Chemical Health Counselor
Any individual who receives an offer of employment or will receive a payroll check are required to submit to a drug and alcohol test as a condition of obtaining employment.
Mille Lacs Band Member/American Indian preference applies
The Chemical Health Counselor is responsible for providing chemical abuse counseling for the recovery of alcoholics and other chemically abusive people.
• Current counselor licensure (LADC) and or valid counselor certification (UMICAD) is required.
• Minimum of two (2) to five (5) years of experience in chemical health treatment, counseling, and / or assessment.
• Considerable knowledge of the disease concept and addictions.
• Familiarity with White Bison Treatment Model.
• Familiarity with the philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous.
• Knowledge of applicable federal, state, and Band rules, regulations, and policies.
• Knowledge of the resources available inside and outside the Band that can be beneficial in the treatment of alcoholics and other drug abusers.
• Understanding of non-traditional treatment modalities.
• Familiarity with and sensitivity to culture and tradition of the Mille Lacs Band.
• Commitment to multi-cultural programming.
• Ability to maintain highest level of confidentiality with respect to clients to maintain integrity of program.
• Ability to communicate effectively with others.
• Ability to write effectively.
• Basic computer skills, including Windows and Word.
Many chemically abusive people relate better to a counselor that is in recovery and can act as a role model in successful recovery of an addiction. Therefore, while not mandatory that the incumbent be in recovery, consideration will be given to incumbent personal history. If in recovery, a minimum of 2 years of sobriety is required at time of hire and must be able to pass a background check.
• Must have a current valid driver’s license.
• Must be insurable under the Mille Lacs Band Drivers Insurance policy.
• Must pass a background check.
• Must pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol test.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Provide chemical health counseling, treatment, and aftercare planning utilizing a variety of modalities for individuals, families and groups.
• Coordinate educational groups for the treatment program.
• Facilitate both adult male and female groups.
• Recruit Band Elders to serve in mentor role for those in the treatment program.
• Network with other Tribal and County human services organizations.
• Although rare in occurrence, transport clients if necessary.
• Maintain appropriate records of treatment and referrals for clients.
• Complete life skills and psychosocial assessments for clients.
• Meet with clients, both individually and in groups, and with their families to provide family counseling and education.
• Assist clients as necessary and appropriate while in treatment and aftercare planning for future recovery.
• Provide liaison between Chemical Health staff and other professionals.
• Participate in discharge planning for clients.
• Confer with family and others close to client while he/she is in treatment to keep them informed of treatment planning and progress towards recovery.
• Maintain confidentiality of all program participants per United States Code 42 CFR
• Part 2 protections and HIPAA confidentiality protections.
• Nature of work is such that incumbent experiences infrequent periods of moderate to high stress levels while dealing with clients, family members, and others.
• Work is almost exclusively in doors in a controlled climate area.
• Little threat of personal danger or risk, although working with certain clients may subject incumbent to periods of moderate to high stress levels.
• Hours are typically 8-4:30 Monday through Friday. Position may also require occasional "on call' availability to cover emergency situations.
• Will involve working with many different people who are often distressed in some way.
• Local travel is required; travel outside the state is very limited