Substance Abuse Counselor I
Location: Gatesville, TX
Job ID: 45521
Work with a purpose! Join a team with values that match your own and make a difference in the lives of people needing second chances.
Now hiring licensed substance abuse treatment professionals to provide individuals in the inside with hope, skills and opportunities for a better life.
Position title: Substance Abuse Counselor I (Substance Abuse Counselor Intern)
Facility name: Christina Melton Crain Unit
Location: 1401 State School Rd, Gatesville, TX 75699
Pay: Starting at $18.00/hr
Work schedule: Full-time; 8-hour days
Benefit package includes:
- Health/dental/vision/life insurance
- 401(k) with company match
- Paid time off
- Paid holidays (9 total)
- Professional development assistance
Job responsibilities: Substance Abuse Counselor Interns perform moderately complex substance abuse counseling work within Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility (SAFPF) / In-Prison Therapeutic Community (IPTC) programs. Work involves planning, coordinating, and implementing substance abuse counseling activities; and coordinating with other departments to ensure the maximum utilization of resources available for chemical dependency treatment and rehabilitation in compliance with Management & Training Corporation (MTC) and Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) directives.
- Provides substance abuse counseling and recovery skills training; participates in offender orientation, educational and individual and process counseling groups in compliance with program standards, guidelines, policies, and procedures.
- Maintain a therapeutic community (TC) within the facility working closely with correctional staff to create a living environment that is peer driven.
- Interviews, screens, and evaluates offenders for potential program participation.
- Provides a comprehensive evaluation from a battery of valid measurement tools to assess the recovery needs and the re-offense risk of offenders.
- Participates in the Individual Treatment Plan based on the severity and characteristics of the offender as determined by the comprehensive assessment, review of collateral information, and the Clinical interview.
- Maintains offender records and other records regarding services provided to include workload statistics; and compiles data and submits reports and related documentation as appropriate.
- Implements follow-up and after care plans for offenders that participate in the program prior to their release; and disseminates information on community resources for offender placement in follow-up treatment.
- At the conclusion of the program, an Individual Progress Summary will be developed for each offender on caseload to reflect the evaluation results together with comments about the offender’s level of participation and quality of completion in the SAFPF / IPTC programs.
- Submit copy of the Individual Progress Summary to the Parole Division to be included in the Parole Case Summary.
- Apply gender responsive and trauma informed care and practices while working with female offenders.
- Coordinate or participate in transition meetings.
- Promote the development and positive social skills through modeling appropriate behaviors and intervening when inappropriate behaviors are observed. Provide regular feedback to staff regarding social skills procedures and intervention techniques.
- Maintain accountability of staff, offenders and property. Adhere to safety practices.
It is expected that the incumbent shall perform other duties as assigned within his/her capabilities as determined by management.
- Graduation from an accredited senior high school, GED, or equivalent.
- Must have a letter of registration as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern (LCDC-I or CI) or a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) license from the Texas Department of State Health Services or current certification as Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional Applicant (CCJP-A) or a Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional Applicant (CCJP) as approved by the Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals.
- Selected applicants must obtain the Licensed Clinical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) license or the Certified Criminal Justice Professional (CCJP) certification within five years from the date of their registration as a Counselor Intern or CCJP-A.
- Must sign a Credential Contingency Agreement that will remain in effect only until the initially established expiration date. Failure to comply with this contingency statement will result in separation from employment. Credential Contingency Agreements will not be extended or renewed as a result of an employee’s separation from employment or acceptance of another position.
- Valid driver’s license in the state of Texas with an acceptable driving record required, unless waived by management.
Post hire requirements:
- Must successfully complete annual in-service training requirements and pass an annual background check, both of which must be approved by Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
- Must maintain valid Counselor Intern status (CI), Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) license or Certified Criminal Justice Professional Applicant (CCJP-A) certification for continued employment in position.
Why: The job is simple. Help humans break the cycle. Join our team and transform lives!