Substance Abuse Counselor II
Works as part of an innovative co-occurring (substance abuse/mental health) detoxification program for adults. Participates in hands on clinical experience, professional development and potential for advancement in a progressive Fairfax County agency. Requires day, evening and weekend availability, and flexibility with holiday and overnight coverage. Duties include shift leading, facilitating admissions, monitoring clients, documentation, transporting clients, phone screenings, urine screens, acupuncture and crisis management and working on a multidisciplinary team. All staff in the program are considered emergency services personnel (required to report for duty during inclement weather and/or other emergency.)
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- Maintains all appropriate client records according to governing standards, ensuring that records of clients on their caseload are complete, accurate and comprehensive;
- Interviews and provides a full diagnostic intake on prospective clients to assess needs, determine factual history and explain the Substance Abuse Program;
- Establishes a treatment plan with consideration given to the nature and severity of the addiction problem, family and job-related circumstances , legal complications, individual and family histories, physical condition, and other pertinent factors;
- Leads counseling sessions for clients with alcohol and/or drug-related problems;
- Provides crisis stabilization and crisis management;
- Advocates for clients in the community;
- Provides information or referral services for individuals, families and other concerned persons;
- Shares information and discusses prevention and treatment methods and techniques in conjunction with peers and other professionals;
- Prepares and administers educational curricula for substance abuse education classes;
- Knowledge of alcohol and/or drug addiction and the physiological and psychological effects;
- Knowledge of various substance abuse prevention and treatment methods/techniques;
- Knowledge of complete and diagnostic intake procedures, social history development and interviewing techniques;
- Knowledge of existing referral agencies and community resources;
- Ability to evaluate the severity of a client's substance abuse problem and implement counseling efforts to treat the abuse;
- Ability to manage a caseload;
- Ability to establish rapport and maintain effective relationships with clients;
- Ability to maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, public and private organizations, community groups, and the general public;
- Ability to successfully perform as a team member;
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
- Ability to maintain records and prepare reports.
Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a master's degree in psychology, social work, or a related field.
CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
Valid motor vehicle driver's license with fewer than six demerit points (or equivalent in another state) at time of appointment and maintained throughout employment with CSB, for positions in residential programs. First aid and CPR certification within 90 days of appointment and maintained throughout employment with CSB, for positions in residential programs.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a Child Protective Services Registry, driving record check, and, a check with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to the satisfaction of the employer. TB test required annually.
Master's degree and experience working with substance abusing and clients with mental illness.
Must be able to transport clients to activities. Must be able to perform emergency medical CPR and first aid. Must be able to lift up to 20 lbs. Must be able to assist sometimes large intoxicated individuals. All duties perform with or without reasonable accommodations.
It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.
Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 711. EEO/AA/TTY.