AltaPointe Health Systems

Substance Abuse Counselor

Job Locations US-AL-Mobile
Posted Date 4 weeks ago(1/4/2023 10:57 AM)
Job ID
# of Openings
AltaPointe Site
West Mobile OP
Bachelor Level, Behavioral
Position Type
Full Time
M-F 5:30am-1:30pm


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Thursday, 2/2/2023 from 10:00am- 2:00pm at 5741 Southland Drive, Mobile, AL 36693


West Mobile Adult Outpatient Program is an outpatient methadone maintenance program designed for consumers who are dependent on opiates. The treatment goal is to stabilize the consumer by administering methadone, which prevents withdrawal symptoms and craving, and blocks the undesirable effect of illicit use of self-administered opioids. They also assure that counseling is congruent with plans of treatment and regulations. Services include but are not limited to supportive therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, systemic therapy, behavior modification, skills training, and relapse prevention.



Primary Job Functions:


Clinical Responsibilities:

  • Updates effective clinical assessment for the patient utilizing assessment data to support a DSM IV-TR diagnosis
  • Formulates appropriate treatment plan along with patient
  • Provides individual, group, and family therapy, utilizing basic therapeutic models and theories according to patient needs as stated in the treatment plan
  • Provide HIV services including assessment, counseling, education, and testing
  • Demonstrates the ability to recognize the elements of a crisis state and knows how to deescalate or resolve the situation
  • Effectively collaborates with the treatment team and outside sources in the delivery of clinical services
  • Evaluates the patient for discharge planning
  • Adheres to professional code of ethics
  • Effectively demonstrates the application of substance abuse specific competencies

Supervision and Consultation:

  • Seeks clinical supervision and consultation as needed
  • Accepts and employs suggestions for improvement
  • Actively works to enhance clinical skills 

Clinical Record Keeping:

  • Documents in a timely fashion per AltaPointe policy
  • Documents appropriate, complete, and clinically comprehensive mental health assessments
  • Documents measurable and specific goals in the treatment plan
  • Documents in a clear and concise manner, types of consumer problems, treatment goals addressed, services, and techniques used
  • Documents case disposition, case closings, follow-up and referrals
  • Documents legibly

Case Load Management:

  • Effectively manages caseload based on consumer needs
  • Meets AltaPointe productivity standards

Courteous and respectful towards consumers, visitors and co-workers

  • Treats consumers with care, dignity and compassion
  • Respects consumer’s privacy and confidentiality
  • Is pleasant and cooperative with others
  • Assists consumers and visitors as needed
  • Personal values don’t inhibit ability to relate and care for others
  • Is sensitive to the consumer’s needs, expectations and individual differences
  • Is gentle and calm to consumers and families

Administrative and Other Related Duties as Assigned:

  • Actively participates in Performance Improvement activities.
  • Actively participates in AltaPointe committees as required.
  • Completes assigned tasks in a timely manner.
  • Accesses appropriate community resources according to consumer needs.
  • Follows AltaPointe policies and procedures.
  • Maintains current license and requirements for renewals (i.e. CEU's), if applicable, and attends regular workshops and in-services.



Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in a mental health discipline, master’s preferred.  Knowledge of substance abuse specialty and Certified in HIV Education, Counseling and Testing as outlined below, to be attained within (6) six months of employment.


  • Knowledge of the nature of addiction as a primary illness. 
  • Knowledge of gender specific issues relative to addiction.
  • Knowledge of Substance Use Disorder treatment principles.
  • Knowledge of twelve-step support groups such as AA, NA, CA, and other self-help groups.
  • Knowledge of the dynamics of co-dependency and other typical behaviors patterns of those in early recovery, such as denial and manipulation.
  • Understands the behavioral, psychological, physical health and social effects of psychoactive drugs, including alcohol and tobacco, on the patient and significant others.
  • Knowledge of helping strategies for reducing the negative effects of substance abuse and dependency and how to tailor strategies and treatment modalities to the  patient’s stage of dependency, change or recovery.
  • Knowledge of medical and pharmaceutical resources in the treatment of addictive disease and other substance related disorders.
  • Knowledge of cultural diversity.
  • Basic knowledge of psychiatric disorders in the adult population for referral purposes or dual diagnosis treatment.
  • Knowledge of the risk for illnesses among IV drug users such as HIV/AIDS, T.B., and Hepatitis C.
  • Basic knowledge of the criminal justice system including court hearings, judges, court referral officers, probation officers if applicable.
  • Knowledge of behavior management, crisis intervention with people living with substance use disorders.
  • Knowledge of HIV/AIDS education, counseling, and testing.


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