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  • Intake Counselor (Breaking Free)

    Posted: 03/04/2021

    Position: Intake Counselor
    FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt/Full Time
    Location: Aurora, IL
    Application Deadline: Continuous until position is filled
    Program Description: Breaking Free, an outpatient drug and alcohol treatment center in Aurora, is committed to helping individuals and families impacted by substance use rebuild their lives and reach their full potential.

    Job Summary
    The Intake Counselor’s role is to engage, screen, assess, provide brief interventions and coordinate appropriate services for prospective clients seeking services at Breaking Free. The Intake Counselor performs thorough assessments and evaluations regarding chemical dependency, dual diagnosis, and level of care recommendations. This role is instrumental in orienting and educating clients and their families about available services at Breaking Free and facilitating their engagement in services. Evening hours are required.

    Qualifications

    Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or other behavioral health field required, Master’s Degree preferred;

    •  Bilingual Spanish-speaking strongly preferred;
    •  Minimum 3 years of experience working with individuals who experience substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders, and mental health disorders.
    •  Strong interpersonal skills; Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing;
    •  Excellent crisis intervention and problem solving skills;
    •  Acceptance and respect for diversity of culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, ability, and religious belief.
     
    Examples of Duties
    •  Serve as the first point of contact with persons seeking services from Breaking Free.
    •  Perform accurate assessments to evaluate alcohol and other drug use issues, as well as mental health, in a culturally sensitive, recovery-oriented, trauma-informed manner.
    •  Provide a range of clinical services including assessment, referral, and case management in a context that is supportive of the individual’s culture, values and perspectives.
    •  Prepare intake summaries; make recommendations regarding treatment and level of care.
    •  Meet with family members to determine the impact of individual’s drug use and behaviors on family relationships. Link family members to supportive services as needed.
    •  Complete accurate clinical records including SUD assessments, diagnoses, progress notes, and other information in a timely manner.
    •  Work effectively with diverse families; demonstrate cultural sensitivity; affirm cultural, racial and linguistic identity.
    •  Advocate for client’s needs with community agencies, governmental bodies, hospitals, and courts.
    •  Conduct individual, group, and family counseling for alcohol and drug dependent clients and their families.
    •  Provide educational presentations on drug and alcohol addiction to community groups and agencies.
    •  Engage in community networking to promote Breaking Free services and create relationships that will enhance the opportunity for future referrals.
     
    How to Apply
    Submit a cover letter and resume to Herb Stricklin, Clinical Director, at hstricklin@breakingfreeinc.org. Persons of color and LGBTQ+ persons are encouraged to apply. Breaking Free is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Selection will be based solely on merit and will be without discrimination because of age, race, religion, national origin, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or mental or physical disability.

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