Chemical Dependency Counselor

Position Title: Chemical Dependency Counselor (MLBO-Four Winds)
Location: CD/MH (HHS)—Brainerd, Minnesota
Reports to: Director of Behavioral Health Services
Opening Date: October 12, 2017
Closing Date: Until Filled

Any individual who receives an offer of employment or will receive a payroll check are required to submit to a drug and alcohol test as a condition of obtaining employment.
Mille Lacs Band Member/American Indian preference applies

The Chemical Dependency Counselor is responsible for providing chemical abuse counseling for the recovery of alcoholics and other chemically dependent persons.

• Bachelor’s degree in counseling, chemical dependency, social work, psychology or similar field is required.
• Current licensure and valid state certification in the state of Minnesota is required.
• Minimum of two (2) to five (5) years of experience in Adolescent CD treatment, counseling, and/or assessment.
• Considerable knowledge of the disease concept and addictions.
• Familiarity with the philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous.
• Knowledge of applicable federal, state, and Band rules, regulations, and policies.
• Knowledge of the resources available inside and outside the Band that can be used in the treatment of alcoholics and other drug users.
• Understanding of non-traditional treatment modalities.
• Familiarity with and sensitivity to culture and tradition of the Mille Lacs Band.
• Commitment to multi-cultural programming.
• Ability to maintain highest level of confidentiality with respect to clients to maintain integrity of program.
• Ability to communicate effectively with others.
• Ability to write effectively.
• Basic computer skills, including Windows and Word.
• Many chemically dependent people relate better to a counselor that is in recovery and can act as a role model in successful recovery of an addiction. Therefore, while not mandatory that the incumbent be in recovery; consideration will be given to incumbent personal history. If in recovery, a minimum of 2 years of sobriety is required at time of hire and must be able to pass a background check.
• Must have current driver’s license, reliable personal transportation, have proof of current insurance coverage. Must also be insurable under the Band’s Auto Insurance Policy.
• Must pass a pre-employment drug & alcohol test, and a criminal background check.

• Provide chemical dependency counseling, treatment, and aftercare planning utilizing a variety of modalities for individuals, families and groups.
• Coordinate educational programs for the outpatient CD treatment program.
• Facilitate primarily adolescent and some adult groups.
• Recruit Band Elders to serve in mentor role for those in outpatient treatment programs.
• Network with other tribal and county human services organizations.
• Transport clients as necessary.
• Maintain appropriate records of treatment and referrals for clients.
• Complete life skills and psycho-social assessments for clients.
• Conduct chemical dependency program orientation sessions.
• Meet with clients, both individually and in groups, and with their families to provide family counseling and education.
• Assist clients as necessary and appropriate while in treatment and recovery.
• Provide liaison between CD staff and other HHS professionals.
• Participate in discharge planning for clients.
• Confer with family and others close to client while he/she is in treatment to keep them informed of treatment planning and progress towards recovery.
• Recruit Mille Lacs Band Elders to serve in mentor role for those is outpatient treatment programs.
• Maintain confidentiality of all program participants per United States Code (42 U.S.C. and 290 dd-2).

• Nature of work is such that incumbent experiences infrequent periods of moderate to high stress levels while dealing with clients, family members, and others.
• Work is almost exclusively in doors in a controlled climate area.
• Little threat of personal danger or risk, although working with certain patients may subject incumbent to periods of moderate to high stress levels.
• Hours are typically 8-5, but may also need to work a 1-9 p.m. schedule. Extra hours and weekend work may also be required. May also require occasional "on call' availability to cover emergency situations.
• Will involve working with many different people who are often distressed in some way.
• Local travel is required; travel outside the state is very limited.

Submit resume, cover letter, and employment application to:
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Employment Coordinator
43408 Oodena Dr.
Onamia, MN 56359
Fax # (320) 532-7492
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