Department of Administrative Services

Certified Addiction Counselor Trainee (35 Hour) (2353HX)

$24.22-$32.38 Hourly / $1,695.41-$2,266.44 BiWeekly /
$44,250.20-$59,154.08 Yearly


PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services or Veterans' Affairs this class is accountable for receiving training in providing counseling services to clients.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the close supervision of an Addiction Counselor Supervisor; works more independently with acquired experience.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Receives training in agency substance abuse counseling procedures, programs, personnel policies, program guidelines and legal reporting requirements; receives training in and is given progressively complex assignments involving utilization of interviewing techniques required to assess client information; assesses strengths, weakness and treatment needs; provides basic counseling services to a limited number of alcohol and drug dependent clients; participates in screening clients to determine eligibility for programs; prepares initial treatment plans as components of a small assigned caseload; motivates clients to increase their ability to understand and cope with problems, frustration and anxiety; assists with crisis intervention services in response to emotional and/or physical distress; assists in maintaining treatment files; performs greater number of specific and complex counselor duties and maintains a larger caseload as skills are acquired during training program; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Knowledge of addictions, recovery and/or relapse prevention; knowledge of sociological and psychological concepts; knowledge of individual and group behavior; knowledge of reciprocal relationships between individuals and their social, economic and cultural environment; interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills; ability to relate to different cultural and economic backgrounds; ability to organize time, set priorities and manage workload.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Three (3) years of experience in paraprofessional casework and/or counseling with some work with clients with behavioral healthcare issues.

Note: For State employees this will be interpreted at the level of a Mental Health Assistant 1 or Veterans Domicile Worker.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

College training in human behavior may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of three (3) years.

PROMOTION

Incumbents in this class will be eligible for promotion without further competitive examination upon completion of the three (3) year period of training and certification or licensure from the Connecticut Department of Public Health as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. Incumbents in this class may be required to speak a foreign language.
  2. Incumbents recovering from addiction to alcohol or drugs are required to have two (2) years of substance free time to be considered for a position in a substance abuse program.
  3. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid driver's license.
  4. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
  5. The work schedule for this classification is full-time. Incumbents must work a full-time per week schedule.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

A medical and/or psychiatric examination may be required prior to appointment.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Incumbents in this class may be required to perform moderate amounts of lifting or restraining of patients and exposed to communicable and/or infectious diseases and risk of injury from assaultive and/or abusive patients.

APPOINTMENT

This class is intended to permit the Departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Veterans' Affairs to recruit and train employees for the class of Certified Addiction Counselor. An employee may be appointed to this class for a period not to exceed three (3) years. No exceptions or extensions beyond the three (3) years will be granted.

JOB CLASS DESIGNATION

Classified/Non-Competitive

OCCUPATIONAL GROUP

(06)-Counseling

BARGAINING UNIT

(11)-HEALTH PROF (P-1)

EEO

(2)-Professional

SALARY INFORMATION

HX 18

CANCELLATION CLAUSE

The replaces the exisitng specification for the class of Certified Addiction Counselor Trainee in Salary Group HN 18 approved effective July 18, 2008. (Revised to modify bargaining unit designation and implement new Salary Group)

EFFECTIVE DATE

3/23/2012

CLASS: 2353HX; EST: 7/18/2008; REV: 3/23/2012;