Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities involving counseling and other services for individuals receiving treatment for problems related to alcohol/drug abuse.
The functions within this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:
- Maintains clinical record documentation and services in compliance with accreditation standards.
- Conducts professional screenings, assessments, and intake referrals with clients including, but not limited to, the diagnosed client and family.
- Provides effective individual, group and family case management in the area of addiction services, psychological services and educational groups with substance abuse clients and family.
- Utilize clinical supervisor to maintain positive work relations as a part of a multidisciplinary team.
The Alcohol and Drug Counselor job family consists of four levels which are distinguished by the complexity of the duties assigned, the depth and breadth of accountability, and the responsibility assigned for the supervision of others.
Level I Code: X23A Salary Band: G
This is the basic level of this job family where incumbents perform beginning level professional work to build their skills in providing counseling and other services related to treatment for problems associated with alcohol or drug abuse.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of the dynamics of alcohol/drug related problems and their impact upon patients and their families; of the social factors involved in substance abuse; of the principles and techniques of rehabilitation counseling and their application to individuals possessing chemical dependencies; of community resources available to persons with alcohol/drug related problems; of the physiological and psychological effects of chemical dependency; and of general social, economic and health problems. Ability is required to interview and counsel; to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; to interact with chemically dependent persons; to communicate effectively with others, both orally and in writing; and to speak before large groups.
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of the completion of two courses in psychology, social work, chemical dependency or substance abuse at the college level and two years of experience in counseling alcohol/drug abuse patients or clients in a recognized alcohol/drug treatment, rehabilitation or counseling program; or an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting the completion of two additional college level courses in psychology, social work, chemical dependency or substance abuse for a maximum of one year of qualifying experience.
Level II Code: X23B Salary Band: I
This is the career level position incumbents perform all essential functions at the full performance level and may provide training or assistance to others in completing various requirements related to drug/alcohol counseling and other services.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified at Level I plus the ability to treat the chemically dependent using group and individual therapy and to evaluate new treatment methods.
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level I plus one additional year of experience in counseling alcohol/drug abuse patients in a recognized alcohol/drug treatment, rehabilitation or counseling program.
Level III Code: X23C Salary Band: J
This is the specialist level where incumbents perform advanced level duties in Alcohol and Drug Counseling Services, which may include serving as a lead worker or team leader for other counselors on a limited basis.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified at Level II plus the knowledge of up-to-date theories, principles and techniques of addiction, mental health counseling and managed behavioral health care. Ability is required to conduct screening, assessment, treatment planning and intervention.
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those at Level II and one additional year of experience in providing alcohol and drug counseling services within an accredited substance abuse treatment program.
Level IV Code: X23D Salary Band: K
This is the leadership level of this job family where incumbents administer a treatment program and coordinate activities and services with other programs and services. Responsibilities include the supervision of others.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified at Level III plus the knowledge of current methods and techniques used in effective prevention and treatment programs; of community organization and resource development; of the functions of municipal, government, industry and service organizations; of modern principles of training and education; of program evaluation methods and report writing; and of grant writing and monitoring. Ability is required to conduct several projects simultaneously; to analyze complex problems and adopt an effective course of action; and to effectively supervise the work of others.
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those at Level III and one year in the management, supervision, or coordination of a recognized alcoholism treatment, rehabilitation, or counseling program.
Positions within the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services shall have a current certification as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) or be working toward CADC certification on all levels.
Upon appointment, incumbents designated by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services shall complete certification in one of the following required Departmental sponsored training in case management: Certified Behavioral Health Case Manager – Adult; Certified Behavioral Health Case Manager – Child, Adolescent and Family; or Certified Behavioral Health Case Manager – Dual Certification.