Adolescent/Adult Counselor

Forest County Potawatomi

POSITION TITLE: Adolescent/Adult Counselor
DEPARTMENT: Clinical Services
SUPERVISOR: AODA and Behavioral Health Services Director

Position Summary:

Under general direction of the AODA and Behavioral Health Services Director, clinical direction of the psychologist, and medical direction of the Health and Wellness Center physician, conducts intake/screening assessment.  Provides individual counseling and group counseling related to: Adolescents, Adults, and Family systems with alcohol or substance abuse related problems and comorbidity.  This is to include children and adolescents whose family systems have been impacted by alcohol or substance related problems and comorbidity.  Focus will be placed within the context of cultural and spiritual values and needs of the individual or family system.  Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.

This list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only of the tasks performed by this position and is not all-inclusive.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Performs initial intake and screening to determine appropriateness and eligibility of AODA needs and comorbidity.
  • Provides individual, adult, adolescent, group, and family counseling to assist the individual with the goal of maintaining a clean and sober lifestyle.
  • Manages treatment plans for clients to include multiple service plans incorporating referrals and follow-up with other agencies and resources.
  • Maintains positive relations with community members, organizations, and agencies.
  • Documents in a timely fashion the results of assessment and treatment plans, progress notes, discharge summaries, and other related data in accordance with established policies, procedures, and protocols; submits reports as required according to state regulations.
  • Maintains educational and technical knowledge for professional development by attending seminars, therapeutically based workshops, classes and conferences; reviewing professional publications; establishing networks; participating in professional societies; and conferring with representatives of contracting agencies and related organizations.
  • Contributes to a team effort and accomplishes related results as required.
  • Develops relationships within the community through collaboration with the school system and community members. This incorporates communication with key stakeholders and the identification of at risk children and adolescents within the Potawatomi community.
  • Develops and maintains close working relationships with the Forest County Potawatomi internal and external agencies.
  • Review and develop evidenced based AODA treatment programming and policy that meets the cultural and spiritual needs of the Forest County Potawatomi Community.
  • Work under direction of AODA Director on management of grants as directed.
  • Develop community based relationships and programming with a focus on prevention.
  • Maintains regular and punctual attendance.
  • Performs other duties as requested.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Associate degree in psychology, behavioral health, social work, or related field.
  • One year experience in behavioral health, addictions counseling, or related field required.
  • Current certification with the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services as a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor.
  • Personal commitment to a drug and alcohol free lifestyle with a minimum of ten years of maintained sobriety.
  • Valid Wisconsin driver’s license and eligible for coverage under the Tribe’s Insurance prior to an actual start date. Must maintain a valid Wisconsin driver’s license as a condition of employment.
  • Health Division Employees must have proof of the following:
    • Two-Step tuberculosis skin testing.
    • Medical documentation of History of Chicken Pox or two doses of Varicella Vaccination.
    • Hepatitis B Vaccination, three doses for all employees that are at risk for exposure to blood/ bodily fluids.
    • Annual Influenza Vaccination.
    • Tdap (Tetanus Diphtheria and Pertussis) Vaccination followed by Td (Tetanus Diphtheria) Vaccination every 10 years.
    • MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) Vaccination, two doses or be born before 1957.
    • If an employee is not able to provide evidence of immunity to any of the above, testing/vaccination will be provided by FCP Employee Health on hire.
  • Successfully pass a background check and pre-employment drug screening.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of traditional form of government and customs and traditions.
  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, county, and local laws, regulations, and requirements.
  • Knowledge of co-occurring disorders and treatment modalities.
  • Knowledge of Alcoholics Anonymous’ 12-step program.
  • Knowledge of records management procedures.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in the English language, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals and demonstrate leadership and team-building skills with empathy and enthusiasm.
  • Ability to work within a complex and structured environment while maintaining a creative and flexible problem-solving approach with clients.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to analyze situations and adopt appropriate courses of action.
  • Ability to work independently and meet strict time lines.
  • Ability to be persuasive and tactful in controversial situations.
  • Ability to define problems collects data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to demonstrate moral character, honesty, tact, fairness, lack of prejudice, and desire to help when dealing with people.
  • Ability to work extended hours and various work schedules and be able to work on a 24-hour on-call basis as required.
  • Skill in operating business computers and office machines, including in a Windows environment, specifically Word, Excel, Access, presentation software (such as PowerPoint), and PC-based computerized accounting software.
  • Skill in analyzing problems, identifying solutions, and implementing recommendations.
  • Skill in conducting interviews, and individual and group therapy sessions with empathy and enthusiasm.
  • Skill in making effective decisions in emergency situations.
  • Skill in maintaining accurate records.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear.   The employee frequently is required to walk; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee occasionally is required to stand; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment:

Work is generally performed in an office environment with a moderate noise level.  Situations where extreme caution must be exercised sometimes occur when contacting individuals at home and exposure to physical risk or injuries due to potential for combative behavior by patients.  Evening, weekend, and/or holiday work will be required.  Must be on call for emergencies.  Travel is required for training, meetings, conferences, presentations, and other events.


As authorized by Federal Law, the Forest County Potawatomi Community reserves the right to exercise preference in hiring for qualified Tribal members/Indians in connection with all job openings.


POSTED:      8-7-18

CLOSING:    Until Filled

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