Featured Local Job: Drug and Alcohol Counselor and Life Skills Worker at Abraxas

Abraxas has multiple openings for full-time positions. Abraxas Youth and Family Services is a national leader in the operation of residential treatment facilities and community-based programs for troubled youth and their families.

Abraxas has new starting rates for these positions: $12.00 per hour for MH Aides, Life Skills Worker I, and Cook and $13.00 per hour starting rate for Life Skills Worker II.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL COUNSELOR ASSISTANT

JOB DESCRIPTION
Facility: ABRAXAS I MARIENVILLE

The Drug and Alcohol Counselor Assistant, under close supervision and/or direct observation of a treatment supervisor, provides a full range of counseling/case management services to delinquent/dependent youth with substance abuse/use problems. The drug & alcohol counselor assistant is a fulltime, entry level position. Once the counselor assistant completes the required amount of supervision and clinical experience, he/she will be promoted to a full-time drug & alcohol counselor position.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops and implements treatment plans to include the provision of at least 10 hours of treatment services during primary care hours each week.
  • Provides individual counseling and completes related documentation.
  • Provides caseload group counseling and completes related documentation.
  • Facilitates family sessions and completes related documentation.
  • Facilitates drug & alcohol treatment groups and completes related documentation.
  • Facilitates therapeutic recreation groups and completes related documentation.
  • Oversees work therapy activities and completes related documentation.
  • Participates in and documents case consultations, including quarterly treatment reviews.
  • Writes progress/court reports as necessary and discharge summaries.
  • Attends court hearings.
  • Maintains regular contact and communicates effectively with juvenile probation officers/case workers, including them in the treatment process and updating them on clients’ progress.
  • Maintains regular contact and communicates effectively with parents/legal guardians, including them in the treatment process and updating them on clients’ progress.
  • Provides continuing care planning by making contacts to appropriate referrals and writing the plan.
  • Supports the Abraxas philosophy and mission and promotes the Seven Key Principles of care.
  • Demonstrates appropriate use of Safe Crisis Management techniques and skills.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Requirements

The following educational requirements are acceptable for this classification including:

  • The following educational requirements are acceptable for this classification including:
    • Current licensure in the Commonwealth as a registered nurse; OR
    • Associate’s degree in chemical dependency, psychology, social work, counseling, nursing or related; OR
    • Bachelor’s degree in chemical dependency, psychology, social work, counseling, nursing or other related field; OR
    • Master’s degree in chemical dependency, psychology, social work, counseling, nursing or other related field.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • At least twenty-one (21) years of age.
    • Criminal clearances (Act 33 and 34, specific State & child clearances and, if necessary, FBI).
    • Non-communicable diseases physical exam.
    • Valid driver’s license from employee’s state of residence.
    • Valid registered vehicle insurance.
    • Ability to work overtime as required.
    • Ability to handle physical and mental stress associated with working extended hours.

Life Skills Worker I

JOB DESCRIPTION
Facility: ABRAXAS I MARIENVILLE
Compensation Base: $12.00-17.45/Hour

Equal Opportunity Employer.
This position is eligible for a $1,000 sign-on bonus.

Summary:
The primary function of the Life Skill Worker I is to supervise clients during the sleeping hours in a manner that ensures their safety and security. In addition, Life Skill Workers I assist in the management of the morning wake-up routine by educating, guiding and directing clients in a manner that promotes their growth and development.

Essential Functions:

  • Interacts meaningfully with clients.
  • Completes security calls to night supervisor.
  • Maintains regular communication with co-worker(s).
  • Supervises morning routine; observes client behavior and intervenes appropriately.
  • Ensures client location.
  • Conducts and documents random/unpredictable head counts/bed checks (minimum of once every twelve minutes) and utilizes the Guard 1 system.
  • Conducts outside building security checks.
  • Supports the Abraxas philosophy and mission and promotes the Seven Key Principles of care.
  • Demonstrates appropriate use of Safe Crisis Management techniques and skills.

Non-Essential Functions: None

Minimum Requirements:

  • The following educational requirements are acceptable for this classification including:
    • High school diploma or GED.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • At least twenty-one (21) years of age.
    • Criminal clearances (Act 33 and 34, specific State & child clearances and, if necessary, FBI).
    • Non-communicable diseases physical exam.
    • Valid driver’s license from employee’s state of residence.
  • Ability to work with computers and the necessary software typically used by the department.
  • Ability to work overtime as required.
  • Ability to work up to sixteen (16) hours within a rolling 24 hour period.
  • Ability to handle physical and mental stress associated with working extended hours.

Life Skills Worker II

JOB DESCRIPTION
Facility: ABRAXAS I MARIENVILLE
Compensation Base: $13.00-18.88/Hour

Equal Opportunity Employer.
The position qualifies for $1000.00 Sign-On Bonus.

Summary:
The primary function of the Life Skill Worker II is to implement the clinical activities, which support the daily clinical schedule. In addition, the Life Skills Worker II assists in case management supervises clients, monitors and addresses client behavior, and documents services in clinical files.

Essential Functions:

  • Interacts meaningfully with clients.
  • Observes client behavior and intervenes appropriately.
  • Provides effective people security (headcounts, room checks, client movement, etc.)
  • Processes intakes and screens clients.
  • Implements daily activity schedule – structures and coordinates client activities (i.e. family night, recreation, etc…).
  • Facilitates and documents various psycho-educational groups/meetings (i.e. theme groups, D&A Education Seminars, process and procedure meetings, etc…).
  • Supervises self-administration of medication.
  • Supports the Abraxas philosophy and mission and promotes the Seven Key Principles of care.
  • Demonstrates appropriate use of Safe Crisis Management techniques and skills.

Non-Essential Functions: None

Minimum Requirements:

  • The following educational requirements are acceptable for this classification including:
    • High school diploma or GED.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • At least twenty-one (21) years of age.
    • Criminal clearances (Act 33 and 34, specific State & child clearances and, if necessary, FBI).
    • Non-communicable diseases physical exam.
    • Valid driver’s license from employee’s state of residence.
    • Valid registered vehicle insurance
  • Ability to work overtime as required.
  • Ability to handle physical and mental stress associated with working extended hours.
  • Ability to work with computers and the necessary software typically used by the department.

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Abraxas Youth and Family Services is a national leader in the operation of residential treatment facilities and community-based programs for troubled youth and their families. We offer a wide array of services to include life skills, mental health services, cognitive behavioral therapy, family counseling, drug and alcohol treatment, case management services, recreational activities as well as vocational and educational services. Abraxas is a great place to start your career whether you have a high school diploma or GED, military experience, some college, or a bachelor or advanced degree. If you are interested in counseling, criminal or juvenile justice, psychology, social work, teaching or just want to make a difference, we have a career path for you. Help change lives at Abraxas Youth and Family Services.

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