Incumbents of this class perform independently receiving minimal supervision/direction through conferences/staff meetings with the supervisor. Incumbents may be responsible for coordination of the activities of other chemical dependency counselors. For additional information call (402) 479-3026. For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations, please contact ADA Coordinator Lisa Mathews at 402-479-5812, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Become a corrections professional: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgCW1pVYHmI
Examples of Work
This position is responsible for making professional, clinical diagnoses and level of care recommendations by means of conducting interviews, and reviewing relevant criminal and usage histories for adult male inmates housed at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center as part of the intake process. All diagnoses and recommended level of care will be made using the Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM 5), the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI 4) and any other relevant tools. Additional duties may require assisting the Non-Residential Treatment Services team in Lincoln as necessary. Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to work independently, with minimal supervision and a strong diagnostic background. They will have a team-focused approach and work closely with facility, mental health, and case management staff.
Qualifications / Requirements
REQUIREMENTS: Nebraska license as an Alcohol/Drug Abuse Counselor. Legal Requirements: Master's degree in psychology, social work, counseling, addictions or sociology plus two thousand hours of supervised clinical work experience OR a Bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, counseling, addictions or sociology plus four thousand hours of supervised clinical work experience OR an Associate's degree in addictions or chemical dependency plus five thousand hours of supervised clinical work experience OR a high school diploma or equivalent plus six thousand hours of supervised clinical work experience. (Nebraska Revised Statutes, Chapter 38, Section 38-316).
PREFERRED: Experience working with an incarcerated population; work experience in substance abuse treatment area. Bachelors degree in Behavioral Science field preferred.
OTHER: Proof of licensure and transcripts required prior to scheduled interview. Successful completion of background check. Applicants accepting a job offer must pass the following pre-employment exams in this order: medical exam, and at a randomly announced time, pass a drug test. Once at the Staff Training Academy, must successfully complete the fully paid NE Corrections Training Program.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of signs and symptoms of alcohol and drug abuse, dependence or disorders: principles, methods and techniques of counseling, communication techniques; federal, state, and institution policies, procedures, rules and regulation; physical and mental problems of clients with alcohol and drug abuse, dependence or disorders, treatment plan format and development; methods and resources available for education clients in chemical dependency; personality tests. Skill in individual and group counseling, communicating effectively; screening, assessment and diagnosis; managing conflict; diffusing anger and maintaining a controlled environment. Ability to present information in an organized fashion; keep accurate and organized records; conduct research; score, evaluate, and interpret personality tests.