Counselor (Correctional Setting)

Integrity House
May 24, 2021
Job Type
Career level
Entry level
Certificate Needed:
Other Certifications


Integrity House is committed to helping individuals and families through comprehensive, integrated addictions treatment, mental health treatment, and recovery support in a manner that brings about positive, long-term lifestyle change. Integrity House is a trauma-informed organization. The counselor is a member of a multidisciplinary treatment team, and provides therapeutic services including individual counseling, group counseling, case management, assessment, referral, etc. to clients of Integrity House. This position is housed inside the Hudson County Correctional Center.

  • Assess client’s needs using evidence-based validated assessment tools (i.e. ASI, CASI, etc.), diagnose clients for substance disorders using the DSM, and determine appropriate level of care based on ASAM criteria in order to provide individual and group therapy, psycho-education, case management, and crisis intervention to clients.
  • Provide individual counseling, group counseling, family counseling, and crisis intervention--using evidenced based curriculums/models.
  • Collaboratively develop a written treatment plan that is client-centered; recovery oriented and includes goals with measurable objectives.
  • Provide substance use counseling services specified in the client treatment plan, when and where necessary, throughout treatment according to ASAM criteria to determine the need for continued services, transfer or discharge.
  • Provide active case consultations and maintain ongoing communication (direct & in-direct) with supervisor, Director, coworkers, families (if consent is given) and referral sources; participate in weekly Multidisciplinary Treatment Team meetings for assigned clients, clinical supervision, trainings, workshops, and etc.
  • Keep accurate records and clinical documentation; complete clinical documentation for all counseling, education services, assessments, reassessments, referrals, and follow-up in the paper and/or electronic records while maintaining quality assurance standards are met.
  • Develop client’s transfer and/or discharge plans to ensure transition to appropriate levels of care.
  • Perform additional functions supportive of the program as assigned by the respective Program Director.
  • Adhere to all safety and security protocol of the worksite including clearance requirements.


• Strong working knowledge of ASAM criteria
• Strong understanding of symptom criteria (as outlined in the DSM) necessary to identify mental health, personality and substance use disorders.
• In-depth knowledge of the causes and effects of addiction on individuals, families and society
• Understanding of crisis management and the ability to deal with life threatening situations including the prevention of suicide and/or homicide under the guidance of the correctional center staff if needed
• Understanding of addictions recovery, motivational interviewing and 12-step treatment methods
• Knowledge of needs and risk assessment
• Comprehension of case management and record keeping practices
• Cultural Sensitivity

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