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State of Montana Substance Abuse Counselor in Deer Lodge, Montana

SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELOR MONTANA STATE PRISON DEER LODGE, MT MISSION -The Montana Department of Corrections enhances public safety, supports the victims of crime, promotes positive change in offender behavior, and reintegrates offenders into the community. If you want to work making positive changes in the community the Montana Department of Corrections is the place for you! JOB OVERVIEW –Provide group and individual counseling in a non-therapeutic environment. Provide and maintain appropriate documentation. Case management, as needed, of admitted clients. * Diagnosing chemical dependency in prospective clients and subsequent placement in appropriate modality of treatment. * Facilitating groups and maintaining individual contacts as needed to move the chemically dependent criminal offender from resistance to self-change through participating in treatment services. * Developing individual treatment plans for each admitted client to address problems created by chemical use. * Counselor utilizes motivational enhancement strategies to encourage clients to overcome any defense mechanisms that may excuse further chemical use. * Counselor uses best practices for the field and maintains minimum education requirements for renewal of licensure. Ability to implement programs, lead group therapy, provide individual treatment, make differential diagnosis of substance abuse, establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, supervisors and inmates, to communicate effectively in writing and develop treatment plans. Ability to respond to crises situations involving substance abuse and institutional need. * A working knowledge of chemical dependency therapy techniques, interview skills, and problems associated with substance abuse criminal personality issues and their impact in chemical dependency treatment, as well as treatment delivery problems in a prison environment. *QUALIFICATIONS - Associate Degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling or a Bachelor of Arts or Science with specific course work related to chemical dependency. Licensure or license eligible as an Addiction Counselor. Maintaining licensure through continuing education. REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS –State of Montana Application /Applications submitted without required materials will not be considered/ Materials submitted but not requested will not be considered in the selection process If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection. Background screens which may include criminal records check, child/patient/offender abuse registries, and reference checks will be conducted for this position. BENEFITS -Health, dental, vision & prescription coverage for self or dependents available from date of hire, 15 paid vacation days, 12 sick days & 10-11 paid holidays annually, and membership in Retirement system with state contribution (vesting applies). Employment with the state may qualify you to receive student loan forgiveness under PSLF. Click here for more info: https://statecareers.mt.gov/_docs/StatewideBenefitsFlyer.pdf NOTICES Brady Act & Lautenberg Amendment - Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence or is the subject of a court order of protection for “an intimate partner or child of such intimate partner” cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition (Title 18, U.S.C., Section 922(g)(91)). Candidates who have been convicted of any felony or a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence or were issued a court order of protection are not qualified for this position. Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 - Any person who has been convicted of engaging in or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force, or coercion, or is the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse; or any person who has been civilly or administratively adjusted to have engaged in the activity as described are not qualified for this position. Tobacco Free -Use of all tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco products and tobacco substitutes in Department of Corrections buildings, is prohibited. In secure care facilities possession of tobacco products is also prohibited. The Montana Department of Corrections is anEOE/M/F/D/V/SO(Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority, Female, Disabled, Veteran, Sexual Orientation) Training Assignment: This agency may use a training assignment. Employees in training assignments may be paid below the base pay established by the agency pay rules. Conditions of the training assignment will be stated in writing at the time of hire. pregnancy or childbirth, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, creed, political beliefs or affiliation, veteran status, military service, retaliation, or any other factor not related to merit and qualifications of an employee or applicant. Associate Degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling or a Bachelor of Arts or Science with specific course work related to chemical dependency. Licensure or license eligible as an Addiction Counselor. Maintaining licensure through continuing education. *Job: Community/Social Services *Title: *Substance Abuse Counselor Location: Deer Lodge Requisition ID: 21140448

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