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Addiction Counselor I

This information is for reference only. These classifications are no longer valid and were replaced 7/1/2020.

  • Addiction Counselor I
  • What will I be doing?
  • Do I qualify?
  • Can I be successful?
  • Benefits
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Class Number: 
Annual Salary Range:
$28,872.00 – $46,176.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,203.00 – $1,924.00
Pay Grade: 

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This is entry-level professional counseling work in a treatment/rehabilitation program for individuals with substance use disorders.

Job Duties

Provides individual and group counseling, therapeutic intervention, and/or educational classes to clients and family members to assist them in recognizing problems and causal factors related to substance use disorders and developing healthy and alternative coping behaviors.

Develops, revises, and implements treatment/rehabilitation plans in cooperation with clients to assist them in remaining substance-free and coping with social, marital, legal, financial, and/or employment problems.

Maintains a caseload of clients with substance use disorders within a correctional or other treatment setting.

Performs assessments of clients’ needs, motivations, and backgrounds; prepares substance use biopsychosocial assessment summaries.

Interviews clients, family members, and others to gather information for use by the treatment team; explains program methods and objectives and obtains their cooperation in the treatment/rehabilitation process.

Participates on a multi-disciplinary treatment team to develop and implement treatment/rehabilitation plans.

Performs follow-up activities for outpatient and/or aftercare clients to obtain referral services such as recovery support groups, counseling, housing and employment assistance, and/or vocational training.

Completes client progress reports and evaluations according to agency and program requirements.

Participates in on-the-job training, workshops, and seminars.

Reviews policies and procedures.

Exercises independence within established facility and agency policies under the supervision of a higher-level counselor; work is reviewed through conferences, reports, and observations.

Performs other related work as assigned.

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility.  Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement; no other substitutions will be permitted.  These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 15 earned credit hours in one or a combination of the following: Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Nursing, Counseling, Rehabilitation, Criminal Justice, Education, or a closely related field.

(Experience in social work, corrections case management, probation and parole case management, nursing, counseling, or a closely related area may substitute on a year-for-year basis for deficiencies in the stated education.)

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Introductory knowledge of substance use disorders and their effects on the individual and family members.

Introductory knowledge of substance addiction counseling, treatment, and recovery principles, practices, and techniques.

Introductory knowledge of human behavior, attitudes, and motivations, and their applicability in the treatment/rehabilitation of individuals with substance use disorders.

Introductory knowledge of agency and facility policies and procedures pertaining to the treatment/rehabilitation of individuals with substance use disorders.

Introductory knowledge of individual and group behavior.

Introductory knowledge of interviewing techniques.

Introductory knowledge of current social, economic, and health factors of individuals with substance use disorders.

Introductory knowledge of resources available to individuals with substance use disorders.

Ability to obtain the cooperation of clients and family members in the treatment/rehabilitation process.

Ability to recognize symptoms of substance use disorders and elicit information concerning underlying reasons for addiction.

Ability to maintain a caseload of clients with substance use disorders.

Ability to conduct substance use assessments, write biopsychosocial assessment summaries, develop treatment/rehabilitation plans, and complete client progress reports and evaluations.

Ability to conduct educational classes related to substance use disorders.

Ability to prepare and maintain documentation of services, treatment records, and related reports.

Ability to communicate effectively.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, staff, volunteers, and the general public.

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