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Substance Abuse Counselor II (QSAP)

Substance Abuse Counselor II (QSAP)

Work Type
Family and Children’s Services

Position Number

$39,885.07 Annually

Closing Date
Continuous Recruitment
Posted February 22, 2022

Agency Name
Cumberland County Department of Social Services

Work County

Job Contact
CCDSS Human Resources @ (910) 677-2580 or

Job Location
1225 Ramsey Street
North Carolina
Job Description

Position Overview
Open Recruitment until Filled.  This position is located in Children's Services.
Examples of Duties
The primary purpose of this position is to provide substance abuse treatment services to adults who are receiving assistance through the Work First Family Assistance Program, Food and Nutrition Services, and Child Welfare Services.  The substance abuse services include; screenings, intake interviews, assessments, crisis management, case management, case support, case consultation, assertive outreach; individual, group and family therapy/counseling, referral services, follow up therapy and aftercare. The employee must be able to identify mental and emotional problems as well. The employee conducts counseling independently, seeks assistance from supervisors and peers as needed. The employee in this position must coordinate closely with other staff within the department. The employee maintains liaison with community, regional, and state inpatient/residential treatment programs as referral resources. The employee will work in the areas of Work First,  Food and Nutrition Services, and Child Welfare. Work First is a program that provides TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families). Individuals identified in need of substance abuse services through the DAST (Drug Abuse Screening Test) and Audit are referred to the Substance Abuse Counselor.  Behavioral indicators may also necessitate a referral to the Substance Abuse Counselor. The person in this position will be required to attend Team Decision Making meetings, Child and Family Team Meetings or other staffings. This position performs other related duties as required or assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in a human service field or related curriculum and two years of substance abuse experience; or Bachelor's degree in a human services field with substance abuse internship and one year of substance abuse experience; or graduation from a four year college or university and two years of experience as a Substance Abuse Counselor II Trainee; or graduation from a four year college or university and three years of substance abuse experience; or a Master's degree in a human services area and one year of substance abuse counseling experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
License or Certification Required by Statute or Regulations: The employee is required to meet the requirements as indicated by the North Carolina Substance Abuse Counselor Certification Board and also meet the requirements as indicated in the APSM 35-1 in order to be qualified as a Mental Health Qualified Substance Abuse Professional. The employee must have current North Carolina driver's license with a safe driving record. The employee will attain and maintain CPR, NCI and First Aid certification.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities - In-depth knowledge of substance abuse addiction processes, alcohol, and drug withdrawal. In-depth knowledge of psycho-pharmacy, including drug interactions. In-depth knowledge and practical application of different therapeutic approaches, group dynamic, crisis intervention, and family therapy. In-depth knowledge of Alcoholics Anonymous and other community resources. Ability to evaluate and screen clients for appropriate treatment and referral. Ability to formulate clear goad oriented treatment plans, and to record concisely required medical records documentation. Ability to develop and maintain effective clinical relationships with clients, and effective rapport with families and significant others. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: The selected applicant will be subject to the following conditions prior to appointment. Failure to complete or fulfill these conditions may result in dismissal. The employee in this position will be operating motor vehicles for Cumberland County and shall have a valid North Carolina Drivers License. Each applicant who is tendered an offer for employment for any position with Cumberland County shall be tested for the use of drugs specified in the County policy. Refusal to submit to testing or a confirmed positive test shall be a basis for withdrawal of the conditional employment offer. Law enforcement background check is required. Duties of this position require the use of the employees personal vehicle. This position will be required to assist in emergency and/or disaster situations. The Cumberland County Department of Social Services has a strict dress code policy that must be adhered to. This policy includes specific guidelines related to tattoos and body piercing. College transcripts may be submitted on-line via the attachment feature or mailed to Cumberland County Department of Social Services, P.O. Box 2429, Fayetteville, NC 28302. Prior to employment start date, an official transcript must be presented in its original unopened envelope. Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. To check the status of your application, please log into your account and click "Application Status."
If there are specific questions regarding this posting, you may contact Human Resources @ (910) 677-2580. MISSION The Cumberland County Department of Social Services stands united to strengthen individuals and families and to protect children and vulnerable adults. We collaborate with our community partners to provide programs and services which engage our customers in improving their quality of life. VISION We envision our Department... as a catalyst for improving quality of life through teamwork, partnership, forward thinking, and cutting edge service delivery. We envision our partners, motivated and empowered to improve their quality of life. Our Core Standards & Values A quality customer experience, business operations and employee experience represents our three Core Standards that guide our principles and values. We have identified eight core values and validating behaviors that define our Departments: Service, Teamwork, Accountability, Diversity, Innovation, Optimism, Integrity and Flexibility.
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