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Welcome! You have arrived at the Substance Abuse Counselor Headquarters! Here you will find all the information you need for a career as a substance abuse counselor, including training, education requirements, qualifications needed for licensure and certification, and more! The Substance Abuse Counselor Headquarters will help you obtain the knowledge and skills needed to get where you want to be… fast!

Substance Abuse Counselor Resume

Besides the interview performance, which can only happen if the cover letter passes the initial skimming, the substance abuse counselor resume is one of the most important documents there is if you wish to obtain a substance abuse counselor job.  Please focus on the substance abuse counselor cover letter as well.

Substance Abuse Counselor Resume Appearance

Substance Abuse Counselor ResumeThe substance abuse counselor resume looks like any other, except it is directly tailored to the interests and relevance of the substance abuse counselor career.  It will list contact information, career objectives, a summary of your personal, educational, and professional qualifications, related skills, professional experience, extra curricular activities, education, and references.  In full, this is the substance abuse counselor resume.  It completely, yet concisely, presents all of the information needed for an employer to consider you for a substance abuse counselor position.

Sample Substance Abuse Counselor Resume

Below is a sample substance abuse counselor resume and here is a link to another.  Feel free to use this format for your resume as a foundation to build upon.

Sophia Counts Lorr
1234 Substance Abuse Lane
Counselor, WA  12345
Tel# (123) 123-1234
e-mail: sophia@substanceabusecounselor.hq

Objective:
To obtain employment as a substance abuse counselor in a hospital, inpatient, residential, or outpatient treatment setting.

Summary of Qualifications:
In addition to being a licensed counselor, I am compassionate, patient, knowledgeable, and ready to positively contribute to a counseling service and to the individuals seeking therapy.  I have extensive work experience in the field and a breadth of understanding in the related fields, including psychology, law, psychiatrics, etc.  I have practiced active listening skills with an analytical approach to gain insight into the patient’s problems.

Related Skills:
Complete knowledge of substance abuse and addiction conditions and co-occuring mental illnesses
Depth in understanding of drug interactions including street drugs and psychopharmaceuticals
Breadth of comprehension and application of therapeutic approaches and theories, crisis interventions, and social group dynamics, including family, marital, sexual, and community therapies.
Extensive work experience with adolescents with chemical dependency issues
Experience leading group with adults with alcoholism and drug addiction

Professional Experience:
Substance Abuse Counselor, Facility Name, Jan 2010 – Present
Residential Program Counselor, Facility Name, March 2009 – Jan 2010
Case Manager, Facility Name, Sept 2008 – March 2009

Trained in and performed Therapeutic Crisis Intervention with escalated patients
Conducted assessments and reviewed assessment packages to determine the appropriate level of substance abuse treatment
Developed, fostered, and maintained relationships with substance abuse treatment, rehabilitation, and detoxification centers
Provided documentation on group, milieu, and progress notes, and restraint, accident, and elopement incident reports, and discharge plans and summaries
Generated intake assessments on incoming patients, students, and inmates
Studied case histories and backgrounds to improve upon and continue appropriate treatment
Assisted patients with their social, familial, spiritual, and financial lives while maintaining appropriate boundaries
Developed correspondence with probation and parole officers in regards to daily coordination of the client’s treatment
Delivered educational lectures, conducted individual sessions, and despensed, chartered, and monitored medications

Extra Curricular Activities:
Volunteer regularly at homeless shelters
Active member of local substance abuse recovery societies
List a few personal hobbies

Education:
Master of Science in Substance Abuse Counseling, East Carolina University, 2010
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of TN Knoxville, 2008

References:
List your professional references here.  Pull from education and employment.

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