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Woodridge, IL

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Employee Type: Full-Time
Location: Woodridge, IL
Job Type: Other
Experience: Not Specified
Date Posted: 4/8/2014

Job Description


Abraxas, a GEO Group company, is a leading provider of innovative and quality treatment programs for youth, adults and families. For 40 years, Abraxas has contracted with various county and state agencies for the operation of residential, community-based, detention/shelter services and alternative education programming.  We offer specialized services for hard-to-place juvenile populations including fire setters, sexual offenders and habitual offenders in addition to gender specific programming for females in need of treatment.
In conjunction with supervisor and treatment team, provides chemical dependency
counseling services to patients and their families/collaterals through assessment and design, implementation, and revision of treatment plan.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Obtains information from patients and others and uses appropriate tools to make

assessment; prepares summary and makes recommendations regarding treatment;
communicates patient information to treatment team; maintains knowledge of the
pharmacological effects of drugs and alcohol on patient health; uses ASAM patient
placement criteria for appropriate placement and continuing care.

  • Develops service and continuing care plans; prioritizes problems and plans appropriate

methods of addressing problems; incorporates appropriate use of community-based
support groups.

  • Develops therapeutic relationships with patients and significant others and uses

communication skills to engage them in treatment; identifies obstacles to counseling and
minimizes their impact.

  • Plans, structures, and organizes different types of group therapy sessions.
  • Conducts individual, joint, and family counseling sessions using family members and/or

collaterals to determine family’s impact on patient and patient’s impact on family and/or

  • Supervises patients during free and unstructured time, identifies and uses treatment tools

to monitor and support the structure within the program.

  • Identifies potential conflicts and implements crisis intervention techniques to prevent or

      intervene in potential crisis situations.

  • Uses clinically appropriate professional terminology to complete forms and records,

      accurately and timely documenting patient assessment, planning, and progress;
      maintains knowledge of laws and regulations surrounding confidentiality of alcohol and
      drug patient’s charts.

  • Develops and maintains appropriate professional boundaries between self, staff, patients,

      and collaterals and identifies issues related to ethics and boundaries, as identified in the
      Code of Ethics policy.

  • Identifies tasks to be completed in order of highest to lowest priority and behaviors that

      will not interfere with the ability to complete assignments.

  • Promotes teamwork through collective effort and works cooperatively with team


  • Maintains appropriate credentials and pursues internal and/or external training and

      development opportunities.

  • Performs related duties as assigned.
  • Adheres to confidentiality requirements.
  • Attends mandatory in-services.
  • Knowledge of the procedures to follow in the event of an incident.
  • Knowledge of job responsibility in emergency.
  • Knowledge of responsibility regarding actions to minimize, eliminate, and report risks.]
  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license.

Job Requirements


Minimum Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED and 24 credit hours of college education or accredited training program in

      substance abuse counseling and/or other human services area.

  • Higher education given preference
  • Required certifications or license:
    • IAODAPCA certification CADC, or above. LSW, LCSW, LPC, or LCPC
  • Minimum experience required:
    • Two years paid work experience in a substance abuse, correctional, or other human services counseling position.
  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license.


Compensation:  $12.50 +


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