Current Employment Positions

Substance Abuse Counselor/ Joliet-Clinton

  • Job Tracking ID: 512588-763397
  • Job Location: Joliet-Clinton, IL
  • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
  • Level of Education: BA/BS
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: March 22, 2021
  • Years of Experience: Up to 2 Years
  • Starting Date: March 23, 2021

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Job Description:

Family Guidance Centers, Inc. (FGC), a not-for-profit behavioral healthcare organization, treats and prevents substance abuse, as well as an array of other related problems. Since 1969, FGC's comprehensive programming has educated and guided individuals toward their full potential as productive members within their own families and our society.

Family Guidance Centers Inc. offers opportunities for individuals with an interested in behavioral health. Our organization provides a comprehensive benefit package for full time employment that includes health insurance, dental, vision, life insurance and a 401k pension plan. Vacation, sick and personal days with 11 paid holidays off are included in our paid time off compensation package.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Complete SAMMS intake assessments for new patients.

Complete an individualized treatment plan for each patient on caseload, addressing all needs identified in the psychosocial assessment.

Provide group and individual sessions to patients in accordance with their treatment plan problems, goals, and objectives.

Properly document all services provided in individualized progress notes per SUPR, Joint Commission, and FGC regulations, standards, and policies, summarizing the patient’s status and ongoing treatment needs.

Review and evaluate patients’ progress and continued stay in treatment in relation to measurable goals and objectives described in treatment and care plans. Modify treatment plans to comply with changes in patient status.

Plan and assist with the implementation of aftercare and continuing recovery plans once patients are discharged from treatment programs.

Work with patient and other staff, when necessary, to deescalate and assist with patient emergencies and crisis situations.

Coordinates care with legal, law enforcement, and treatment professionals, both within and outside the agency, to help ensure patient needs are met and increase positive treatment outcomes. This would include Will County representatives, Safe Passage program contacts, and others.

Participate in any treatment team staffings.

Make appropriate patient referrals to outside agencies for the provision of ancillary services.

Maintain patient confidentiality at all times in accordance with 42 CFR and HIPAA regulations.

Develop a working knowledge of FGC applicable Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).

Knowledgeable of patient rights and ensures an atmosphere which allows for the privacy, dignity, and well-being of all patients in a safe, secure environment.

Assist with the collection of toxicology specimens, as needed.

Attend in-house and off-site trainings for continuing education, in order to expand knowledge, improve the quality of patient services, and to maintain licensure and/or certification at all times.

Ability to use calendar and scheduling software, email, and agency’s clinical software program. Experience using desktop computers, copier, and fax machine.

Other duties as assigned, including but not limited to performing tasks which are supportive in nature to the essential functions of the job, but may be altered or redesigned depending upon individual or programmatic circumstances.


Physical Demands: Ability to communicate in English via phone, in writing, and verbally in conversation with different levels of staff patient families, and any outside patients.

  1. The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
  2. Ability to communicate in English via telephone, in writing, and verbally in conversation with different levels of staff, patients, and their families, as well as external clients.
  3. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to sit; use hands and fingers, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms, and talk and hear. Must be able to life a minimum of 25 pounds.
  4. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Employee must be able to utilize a computer, telephone, etc., for an extended period of time, and write or type notes for at least two to three hours per day.





Family Guidance Centers, Inc. is a drug free and equal opportunity employer.


Experience and Skills:

Education and/or Experience: Bachelor’s degree (or higher) and prior substance abuse treatment experience preferred. Will consider relevant internship experience in lieu of paid employment.

Certification, Licensure, Registrations: Licensure (LPC, LCPC, LSW, LCSW) or CADC certification preferred, and required within two years of starting work as a counselor. Clearances from CFS 689 Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System, and CFS 708-C Background Check for Non-Licensed Contract Staff.


Job Benefits:

Family Guidance Centers, Inc. offer a broad spectrum of benefits including Vacation, 11 paid holidays,  401(k), health, dental, vision and life insurance,