Alcohol and Drug Counselor

  • Merced County, CA
  • Merced, California
  • Jul 01, 2020
Full Time Human and Social Services
  • Salary: $1,737.60 - $2,113.60 Biweekly USD

Job Description

Examples of Duties
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Performs client intake and discharge procedures.
  • Conducts individual, group, and family counseling sessions with program clients and their families.
  • Maintains client records.
  • Prepares and administers individual recovery plans for program clients with the support and assistance of professional staff.
  • Collects and records pertinent social data on program clients.
  • Develops and maintains communications between County Mental Health Department Alcohol and Drug programs and community agencies.
  • Refers clients to other programs and community agencies which provide assistance with alcohol and drug abuse.
  • Develops and provides informational presentations on alcohol and drug abuse to local schools and community agencies.
  • Develops, implements, and conducts specialized alcohol and drug programs.
  • Provides advice on problems which arise during the course of work; monitors work flow; accumulates data used in State and Federal activity reporting.
  • Maintains a client caseload and provides individual and group counseling sessions.
  • Develops and provides informational presentations on alcohol and drug abuse to local schools and community agencies.
  • May provide lead direction, training, and work coordination for other Alcohol and Drug Interns.

Minimum Qualifications
Experience:
One (1) year of experience providing alcohol and drug counseling or presentations equivalent to that of an Alcohol and Drug Services Intern with Merced County.

Certification:
A valid Certification in Alcohol and Drug Counseling or Addiction Services. Employees who do not maintain a valid certification pursuant to California Code of Regulations Chapter 8 of the Health and Safety Code will be terminated.

Education:
Two (2) years of advanced education (60 units of college credit) in psychology, sociology, or a closely related field is preferred.

Special Requirement:
Applicants with a personal history of alcohol and drug abuse must present evidence of their successful recovery.

SOME POSITIONS IN THIS CLASSIFICATION WILL BE SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL HISTORY BACKGROUND CHECKS PURSUANT TO THE HUMAN RESOURCES RULES AND REGULATIONS, SECTION 2, B
Essential Functions
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  • Operate a personal computer and other modern office equipment.
  • Operate a personal computer and other office equipment.
  • Communicate effectively with others in person and over the telephone.
  • Analyze data, interpret directions, procedures and regulations, and develop appropriate responses.
  • Perform job duties under stressful conditions.
  • Respond appropriately to situations.
  • Maintain confidential information in accordance with legal standards and/or County regulations.
  • Make presentations.
  • Frequent use of depth perception, peripheral vision and color perception.
  • Frequently lift, carry, reach, push, pull, twist and manipulate large and small objects.
  • Kneel, bend, twist, squat, balance and crawl.
  • Frequent use of hand-eye coordination.
  • Frequent use of data entry device including repetitive hand and arm motion.
  • Occasionally lift and carry up to 40 pounds.
  • Normal dexterity, frequent holding and grasping.
  • Regular attendance is an essential function.


Knowledge of:
  • Philosophy and goals of Alcohol and Drug and Mental Health Programs.
  • Theories and causes of alcohol and drug problems.
  • Common practices and procedures used in therapeutic interaction with alcohol and drug abusers and chronically mentally ill persons.
  • Various therapeutic, treatment and recovery approaches, including individual, group, and family counseling.
  • Characteristics of alcohol and drug abusers.
  • Interviewing techniques.
  • Community resources, including other mental health and social service agencies.
  • Principles of lead direction, training, and work coordination.
  • Laws and regulations applicable to alcohol and drug programs.


Ability to:
  • Perform a variety of alcohol and drug counseling, presentation, and program support assignments with minimal supervision.
  • Think clearly and act calmly in a variety of situations.
  • Perform intake and termination procedures.
  • Perform individual, group, and family counseling for alcohol and drug abusers.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of client information.
  • Interact with clients in a therapeutic way.
  • Organize data, maintain records and prepare reports.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with the general public co-workers and those contacted during the course of work.
  • Plan, organize, and conduct specialized alcohol and drug programs.


HOLIDAYS & LEAVES

VACATION

10 days the first 5 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 160 hours), 15 days in the second 5 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 240 hours), and 20 days after 10 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 320 hours).

SICK LEAVE

.0462 hours sick leave for each paid regularly scheduled work hour. 12 days (96 hours per year) with unlimited accumulation. Optional annual buy back of a portion of accumulated sick leave hours upon meeting certain criteria.

HOLIDAYS

Twelve paid holidays annually plus one optional holiday.

BEREAVEMENT LEAVE

Three (3) regularly scheduled work days or five (5) days if distance traveled over 500 miles one-way.

INSURANCE

HEALTH INSURANCE


County paid health plan with maximum contributions; 100% for employee up to maximum of $420, 50% of dependent up to maximum of $100 for child/$220 for spouse biweekly. There are multiple health plans to choose from. County paid dental and vision plans, 100% for employee, with 50% of dependent premiums paid by the County.

County sponsored employee health clinic available for zero or reduced co-pay depending on selected health plan.

DISABILITY INSURANCE

State Disability Insurance - Benefit based on highest quarter during previous calendar year. Employee pays premium.

LIFE INSURANCE

$10,000 County-paid coverage (Accidental Death and Dismemberment included). Voluntary Term Life and Universal Life Insurance available - premium paid by employee.

RETIREMENT

DEFERRED COMPENSATION


The County offers a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. Employees choose their investment funds and can make pretax contributions to the plan up to the maximum allowable.

MERCED COUNTY EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION


The retirement plan is a defined benefit plan administered pursuant to the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 and other provisions of the California Government Code. MCERA members also pay into Social Security.The applicable benefit formula is dependent upon your hire date with an MCERA employer; yourpension amount will be determined by your age, years of service and final compensation amount.

EXTRA HELP EMPLOYEES DO NOT QUALIFY FOR COUNTY BENEFITS.

EMPLOYEE PROGRAMS

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP)


MHN EAP services provides up to five face-to-face counseling sessions per incident and provides a toll-free "800" hotline available 24/7 for emergencies and crisis intervention. EAP services include counseling services, legal services, financial services and Work-life Resource services.

For more information log on to members.mhn.com.


EMPLOYEE TICKETS, COUPONS, and DISCOUNTS

The County of Merced has partnered with Employee Savings Tickets to provide discounted coupons and tickets for all county employees to attractions throughout the state and out-of-state. The discounts and coupons are available for shopping, movies, sporting events, theme parks, zoos and aquariums and much more.

THIS BULLETIN IS NOT A CONTRACT AND DOES NOT CREATE CONTRACTUAL OR LEGAL RIGHTS ON BEHALF OF ANY EMPLOYEE. THIS BULLETIN IS SUBJECT OF BEING SUPPLEMENTED, MODIFIED, WITHDRAWN OR OTHERWISE CHANGED PENDING LABOR AGREEMENTS AND/OR AT THE DISCRETION OF THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICER OR AS THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DEEM NECESSARY.

For answers to specific questions regarding employee benefits, please call Human Resources at 209.385.7682 or go to Merced County Benefits Summary


01

Please list courses you have taken in psychology, sociology, or a closely related field. Please list name of course and number of units received per course.

02

Do you possess valid Certification in Alcohol and Drug Counseling or Addiction Services?
  • Yes
  • No


Required Question

Job Address

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