Substance Abuse Counselor

Maryland, United States
$33,214 - $45,637 comensurate with experience
17 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MA 
Starting Salary Range: $33,214 - $45,637 comensurate with experience
Employee group: Casual / On Call 
Schedule: M-F 830-5 
Exempt Status: Exempt ​​​​​​​ 
Location: 33-MD:Johns Hopkins Bayview 
Department name: 10003301-SOM Psy Bay Cornerstone 
Personnel area: School of Medicine

General summary/purpose:

This Substance Abuse Counselor is responsible for providing counseling and coordinating counseling activities for clients, ages 18-70.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities:

Under the direction of the Substance Abuse Therapy Supervisor the counselor will:

  • Provide rehabilitation counseling to clients with substance use disorder using Reinforcement-Based Treatment, which is an evidence-based treatment approach that integrates motivational interviewing with structured involvement in work and social activities. Develop and maintain comprehensive treatment plans based on assessments. Coordinate events consistent with treatment goals, including clinic appointments, NA/CA/AA meetings, employment appointments and recreational activities. Initiate and maintain contact with the client’s family members and/or significant other.
  • Coordinate access to community resources including job training, housing, recreation, and drug-free social contacts. Enter client activity data. Develop and document clinic programming and procedures. Comply with reporting requirements of various state and local agencies. Serve as backup for other administrative duties. Will complete other duties as assigned by the Substance Abuse Therapy Supervisor.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree required in Psychology, Social Work or other related field.
  • Some related experience working with clients with a substance use disorder, or related populations.
  • At the time of hire, qualified candidates must possess one or more of the following which are recognized by the MD Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists: Alcohol and Drug Trainee status, CSC-AD, CAC-AD, LGADC, LCADC, LGPC, LCPC, or LCSW.
  • Must maintain credentials throughout employment.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Knowledge of established criteria for substance use disorders, theoretical approaches and intervention techniques.
  • Experience providing therapy, skills training or activity coordination desirable.
  • Good communications skills both orally and written.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills required.
  • Computer experience desirable.
  • Flexible hours required.
  • Knowledge and understanding of federal statutes and accreditation standards regulating to substance abuse treatment desirable.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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