Employee Work Profile and Job Description
Substance Abuse Counselor, PT
Commitment to Change Program
Sussex County Correctional Center
Description of Position
This position supports client growth through coordination of all program areas including record keeping, program activities, treatment planning, group sessions, individual sessions, discharge/transition planning, and crisis management. Provides education components to other offenders, maintains an open line of communication through daily interactions with treatment, security, and mental health as part of the interdisciplinary team.
- Demonstrates respect and regard for the dignity of all patients, families, visitors, and fellow employees to ensure a professional, responsible and courteous environment.
- Provides assessments/intakes to clients.
- Provides group instruction to clients.
- Provides comprehensive aftercare/transition/discharge planning for client’s returning to the community.
- Maintain up-to-date, accurate, and thorough clinical records per Connections' Correctional Health Care and Delaware Department of Corrections’ requirements in a timely manner.
- Actively participates in all clinical supervision and staff meetings as scheduled per clinical supervisor and/or program director in relation to programming, client needs, and employee development.
- Promotes effective working relations as part of a department/unit team to facilitate the department/unit’s ability to meet its goal and objective.
- Effective time management.
- Responsibility to maintain all clearances, CPR certification, and PPD testing as required.
- Attends all required Safety Training programs and can describe his/her responsibilities related to general safety, department/service safety, specific job-related hazards.
- Follows the Hospital Exposure Control Plans/Blood borne and Airborne Pathogens.
- Attends all in-services as required by Department of Corrections contract, DSAMH/NCCHC/ACA/JCAHO accrediting agencies and licensing agencies as defined by discipline.
- Completes appropriate annual competencies as deemed appropriate for his/her discipline.
- Obtains continuing education as related to substance abuse position.
- Performs other duties as assigned/needed.
- Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Clinical Knowledge: Possesses understanding of clinical evaluation and treatment skills, specifically evidence-based practices, which reflect sound scientific research. Implementation of these skills is done in a professional and experienced manner, in an effort to model such practices for other clinicians.
- Problem-Solving: The ability to identify a problem, or to identify situations that could lead to problems, in an effort to intervene quickly and effectively. This may not involve resolving the issue alone, only recognizing the problem, and demonstrating sound judgment by gathering and analyzing information.
- Critical Reasoning: Excellent observation skills and the ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions, as well as extracting themes or patterns from seemingly unrelated pieces of information.
- Communication: Ability to convey complicated clinical and professional information to various audiences, in both written and oral form. Understanding the context in which information exists, and the ability to temper opinions diplomatically, all in an effort to model mature, positive, and appropriate behavior. Written communication is edited for spelling and grammar, and presents numerical and scientific data appropriately in clear, concise, and accurate manner.
- Adaptability: Quickly adapts to changes in the work environment, manages competing interests, and demonstrates the ability to deal with frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events.
- Stress Tolerance: Recognizes crisis situations and reacts to such in a calm, mature, professional manner. Accepts constructive criticism and feedback, and is able to deal calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions
- Intermittent physical activity including sustained walking, climbing, standing, and sitting. Possibility of lifting, stretching and other physical exertion while supporting inmates and moving equipment
- Working environment that is crowded and may be noisy, inclement, and unpleasant at times
- Working environment in which exposure to infectious diseases may be greater than in a community mental health setting
- Potential of exposure to traumatic situations related to incidents of inmate self-harm or behavioral disturbance.
- Valid credential or eligibility for credentialing in appropriate field
- Pre-employment Tuberculin Skin Test and CPR Certification
- Full Security Clearance and maintaining full security clearance as approved by the Delaware Department of Correction
- Satisfactory background investigation report
Education and Experience
- 1-2 years of relevant experience in the substance use disorders field.
- CADC or relevant credential or eligibility to receive relevant credentials.
- Associates or Bachelors preferred. Candidates actively pursuing a degree will be in consideration. Also considered are individuals with 5 or more years of relevant work experience.