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SOCIAL SERVICE COUNSELOR 4-B

at State of Louisiana

Posted: 9/10/2019
Job Reference #: 2032512
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Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Supplemental Information

This vacancy is located at the Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System, Jackson, LA in the Social Services Department.  ELMHS is the largest 24-hour, multi-site, state psychiatric complex, comprised or residential, outpatient and inpatient services. 

The position may be filled as either a Probational or Job Appointment (open to all qualified applicants); a promotion (open to all statewide classified and Agency wide permanent status employees); by Detail to Special Duty; or as a part-time, temporary WAE. Current permanent status, classified employees may be required to accept a Probational appointed if selected. If filled as a Job Appointment, there is a possibility that this position may be converted to a Probational Appointment should funding become available.

Special Entrance Rate (SER):
$1,465.60- biweekly


This position will serve as a Board Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, provide assessments, report to the treatment team and make recommendations as needed in regards to the client's care.

Candidates MUST possess a current practice credential as a Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC), Registered Addiction Counselor (RAC), or Licensed Addictive Counselor (LAC) issued by the Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority (ADRA), or its successor, pursuant to the Addictive Disorder Practice Act, LA RS. 37.3386-3390.6, to perform the essential functions of this position.

Applicants must have Civil Service test scores for 8100-Professional Level Exam in order to be considered for this vacancy unless exempted by Civil Service rule or policy.  If you do not have a score prior to applying to this posting, it may result in your application not being considered. 
Applicants without current test scores can apply to take the test here.

To apply for this vacancy, click on the "Apply" link above and complete an electronic application which can be used for this vacancy as well as future job opportunities.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.  You must include all relevant education and experience on your official State application.
 
Applicants qualifying based on college training or receipt of a baccalaureate degree will be required to submit an official college transcript to verify credentials claimed prior to appointment.  Please make every effort to attach a copy of your transcript to your application. The transcripts can be added as an attachment to your online application or faxed to (225) 219-1041.  The selected candidate will be required to submit original documentation upon hire.

Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their application to determine where they are in the recruitment process by selecting the 'Applications' link after logging into their account.  Below are the most common status messages and their meanings.

 
Application received - Your application has been submitted successfully.
 
Checking for required test score - We are making sure you have an active, passing score for the required written test.
 
Written Exam – See History – Click on the History link for test results.  Candidates with an active, passing score will designate as "Pass".  Candidates with a failure on the written exam designate as "Fail".  If no information is present, you have no present written exam results.
 
Evaluating experience - Your application is being reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.
 
Minimum Qualification Review – See History – Click the History link for the results of your application review.  Passing candidates will designate as "Pass".  Failing candidates will designate as "Fail".
 
Eligible for consideration - You are among a group of applicants who MAY be selected for the position.
 
Eligible Pending Supplemental Qualification Review - Only candidates meeting the supplemental qualification will be eligible for referral.
 
Referred to hiring manager for review - Your application has been delivered to the hiring manager.  You may or may not be called for an interview.
 
Position filled - Someone has been selected for the position.
 
Position canceled - The agency has decided not to fill the position.
 The State of Louisiana only accepts online applications. Paper applications will not be accepted. Computer access is available at your local library, at local Louisiana Workforce Commission Business Career Solutions Centers, and at the State Civil Service Testing and Recruiting Center at 5825 Florida Boulevard, Room 1070, Baton Rouge, LA 70806.  If you require an ADA accommodation, please contact our office at (225) 925-1911 or Toll Free: (866) 783-5462 during business hours for additional assistance.  
 
(Please note:  Libraries and LWC centers cannot provide in-depth assistance to applicants with limited computer skills; therefore, we suggest that such applicants have someone with computer proficiency accompany them to these facilities to assist with the computer application process.  Also, no State Civil Service employees are housed at the libraries or LWC centers to answer specific questions about the hiring process.  Such questions should be directed to the State Civil Service Testing and Recruiting Center at the phone numbers above or by visiting the office on Florida Blvd. where assistance is available.  Information is also provided on our job seeker website at https://jobs.civilservice.louisiana.gov/).
 

 
For further information about this vacancy contact:

Amanda McKey
DHH- ELMHS Human Resources
Jackson, LA  70748
225-634-0559
Amanda.McKey@la.gov

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Specific information about this job will be provided to you in the interview process, should you be selected.  However, there is no guarantee that everybody that applies to this posting will be interviewed.

Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
A baccalaureate degree plus three years of professional social services experience.
 
SUBSTITUTIONS:
Six years of full-time work experience in any field may be substituted for the required baccalaureate degree.
 
Candidates without a baccalaureate degree may combine work experience and college credit to substitute for the baccalaureate degree as follows:
 
A maximum of 120 semester hours may be combined with experience to substitute for the baccalaureate degree.
 
30 to 59 semester hours credit will substitute for one year of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
60 to 89 semester hours credit will substitute for two years of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
90 to 119 semester hours credit will substitute for three years of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
120 or more semester hours credit will substitute for four years of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
 
College credit earned without obtaining a baccalaureate degree may be substituted for a maximum of four years full-time work experience towards the baccalaureate degree. Candidates with 120 or more semester hours of credit, but without a degree, must also have at least two years of full-time work experience to substitute for the baccalaureate degree.
 
A baccalaureate degree in social work, sociology, psychology, behavioral science or human service counseling from an accredited institution will substitute for one year of the required experience.
 
Graduate training in social work, sociology, psychology, or human service counseling from an accredited institution will substitute for a maximum of one year of the required experience on the basis of thirty semester hours for one year of experience.
 
A master's degree in the above fields will substitute for a maximum of one year of the required experience.
 
Specialized college course work will substitute for a maximum of one year of the required experience.
 
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT:
Positions that provide addictive disorder counseling services require a current practice credential as a Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC), Registered Addiction Counselor (RAC), or Licensed Addictive Counselor (LAC) issued by the Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority (ADRA), or its successor, pursuant to the Addictive Disorder Practice Act, LA RS. 37.3386-3390.6
 
NOTE:
Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies: the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; the Higher Learning Commission; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
 
NOTE:
The baccalaureate, graduate training, or master's degree in social work must be from a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, 1701 Duke Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Job Concepts

Function of Work:
To serve as a certified addiction counselor.

Level of Work:
Advanced.

Supervision Received:
Broad from a Social Service Counselor 5, social worker, or other higher-level social services personnel.

Supervision Exercised:
May provide functional supervision to lower-level counselors and other direct care providers.

Location of Work:
Department of Health and Hospitals; LSU-Health Sciences Centers, Acute Care Hospitals, Medical Schools; Veterans Affairs; Department of Corrections; Department of Social Services.

Job Distinctions:
Differs from the Professional Counselor job series by the absence of a master's degree and licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Differs from Social Service Counselors 1, 2, and 3 by serving as a certified addiction counselor.

Differs from Social Service Counselor 4-A by the absence of responsibility for assessment, development, implementation, and evaluation of specialized programs.

Differs from a Social Service Counselor 5 by absence of supervisory responsibility.

Examples of Work

Participates in the decision making process of the treatment team including formulating therapeutic activities and recommending a treatment plan.

Meets with officials of local and state agencies, professional organizations, advocacy organizations and private providers to develop and maintain a viable service delivery system.

Serves as a group leader/facilitator in a peer group made up of persons with addictive disorders in order to educate them on coping with such difficulties.

Serves as liaison and coordinator between individuals, their families, the community, and service providers.

Evaluates and monitors services and redirects when indicated.

May provide expert testimony and recommendations on behalf of clients in court cases in response to judges and other officers of the court.