substance abuse counselor resume example with 10+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
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Professional Summary

Analytical, Substance Abuse Counselor,licensed through the State of Texas , offers eleven years working with individuals struggling with addiction and mental health issues. Passionate about continuing education through seminars, training in programs and research. Caring, empathetic Substance Abuse Counselor with eleven years of experience in treatment settings. Exceptionally talented at building rapport with different patient groups to encourage honesty and growth in recovery from substance abuse. Resourceful counseling professional with experience in providing individual and group support to help clients suffering from substance abuse issues. Skilled in developing and implementing treatment plans, conducting assessments and providing referrals to external resources. Committed to advocating for client rights and helping build positive coping skills.

Professional Experience
Substance abuse counselor, 06/2018 - 09/2020
Pyramid Healthcare Lake Ariel, PA,
  • Effectively managed caseloads of more than 45 clients at any given time.
  • Facilitated therapeutic and didactic groups for 25 to 30 clients weekly.
  • Facilitated groups on relapse prevention, anger management, basic life skills, substance abuse education, stabilization and peer encounters.
  • Implemented and maintained structure, discipline and order of a therapeutic community.
  • Collaborated with mental health care professionals and outside agencies' in the development, implementation, an evaluation of client treatment plans.
  • Monitored, evaluated, and recorded clients progress according to measurable goals described in treatment plan.
  • Provided a nonjudgmental and empathetic therapeutic approach in supporting clients dealing with biological, psychological, social, spiritual, emotional, and environmental challenges.
  • Completed ASI and ASAM treatment assessments for newly admitted patients.
  • Coordinated care with the attending Medical Director.
  • Monitored, assessed, and requested adjustments to medically monitored methadone medication.
  • Assisted patients with treatment plan development focused on substance abuse, physical health, mental health, treatment readiness, relapse proneness and recovery environment.
  • Maintained monthly communication with patients to assist with working towards treatment plan goals and objectives.
  • Completed coordination of care reports to ensure appropriate patient care.
  • Facilitated weekly 'Relapse Prevention' groups of 20 -25 patients.
  • Documented all patient information including service plans, treatment reports and progress notes.
  • Charted and recorded information in client files.
  • Monitored patient medication lines to deter deviation.
  • Assisted with the collection of patient urinalysis samples.
  • Maintained monthly reports of all patient urinalysis results.
Substance abuse counselor, 04/2014 - 06/2018
Pyramid Healthcare Lancaster, PA,
  • Conducted thorough biopsychosocial and family assessments for incoming clients.
  • Developed comprehensive referrals for psychiatric services and mental health therapy.
  • Recorded patient histories and coordinated treatment plans with multi-disciplinary team members.
  • Collaborated closely with treatment team to appropriately coordinate client care services.
  • Created and reviewed master treatment and discharge plans for each client.
  • Interacted with clinical staff and external resources such as Child Protective Services or the Department of Social Services to maximize full level of patient care.
  • Led patients in individual, family, and group therapy sessions.
  • Documented all patient information including service plans, treatment reports and progress notes.
  • Charted and recorded information in client files.
  • Tracked client movement on and off the unit by documenting times and destinations of clients.
  • Assisted clients in scheduling home visits and phone calls and monitored effectiveness of these activities.
Substance abuse counselor, 01/2010 - 10/2014
Pyramid Healthcare Middle City East, PA,
  • Interviewed and assessed up to five new clients each week.
  • Selected and compiled relevant information and resources.
  • for clients to support them in overcoming mental and emotional problems.
  • Completed documentation for all clients.
  • attending group sessions.
  • Assessed and wrote treatment plans and weekly progress notes for each client assigned to.
  • caseload.
Education and Training
Ph.D.: Psychology, Expected in 2020
Provident University - Wilmington, DE,
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Master of Science: Psychology, Expected in 2015
University of Phoenix - Tempe, AZ
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Bachelor of Science: Psychology, Expected in 1998
University of Las Vegas - Las Vegas, NV,
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NAADAC (2009) Association for Addiction Professionals

NADA (2018) National Acupuncture Detoxification Association

  • Clinical assessment
  • Individual counseling
  • Providing community referrals
  • Clinical Documentation
  • Family therapy
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Organization and Time Management
  • Decision-Making
  • Problem-Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Active Listening
  • Goal Setting

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School Attended

  • Provident University
  • University of Phoenix
  • University of Las Vegas

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  • Substance abuse counselor
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  • Ph.D.
  • Master of Science
  • Bachelor of Science

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