Master's Level Sustance Abuse Counselor
ADRC - Hartford, CT

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ADRC has a current position open for a Master's level Counselor and a Fee For Service Licensed Counselor for our Outpatient Counseling Center. Treatment is offered in both the day and the evening hours, and runs four times per week, three hours each day, Monday through Friday. It is designed for the client who needs more structured and frequent treatment. This program for adults (18 years old and above) employs highly structured group therapy with cognitive behavioral approach that includes stress management, family processes, role playing, and relapse prevention skills. Outpatient Treatment is designed for clients who are in need of treatment but who also have the skills and support to recover without the need of a higher level of treatment. Outpatient service provides weekly individual, group and family counseling. Specialty groups provide anger management, relapse prevention, aftercare and gender specific treatment.

An experienced counselor who possesses knowledge about substance abuse treatment. Trained in a variety of therapeutic techniques used to address issues, including depression, addiction and substance abuse, suicidal impulses, stress, problems with self-esteem, and grief. Counselors works with individuals, families, and groups to address and treat client. Works independently with weekly supervision, is capable of directing and motivation clients toward abstinence and sobriety through specific avenues of treatment.

Summary of essential job functions

  • Completes psychosocial histories, assessments and treatment plans.
  • Provides ongoing individual and group counseling to substance abusers.
  • Conducts group education and therapy sessions, including relapse prevention.
  • Maintains clinical records in a timely manner consistent with all policies and procedures and following the guidelines required for reimbursement, and tracking of clinical treatment.
  • Efficiently balance multiple tasks.
  • Serves as a leader within the program.
  • Participates in agency committees as assigned.
  • Participates in in-service training provided for all staff.
  • Consistently perform job duties accurately and timely (even during peak times)
  • Utilize materials and resources in a cost-conscious manner.
  • Seek opportunities for improving processes.
  • Actively working towards State Certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor within three years of employment.


  • Minimum requirements

  • Masters Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or related field.
  • One year post graduate experience in counseling substance abusers or mental health clients.
  • Knowledge of community resources available to substance abusers.
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary setting.
  • Experience in individual, group and family therapy.
  • Knowledge of the 12 Step Program.
  • Considerable written and oral communication skills.
  • Flexible shift availability.
  • Abilities Required

    This position requires a person with leadership qualities and a positive attitude who is self-directed, pleasant, cooperative, assertive yet compassionate, who demonstrates the sustained ability to remain calm, productive and focused under stressful conditions, and who displays a professional demeanor with clients, families, and fellow employees.

    Position requires ability to frequently push/pull/lift objects up to 25 pounds; bending, walking, standing and sitting for prolonged periods; see objects closely and far away and hear normal sounds with some background noises.

    Position requires ability to concentrate on fine detail with interruption and attend to tasks for more than 60 minutes at a time. Individual must be able to understand and relate to theories behind several related concepts and remember multiple tasks given over long periods of time.

    Computer Competencies

  • Ability to adequately learn and utilize the departments computerized system (Qualifacts), and MS Office.
  • Complete automated client records assigned to your job code in a timely fashion as designated and documented by the program.
  • Assist in the support of the system by reporting problems to your train-the-trainer, program director and/or system support person in a timely fashion. Helping fellow staff members that are new on the system and/or incorrectly utilizing the system.

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