Posted: 04/02/2021

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    $18.25 an hour
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    Counselor I

    (Job Description)

    Department: Graf/BHS

    Category: Regular Full Time/TOC

    Reports to: Lead Counselor

    Hours of Work: 40 hours/Varies

    PCN: P402

    Level: G-08

    FLSA Status: Non-exempt

    Date Approved: 05/01/2018




    Position provides individual, group, and family counseling, case management, conducts assessments, and develops treatment plans, progress notes, continuing care plans, discharge summaries and supervision to consumers who are experiencing emotional, behavioral and addictive disorders.




    • Acts as primary counselor and case manager for consumers in a residential treatment facility or in an outpatient capacity who are experiencing emotional, behavioral and addictive behaviors
    • Conducts initial and on-going assessments and evaluations, problem lists and treatment plans
    • Conducts individual, group and/or family counseling sessions in compliance with program standards and consumer needs
    • Prepares written continuing care plans in cooperation with parent/guardian, referral agencies and other community members and agencies for consumers in accordance with confidentiality laws
    • Prepares discharge summaries and disburses to authorized individuals and agencies in compliance with confidentiality laws
    • Prepares and presents clinical staffing reports using the American Society of Addiction Medicine Placement Criteria standards
    • Participates as a member of the multidisciplinary treatment team and attends all clinical staffing and consultations
    • Provides regular progress reports to referring agencies and/or others in accordance with confidentiality laws
    • Provides case management services and referrals for services not offered on site for consumer. Transports consumer in program vehicles, if necessary
    • Completes all file documentation, progress notes, invoices, Management Information System (MIS) reports and other data and reports in an accurate and timely manner
    • Maintains consumer records in accordance with FNA and other regulatory standards
    • Provides direct consumer supervision and guidance in a clinical setting as well as at other activities
    • Maintains a positive therapeutic environment for consumers who are experiencing emotional, behavioral and addictive disorders
    • Maintain certification requirements as per licensing
    • Monitors consumers confidentiality and accordance with 42CFR part 2 and HIPPA Regulations
    • Attends all staff meetings, staff training and in-service training


    • The incumbent of this position must work well under pressure, meeting multiple and conflicting deadlines. The incumbent shall at all times demonstrate cooperative behavior with colleagues, supervisors and consumers
    • Perform other job-related duties as assigned



    • Familiarity with human resources policies and procedures
    • Ability to report to work in a timely manner
    • Knowledge of customer service concepts and practices
    • Understanding and sensitivity to diverse cultures and lifestyles
    • Skill in operating personal computer utilizing a variety of computer software
    • Skill in managing multiple priorities and tasks concurrently and meet deadlines
    • Skill in oral and written communication
    • Skill in establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with other employees
    • Ability to work independently as well as with teams
    • Knowledge of dynamics of chemical dependency and demonstrated experience in crisis intervention and working with adolescents and their families
    • Above average communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to accurately follow written and verbal instructions


    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (Education & Experience)

    • High school diploma or equivalent, and
    • Minimum of Two (2) years of experience in chemical dependency counseling
    • Certified as State of Alaska Counselor Level I
    • Must obtain Chemical Dependency Certification within 6 months of hire
    • Strong understanding and sensitivity to diverse cultures and lifestyles with demonstrated experience working effectively with Alaska Native populations


    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS (Education & Experience)

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, Counseling or a related field preferred