Master degree in a mental health discipline. Must be willing to obtain NAADAC, AADAA, or IC&RC certification or become LGSW, LPC or LCSW within two years of employment.
SA Certification, LPC, LCSW, or LMFT with two years of substance abuse experience preferred.
Knowledge of adult specialty, outlined below, to be attained within (6) six months of employment:
- Knowledge of the nature of addiction as a primary illness.
- Knowledge of criminogenic behaviors and risk factors
- Knowledge of gender specific issues relative to addiction
- Knowledge of Substance Abuse treatment principles
- Knowledge of criminal justice system to include court hearings, probation and parole
- Knowledge of psychiatric disorders in the adult population
- Knowledge of psychiatric rehabilitation principles
- Knowledge of twelve-step support groups such as AA, NA, CA, and other self-help groups
- Understands the dynamics of co-dependency of addicted individuals and other typical behaviors of these consumers, such as denial and manipulation
- Understands the behavioral, psychological, physical health and social effects of psychoactive drugs, including alcohol and tobacco, on the consumer 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 consumer’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
- Knowledge of the risk for illnesses among IV drug users such as HIV/AIDS and T.B
- Knowledge of behavioral management, crisis intervention to consumers with substance abuse/addiction issues