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Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
District Of Columbia

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Counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders. May counsel individuals, families, or groups or engage in prevention programs.

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Currently Employed: 370

Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

Typical Hourly Wage: $16.07 - $26.64

Typical Annual Salary: $33,400 - $55,400

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Complete and maintain accurate records or reports regarding the patients' histories and progress, services provided, or other required information.
  • Counsel clients or patients, individually or in group sessions, to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, or making changes.
  • Develop client treatment plans based on research, clinical experience, and client histories.
  • Conduct chemical dependency program orientation sessions.
  • Participate in case conferences or staff meetings.
  • Coordinate counseling efforts with mental health professionals or other health professionals, such as doctors, nurses, or social workers.
  • Review and evaluate clients' progress in relation to measurable goals described in treatment and care plans.
  • Interview clients, review records, and confer with other professionals to evaluate individuals' mental and physical condition and to determine their suitability for participation in a specific program.
  • Plan or implement follow-up or aftercare programs for clients to be discharged from treatment programs.
  • Assess individuals' degree of drug dependency by collecting and analyzing urine samples.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Alcohol analysers
  • Desktop computers
  • Notebook computers
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers

Technology:
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Medical software
  • Project management software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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