Substance Abuse Counselor - Springfield, IL

Post Date:  Mar 22, 2024

Springfield, IL, US, 62703

Position Type:  Full Time
Requisition Number:  31445
Work Schedule:  Varies

Are you looking to find personal and professional fulfillment, and align your career with your values? 


At Gateway Foundation, our employees have an opportunity to make a difference every day by helping people with substance abuse issues gain control of their lives.


Gateway Foundation is a recognized non-profit leader in evidence-based treatment proven to get results. Our experts in Addiction Medicine—including highly educated clinical and medical professionals and expert psychiatrists and nurses—deliver care that never stops. Throughout Gateway’s proud history of helping others, dedicated and professional employees have been vital to accomplishing our life-saving mission. Read more about the incredible recognition that we received!


If you are a collaborative professional who shares our commitment to helping people with substance abuse and mental health issues turn their lives around – GATEWAY IS THE PLACE FOR YOU! 

Residential Substance Abuse Counselor responsibilities: 

  • Conducts assessment and evaluation to determine scope and type of care needed
  • Develops comprehensive treatment plans
  • Participates in multi-disciplinary treatment team meetings
  • Leads group counseling and education sessions
  • Engages client in one-on-one individual counseling sessions
  • Maintains confidential, systematic, accurate and timely documentation of client progress in Electronic Health Record (EHR)
  • Uses excellent communication skills to guide clients toward positive choices, especially when in crisis.
  • Monitors client behavior in therapeutic milieu
  • Administers tests of accountability through collection of urine drug screens and breathalyzers.
  • Makes community referrals for follow up care


Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree or Master's degree in psychology, counseling, social work, or a related field preferred (High school diploma or equivalency required)
  • Minimum 6 months of previous experience in substance abuse or mental health counseling required
  • Related work experience with a program specific population (adolescent/adult) in a residential treatment setting required

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to walk and move about the facilities for up to two hours at a time, to monitor and interact with clients.
  • Ability to speak with others in order to exchange information and provide counseling.
  • Ability to record, proofread and check documents and files for accuracy on a regular basis.
  • Ability to use a keyboard and video display terminal to receive, retrieve, and/or audit information and data on a regular basis.
  • Ability to respond to telephones, and to hear and detect alarms and unusual noises.
  • Ability to drive an automobile or van; remain alert to traffic conditions, and to identify and comply with traffic signals and signs


Competitive Compensation and Benefits: 


Gateway Foundation values its employees and provides an inclusive and diverse work environment where dedicated employees can make a difference. We are committed to engaging and rewarding our employees in meaningful ways. For eligible employees, we provide a Total Rewards Package that includes:

  • Health Insurance - Including a wellness premium incentive opportunity
  • Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Paid Time Off - Including 18 days of PTO and 9 paid holidays in the first year
  • Catastrophic Absence Time (CAT) - Accrue up to seven days annually, to be used during an extended personal illness
  • Flexible Spending Accounts 
  • Commuter Accounts
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan with company match 
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability (LTD)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Gateway is a qualified employer for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Training & Development Programs


Gateway Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Race/Color/Sex/Sexual Orientation/ Gender Identity/Religion/National Origin/Disability/Vets. Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here

Nearest Major Market: Springfield