Addictions Counselor 2

Grade 18

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  1. Addictions Counselor 1

    Grade 16

  2. Addictions Counselor 2

    Grade 18

  3. Addictions Counselor 3

    Grade 21

Summary of Job Description

As an Addictions Counselor 2, you would function as the senior therapist on an addictions treatment team and serve as primary therapist for the most difficult patients. Responsibilities include case management; conducting individual and group counseling; providing treatment to family or significant others; assessing patient needs and developing treatment plans; interdisciplinary team coordination; conducting large group presentations; managing and supervising the admission process; and carrying out program development and evaluation. You would also have supervisory responsibility over professional and paraprofessional staff of the team overseeing the effective clinical care of assigned patients.

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Summary of Minimum Qualifications

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.

You must take and pass a Civil Service examination in order to be considered for this position.

On or before the date of filing your application, you must be registered as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) in New York State.

In addition, you must also have the equivalent of one year of full-time professional post-CASAC addictions counseling experience.

For information on how to apply for New York State registration as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor, write to: Credentialing Unit, New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, 1450 Western Avenue, Albany, New York 12203 or visit the website at

For informational purposes only, click on the examination number(s) listed below to see the current or previous examination(s) that are used to fill this title.

20-526 20-690

How to Apply

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Career Mobility

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