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"Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselor"
Job Description - Part 1 - Duties and Tasks

Basic Job Description:

Counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders. May counsel individuals, families, or groups or engage in prevention programs.

Part 1
Duties / Tasks
Part 2
Activities
Part 3
Skills
Part 4
Abilities
Part 5
Knowledge

Job Duties and Tasks for: "Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselor"

1) Counsel clients and patients, individually and in group sessions, to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, and making changes.

2) Complete and maintain accurate records and reports regarding the patients' histories and progress, services provided, and other required information.

3) Develop client treatment plans based on research, clinical experience, and client histories.

4) Review and evaluate clients' progress in relation to measurable goals described in treatment and care plans.

5) Interview clients, review records, and confer with other professionals in order to evaluate individuals' mental and physical condition, and to determine their suitability for participation in a specific program.

6) Intervene as advocate for clients or patients in order to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations.

7) Provide clients or family members with information about addiction issues and about available services and programs, making appropriate referrals when necessary.

8) Modify treatment plans to comply with changes in client status.

9) Coordinate counseling efforts with mental health professionals and other health professionals such as doctors, nurses, and social workers.

 

 

11) Plan and implement follow-up and aftercare programs for clients to be discharged from treatment programs.

12) Conduct chemical dependency program orientation sessions.


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13) Counsel family members to assist them in understanding, dealing with, and supporting clients or patients.

14) Participate in case conferences and staff meetings.

15) Act as liaisons between clients and medical staff.

16) Coordinate activities with courts, probation officers, community services and other post-treatment agencies.

17) Confer with family members or others close to clients in order to keep them informed of treatment planning and progress.

18) Instruct others in program methods, procedures, and functions.

19) Follow progress of discharged patients in order to determine effectiveness of treatments.

20) Develop, implement, and evaluate public education, prevention, and health promotion programs, working in collaboration with organizations, institutions and communities.

21) Supervise and direct other workers providing services to clients or patients.

Job Description for "Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselor" continued here...

Part 1
Duties / Tasks
Part 2
Activities
Part 3
Skills
Part 4
Abilities
Part 5
Knowledge



 

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Holland / RIASEC Career Code:  S-I-A        SOC:  21-1011.00