THIS RECRUITMENT MAY CLOSE AT ANY TIME
This position is scheduled to receive a $1,000 bonus on July 30,
Under general supervision, to provide assessments, treatment
planning, and counseling for Substance Abuse Program clients; to
provide education, consultation services, and training for other
staff, community agencies, and the public; to perform prevention
activities designed to prevent alcohol and drug abuse in the
County; and to do related work as required.
This is a fully experienced Substance Abuse Counselor
classification. Incumbents have responsibility for providing a
variety of substance abuse counseling services for individuals and
groups. Incumbents are required to develop case service plans,
identify appropriate treatment methods, and use a variety of
Substance Abuse Program Administrator
This is not a supervisory classification.
TYPICAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Sit for extended periods; frequently stand and walk; normal
manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination; lift and move objects
weighing up to 25 lbs.; corrected hearing and vision to normal
range; verbal communication; use of office equipment, including
computer, telephone, calculator, copiers, and FAX.
TYPICAL WORKING CONDITIONS
Work is performed in an office, clinic, home, school, or
community environments; work is performed with people who may
exhibit unstable and potentially violent behavior; continuous
contact with other staff and the public. Examples of Duties /
Knowledge & Skills
(The following is used as a partial description and is not
restrictive as to duties required.)
Meets with individuals, families, and groups in clinic, home,
schools, jails and community settings to develop client centered
Conducts assessments of clients with substance abuse concerns
Develops treatment plans for clients; provides outpatient
counseling on an individual/group basis to assist clients in
understanding their problems and developing plans to resolve
May work with clients' families to secure their cooperation in
programs Advises clients on available community resources and
serves as a liaison with organizations and service agencies
Makes referrals and other arrangements for client treatment and
service, as necessary
Prepares and present progress reports on assigned cases
Cooperates with professionals from other disciplines in the
development of team and collaborative diagnoses and counseling
Develops recommendations to mitigate client problems and
follows-up with clients and their families to assess progress
Performs crisis intervention
Maintains records and prepares reports for State and local
agencies Conducts community substance abuse prevention programs for
targeted groups, such as school children.
Minimum qualifications & Requirements
Any combination of training and experience which would likely
provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A
typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would
Two years of experience working in substance abuse counseling
and related social services in a public or certified private
welfare or health agency.
* Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid
California Driver's License. * Possession of or ability to obtain a
Certificate as a Certified Addiction Specialist.
Psychological and social aspects and characteristics of
Drugs and drug abuse patterns, alcoholism, and the physiological
effects of drug abuse and alcoholism.
Methods and techniques for conducting assessments of
individuals' substance abuse problems.
Approved principles and practices of psychological counseling
and group therapy.
Available community resources for substance abuse services.
Requirements and needs of persons with seriously substance abuse
State and local laws, policies, and procedures governing the
administration of alcohol and drug prevention and treatment
programs, especially those pertaining to an individual's legal
Assess substance abuse problems and develop services to meet
client problems, working and consulting with clients and other
Conduct effective individual and group counseling related to
substance abuse problems and recovery.
Recognize a potential crisis and deliver crisis intervention
Handle stress and unstable client behavior.
Communicate effectively with people from diverse ethnic and
Explain complex and technical terminology and concepts in an
understandable and non-threatening manner.
Establish and maintain a variety of personal and administrative
records, clinical documentation, and related materials.
Effectively represent the Substance Abuse Program in contacts
with clients, the public, community organizations, other County
staff, and other government organizations.
Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.
In accordance with the California Government Code section 3100,
et., seq., all County of San Benito employees are considered
disaster service workers who may be required to report for duty, or
remain on duty to address disaster service activities in the event
of an emergency or disaster and are required to undertake an
applicable loyalty oath.