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Substance Use Treatment Specialist

Job Description

Job Purpose
Provide trauma-informed counseling services to survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence with substance use disorders who reside in YWCA St. Joseph’s residential programs.

Duties and Responsibilities
• Conduct screening, evaluation and assessment of problems/needs related to substance use and develop individualized treatment goals and objectives.
• Provide effective therapeutic services related to treatment plan goals/objectives that include individual and group counseling, case management and information/education directed at addressing problems related to substance use.
• Develop and maintain effective professional rapport and therapeutic relationships with residents/clients and encourage them in the recovery process.
• Adhere to established professional ethical and behavioral standards of conduct and continuing professional development.
• Conduct safety planning and assist residents with developing risk reduction strategies and safety plans.
• Coordinate the delivery of needed services with community providers of substance use and dual diagnosis services, including medication management.
• Attend staff meetings and coordinate services with other Victim Services team members.
• Provide transportation, as needed, to assist residents/clients with accessing therapeutic services. Employee must possess a valid driver’s license and insured vehicle with insurance complying with minimum agency standards.
• Document all services provided and enter information into client file and database within 3 days of service provision.
• Maintain confidentiality of records in accordance with MCADSV Service Standards.
• Maintain required statistics and complete reports as assigned.
• On-call duties as assigned.
• Perform other related duties as assigned.

• Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling and Guidance or other closely related field or equivalent education/experience.
• Certified Reciprocal Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CRADC) required or Certified Reciprocal Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CRAADC) in the State of Missouri preferred.
• Experience working with victims of domestic and/or sexual violence preferred.
• Excellent communication skills with individuals and groups.
• Knowledge of community resources available to persons with substance use disorders.
• Basic computer skills and ability to use agency electronic record program.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality.
• Culturally sensitive and able to relate to diverse populations.
• Reliable transportation to and from work.
• Ability to work flexible hours.
• Ability to pass criminal background check.

Working Conditions
• Forty (40) hour workweek, extended hours may be required to meet client needs and/or deadlines.
• Employee works in an office environment and is protected from weather conditions and contaminants.
• Some evenings required based upon client needs and business demand.
• Travel required between work sites.

Physical Requirements
• Standing or sitting for long periods, bending, stooping and occasional lifting.
• Repetitive hand motion (such as typing).
• Ability, on a consistent basis, to perform activities requiring cooperation, instruction, persuasion or speaking with others.
• Ability to communicate effectively in person with consumers.

Personal Characteristics
The successful individual will demonstrate the following:
• Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behavior and professional boundaries and ensure own behavior is consistent with professional ethical standards.
• Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others both internally and externally to achieve the organizations goals of empowering women and eliminating racism.
• Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
• Focus on Client Needs: Anticipate, understand and respond to the needs of consumers.
• Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the consumer and the organization.
• Organization: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals and track details/data/information/activities.
• Technological Aptitude: Understand software applications and maintain skills necessary to effectively perform key responsibilities through use of company utilized programs.

Competitive salary and fringe benefits.

***YWCA St. Joseph provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.***

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