Substance Abuse Counselor
DescriptionUniversity of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus
School of Medicine/Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS)
Health Care Technician II - Substance Abuse Counselor
Position #00672473 – Requisition #19378
* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at www.cu.edu/cu-careers *
- Provide Modified Therapeutic Community substance abuse treatment to include facilitating group treatment and Individual 1×1’s as a Primary Phase counselor, and to assure client compliance with individual treatment plans.
- Ensure that client’s follow TC program structure to facilitate client’s progress through treatment
- Maintain all documentation and service provisions according to OBH, DCJ and ARTS clinical standards.
- This position will observe, monitor, and intervene in drug/alcohol treatment through addressing client behaviors in the milieu
- Assure compliance with individual treatment plans and program structure
- Facilitate clients’ progress through treatment
- Assure safety of staff and clients
- Design consequences for negative behaviors, instruct clients in the TC tools
- Complete and document medication for all clients
- Perform routine inspections of residential premises both inside and out, including client room and bed checks
- Assist the milieu supervisor in contraband searches, fire drills and safety inspections
- Identify and respond to crisis and notify immediate supervisor/work leader of any unusual circumstances such as suicidal client, unauthorized client absence, and violation of program rules
- Transport clients off site to medical appointments, court appearances, recreational activities, etc.
- Attend staff meetings and individual and/or group supervision, and trainings; and perform other duties as assigned or required.
- Direct observation of specimen collection for the purposes of UAS for female clients
- Conduct Bed checks of female clients throughout the night assuring women are asleep and in their beds
- Perform “pat” searches on female clients
- Address gender specific issues in a trauma informed approach
- Assist with crisis intervention related to mental health and trauma needs
- High School Diploma or GED
- One (1) year of experience appropriate to the assignment
- Must presently be certified as a Certified Addiction Counselor Level II, III or master level counselor in the State of Colorado.
- Experience working with an Electronic Medical Record
- Experience working in a substance abuse treatment environment with a focus on women’s issues (i.e. trauma; domestic violence; mental health treatment; parenting and child development; barriers women experience in treatment such as childcare, employment, finding a job that pays enough to support their family; etc.)
- Experience working with offender population
- Experience documenting behaviors according to established policies and procedures
- Experience observing, monitoring and/or intervening in drug/alcohol treatment
- Experience providing group and individualized clinical care for adult clients
- Ability to multi-task and pay attention to details
- Ability to observe and evaluate behavior that is abnormal or concerning
- Ability to develop healthy relationships with clients
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to establish boundaries with clients
- Ability to manage difficult behaviors
- Ability to comply with established rules, policies, and procedures
- Ability to be open-minded and non-judgmental
- Ability to track client progress through the development and updates of treatment plans
- Ability to deliver individual and group counseling services
- Ability to apply ethical guidelines of profession
- Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc)
- Must possess and maintain a valid State of Colorado Driver’s License or be able to obtain one within 30 days of hire.
- Must agree to fingerprinting and criminal background check. Required background checks include a review with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
- Subject to pre-employment, post-accident or incident or reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing per UCD Addiction Research and Treatment Services Department Policies.
- Individuals in recovery from substance abuse must have one year’s abstinence from alcohol and drug problems.
- In accordance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), ARTS cannot employ individuals (who may have contact with residents) who have (1) engaged in sexual abuse in a prison, jail, lockup, community confinement facility, juvenile facility, or other Institution (as defined in 42 U.S. C. § 1997); (2) been convicted of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force, or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse; or (3) been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described in (1-3) of this section. Material omissions regarding such misconduct, or the provision of materially false information, shall be grounds for termination
Job Category: Health Care
Primary Location: Aurora
Posting Date: Oct 15, 2020
Unposting Date: Ongoing