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Nebraska Methodist Health System Counselor in Council Bluffs, Iowa

  • Purpose of Job

  • Evaluates and counsels patients with chemical dependency issues.

  • Job Requirements

  • Education

  • Associates or Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Science, counseling, or psychology with an emphasis in chemical dependency required.

  • A minimum of 2 years' experience as a chemical dependency counselor.

  • Experience

  • Substance abuse and treatment modalities

  • Mental illness as it relates to chemical abuse, milieu and team approach to therapy

  • Community resources for the chemically dependent and treatment planning

  • Giving individual care, patient observation and assessment

  • Oral and written communication.

  • License/Certifications

  • Substance Abuse Certificate by the Iowa Board of Substance Abuse preferred.

  • Skills/Knowledge/Abilities

  • Strong interpersonal skills necessary to effectively communicate and interact with patients, family members, hospital personnel, and co-workers.

  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize work assignments.

  • Ability to learn, retain, and utilize computer skills that are required for department and hospital information system.

  • Physical Requirements

  • Weight Demands

  • Light Work - Exerting up to 20 pounds of force.

  • Physical Activity

  • Occasionally Performed (1%-33%):

  • Balancing

  • Climbing

  • Carrying

  • Crawling

  • Crouching

  • Distinguish colors

  • Kneeling

  • Lifting

  • Pulling/Pushing

  • Reaching

  • Standing

  • Stooping/bending

  • Twisting

  • Walking

  • Frequently Performed (34%-66%):

  • Hearin

  • Repetitive Motions

  • Seeing/Visual

  • Speaking/talking

  • Constantly Performed (67%-100%):

  • Fingering/Touching

  • Grasping

  • Keyboarding/typing

  • Sitting

  • Job Hazards

  • Not Related:

  • Biological agents (primary air born and blood born viruses) (Jobs with Patient contact) (BBF)

  • Physical hazards (noise, temperature, lighting, wet floors, outdoors, sharps) (more than ordinary office environment)

  • Equipment/Machinery/Tools

  • Explosives (pressurized gas)

  • Electrical Shock/Static

  • Radiation Alpha, Beta and Gamma (particles such as X-ray, Cat Scan, Gamma Knife, etc)

  • Radiation Non-Ionizing (Ultraviolet, visible light, infrared and microwaves that causes injuries to tissue or thermal or photochemical means)

  • Rare (1-33%):

  • Chemical agents (Toxic, Corrosive, Flammable, Latex)

  • Mechanical moving parts/vibrations

  • Note: Safety Officer can assist with identification of job hazards

  • Essential Job Functions

  • Essential Functions I

  • Promotes positive relations when interacting with patients, visitors, families, physicians, customers and co-workers.

  • Greet, smiles and makes eye contact.

  • Introduces self by name.

  • Volunteers to help co-workers and other employees.

  • Responds quickly to patients and/or other peoples' needs.

  • Treatment staff meetings.

  • Consistently attend and participate in staff meetings.

  • Policies and procedures.

  • Knowledgeable of department and hospital policies and procedures.

  • Patient education.

  • Develops program lectures and educational activities for patients and their families.

  • Knowledge of confidentiality and legal responsibilities.

  • Obtains release of information, correctly completing the form, prior to any discussion with third parties.

  • Patient assessment.

  • Assessment is in compliance with the requirements of all needed standards to include the needs of the physicians in the area of substance abuse.

  • Family participation.

  • Consistently ensures family involvement, when available, in the treatment of the patient.

  • Completion of treatment plans.

  • Individualizes the patient treatment plan and allows for coordination of goals and actions in conjunction with the other appropriate team members.

  • Direct patient care to include individual and group sessions using appropriate therapeutic techniques.

  • Exhibits good professional judgment and knowledge to assure that all therapy sessions are conducted on a regular basis and that they are therapeutic.

  • Follow up care with patients.

  • Ensures that appropriate follow-up care is planned, communicated, and implemented.

  • Insures that other team members are aware of and in approval with plan, including physicians.

  • Documentation.

  • Complete all documentation in the patient records in a timely manner ensuring complete accuracy and compliance with all standards.

  • Participates in on-going educational programs.

  • Ensures that licensure/certification requirements are met.

  • Attends seminars, workshops, classes to maintain knowledge and brings that knowledge to work by developing new programs and teaching new concepts to the team members.

  • Provides educational and promotional programs to the community and appropriate agencies.

  • Presents to community agencies the dual diagnosis program.

  • Provides detailed information on services offered and education on what those services mean to the patient and the community.

  • Essential Functions II

  • Participates in mandatory in-services and/or CE programs as mandated by policies and procedures/external agencies and as directed by management.

  • Follows and understands the mission, vision, core values, Employee Standards of Compassionate Care/AIDET and company policies/procedures.

  • Other duties as assigned.

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