CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY COUNSELOR

4034D2

Pay Grade:  23

DEFINITION OF WORK

Summary

This is specialized, counseling work developing and carrying out treatment in a program designed for the recovery of chemically dependent persons.

Work involves interviewing chemically dependent persons, completing assessments, conducting orientation for new admissions, and ongoing counseling sessions. Work may also involve working with community based agencies.

Standard Classification Factors

Supervision Received - LEVEL C: "Under direction…" Employees at this level usually receive a general outline of the work to be performed and are generally free to develop their own sequences and methods within the scope of established policies. New, unusual, or complex work situations are almost always referred to a superior for advice. Work is periodically checked for progress and conformance to established policies and requirements.

Difficulty - LEVEL B: Average… Where the employee is confronted with a variety of duties susceptible to different methods of solution which, in turn, places a correspondingly higher demand upon resourcefulness and concentration. Positions which require the analysis and evaluation of raw data and the rendering of conclusions would, in many instances, fall into this category.

Complexity - LEVEL D: Work is of a diversified nature that usually involves multiple unrelated steps. Analytical thought is necessary for dealing with complex data and situations. Work often involves a variety of unrelated processes and may require planning or carrying out a sequence of actions or both. Several alternatives usually exist at this level for approaching problems or situations. Workers at this level exercise a considerable amount of independent judgment. Work is controlled by occasional review and by reporting to or consultation with supervisors or superiors. When guidelines exist at this level, they are usually broadly defined or technical requiring careful analysis and interpretation.

Consequence of Actions or Decisions - LEVEL C: Consequences of actions or decisions at this level are limited in scope and effect as the work is reviewed occasionally. Errors may cause moderate inefficiency. Costs due to errors may be significant.

Contacts - LEVEL C: The purpose of the contact is to influence, motivate, conduct interviews, make formal presentations or counsel to achieve common understanding or solutions to problems when the information is sensitive in nature or the individuals or groups are skeptical or uncooperative. Communication techniques and well developed communication skills become an important requirement at this level.

Physical Demands - LEVEL A: The work is predominantly sedentary and requires minimal or negligible physical exertion. The employee is normally seated; however, the nature of the work allows for periods of standing or walking at will.

Environmental Conditions - LEVEL B: The work environment involves moderate hazards, risks or discomforts. Exposure to minor deviations from pleasant environmental conditions is normal. Minor to serious injuries are possible.

Supervision/Leadership - LEVEL A: No supervisory or leadership responsibility; may explain work instructions or assist in training others.

Distinguishing Features

Differs from the Alcohol/Drug Abuse Program Consultant which is advisory and consultative work to promote the establishment of community or employee alcoholism or drug abuse programs within state and local governments and in private industry.

Differs from the Chemical Dependency Recovery Program Director which is specialized, supervisory work directing all aspects of an institution's chemical dependency treatment program.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED

Interviews clients in order to complete intake assessments and social histories. Participates in developing and implementing individual treatment plans. Documents and evaluates treatment effectiveness.

Conducts orientation for new admissions by explaining rules, client responsibilities and rights, and program expectations. Assists clients with completing forms, applications for services, job applications and other paper work.

Assesses client strengths and weaknesses and recommends referrals to other treatment units, vocational rehabilitation programs, outpatient counseling, community placements, or work program placements.

Works with community agencies, private hospitals, probation officers, parole officers and the courts to develop and obtain services and treatment of maximum benefit to each client.

Conducts individual and group counseling sessions to assist clients in developing group interaction skills, establishing personal goals, understanding the recovery process and developing more effective approaches to problem solving. Helps clients realize constructive alternatives to substance abuse in dealing with cultural, social, economic and personal issues related to substance abuse. Supervises Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

Conducts in-house and community education by developing and presenting informative materials through films and lectures related to the issue of substance abuse.

Reviews, evaluates and recommends new or revised policies, procedures and treatment components.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS

Knowledge

*Knowledge of the physiological and psychological effects of chemical dependency.

*Knowledge of individual, group and family counseling techniques.

Abilities

*Ability to establish and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with chemically dependent persons and their families.

*Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, community services agencies, court officials, and outside service providers.

Ability to develop educational material and make presentations to client groups, community groups and schools.

*Ability to organize and consolidate information, formulate treatment plans, and make recommendations on patient care.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Four years of experience counseling in alcohol or drug abuse treatment, prevention or education programs. Education may be substituted for experience as determined relevant by the agency.

Necessary Special Requirements:

Some positions require an approved drug test unless the incumbent is moving from one safety-sensitive position to another safety-sensitive position within the same agency performing substantially similar duties.

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