- Addiction Counselor III
- What will I be doing?
- Do I qualify?
- Can I be successful?
- How do I apply?
This is senior-level professional and supervisory work in a treatment/rehabilitation program for individuals with substance use disorders.
Assists in the planning, coordination, and direction of a treatment/rehabilitation program for individuals with substance use disorders within a correctional or other treatment setting; in a program of limited scope, may be responsible for both the administrative and clinical direction of the program.
Supervises, observes, and evaluates the work of lower-level counseling staff in a treatment unit; ensures that work is performed according to agency and facility policies and procedures; and trains staff in the development and implementation of treatment/rehabilitation plans.
Screens potential clients to determine if necessary criteria are met for entry into the program.
Develops and implements training for lower-level counseling staff.
Assists administrative staff in the development and implementation of policies and procedures.
Maintains a caseload of clients and provides individual counseling; conducts substance use assessments, prepares biopsychosocial assessment summaries, develops and implements treatment/rehabilitation plans, and participates in case conferences.
Facilitates individual and group counseling sessions for 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 periodic and special reports concerning clients, program activities, and accomplishments.
Exercises considerable independence within established facility and agency policies; receives general supervision from an Addiction Unit Supervisor or other designated supervisor.
Performs other related work as assigned.
(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.)
One or more years of experience as an Addiction Counselor II with the Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System; and possession of a high school diploma or proof of high school equivalency.
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; and,
Two or more years of professional experience performing substance addiction counseling in a treatment/rehabilitation program.
(24 earned graduate credit hours from an accredited college or university in the specified fields may substitute for one year of the stated experience.)
(A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in the specified fields may substitute for the stated experience.)
(Additional qualifying experience may substitute on a year-for-year basis for deficiencies in the stated college 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.
Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?
Comprehensive knowledge of substance use disorders and their effects on the individual and family members.
Comprehensive knowledge of addiction counseling, treatment, and recovery principles, practices, and techniques.
Intermediate knowledge of the techniques and principles of supervision.
Intermediate knowledge of agency and facility policies and procedures pertaining to the treatment/rehabilitation of individuals with substance use disorders.
Intermediate knowledge of human behavior, attitudes, and motivations, and their applicability in the treatment/rehabilitation of individuals with substance use disorders.
Intermediate knowledge of individual and group behavior.
Intermediate knowledge of interviewing techniques.
Intermediate knowledge of current social, economic, and health factors of individuals with substance use disorders.
Intermediate knowledge of resources available to individuals with substance use disorders.
Ability to supervise, train, and evaluate the work of lower-level addiction counseling staff.
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 conduct substance use assessments, write biopsychosocial assessment summaries, develop treatment/rehabilitation plans, and complete client progress reports and evaluations.
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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