County of Dutchess
Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services
This is a provisional position in the Dutchess County Department of Community and Family
Services pending a future Civil Service exam. This is a professional counseling position
involving the delivery of therapeutic services to chemically dependent clients and their families.
Chemically dependent individuals are defined as persons who abuse or are dependent on alcohol
or other psychoactive substances. Therapeutic services include motivational counseling,
evaluation, assessment, referral, advocacy, family intervention and community education.
Incumbent will maintain a clinical caseload. Clinical and administrative supervision is received
from a Clinical Unit Administrator or a Supervising Social Worker. Supervision over the work
of others is not a function of this position
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:
Maintains an individual caseload, providing chemically dependent clients with individual, group,
and family therapy; evaluates and assesses the specific state of chemical abuse or dependence of
a client and makes appropriate referrals; engages in chemical dependence family intervention,
basing techniques used on a specific knowledge of chemical dependence defenses; provides
clinical services to mandated clients, i.e., probation, CPS, etc.; performs advocacy services on
behalf of clients to expedite the rehabilitative process; maintains case records, documenting all
client contacts and meeting deadlines for required paperwork, such as case reviews, quarterly
summaries, etc.; keeps abreast of new developments, programs, and techniques in the chemically
dependent counseling field; establishes contact with target population to advise them of services
available and to establish a communication link; performs liaison work with other community
based organizations to introduce clients and their families to these programs; advises police and
local community agencies and individuals on available resources to introduce people into
Must be Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor by New York State at time of
An appointing authority may require possession of a valid Driver License to operate a motor
vehicle in New York State at time of application and to maintain the position.
FINGERPRINTING: A fingerprint supported background investigation is required before an
appointment is made to some positions. Pursuant to New York State Executive Law, the
Division of Criminal Justice Services requires that a fee accompany each such request for a
search. It is due once a job offer is made and accepted by the applicant.
For immediate consideration, submit an application on or before 12/2/2022
Apply online at www.dutchessny.gov/jobs,
Download an application from www.dutchessny.gov/jobs,
and mail it to the Dutchess County Department of Human Resources, 22 Market Street,
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
An EEO/AA Employer
To apply for this job please visit www.co.dutchess.ny.us.