Substance Abuse Counselor Trainee

  • Contra Costa County, CA
  • Martinez, California
  • Oct 23, 2018
Full Time Human and Social Services Internship
  • Salary: $36,033.96 - $43,799.52 Annually

Job Description

The Position
Bargaining Unit: Local 856 (Health Services Unit)

The Contra Costa County Health Services Department is seeking qualified applicants to fill the Substance Abuse Counselor Trainee vacancies within the Alcohol and Other Drugs unit of the Behavioral Health Division, and the Public Health Division's Clinical Services Restoration Center. The candidates selected will assist in providing individual, group and family counseling to clients experiencing problems related to substance abuse; assist in developing and implementing activities related to substance abuse prevention, intervention and rehabilitation; and perform other related work as required. The vacancies are located in Martinez, CA and may require traveling around Contra Costa County. Individuals selected for these vacancies may be required to work various shifts and weekends.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record demonstrating the following:
  • Assist in substance abuse counseling to individuals, families and groups
  • Communicate effectively with people experiencing anxiety, stress, and depression
  • Provide and promote excellence in customer service for both internal and external customers
Characteristics of the ideal candidate:
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a strong ability to work under stress in a team environment
  • Knowledge of available community resources
  • Effective verbal and written communications skills
  • Willing and fast learner
Read the complete job description at www.cccounty.us/hr. The eligible list established from this recruitment may remain in effect for six months.

TENTATIVE EXAM DATES

Tentative Evaluation of Training and Experience: Periodically Until Vacancies Filled
Typical Tasks
  • Learns to interview applicants to determine appropriateness for program services
  • Learns to conduct intake assessments to determine client problems and appropriate course of action
  • Orients clients on program requirements
  • Assists in substance abuse counseling to individuals, families and groups
  • Learns to conduct group education programs
  • Assists with crisis intervention, counseling and referral
  • May be assigned night custodial duties at a residential facility
  • May oversee client medication allocation
  • Represents the division to the community through outreach activities and educational programs
  • Maintains client case records and performs client charting
  • Participates in meetings, committees and training sessions
  • Prepares reports for other agencies as required
  • Learns to monitor client files and conducts monthly audits of active and inactive client files
  • Learns to monitor ongoing treatment and develops aftercare plans and client follow-up
  • May provide clients with emergency transportation
  • Provides and promotes excellent customer service for all internal and external customers

Minimum Qualifications
License Required: Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's License. Out of state valid motor vehicle operator's license will be accepted during the application process.

Possession of a registration to obtain certification as an Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Counselor issued by one of the certifying agencies approved by the State of California.

Education: Successful completion of 30 semester or 45 quarter units from an accredited college or university which included at least 12 semester or 15 quarter units in psychology, sociology, counseling, or chemical dependency.

Experience: Six (6) months of full-time, or its equivalent experience, counseling persons affected by alcohol or drug abuse.

Other Requirements: A background investigation/fingerprint and/or physical exam may be required prior to the start of employment.

ALL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF THEIR REGISTRATION AND ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPT AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION.
A COMPLETED SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE IS REQUIRED. AN APPLICATION SUBMITTED WITHOUT THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE AND CERTIFICATES WILL BE CONSIDERED INCOMPLETE AND WILL THEREFORE BE DISQUALIFIED.

Selection Process
  1. Application Filing: All applicants must apply on-line at www.cccounty.us/hr and submit the information as indicated on the job announcement by the final filing date. A completed Supplemental Questionnaire is required at the time of applying.
  2. Application Evaluation: Depending on the number of applications received, an Application Evaluation Board may be convened to evaluate and select the best-qualified candidates for invitation to the next phase of the examination.
  3. Training and Experience Evaluation: Consists of an evaluation of each candidate's relevant education, training and/or experience as presented on the application and supplemental questionnaire. (Weighted 100%)
  4. Candidates must receive a score of at least 70, which may be an adjusted score, in order to be ranked on the employment list.

The Human Resources Department may change the examination steps noted above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.

THE COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND
VALUES DIVERSITY AT ALL LEVELS OF THE ORGANIZATION

It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.