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TJJD - Substance Abuse Counselor I/II - Alcohol or Other Drugs - (GNS) - 7624

at Texas Department of Motor Vehicles

Posted: 6/20/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 00007624

Job Description

All applicants must complete the following additional forms(available at http://www.tjjd.texas.gov/index.php/doc-library/category/304-formsand attach to the application, email to HRJobs@TJJD.Texas.gov, or mail to TJJD Human Resources, PO Box 12757,Austin, TX 78711 for consideration:

  1. TJJD EmploymentApplication Supplement (HR-003)

  2. Child Abuse RegistryCheck Consent Form (HR-028)

  3. Disclosure of PREAEmployment Standards Violation (HR-975)

Failure to complete and submit the above forms will cause delays inyour consideration for this position.

Acomplete job description and requirements are available at:  https://capps.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=00007624&tz=GMT-05:00

Applicantsapplying through Work In Texas (WIT) will also need to complete thesupplemental questions/forms to be considered for this posting.  To complete the supplemental questions/forms,please go to the CAPPS Career Center (https://capps.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en) toregister and create a profile, or login and access your existing profile.  A complete job description and other jobrequirements are available there.

Send completed application, supplementalquestions/forms, and copies of diploma and college transcripts via email to
HRJobs@TJJD.Texas.gov or regular mail to TJJD Human Resources, PO Box 12757, Austin, TX78711.


Your job application must be completely filledout and cover all employment.  Yourapplication must contain complete job histories, which include job titles, nameof employer, dates of employment, supervisor's name and phone number, and adescription of duties performed, and whether it was full-time or part-time andhours per week.  If this information is notprovided, your application may be rejected as incomplete.  Resumes do not take the place of thisrequired information.

Applicants must attach to theapplication a copy of a high school diploma/equivalent or college diploma andtranscript if a degree or college semester hours are required to meet minimumqualifications.  A copy of all requiredcertifications and/or licenses must also be attached to the application.

Applicants must be able to pass a Criminal Background Check and any otherrequirements listed under Minimum Qualifications.

Stateof Texas Benefits and Retirement Information can be found at https://www.ers.texas.gov.  Benefits include:  Retirement plan, paid group health & life insurance for employee, paidholidays, paid vacation leave, paid sick leave, longevity pay, educationalassistance program, employee assistance program.  Optional add-on benefits include:  Dental, Vision, Optional Life Insurance,Voluntary AD&D Insurance, Dependent Health & Life insurance, Health& Dependent care flexible spending accounts, etc.  Additionally, certain designated positions areeligible for hazardous duty pay, career ladder advancements, and free mealswhile on duty.


The Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) provides a trauma informed, holistic Alcohol or Other Drugs (AOD) Specialized Treatment Program to youth committed to the agency who have been assessed as needing AOD treatment in addition to participating in the agency's Texas Model of Trauma Informed Corrections. The secure facility program consists of: (1) a high intensity treatment program offered at dorms dedicated for that purpose at the agency's secure youth facilities; (2) a moderate intensity treatment program provided through an outpatient delivery model at the secure youth facilities and halfway houses; and (3) a continuity of care program upon release of youth into the community.
Performs substance abuse assessment and counseling for the Alcohol or Other Drugs (AOD) Specialized Treatment Program of youth who have been adjudicated delinquent of felony offenses, committed to the agency by a juvenile court, and placed in a high security correctional facility. Work involves AOD psycho-education/curriculum delivery; individual, family, and group counseling; discharge and release planning; and working with halfway house staff, parole officers, and contract treatment providers to ensure coordination of service delivery.
May be required to work in excess of 40 hours per workweek, different shift patterns, be on-call, and travel occasionally.
Career Ladder Promotion Opportunity: This position is in the approved TJJD career ladder for Substance Abuse Counselors. Placement on the career ladder is dependent upon experience and education. Substance abuse counselors may be promoted based on meeting the established eligibility criteria per agency policy (PRS.15.08) until they reach the top level of the ladder. Progression to the highest pay level on the career ladder is dependent upon experience and performance.
Pre-Service Training Academy Requirement: Newly hired substance abuse counselors or rehired substance abuse counselors who separated more than 18 months will be required to attend the pre-service training academy. Substance abuse counselors who have worked for TJJD and return to employment within 18 months of their separation date are not required to attend the pre-service academy and will be placed in full-time status on their date of employment.
Levels of Work Performed by Career Ladder Level:
Substance Abuse Counselor I: Performs routine (journey-level) work under moderate supervision with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
Substance Abuse Counselor II: Performs highly complex (senior-level) work under limited supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.


