Substance Abuse Counselor

at Ascension Health in Palos Heights, Illinois, United States

Job Description


+ Sign-on bonus: Up to $5,000.00

+ Department: Addiction Behavioral Health Services

+ Schedule: Part-time, Day Shift, Flex schedule; 20 hours per week

+ Facility: Ascension Addiction Services

+ Location: Palos Heights, IL


Paid time off (PTO)

Various health insurance options & wellness plans

Retirement benefits including employer match plans

Long-term & short-term disability

Employee assistance programs (EAP)

Parental leave & adoption assistance

Tuition reimbursement

Ways to give back to your community

*Please note, benefits and benefits eligibility can vary by position, exclusions may apply for some roles (for example: Travel, PRN, Short-Term Option, etc.). Actual compensation offer will vary based upon role, education, experience, location, and qualifications. Connect with your Talent Advisor for additional specifics.


Provide substance abuse counseling services.

+ Provide assigned patient counseling services and case management.

+ Systematically and continually assess the patient’s coping mechanisms and progress.

+ Utilize appropriate teaching methods and/or referral sources.

+ Coordinate patient’s discharge planning needs and readiness for discharge with other healthcare members.


Licensure / Certification / Registration:

+ One or more of the following required:

+ Clinical Counselor credentialed from the Illinois Department of Financial and ProfessionalRegulation obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date.

+ Counselor credentialed from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulationobtained prior to hire date or job transfer date.

+ Social Worker specializing in Clinical Practice credentialed from the Illinois Department ofFinancial and Professional Regulation obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date.

+ Licensed Social Worker (LSW) or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) credentialed from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

+ Counselor specializing in Addiction credentialed from the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IADAPCA) obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date. Required or eligible for certification within one year.

+ BLS Provider preferred. American Heart Association or American Red Cross accepted.


+ High School diploma equivalency with 2 years of cumulative experience OR Associate’sdegree/Technical degree OR 4 years of applicable cumulative job specific experience required.

Additional Preferences

Certification: CADC is expected for this role

Education: Masters degree in Counseling or Social Work, LPC, LSW is preferred

Why Join Our Team

Ascension Illinois delivers compassionate, personalized care throughout Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. As one of the largest health systems in Illinois with 15 hospitals and more than 230 sites of care, you will find an environment that allows you to thrive and create a career path you love. Join a diverse team of more than 17,000 associates and more than 600 providers who are dedicated to providing compassionate, personalized care to all.

Ascension is a leading non-profit, faith-based national health system made up of over 134,000 associates and 2,600 sites of care, including more than 140 hospitals and 40 senior living communities in 19 states.

Our Mission, Vision and Values encompass everything we do at Ascension. Every associate is empowered to give back, volunteer and make a positive impact in their community. Ascension careers are more than jobs; they are opportunities to enhance your life and the lives of the people around you.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Ascension will provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all associates and applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, gender, sexual orientation, gender identification or expression, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, genetic information, carrier status or any other legally protected status or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

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As a military friendly organization, Ascension promotes career flexibility and offers many benefits to help support the well-being of our military families, spouses, veterans and reservists. Our associates are empowered to apply their military experience and unique perspective to their civilian career with Ascension.

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Job Posting: JC257495181

Posted On: Mar 28, 2024

Updated On: Jun 19, 2024

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