Substance Abuse Counseling - 12 Core Functions

Substance Abuse Counseling - 12 Core Functions
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1. Screening
The process by which the client is determined appropriate and eligible for admission to a particular program.
2. Intake
The administrative and initial assessment procedures for admission to a program.

3. Orientation
Describing to the client the following: general nature and goals of the program; rules governing client conduct and infractions that can lead to disciplinary action or discharge from the program; in a non-residential program, the hours during which services are available; treatment costs to be borne by the client, if any; and client rights.
4. Assessment
The procedures by which a counselor/program identifies and evaluates an individual’s strengths, weaknesses problems and needs for the development of a treatment plan.

5. Treatment Planning
Process by which the counselor and the client identify and rank problems needing resolution; establish agreed upon immediate and long-term goals; and decide upon a treatment process and the resources to be utilized.

6. Counseling
(Individual, Group, and Significant Others): The utilization of special skills to assist individuals, families or groups in achieving objectives through exploration of a problem and its ramifications; examination of attitudes and feelings; consideration of alternative solutions; and decision-making.
7. Case Management
Activities which bring services, agencies, resources, or people together within a planned framework of action toward the achievement of established goals. It may involve liaison and collateral contacts.
8. Crisis Intervention
Those services which respond to an alcohol and/or other drug abuser’s needs during acute emotional and/or physical distress.

9. Client Education
Provision of information to individuals and groups concerning alcohol and other drug abuse and the available services and resources.

10. Referral
Identifying the needs of a client that cannot be met by the counselor or agency and assisting the client to utilize the support systems and community resources available.
11. Report and Record Keeping
Charting the results of the assessment and treatment plan, writing reports, progress notes, discharge summaries and other client related data.

12. Consultation
Relating with in-house staff or outside professionals to assure comprehensive, quality care for the client.

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