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Addictions Counselor

Posted: 01/09/2022

The Addictions Counselor provides quality substance use treatment services to youth, adults and families within the KANA service region. Works closely with coworkers to coordinate care for clients and contributes to a supportive recovery environment. Offers individual, group, and family counseling; participates in KANA and community-driven substance abuse prevention initiatives. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The following duties are not intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by this position. Other duties as assigned.

  • Support the organization’s mission and goals, quality standards, and patient-centered medical home philosophy. Embrace KANA’s culture of serving the whole person through our provision of services. Incorporate KANA’s core values of Courtesy, Caring, Respect, Sharing, and Pride in all activities and decisions.
  • Uphold KANA’s Code of Ethics by conducting professional activities with honesty, integrity, respect, fairness, and good faith in a manner that reflects positively upon the organization.
  • Develop therapeutic helping-relationships with clients that are based on unconditional positive regard, empathy, and honesty that is balanced with grace.  
  • Provides individual, family, and group counseling youth, adults, and elders.  
  • Completes substance use disorder assessments using DSM-5 diagnostic criteria and ASAM Treatment Placement Criteria.
  • Develops individualized treatment plans with special consideration to cross-cultural and co-occurring diagnosis concerns.  Ensures appropriate implementation of treatment plan.
  • Participates and coordinates special programs of recovery, such as Family Education Groups, Community Drug & Alcohol Forums, and behavior health grant funded community/village projects.
  • Engages in community outreach, education, and support that focuses on substance use disorders, relapse, recover, and other related topics.  
  • Completes administrative and clinical documentation in a timely manner in order to maintain program compliance within the guidelines established by Kodiak Area Native Associate, State of Alaska, Medicaid and other regulatory agencies. 
  • Participates in routine outcome monitoring (ROM) program, to include engagement in regular clinical supervision, review of session recordings, and incorporation of clinical feedback into practice in order to achieve best outcome.
  • Attends required training and meetings; works toward becoming a Qualified Addictions Professional as part of professional development plan.
  • Works closely with community referral sources, including medical providers, local law enforcement agencies, Office of Children’s Services, and other military/civilian organizations.  
  • May provide crisis-intervention services in the hospital, jail, and/or other physically safe environments when needed.
  • May participate on the Opioid Review Committee, or other substance-use related coalitions or forums.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Supervisory Responsibilities:
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

Job Requirements:
Associate’s degree from an accredited university in psychology, counseling, or related field preferred; equivalent education and/or experience accepted. Must be certified or have the ability to become certified as a State of Alaska Chemical Dependence Counselor I or equivalent within one year of hire; Chemical Dependency Counselor II or equivalent within two years of hire preferred. Two years of work experience in the behavioral health or related field, and must be familiar with the dynamics of substance abuse and addiction, recovery and relapse prevention. Experience working in rural Alaska communities/villages strongly preferred. Must pass background check pursuant to Alaska DHSS and federal Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act requirements.