Counsel clients or patients, individually or in group sessions, to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, or making changes.
Interview clients, review records, and confer with other professionals to evaluate individuals' mental and physical condition and to determine their suitability for participation in a specific program.
Develop client treatment plans based on research, clinical experience, and client histories.
Review and evaluate clients' progress in relation to measurable goals described in treatment and care plans.
Intervene as an advocate for clients or patients to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations.
Coordinate counseling efforts with mental health professionals or other health professionals, such as doctors, nurses, or social workers.
Modify treatment plans to comply with changes in client status.
Attend training sessions to increase knowledge and skills.
Conduct chemical dependency program orientation sessions.
Provide clients or family members with information about addiction issues and about available services or programs, making appropriate referrals when necessary.
Participate in case conferences or staff meetings.
Coordinate activities with courts, probation officers, community services, or other post-treatment agencies.
Train or supervise student interns or new staff members.
Act as liaisons between clients and medical staff.
Plan or implement follow-up or aftercare programs for clients to be discharged from treatment programs.
Assess individuals' degree of drug dependency by collecting and analyzing urine samples.
Instruct others in program methods, procedures, or functions.
Counsel family members to assist them in understanding, dealing with, and supporting clients or patients.
Confer with family members or others close to clients to keep them informed of treatment planning and progress.