Residential Counselor

Job Title: Residential Counselor
Posted: Jan 08, 2019
Type: Full-time

Job Description

At Community & Family Resources (CFR), our staff has the opportunity to provide support at many different levels with youth as well as adults.  Our teams at CFR consist of highly qualified and motivated staff that has a passion for working with people and specifically assisting those who have or have had a struggle with substance use and the disease of addiction.  Many of the people we serve have also struggled with poor decision making, legal issues, homelessness, mental health disorders, health issues, and family issues leaving them with minimal support.  Our team at CFR works together to provide support and instill hope for the people we work with.  We provide education regarding alternatives that are available and the hope of achieving a healthy and happy lifestyle.
CFR is currently seeking to hire a Residential Counselor for our men's  residential program.  The basic tasks are to provide chemical dependency and gambling treatment services to individuals with substance abuse and/or gambling disorders and their families including assessment, individual/family treatment, group treatment, education/prevention services and support services.
HOURS:  Will either work Tuesday through Sunday, to include 2 evenings a week until 7pm, or Sunday through Thursday, to include 2 evenings a week until 7pm
  • It is the requirement of the position that the employee will seek certification as a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADC) and Certified Gambling Treatment Counselor (CGTC), and subsequently as an International Alcohol & Drug Counselor (IADC) as soon as the person can meet the qualifications per the Iowa Board of Certification standards.
  • Due to extenuating circumstances, an extension may be approved by the Executive Director.
  • Completion of an approved substance abuse training program OR
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree from an accredited educational institution, preferably in the social or behavioral sciences and with the necessary courses to meet certification standards below OR
  • At least three (3) years experience as a full-time substance abuse and/or gambling treatment counselor AND
  • Holder of a substance abuse or gambling treatment counseling certification, i.e. Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADC) Certified Gambling Treatment Counselor (CGTC) or International Alcohol & Drug Counselor from the Iowa Board of Certification or a state that has reciprocity AND
  • Currently maintain active status as a nationally certified gambling counselor or an Iowa-certified gambling counselor OR
  • Have received a minimum of 30 hours of training or education related to problem gambling within the previous 24 months and are working toward certification within a maximum of 24 months as a nationally certified gambling counselor or an Iowa-certified counselor OR
  • Currently maintain active status as a licensed or certified practitioner in a counseling related field and have received a minimum of 20 hours of training or education related to problem gambling within the previous 24 months

Skills & Experience

  • Assists clients in completion of necessary assessment forms/documents
  • Conducts individual assessment sessions for completion of psychosocial histories of clients
  • Participates with Program Supervisor in development of recommendations for clients
  • Prepares and distributes assessment results, reports, etc., as required
  • Assists in other assessment process as required
  • Ability to establish good working relationships with clients and staff, ability to secure appropriate information by direct and collateral interviews
  • Ability to analyze problems presented, to bring agency/community resources to bear within  policies and regulations and to develop and implement effective courses of action
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise case records and to keep other relevant records
  • Ability to prepare regular and special written and oral reports
  • Skill in client evaluation and therapeutic planning
  • Ablity to deal with stress in a high-stress environment
  • Ability to deal with clients who are involved in the criminal justice system because of criminal behavior
  • Ability to meet the demands of intense level of documentation, ability to work with and coordinate mental health services for clients who are involved in the mental health system
  • Ability to apply previous experience and training to the provision of substance abuse treatment services
BENEFITS:  CFR offers a comprehensive benefit package, including medical, dental and vision insurance, flexible spending accounts, IPERS/ 401(k), paid training, holidays, tuition assistance, and generous paid time off.  
HOW TO APPLY:  Send cover letter, resume  and salary requirements to, or apply online at If you have questions, please contact Colleen at (515) 576-7261, ext 1102

Additional Information

Posted: Jan 08, 2019
Education: Bachelor's Degree
Schedule: Day Shift
Type: Full-time
Compensation: DOE