Interviews, screens, and assesses clients for potential program participation and services.
Provides substance abuse counseling, psychoeducational classes, or rehabilitative programs both in individual and group formats.
Completes weekly documentation of services provided for each participating youth in accordance with Case Management Standards (CMS) and AOD program requirements.
Develops and monitors objectives/strategies to address AOD risk factors, increase protective factors and ensure treatment delivery according to the risk-need-responsivity principle.
Monitors youth progress in AOD specialized treatment.
Updates treatment objectives for assigned youth in accordance with CMS.
Completes transition planning and discharge summaries to ensure continuity of care and management of risk factors for relapse.
Conducts program orientation sessions.
Assists the case manager during the time the youth is enrolled in treatment by developing individual treatment goals, maintaining constant communication with the case manager to ensure the youth is progressing in treatment, including development of goals, progress, transition plans etc.
Works in collaboration with the transitional placement staff (Halfway House PSW, Parole, and AOD Specialized Treatment Program Specialist) to identify appropriate services such as AOD aftercare.
Conducts and facilitates required groups, individual counseling, AOD psycho-educational groups, and family contacts for assigned caseload; and plans for scheduled and unanticipated leaves of absence to ensure the provision of group services by an approved group alternate.
Participates in staff development relating to the agency's approved treatment program, group facilitation, CMS, AOD specific training, substance abuse training, and renews annual mandatory training requirements.
Reads, reviews, and properly applies information found in youth records related to youth health, safety, and security; provides appropriate information to other staff; and complies with policies, procedures, rules, and regulations.
Prepares and maintains records, forms, and reports, as required by CMS and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
Reports any presence or perception of racial, ethnic, and/or gender disparities.
Performs a variety of related duties not listed, to be determined and assigned as needed.
Performs all duties in compliance with agency safety policies and procedures:
•Reports safety hazards and corrects hazards when possible.
•Completes required documentation in the event of an accident/injury within requested timeframes.
Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency attendance and leave policies.



Requirements for Substance Abuse Counselor I:
Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's Degree with major course work in Clinical Psychology, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Family Relations, Guidance and Counseling, Rehabilitation, or other related social sciences* field, and
Registered with DSHS as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor – Intern (LCDC-I) and working towards LCDC licensure.
No experience required.
Requirements for Substance Abuse Counselor II:
Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree with major course work in Clinical Psychology, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Family Relations, Guidance and Counseling, Rehabilitation, or other related social sciences* field, and
One (1) year of full-time wage earning experience providing chemical dependency treatment services, and
Registered with DSHS as either a:
•Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), or
•Licensed Qualified Credentialed Counselor (QCC) based on another qualifying licensure (Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Master Social Worker under a TSBSWEs approved clinical supervision plan, Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Physician, Certified Addictions Registered Nurse (CARN), or Advanced Practice Nurse recognized by the Board of Nurse Examiners as a clinical nurse specialist or nurse practitioner with a specialty in psych-mental health (APN-P/MH).
The following applies to both Substance Abuse Counselor I and II:
Any degree, diploma, high school equivalent, or course hours required to meet minimum qualifications must be from an accredited educational institution.
•Must be at least 23 years of age.
•Must be in good standing with the licensing agency.

•Providing chemical dependency treatment services to adolescents.

  • Trust Based Relation Intervention Certification (TBRI)
  • Experience with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Experience with Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT)

Experience and Education Substitutions:
•Pro-rated part-time experience may satisfy the experience requirements.
* Social Science degrees include: Clinical Psychology, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Family Relations, Guidance and Counseling, Rehabilitation, Criminal Justice, Education (or education certification).
Requirements for Continued Employment:
•Failure to obtain and maintain required license/certification will result in termination of employment.
This position is subject to mandatory pre-employment drug testing and any offer of employment is contingent upon acceptable results from a drug screen conducted for the agency.


Thefollowing physical demands and working conditions are representative of thoseencountered while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations will be made toenable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing
Ability to see
Ability to hear (with or without aid)
Ability to perform tactile discernment
Identify colors
Depth perception
Operate motor equipment
Heavy lifting, up to 25 lbs.
Heavy carrying, up to 25 lbs.
Restraining combative youth
Climbing stairs
Climbing ladders
Repeated bending
Reaching above shoulder
Finger/manual dexterity
Dual simultaneous grasping


Knowledge of:
•Chemical dependency and alcoholism, addiction, co-dependency, and related disorders.
•Counseling techniques.
•Recovery processes.
•Community resources.
•Case management principles, objectives, standards, and methods.
•AOD program policies and procedures.
Skill in:
•Interviewing, in listening, and in counseling clients and patients.
•Acting quickly in emergencies.
•Using a computer and applicable software.
•Maintaining accurate records and files.

Ability to:
•Screen, evaluate, counsel, and instruct clients.
•Implement rehabilitative and chemical dependency treatment programs.
•Assess youth needs.
•Coordinate client services.
•Monitor program effectiveness.
•Maintain written files and records.
•Prepare reports.
•Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
•Organize workloads and set priorities to carry out assigned tasks.
•Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
•And willingness to physically restrain youth in the appropriate manner.
•Work in excess of 40 hours per workweek, different shift patterns, be on-call, and travel occasionally.

In order to receive veteran's preference, a copy of your DDForm 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), VA disabilityrating (if applicable), or a DD Form 1300 (Report of Casualty) must be attachedto your application.

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Thank you for considering employment with the Texas Juvenile JusticeDepartment.

The Texas Juvenile Justice Department does notdiscriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age,or disability in employment or the provision of services.