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Substance Abuse Counselor

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Institute For Community Living Inc


Brooklyn, NY

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The Substance Abuse Counselor assists residents with understanding and managing substance abuse.
Conduct or review assessment information to determine the substance abuse needs and preferences of persons served;
Provide individual counseling or conduct groups that address substance abuse issues as they relate to getting and keeping a job and permanent housing;
Serve as a liaison to TORCH or other similar programs to continue any substance abuse-related plans and processes while persons served are in the residence;
Develop and maintain working relationships with alcohol and substance abuse detoxification, rehabilitation, and treatment centers.
Ensure that residents have any necessary transportation and escort to substance abuse appointments and participation.
Provide motivational interviewing to residents as needed.
Provide group and individual harm reduction counseling.
Provide cognitive-behavioral relapse prevention techniques.
Guide the use of onsite drug testing for residents whose service plans incorporate it.
For residents with mental illness and substance abuse disorders, lay the groundwork for the implementation of Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment, an evidence-based practice, upon discharge.
Promote a smoke-free environment at Transitional Veterans Residence.
Monitor the availability and status of Naloxone kits, providing education to staff as to the location of the kits and ensuring that the kits are not expired.
Collaborate with the peer counselors and use linkages already developed in Brooklyn and Queens with Buprenorphine and Methadone programs and seek to expand these to other locations as needed.
Assist in the orientation of new personnel when requested.
Maintain up-to-date, accurate individual paper and electronic case records on each assigned resident.
Comply with attendance and timekeeping rules and reports reliably and regularly to work on an on-going basis.
Attend regularly scheduled clinical meetings, staff meetings and supervision as well as in-service training and development activities.
Review the staff communications log and make entries concerning essential elements of information designated by program management.
Execute emergency plans as outlined in the policy and procedure manual; administers CPR or first aid to staff or residents who require such services.
Obtain and maintain CPR and First Aid certifications.


Basic knowledge of the causes and processes of substance abuse disorder.
Effective problem-solving skills
Effective interpersonal skills
Ability to work with diverse individuals
Ability to create and compose written materials
Ability to effectively and efficiently respond to questions from persons served
Ability to facilitate a meeting
Ability to present information to persons served and other employees
Ability to work with residents, families, and staff in a caring and respectful manner, and with due understanding of and consideration for cultural differences
Ability to serve as a role model to residents including modeling appropriate interpersonal interactions, appearance, demeanor
Ability to effectively use computer software
Willingness to continually learn and apply knowledge and willingness to participate in in-service training and development activities.
Ability to function as an effective team member, including performing share of work, cooperating with coworkers, and securing cooperation, and maintaining professional relationships and boundaries with co-workers, supervisors and residents

Current CASAC plus at least 3 years experience providing direct services to people with alcohol and/or drug related disorders. Equivalent training and experience will be considered.

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ICL's mission is to assist individuals and families affected by or at risk of mental illness or developmental disabilities with integrated comprehensive care designed to improve their wellbeing, recovery and participation in community living.

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