Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc.

  • Youth Outpatient Substance Use Counselor

    Job ID
    # Positions
    Recovery Services (RS)
    Full-Time, Regular
  • Overview




    Job Title:

    Youth Outpatient Substance Use Counselor


    Recovery Services

    Reports To:

    Youth Outpatient Supervisor



    FLSA Status:


    Pay Code:


    Job Type:

    Regular, Full-Time


    General Functions:

    The Youth Outpatient Substance Use Counselor will be an integral member of the Recovery Services (RS) department. This position will be responsible for providing outpatient and intensive outpatient substance use treatment, including family-centered care, to adolescents who have received a substance use assessment and have been determined by ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) placement criteria and have a DSM 5 substance use disorder.  This position will be the primary staff assigned to a caseload and responsible for the document in Recovery Services Case Management System (RSCMS). The Substance Use Counselor will act as an advocate for the participant providing resources, case management and conduct individual sessions, as well as facilitate substance use and recovery focused group educational sessions which follow a specialized curriculum.


    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Assists and work with participants and family members to identifying treatment plan goals, objectives, and interventions and assuring a written individualized treatment plans is created and maintained following RS policy and procedures. Provide case management services; as needed, in accordance to best practices to provide linkage and advocacy that participant’s needs. Including coordinate referrals as pertaining to employment, mental health, housing, medical with local community clinics, social service agencies, continuing care and provide follow-up on all referrals made.
    • Provide individual substance use education sessions to help individuals identify patterns of substance use in accordance with the mission, goals, objectives and policies and procedures of recovery services.
    • Maintain and document in Recovery Services Case Management System (RSCMS) including: intake, referral, diagnosis, treatment planning, case staffing, discharge summary and progress note documentation for all services that are accurate and completed timely in accordance with Recovery Services policies and procedures.
    • Utilize ASAM and DSM-5 literature when making substance use diagnoses and recommendations.
    • Coordinates with referral sources, involved family members, community agencies and other treatment providers to provide the best treatment options for participant
    • Understand and utilize Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Trauma Informed techniques while engaging participants and assisting with overall treatment.
    • Utilize a Positive Youth Development framework while engaging participants.
    • Provide individual substance use counseling and education to individuals through approved counseling methods, and lectures materials. Uses approved handouts and other homework materials to enhance and support counseling experience.
    • Maintain confidentiality according to regulations, policies, and procedures.
    • Maintain a respectful relationship with participants, former participants, family members and peers.
    • Perform all related duties as assigned.

    Job Specifications:

    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Proficient with PCs and standard office equipment.
    • Demonstrated ability to make decisions and exercise good judgment.
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
    • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and prioritize workload.
    • Demonstrated ability and experience conducting individual and group sessions.
    • Excellent time management skills.
    • Demonstrated ability and willingness to be cross-trained in any aspect of the program.
    • Must have strong writing skills with attention to detail and accuracy of fact reporting.
    • Demonstrated ability to work with individual from diverse backgrounds.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Associate’s degree in Human Services or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted.
    • One year experience working with adolescent and/or transitional aged youth, and/or families, experiencing substance use disorder.
    • Certification in Alaska Chemical Dependency such as Certified Technician (CT) or CDC I or the ability to obtain certification within one (1) year from hire.
    • Experience working with Alaska Native people, knowledge of their values and belief systems, and ability to provide culturally competent services.
    • Continued employment is contingent upon receipt of a satisfactory state and federal background check.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences, Social Work, Human Services, Psychology or related field.
    • One year experience working with individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

    Additional Information:

    Hiring preference shall be given to eligible and qualified Alaska Native/American Indian applicants pursuant to P.L. 93-638 Indian Self Determination Act.



    The information provided in this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents within this job.  It is not designed to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and working conditions required of employees assigned to this job.  Management has sole discretion to add or modify duties of the job and to designate other functions as essential at any time.  This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.



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