Akeela, Inc. Primary Counselor, Palmer Outpatient in Palmer, Alaska

Position Summary: Provide therapeutic services to Primary Care clients. This includes the provision of clinical skill-based and process groups, as well as individual counseling. As required, this position will provide crisis management services to current primary care clients. Principle Duties And Responsibilities Include But Are Not Limited To: Counseling: Establish a helping relationship with the client characterized by warmth, respect, genuineness, concreteness and empathy through a continuing assessment process. Facilitate the client's engagement in the treatment/recovery process. Work with the client to establish realistic, achievable treatment goals consistent with achieving and maintaining recovery. Encourage and reinforce all client actions that are determined to be beneficial in progressing toward treatment goals. Recognize how, when, and why to use the client's family members or significant others (as appropriate) to enhance or support the treatment plan. Promote client knowledge, skills, and attitudes that contribute to a positive change in substance abuse behaviors. Promote client knowledge, skills, and attitudes consistent with the maintenance of good health (as defined by both the client culture and the treatment culture) and the prevention of HIV/AIDS, TB, STDs, and other communicable diseases. Facilitate the development of basic and life skills associated with recovery and the understanding of their existing mental illness. Adapt counseling strategies to the individual characteristics of the client, including (but not limited to): disability, gender, sexual orientation, developmental level, acculturation, ethnicity, age, and health status. Make constructive therapeutic responses when the client behavior is inconsistent with stated recovery goals. Apply crisis management skills. Provide oversight or mentoring of clients during their work therapy. Provide daily therapeutic skill development that is consistent with the requirements of Day Treatment. Mentor the client's identification, selection, and practice of strategies that help sustain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for maintaining treatment progress, relapse prevention, maintenance of their mental illness and continuing care. Essential Skills-Any Equivalent Combination Of Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education & Experience : Meets at least one of the following requirements for degree/certification: Advanced degree (masters-level or doctoral-level) in psychology, social work, counseling, child guidance, nursing or similar field; or BA/BS in psychology, social work, counseling, child guidance, nursing or similar field and substance abuse treatment training and/or experience; or o Certification as a Chemical Dependency Counselor (CDC) I or Behavioral Health Counselor (BHC) I or higher by Alaska Commission for Behavioral Health Certification (ACBHC), or certification by another certifying body, such as a state certifying affiliate of the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) or other similar recognized organization; experience judged as meeting certification requirements may be accepted provided the applicant be certified within six months of hire. For Case Managers, will accept Behavioral Health Technician (BHT) or Counselor Technician (CT) or similar certification. Prefer three (3) years experience in addictions, social services, mental health or related field. Ability to function under stress. Ability to identify and assess the degree of chemical dependency clients present. Ability to handle the position without continual supervision. Ability to function and communicate effectively in an interdisciplinary team approach to chemical dependency. Ability to deal with hostile or distraught clients of al