Substance Abuse Counselor in Buffalo, NY

Community Action Organization of WNY (CAO) Posted: 2021-07-08

Buffalo, NY 14209


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Community Action Organization of Western New York has been serving over 56,000 individuals and families since 1965. With a commitment to educational advancement, workforce development, neighborhood revitalization, community health and economic advancement, we need talented people who want to make a difference in their community to join our team of professionals. Sound like you? Make the difference in the lives of others. Enrich your own life in the process.

Provides direct rehabilitative services to chemically addicted patients, guiding them to normal community life by performing the following duties.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Works in close collaboration with physicians and other health care personnel in patient evaluation and treatment to further their understanding of significant social and emotional factors underlying patient’s health problem; helps patient, through individual or group conferences to understand, accept, and follow medical recommendations; provides service planned to restore patient to optimum social and health adjustment within patient’s capacity; utilizes community resources to assist patient to resume life in community; facilities aftercare as part of the total rehabilitation program; provides family counseling as indicated; prepares and informs patients of treatment or program changes; provides crisis intervention when necessary.

Conducts initial assessments and develops short term treatment plans; together with patient, develops long term plans with particular attention to social services, vocational, educational, and legal needs; participates as a member of the treatment team; prepares patient histories, service plans, and reports; participates as a member of the treatment team; prepares patient histories, service plans, and reports; participates in planning for improving health services by interpreting social factors pertinent to development of program; maintains current knowledge of new developments, programs, and techniques in substance abuse counseling field.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Bachelor’s degree (BA/BS) in Behavioral Health Services or Social Science field and two years related experience providing direct services. (Verifiable part-time or volunteer experience will be prorated).

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