    • Apply counseling strategies to the individual characteristics of the client, including but not limited to disability, gender, sexual orientation, developmental level, culture, ethnicity, age, and health status.

    • Have a working knowledge of appropriate Employer personnel policies and rules for ethical conduct as outlined by the National Association of Social Workers

    • Ability to facilitate group growth within the established ground rules and movement toward group and individual goals by using methods consistent with group type.

    • Demonstrated knowledge of accepted principles of client record management in accordance with Department of Children and Families regulations.

    Professional and Ethical Responsibilities:
    • Adhere to established professional code of ethics that define the professional context within which the counselor works, in order to maintain professional standards/boundaries and safeguard the client.

    • Adhere to Federal and State laws and agency regulations regarding the treatment of substance use orders.

    • Obtain appropriate continuing professional education.

    • Ability to pass Level II Criminal Background Screen and drug testing.

    Environmental Conditions:

    Requires appropriate business-like apparel during work hours. Work will be performed inside correctional facility in the State of Florida that may require moving from one work area to another within the correctional facility. Frequently work may be interrupted by security issues. Scheduled activities may move at a face pace. May be exposed to hot or cold environment when assigned to supervise recreational activities. Position requires frequent contact with individuals with criminal backgrounds.

    Physical Demands:

    1. Mobility among workstations and within the correctional setting.

    2. Ability to work in hot or cold environments.

    3. Ability to stand for long periods of time while conducting group activities.

    4. Ability to sit for long periods of time while at desk or preparing paperwork.

    ADA: The employer will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

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