Substance Abuse Counselor Intern

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Qualifications For Position :

  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree from accredited college or university in psychology, social work or a related field required. Master’s degree preferred

  • Certifications and Licenses: Actively pursuing Certification (CADC) or licensure (LCADC) as Drug and Alcohol Counselor by the State of New Jersey, Division of Consumer Affairs, State Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners, Alcohol and Drug Counselor Committee as outlined in the Employee Manual

Skills Needed :

  • Knowledge of interviewing methods and techniques, case management principles and methods, professional ethics standards, substance abuse assessment instruments, and crisis intervention techniques; clinical diagnostic methods and principles and various modalities of counseling, psychotherapy, and abnormal psychology; criminal justice system, child welfare system and mental health system; federal, state and local ordinances and policies regarding therapeutic issues. Attention to detail is required

Roles and Responsibilities :

  • Provides input into the development of policies and procedures
  • Evaluates and recommends residents for Life Skills Program and other Rescue Mission services, as appropriate
  • Assesses resident needs, strengths, and goals; develops resident treatment plan
  • Develops, implements, reviews and revises treatment plan under the supervision of the Director of Substance Abuse Counseling Services and in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Communicates with the Department of Corrections, State Parole Board, Drug Court, government and other organizations, as appropriate, to arrange treatment and services for residents
  • Serves as case manager for assigned cases; provides client support
  • Completes SAI clinical services reviews
  • Develops and delivers lectures on specialized subject areas
  • Supervises resident treatment activities
  • Conducts group and individual counseling sessions
  • Develops resident aftercare plan
  • Encourages resident participation in recovery support programs and appropriate recreation
  • Participates in treatment planning and staff meetings as required
  • Supervises resident use of self-administered medication and documents use in medication log
  • Provides direct clinical services and life skills information services in support of resident treatment plan
  • Communicates effectively with clients, peers, supervisors, and external individuals.
  • Participates in clinical supervision with the Director of Substance Abuse Counseling Services or designee in accordance with requirements of the State Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners, Alcohol and Drug Counselor Committee and applicable license requirements for residential substance abuse treatment facilities
  • Orients residents to the facility


  • Initiates timely documentation of services delivered
  • Prepares and maintains records and reports
  • Reviews charts to ensure all necessary documentation is complete
  • Documents according to all licensure standards and established policies and procedures


  • Tours physical facility to ensure safe environment for staff, clients, residents, and visitors
  • Maintains clean and orderly work areas
  • Assists with evacuations during drills and emergencies
  • Notifies supervisors of facility equipment issues

Community Relations

  • Understands community needs
  • Develops relations with other providers
  • User analysis to provide program direction and goal recommendations
  • Advocates on a case, policy, and program level
  • Facilitates the processing of client referrals and placements
  • Advocates on the client’s behalf on a community level
  • Informs supervisor of industry trends and education need
  • Educates clients and/or community members about substance abuse, mental and/or physical illness


  • Performs other duties as assigned

Rescue Mission of Trenton

Full Time


November 29, 2022
Trenton, NJ

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