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Chemical Dependency Counselor - Omaha

at State of Nebraska

Posted: 11/14/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2890745

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


Under limited supervision, provides advanced professional counseling and treatment for chemically dependent residents of a state owned/operated facility. Incumbents of this class perform independently receiving minimal supervision/direction through conferences/staff meetings with the supervisor. Incumbents may be responsible for coordination of the activities of other chemical dependency counselors. Applicants working toward provisional licensure may be considered The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) employs nearly 2,300 team members operating 10 institutions, which house approximately 5,200 inmates, statewide. The department's focus includes inmate programming and education, physical and behavioral health care, re-entry services, and community programs, and is accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA). Candidates will model the NDCS Values of integrity, respect, compassion, growth, and excellence as we accomplish our mission, "Keep people safe." Information about the Department can be found at: For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations, please contact ADA Coordinator Hayden Thomas at 402-479-5812 or Chemical Dependency Counselor $18.32 per hour; PLACDs $15.86 per hour

Hiring rate of position: Chemical Dependency Counselor $18.32 per hour; PLACDs $15.86 per hour

Location of position: Omaha, NE

Work schedule: M-F, Days

Examples of Work

Facilitate educational, individual, and/or group counseling sessions related to substance abuse. Plan, review, and revise inmate/parolee programs/treatment plans; complete parole progress reports/personalized plans, maintain written documentation, files, and reports; serve on assigned committees; perform evaluations/ personal history reviews; plan follow up treatment services.

Qualifications / Requirements

REQUIREMENTS: High School Diploma.

PREFERRED: Nebraska license as an Alcohol/Drug Abuse Counselor. Legal Requirements: Master's degree in psychology, social work, counseling, addictions or sociology plus two thousand hours of supervised clinical work experience OR a Bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, counseling, addictions or sociology plus four thousand hours of supervised clinical work experience OR an Associate's degree in addictions or chemical dependency plus five thousand hours of supervised clinical work experience OR a high school diploma or equivalent plus six thousand hours of supervised clinical work experience. (Nebraska Revised Statutes, Chapter 38, Section 38-316). Experience working with an incarcerated population; work experience in substance abuse treatment area. Bachelors degree in Behavioral Science field preferred. Either fully or provisionally licensed as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Nebraska.

OTHER: PLADCs, and those working toward provisional licensure, will be considered at lesser salary. Applicants with a high school education or equivalent must complete the following core courses within 18 months of employment and must complete full licensure as a LADC within two years of employment: 1) Counseling theories and techniques 2) Group counseling 3) Human growth and development 4) Professional ethics and issues 5) Alcohol/drug assessment, case planning and management 6) Multicultural counseling 7) Medical and psychological aspects of alcohol/drug use, abuse and addiction 8) Clinical treatment issues in chemical dependency. Proof of licensure and transcripts required prior to scheduled interview. Successful completion of background check. Applicants accepting a job offer must pass the following pre-employment exams in this order: medical exam, and at a randomly announced time, pass a drug test. Once at the Staff Training Academy, must successfully complete the fully paid NE Corrections Training Program.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

KNOWLEDGE OF: signs and symptoms of alcohol and drug abuse, dependence or disorders; principles, methods and techniques of counseling; communication techniques; federal, state, and institution policies, procedures, rules and regulations; physical and mental problems of clients with alcohol and drug abuse, dependence or disorders; treatment plan format and development; methods and resources available for educating clients in chemical dependency; personality tests.

SKILL IN: individual and group counseling; communicating effectively; screening, assessment and diagnosis; managing conflict; diffusing anger and maintaining a controlled environment.

ABILITY TO: present information in an organized fashion; keep accurate and organized records; conduct research; score, evaluate, and interpret personality tests.