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Job Title:

Substance Abuse Counselor Trainee

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Posted Until:







1st Shift


Full Time



Job Description:

WestCare seeks candidates to fill current openings for Substance Use Disorder Counselor Trainees at Sheridan Correctional Center, located in Sheridan, Illinois.

Sheridan is easily accessible from Joliet, Bolingbrook, Aurora, Naperville, Oswego, DeKalb, Morris, and surrounding areas.

Essential job duties include:
• Complete assessment of each client with required assessment tools.
• Initiate and sustain each individual’s motivation to participate in treatment, using techniques of engagement including therapeutic relationships, individual counseling, and brief interventions based on the stages of change.
• Develop a comprehensive service plan for each client.
• Provide daily treatment and curriculum-based education groups on the basic concepts of therapeutic communities, emotional incarceration, relapse prevention, motivation for treatment and the stages of change, communicable diseases, cognitive skills, conflict resolution, fundamental social skills, and personal moral development.
• Assist clients in the development of self-help groups, such AA/NA.
• Maintain individual client treatment files and ensure files are securely stored;

Job Requirements:

• Master's or bachelor's degree preferred, high school diploma or equivalent is required;
• Clinical Certification, must:
• Hold clinical certification as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor from the Illinois Alcoholism and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA), OR
o Meet the requirements specified above within two years after the date of employment; and
• Not work in any supervisory capacity until such requirements are met; and
• Work under the direct, verifiable supervision of an individual who has staff supervisory responsibility at the facility and who meets the requirements above; and
• Sign, and adhere to, a professional code of ethics developed by the organization

• Knowledge of offender populations, criminal subcultures, and cultural differences, substance abuse assessment tools, therapeutic community concepts
• Pass an IDOC background check


WestCare offers:
Health Insurance
Vision Insurance
Dental Insurance
401K with employer match up to the first 5%
Generous sick time and vacation time
10+ holidays
Cigna basic life/ADD, voluntary life, voluntary short-term disability, voluntary long-term disability
Critical illness and accident plans
Hospital indemnity, Hyatt legal plans, identity theft plans, telemedicine-Teladoc

Company Information

WestCare is a nonprofit, international behavioral health organization.

WestCare is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment at WestCare is contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment drug test, pre-employment physical, and criminal background check.

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