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IL/Admin - Substance Abuse Counselor

Company: WestCare Foundation
Location: Chicago
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

IL/Admin - Substance Abuse Counselor
Job Details
Job Location
Chicago - 1100 W Cermak B414 - Chicago, IL
Position Type
Full Time
Education Level
4 Year Degree
Salary Range
$21.63 - $24.04 Hourly
Job Category
Nonprofit - Social Services
Position Summary:
The person in this position will be responsible fordelivering onsite treatment services to clients in multi- Site located programs. Essential job functions include those listed below.
Essential Job Functions:

  • The SA Counselor will spend at minimum 40% of their time at the Life House program.

  • Complete assessment of each client with required assessment tools.

  • Initiate and sustain each individuals motivation to participate in treatment, using techniques of engagement including therapeutic relationships, individual counseling, and brief interventions.

  • Develop a comprehensive service plan for each participant that includes the results of assessments, and short- and long-term treatment goals and objectives of the participant.

  • Prepare monthly reports for WestCare and outside agencies (e.g., courts).

  • Conduct client drug tests.

  • Communicate with outside agencies if clients dont fulfill all expectations of program.

  • Provide daily treatment and curriculum-based education groups on the basic concepts of therapeutic communities, relapse prevention, motivation for treatment and the stages of change, communicable diseases, cognitive skills, conflict resolution, fundamental social skills, and personal moral development.

  • Maintain individual client treatment files in accordance with agency policies and procedures, including all necessary documentation, and ensure files are securely stored.

  • Maintain all information according to the laws of confidentiality as required by the Federal Register, General Provisions, Title 42, Chapter 1, Part 2, which prohibits making disclosures without the specific written consent of the client, or as otherwise permitted by such regulations.

  • Maintain thorough records of each clients participation, including unique identifier for the WestCare program, beginning and ending dates of service, number of hours of participation, and number of days of participation.

  • Submit all individual client data on a weekly basis for entry in to the WestCare database.

  • Attend all required staff development training, including cross-training, mental health first aid training, and WestCare in-service training such as conducting assessments, clinical skills, developing service plans, basic TC concepts, emotional incarceration, relapse prevention, motivation for treatment and stages of change, cognitive skills, conflict resolution, social skills, moral development, communicable diseases, and self-help groups.

  • Embrace and embody the mission, vision, guiding principles, clinical vision, and goals of WestCare Foundation.

  • Perform any other duties as assigned.

    Essential Qualifications:

    • Clinical Certification , must:

    • Hold clinical certification as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor from the Illinois Alcoholism and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA), or

    • Be a licensed professional counselor or licensed clinical professional counselor pursuant to the Professional Counselor and Clinical Professional Counselor Licensing Act [225 ILCS 107]; or

    • Be licensed as a social worker or licensed clinical social worker pursuant to the Clinical Social Work and Social Work Practice Act [225 ILCS 20]; some positions require Mental Illness and Substance Abuse (MISA) certified, with demonstrated clinical assessment skills and two professional experience counseling recovering addicts or five years professional experience counseling substance abusers in a licensed substance abuse treatment program treating abusers with co-occurring disorders. The organization, position, and dates in which counseling experience was acquired must be specified. Some positions require bi-lingual skills (Spanish) and experience with intake duties; or

    • Meet the requirements specified above within two years after the date of employment; and

      • Not work in any supervisory capacity until such requirements are met; and

        • Work under the direct, verifiable supervision of an individual who has staff supervisory responsibility at the facility and who meets the requirements above; and

        • Sign, and adhere to, a professional code of ethics developed by the organization.

        • Training:

        • Must complete 40 hours of continuing education biennially if CADC licensed.

        • If licensure is not CADC, must complete required continuing education hours as required to maintain the other licensure.


          • Masters or bachelors degree is preferred.

          • High school diploma or equivalent is required.

            Experience and Competencies:

            • Two (2) years of experience providing alcohol and substance abuse counseling services

            • Knowledge of offender populations, criminal subcultures, cultural differences, substance abuse assessment tools, therapeutic community concepts, and various specialty treatment categories, such as methamphetamine addiction, geriatrics, co-occurring disorders, lower functioning, anger-driven, and young adult offenders and other programming needs.

            • Bilingual is preferred

            • Must be highly organized, detail focused, and have excellent time management

            • Must possess strong computer skills

            • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

            • Ability to pass background check

            • Ability to Obtain and maintain Cook County Department of Corrections Clearance

            • Ability to obtain and maintain DCFS CANTS clearance

            • Ability to obtain and maintain OIG LEIE clearance

            • Ability to pass pre-employment drug screening

            • Ability to exercise good judgment and discretion

            • Ability to work well in a team environment

            • Adherence to the highest standard of ethical conduct, especially to standards governing confidentiality

            • Must have professional appearance and demeanor

            • Must be culturally/linguistically sensitive to populations served

            • Ability to obtain and maintain CPR certification, first aid certification, and an annual tuberculosis test

              Working Conditions:

              • Work is primarily performed in a professional setting.

              • Some outdoor activities may be required.

Keywords: WestCare Foundation, Chicago , IL/Admin - Substance Abuse Counselor, Administration, Clerical , Chicago, Illinois

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