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CASAC - Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor

Department: Behavioral Health
Location: Buffalo, NY

Primary Function:

The Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) will provide assessments of client substance abuse disorders and use an eclectic approach of engagement and service delivery. The CASAC will also support the case planning staff in the implementation of case specific goals of families; will be part of a multi-method program and has a consistent strong approach to partnering with families to promote the safety and wellbeing of all children; ensure that our families and staff have access to high-quality resources to meet their needs.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide case management, substance abuse counseling and advocacy services
  • Participate as a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team to facilitate client recovery and rehabilitation processes
  • Refer and broker targeted interventions as needed for families and contribute to the healthy integrity of the program’s therapeutic environment
  • Provide consultation to case planners regarding families who struggle with substance abuse
  • Participate in all Clinical Team meetings
  • Conduct intake including psychosocial history, make clinical assessment and design individual treatment plans
  • Coordinate consumer treatment with other community-based organizations as indicated
  • Establish professional and therapeutic relationship and serve as a positive role model
  • Provide individual psychotherapy, group and/or family therapy as indicated
  • Maintain case records, update treatment plans, write progress notes and psychosocial histories
  • Prepares required reports
  • Perform other duties as requested or assigned

Physical Demands: Requires periods of sitting, standing, walking, bending and stooping. Significant job stress may be associated with the position.

Salary Status: Hourly; non-exempt

Minimum Qualifications: CASAC certification with a BSW and minimum of five (5) years of experience working with adolescents/children and parents/caretakers that abuse substances.

Must possess excellent assessment skills. Must have experience providing CASAC assessments to adults and adolescents and outstanding interpersonal and communications skills, both oral and written. Must have a passion for children and families and a strong connection to the community.

Preferred Qualifications: CASAC certification with MSW and one (1) – two (2) years of experience working with adolescents/children and parents/caretakers that abuse substances.

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