Alaska Addiction Rehabilitation Services, Inc.

Counselor Technician

Job Description:

The Counselor Technician will assist clients throughout the pre- and post-recovery process, helping them gain skills, access resources, and regain the confidence they need to succeed. This position also assists program participants with basic life skills, such as bill paying and how to keep appointments, and provide encouragement and guidance for engaging with activities to engender feelings of support and community. Qualified applicants should have lived experiences as a person engaged with surviving substance use disorder and will use their own unique, life-altering experience in order to guide and support others who are in some form of recovery.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Handle some of the logistics of patient pre-waiting list, arrival, intake, and exit.
  • Provide recovery education to service recipients for every phase of the recovery journey from pre-recovery engagement, recovery initiation, recovery stabilization, and sustained recovery maintenance.
  • Promote self-advocacy by assisting recovering persons to have their voices fully heard; their needs, goals and objectives established as the focal point of rehabilitation and clinical services.
  • Arranging transportation for the patient, managing follow-up appointments, and working with facility administrators and discharge staff members.
  • Build a community of both patients and staff that is supportive and conducive to patient growth and recovery.
  • Assist in the creation and implementation of social activities and help create a positive environment for everyone.
  • Link up with various community organizations and resources to provide additional support for patients, particularly as they transition from recovery back into the general community.
  • Assist with continued healthcare, housing, job assistance, and additional treatment services as well as support in the task of finding or re-integrating with friends, family, and outside communities.
  • Support connections to community based, mutual self-help groups.
  • Link individuals to appropriate professional resources when needed.
  • Provide vision-driven hope and encouragement for opportunities at varying levels of involvement in community-based activities (e.g., work, school, relationships, physical activity, self-directed hobbies, etc.)
  • Assist program participants in the development of skills, confidence, and relationships as they resume independent living.
  • Identify barriers (internal and external) to full participation in community resources and developing strategies to overcome those barriers.
  • Facilitate groups in an open and welcoming environment.
  • Use their personal experiences to develop meaningful and trusting relationships with patients, acting as a mentor.
  • Maintain contact by phone and/or e-mail with recovering person after they leave AARS to ensure their ongoing success and to provide re-engagement support in partnership with others in the agency if needed.
  • Provide long-term engagement, support, and encouragement.
  • Provide patients an example of what they can strive for in their recovery.
  • Provide direct peer counseling based on your own lived experiences.
  • Help participants understand and employ recovery strategies.
  • Maintain project logs, reports and records in appropriate files and database(s).
  • Participate in staff training and conduct training sessions as requested.
  • Participate in probationary and annual evaluation.
  • Prepare and submit timely reports and records to Executive Director.
  • Prepare and submit incidents reports as needed both positive and negative to Executive Director and other staff.
  • Required to read all policies and procedures manuals of AARS; able to pass exam manuals.
  • Maintain Client Confidentiality according to Federal and State guidelines.
  • Participate in staff meetings or review minutes within 48 hours of missed meeting.
  • Participate in staff training and provided leadership for training as requested.
  • Participate in probationary and annual staff evaluations.
  • Review and become familiar with the Personnel Manual for AARS.
  • Completes other duties as assigned.

Reports to: Clinical Supervisor

Location: AARS, Pt. MacKenzie Road

Employment Status: Full-Time

Starting Pay: Up to $22 per hour

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