Primary Counselor - Women's Residential

Job Overview

The Certified Substance Abuse Counselor is the coordinator of community and client services for participants in Prototypes’ Programs. This can include outpatient, residential, or detoxification services in areas of domestic violence, substance abuse and issues of mental health.  Certified Substance Abuse Counselor’s are responsible for the assessment of need and implementation of care plans. It is usual for clients to have ongoing support needs in areas such as housing, employment, social relationships, and community participation. Certified Substance Abuse Counselor will work closely with case managers, counselors, and other health specialists to coordinate and monitor client issues. Often Certified Substance Abuse Counselor work in the group environment.

The underlying responsibilities for Certified Substance Abuse Counselors to the client population include:
assessment of needs
care planning
substance abuse counseling
psycho educational group facilitation
education as needed on a individual basis

Key Responsibilities

Provide comprehensive assessments and evaluations of service needs and have knowledge of all procedures as they relate to the individual program services.
In the case of detoxification services, have the ability to assess and record vital signs and withdrawal symptoms utilizing standardized assessment tools with strict adherence to medical orders and procedures.
Recommend interventions to client and/or inter-disciplinary team members as appropriate.
Facilitate individual and group interventions (e.g. skill building, education, etc.) as needed.
Foster and develop relationships with client family and friends, arranging for therapeutic visits and/or family sessions as indicated on care plan.
Coordinate services with other involved services providers.
Provide referrals and linkages to services specific to client’s needs.
Provide follow-up to ensure services are obtained.
Provides counseling and advocacy as needed.
Provide crisis intervention as needed within scope of practice.
Develop collaborative relationships with community partners.
Communicate effectively with inter-disciplinary team and participate in team meetings to review cases.
Observe and document relevant and required information regarding each client.
Maintain and observe all HIPAA regulations that apply.
Develop and maintain accurate community resources for education, information and referrals appropriate to client needs.
Provide presentations to community providers.

Participate in training, supervision and quality Improvement as needed.

Education and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

To perform successfully in this position, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

AA Degree Preferred but not required.
State Substance Abuse Certification required
At least two years of experience working with clients in a Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Domestic Violence and/or related field.
Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.
Good written and verbal skills.
Dependable automobile and insurance, registration and valid California Drivers License.
Knowledge and respect of all confidentiality issues.
People oriented.
Professional and honest.
Other qualifications may be required according to program and/or contractual needs.

Compensation: TBD
Type: Hourly/ Non-exempt
Status: Full Time
City: Oxnard
Hours/wk: 40

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