Chemical Dependency Counselor

October 4, 2017
Agency : 
UnityPoint Health-St. Luke's Cedar Rapids
Position Title: 
Chemical Dependency Counselor
Job Description: 

Responsible for providing evaluation, counseling and therapeutic services to chemically dependent patients/families. The Chemical Dependency Counselor makes recommendations for treatment and acts as a liaison and patient/family advocate with the treatment network. The counselor supports the patient/family throughout treatment, maintains open communication with referral sources, patients/families and assists the patient/family to work towards positive outcomes. The counselor coordinates the patient’s care with the interdisciplinary treatment team. The patients served are adults.



·         Completion of an approved counselor’s training course of at least one year, or two-year AA degree in the human service field. Two years experience in a structured, supervised treatment setting may be substituted for the education requirement.             



·         Must be certified as a substance abuse, or alcoholism or chemical dependency counselor by IBC (or equivalent in another state that has reciprocity with Iowa) or be certification eligible. If chemically dependent or co-dependent, must have two years sobriety from mood altering chemicals and be actively participating in AA, NA or Al-Anon.


Special Skills/Knowledge

·         Must successfully complete in-hospital orientation and competencies.

·         Must be current in BCLS certification.

·         Must be able to successfully complete basic computer course through in-hospital training.

·         Demonstrated skill, organization and efficiency in performing required patient care activities.

·         Must possess conceptual knowledge of chemical dependency treatment, continuum of care options and the legal system impacting patients.