Person in this position will work in collaboration with a counselor to provide services to clients of WestCare who have been diagnosed with a substance abuse disorder. Essential job functions include those listed below.
Essential Job Functions:
Assess resource needs of clients.
Initiate and sustain each individuals motivation to participate in treatment, using techniques of engagement, including therapeutic relationships, individual counseling, and brief interventions based on the stages of change.
Provide curriculum-based re-entry groups for clients preparing for release to the community.
Educate and refer clients to community agencies and businesses that appropriately address the clients needs for food, shelter, clothing, employment, transportation, etc.
Assist clients with establishing or re-establishing support systems within their community.
Participate in clinical staffing decisions regarding the clients current strengths and resources and their need for additional resources.
Complete documentation of services on provided forms in a timely manner.
Maintain all information according to the laws of confidentiality as required by the Federal Register, General Provisions, Title 42, Chapter 1, Part 2, which prohibits making disclosures without the specific written consent of the client, or as otherwise permitted by such regulations.
Assist other WestCare staff as needed in a collaborative manner to promote cooperation and portray a professional image to the community.
Attend all required staff development training, including cross-training, and WestCare in-service training such as conducting assessments, clinical skills, developing service plans, basic TC concepts, emotional incarceration, relapse prevention, motivation for treatment and stages of change, cognitive skills, conflict resolution, social skills, moral development, communicable diseases, and self-help groups.
Embrace and embody the mission, vision, guiding principles, clinical vision, and goals of WestCare Foundation.
Perform any other duties as assigned.
Clinical Certification , must:
Hold clinical certification as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor from the Illinois Alcoholism and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA), or
Meet the requirements specified above within two years after the date of employment; and
Not work in any supervisory capacity until such requirements are met; and
Work under the direct, verifiable supervision of an individual who has staff supervisory responsibility at the facility and who meets the requirements above; and
Sign, and adhere to, a professional code of ethics developed by the organization.
Must complete 40 hours of continuing education biennially if CADC licensed; or
Within two years, must obtain 150 hours of clinical supervision and 225 hours of training/education (100 hours AODA Specific, 6 Professional Ethics, and 119 IC&RC Performance Domains) and complete the CADC written examination to obtain licensure.
Shall have completed 80 hours of training in alcohol and other drug abuse counseling within 4 years immediately prior to the date of assuming the duties of case manager at the program, or within 2 years immediately thereafter.
A minimum of a bachelors degree in social work; or a bachelors degree with a social work major; or working toward a degree in social work; or comparable years of qualifying experience.
Experience and Competencies:
Knowledge of the offender populations, criminal subcultures, and cultural differences, substance abuse assessment tools, and therapeutic community concepts
Bilingual is preferred
Knowledge of the criminal justice system
Must be highly organized, detail focused, and have excellent time management
Must possess strong computer skills
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Ability to pass background check
Ability to obtain and maintain OIG LEIE clearance
Ability to pass pre-employment drug screening
Ability to exercise good judgment and discretion
Ability to work well in a team environment
Adherence to the highest standard of ethical conduct, especially to standards governing confidentiality
Must have professional appearance and demeanor
Must be culturally/linguistically sensitive to populations served
Ability to obtain and maintain clearance from Illinois Department of Corrections
Ability to obtain and maintain CPR certification, first aid certification, and an annual tuberculosis test
Work is primarily performed in an institutional setting.
Some outdoor activities may be required.
Essential Physical and Mental Demands of the Job
The employee must be able to perform the following essential duties and activities with or without accommodation:
Requires mobility and physical activity: Having an adequate range of body motion and mobility to work in an office, residential, or outdoor environment including standing and walking (even and uneven surfaces), sitting for extended periods of time, bending, twisting, reaching, balancing, occasional lifting and carrying of up to 50 pounds. Use of computer and telephone systems is required, which includes coordination of eye and hand, and fine manipulation by the hands (typing, writing, and working with files). Requires the ability to defend oneself and clients in physically abusive situations through the use of approved verbal de-escalation techniques.
Requires talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Talking is required to impart oral information to employees, clients, patients, and the public, and in those activities in which the employee is required to convey detailed or important spoken instructions to others accurately, loudly, or quickly.
Requires hearing: Hearing is required to receive and communicate detailed information through oral communication.
Requires seeing: Clarity of vision at 20 inches or less and at distance. This factor is required to complete paperwork for many of the employees essential job functions and to observe client behavior and activities in and out of the facility.
The normal work routine involves no exposure to human blood, body fluids or tissues. However, exposure or potential exposure may be required as a condition of employment. Appropriate personal protective equipment will be readily available to every employee.
M ental Demands:
Requires the ability to collect and analyze complex numerical and written data and verbal information to reach logical conclusions.
Requires the ability to work and cooperate with clients, co-workers, managers, the public and employees at all levels in order to exchange ideas, information, instructions and opinions.
Requires the ability to work under stress and in emotionally charged settings.
The ability to defend oneself and clients in mentally/verbally abusive situations through the use of approved mental/verbal de-escalation techniques.
As mandated by the State of Illinois, those employees who work at one of the IDOC/IDJJ sites must be fully vaccinated. Employees that have requested a Medical or Religious Exemption, which has been approved by Human Resources, will be required to test for the virus weekly.
During your tenure with WestCare there may be new requirements, including, but not limited to vaccinations, that are issued by local, State, Federal, and/or Funders that WestCare may have to comply with. Should this occur, Human Resources or appropriate personnel will inform you.
WestCare is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment at WestCare is contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment drug test, pre-employment physical, and criminal background check.
The WestCare Foundation ~ Uplifting the Human Spirit
Uplifting the human spirit is a lofty statement for any organization to promote as their objective, especially given the challenging world we live in today. Quality health and human services for individuals, families and communities in need are a priceless resource. With over four decades of experience, WestCare has the necessary expertise to be that resource to the communities we serve.
WestCare, a family of tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, provides a wide spectrum of health and human services in both residential and outpatient environments. Our services include substance abuse and addiction treatment, homeless and runaway shelters, domestic violence treatment and prevention, and mental health programs. These services are available to adults, children, adolescents, and families; we specialize in helping people traditionally considered difficult to treat, such as those who are indigent, have multiple disorders, or are involved with the criminal justice system.
Much of our growth has resulted from partnering with like-minded, community-oriented treatment programs that focus on providing the highest quality services. All of these partnerships are to the mutual benefit of the organizations involved and have enabled the partners to sustain and enhance the provision of treatment services for those who need such help. A brief historical overview shows how this strategy has further strengthened and broadened the treatment continuum WestCare provides in its many regions.