Substance Abuse Clinician
Substance Abuse Clinician at New Life Addiction Counseling Services, Inc.
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Substance Abuse Clinician
Dedicated and enthusiastic chemical dependency counselor, special education teacher, youth and adult case manager with over 23 years of individual and group counseling, assessment and client evaluation experience.
Specialties: Credentials from State of Maryland in Counseling/Behavior Management Training, 1988-1998
Crisis Intervention, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Chemical Dependency, Psychotherapy, Teaching
-Conduct group therapy sessions as part of an intensive outpatient treatment program that supports client's goals to attain recovery.
- Administer patient intake assessments, conduct psychosocial evaluations and develop treatment plan.
- Communicate as a liaison to legal authorities, insurance, referral sources, other care providers and family.
∙ Facilitate therapeutic and educational groups for clients with substance use disorders.
∙ Conduct assessments and communicate appropriate treatment recommendations.
∙ Accurately maintain client records and group notes according to jurisdiction.
∙ Discuss treatment methods and techniques with peers and other professionals.
∙ Conducted individual and group therapy sessions with majority of patients diagnosed with co-occurring disorders, utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the 12-step model of recovery and Motivational Interviewing.
∙ Communicated with patients’ family, referral sources, EAP and legal authorities in order to coordinate treatment and future aspects of recovery.
∙ Monitored patient medication, database input and insurance confirmation for accurate records.
∙ Coordinated the operation of an outpatient treatment center to individuals seeking alcohol and drug education classes, and recovery from addiction.
∙ Facilitated group counseling, prepared ninety day reviews, daily progress notes and discharge summaries for over 40 clients.
∙ Made appropriate referrals, contacted county agencies and kept authorities abreast of client’s compliance.
Oversaw four group homes for twenty-one individuals recovering from alcohol and/or drug abuse; in addition Case Managed these formerly homeless adults who also suffered from mental illness.
• Prepared Service Plans and provided monthly reports on each individual to Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless.
∙ Linked clients to needed services through collected resources and direct referrals.
∙ Facilitated group house meetings and conducted regular individual face-to-face counseling.
∙ Provided monthly reports on each individual to Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless.
∙ Coordinated appropriate accommodations for special needs students (grades K–6) in reading and writing at a private Judaic school allowing them to function in mainstream classroom.
∙ Provided one-on-one language arts instruction to disabled students.
∙ Assessed and provided English curriculum and behavior plans for neurologically/physically disabled students, as needed.
∙ Developed lesson plans for caseload of 30 individual students.
∙ Oversaw IEP’s to insure implementation of all student goals.
∙ Communicated regularly with Educational Director, staff, outside professionals, and families.
Led presentations to youth in relevance to issues such as domestic violence, peer pressure, sexually transmitted diseases, teenage pregnancy and substance abuse.
∙ Wrote motivational speeches for the purpose of education and empowerment for youth-at-risk.
∙ Facilitated discussions on relevant issues with teens.
∙ Taught in Hebrew school small groups and one-on-one (grades K-6) autistic or neurologically challenged children who demonstrated oppositional and defiant behaviors.
∙ Supervised teacher aides.
∙ Implemented student behavior plans and modified instruction allowing children to return to mainstream classroom.
∙ Facilitated group therapy and individual case management for severely emotionally disturbed adolescents residing in behavior modification program.
∙ Performed individual and group crisis interventions to create safe milieu.
∙ Represented client as liaison between families, the courts, and school, etc.
∙ Enabled students to return home, transition to alternative housing or to independent living.
∙ Supervised staff of five as Acting Unit Coordinator in State-run, residential facility for severely emotionally disturbed adolescents.
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