Bullhook Community Health Center


Bullhook Community Health Center believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success.  That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities.  Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope, but not limit the employee nor Bullhook Health Center to just the work identified.  It is our expectation that each employee will offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.

JOB SUMMARY: Accountable for assessing and providing treatment to individuals with addictions to drugs, gambling, or alcohol. The counselor works with patients in group or one-on-one sessions. In addition to assisting patients in recovery, an addiction counselor may also help families who have been affected by the patients’ actions.

Counseling Duties

  • The goal of an addictions counselor is to assist individuals with addictions become well. The counselor seeks to find the source of their patients’ problems, or reasons for their disease. The addictions counselor provides tools, teaches skills and provides links to resources to assist the patient to change destructive behaviors, learn new coping skills, and deal with the addiction. Counselor refers patients, or families to community resources available for in-patient treatment, behavioral health, medical care, or housing.

Administrative Tasks

  • Conduct weekly or daily counseling sessions either with one patient or a group of patients. Besides, working with patients, the counselor has regular contact and communication with other behavioral health professionals, probation officers, judges, physicians and possibly family members through written, verbal and/or electronic formats.
  • Provide patient care through interviews and individualized treatment plans. Treatment plans are based on the mental and physical conditions, patients’ history, research and the counselor’s clinical experience. The counselor constantly monitors and evaluates the treatment and modifies when necessary.
  • Participates in planning and conducting programs to combat social difficulties, prevent substance abuse or improve counseling and health.

Clerical Duties

  • The addictions counselor must document all assessments, treatment plans and treatment sessions or contact with the patient, family or other professionals as to maintain the patient medical record according to Bullhook Policy and Procedures and latest clinical and coding guidelines. Legal documents may be required and prepared by the counselor to present in court or be included in legal proceedings.


  • Bachelor or Masters Degree preferred.
  • Must possess and maintain a current Montana Addiction Counselor License.

Required Skills

  • Must have excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to listen, comprehend and ask questions and convey thoughts clearly.
  • Ability to work with a variety of people and follow ethics associated with addictions counseling.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of principle, procedures, and methods of rehabilitation of mental and physical dysfunctions.
  • Strong desire to assist people suffering from drug or alcohol or other abuse problems.
  • Ability to gain confidence, trust, and respect of the patient.
  • Ability to maintain emotional distance from the patient.
  • Basic CPR

Reports to: Chief Medical Officer

Exempt Status

Salary Range: $37,440 to $51,000

Hours Required: 40 hours per week


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