Nov 25, 2022

IL/DuQuoin - Counselor

  • WestCare Foundation, Inc.
  • Du Quoin, IL 62832, USA
Full-Time Administration Customer Service Education Facilities Information Technology Management Nurse Professional Services Research

Job Description

Position Summary:

Person in this position will be responsible for the delivery of clinical substance abuse treatment to clients participating in the program. Essential Job Functions include those listed below.

Essential Job Functions:
  • Complete assessment of each client with required assessment tools
  • Initiate and sustain each individual’s motivation to participate in treatment, using techniques of engagement including therapeutic relationships, individual counseling, and brief interventions based on the stages of change;
  • Develop a comprehensive service plan for each client that includes the results of assessments, and short- and long-term treatment goals and objectives of the client (the service plan is developed with the input of the client, but within the limitations imposed by IDOC);
  • Provide daily treatment and curriculum-based education groups on the basic concepts of therapeutic communities, emotional incarceration, relapse prevention, motivation for treatment and the stages of change, communicable diseases, cognitive skills, conflict resolution, fundamental social skills, and personal moral development;
  • Assist clients in the development of self-help groups, such as AA/NA, which offer clients an opportunity to support one another in recovery;
  • Maintain individual client treatment files in accordance with agency policies and procedures, including documentation of vocational/educational activities as well as all other pertinent documentation and ensure files are securely stored;
  • Provide general client supervision, including planning and scheduling therapeutic activities;
  • 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;
  • Obtain a signed release of confidential information (disclosure form) from each client authorizing IDOC to review case files for quality assurance reviews and evaluation of WestCare performance, and maintain as a part of the client file;
  • Maintain thorough records of each client’s participation, including IDOC Participant Number, unique identifier for the WestCare Program, beginning and ending dates of service; number of hours of participation, and number of days of participation;
  • Submit all individual client data on a weekly basis for entry into the WestCare database;
  • 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; and
  • Perform any other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications:
  • Master’s or bachelor’s degree preferred, high school diploma required;
  • 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
    • Be a licensed professional counselor or licensed clinical professional counselor pursuant to the Professional Counselor and Clinical Professional Counselor Licensing Act [225 ILCS 107]; or
    • Be a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches pursuant to the Medical Practice Act of 1987; or
    • Be licensed as a psychologist pursuant to the Clinical Psychology Practice Act [225ILCS 15]; or
  • Be licensed as a social worker or licensed clinical social worker pursuant to the
    Clinical Social Work and Social Work Practice Act [225 ILCS 20]; or
  • If permissible and upon approval of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC), other clinical certifications that mirror one of the requirements above may be acceptable; 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.
  • Two (2) years of experience providing alcohol and substance abuse counseling services;
  • Knowledge of offender populations, criminal subcultures, and cultural differences, substance abuse assessment tools, therapeutic community concepts and various specialty treatment categories; such as methamphetamine addiction, geriatrics, co-occurring disorders, lower functioning, anger driven and young adult offenders and other programming needs.

  • If licensure is CADC, must complete 40 hours of continuing education biennially;
  • If licensure is not CADC, must complete required continuing education hours as required to maintain the other licensure.

    Working Conditions:
  • Work is performed in an institutional setting; and
  • Some outdoor activities may be required.

    Physical Demands:
  • The normal work routine involves no exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissues, BUT exposure or potential exposure may be required as a condition of employment. Appropriate personal protective equipment will be readily available to every employee engaged in Category II tasks;
  • Occasional lifting of more than 10 pounds;
  • Occasional risk of intensive physical activity with clients; and
  • Sitting, standing, walking, reaching are performed in the normal course of the position.

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.



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