The Geo Group
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SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELOR, LEAD
at The Geo Group
Facility: MORGANTON, NC
Compensation Bonus (if applicable):
Equal Opportunity Employer.
This position services as the leader worker of the Substance Abuse staff by providing guidance and training to lower level staff. In addition, it may handle more unique or unusual matter that impact the facility. It also assists in developing, organizing, and conducting programs to provide education for conditions and problems relating to drug and alcohol abuse. It also conducts individual or group counseling sessions and programs and uses and models principles of the “What Works” system through evidence-based practices in all interactions with clients and other staff members.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Serves as the lead staff member in substance abuse service. Guides existing staff and trains new ones.
- Provides higher level substance abuse support on unique or unusual matters.
- Assists the Program Director in daily administrative or support tasks.
- Coordinates substance abuse program at an office or group of offices using principles of the “What Works” system. Schedules intakes, and group and individual sessions. Discusses specific cases with program staff to determine if they are appropriate for substance abuse treatment. May assist with the assignment of cases.
- Facilitates psycho-educational/behavior modification groups using principles of the “What Works” system. Documents participants’ attendance, participation and progress in Company database.
- Conducts risk/need assessments and creates individual treatment plans for each assigned participant. Meets regularly with participants and documents participants’ progress or regress in Company database.
- Establishes and maintains relationships with outside referral sources, such as in-patient substance abuse facilities or detox facilities. Actively pursues and develops referrals from probation and evaluating agencies.
- Provides re-entry follow up services at regular intervals, in coordination with other re-entry center programs staff, to ensure released inmates are keeping appointments and determining whether additional services and support networks are needed.
- Maintains accurate clinical documentation including intake summaries, group notes, discharge summaries, treatment plans and updates. Updates therapeutic logs in a timely manner. Enters pertinent information into Company database.
- Identifies problem areas that may impact participants’ ability to successfully complete treatment. Guides participants to develop strategies to overcome obstacles to success completion of treatment.
- May advise Customer of participants’ progress regularly or at completion of treatment.
- Collects participants’ fees for program participation. Tracks fee collection for office or group of offices.
- Ensures that participants’ records are accurately completed in a timely manner.
- May maintain a specific substance abuse treatment case file for every program participant.
- Selects and recommends new instructional materials and programs for use in the substance abuse program.
- Maintains knowledge of new developments in the field of substance abuse.
- Maintains a collegial relationship with other substance abuse professionals, programs, and associations.
- Participates in related training for substance abuse.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- High School Diploma or GED required.
- Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in any of the social sciences and two (2) years of professional experience in chemical additions counseling; or
- An Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university and four (4) years of professional experience in chemical addition counseling; or
- A High School diploma/GED and six (6) years of professional experience in chemical addictions counseling.
- Preference given to experience within a correctional setting.
- Demonstrated experience serving as a lead worker over a lower level staff.
- Ability to interact in a professional manner in both individual and group counseling settings.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to work with a team of professionals and have the ability to implement team strategy approaches to work assignments.
- Ability to work with computers and the necessary software typically used by the department.