Substance Abuse Therapist

St. Joseph Indian School   Chamberlain, SD   Full-time     Occupational Therapy
Posted on January 4, 2023
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Substance Abuse Therapist

Posted on: November 14, 2022
This position is located in: Chamberlain

Summary of Position

The Substance Abuse Therapist is responsible for the development, implementation, evaluation, and modification of Drug & Alcohol Programming.  The employee is an active participant in clinical service delivery. This is an exempt position.


  • Reports to the Counseling Services Director

Core Responsibilities

  • Supports and models the Catholic Mission and the Native American Culture that are the foundations of St. Joseph’s Indian School.
  • Empowers staff to be able to promote a reclaiming environment for all students through the Circle of Courage.


  1. Develops and coordinates comprehensive drug and alcohol services for students at all developmental levels to include:
  2. Works with the Prevention Associate to provide Chemical Prevention Programming (i.e., Sobriety Celebrations, guidance classes, Red Ribbon Week, etc.).
  3. Maintains and evaluates screening and evaluation procedures for student chemical abuse/dependency and required documentation.
  4. Collaborates with Family Service Counselors in the provision of drug & alcohol programming and related individual and group counseling services.
  5. Provides training to staff in drug and alcohol programming and services.
  6. Develops and facilitates process groups, educational programs, individual sessions, and intensive outpatient and aftercare programs for students receiving drug and alcohol services (including AA/NA meetings when requested).
  7. Facilitates classroom guidance activities following the Standardized Guidance Program, as well as additional primary and secondary prevention activities. Assists with home enrichment activities as requested.
  8. Assists with crisis intervention services as requested and takes part in the on-call residential rotation for weekend coverage.
  9. Reports any case of physical, emotional or sexual abuse to the proper authorities and notifies the Counseling Services Director when a report is made.
  10. Completes other responsibilities as required by the Counseling Services Director.


  • Master’s Degree (Counseling, drug and alcohol, related field)
  • Chemical Dependency licensure preferred
  • Computer literacy

Physical Demands

  • Uses both hands and wrists repetitively for prolonged periods.
  • Driving is required.
  • Some supervision may require standing for prolonged periods.

Working Conditions

  • Evenings and weekend hours are required
  • Flexible schedule
  • Some travel (driving) is required throughout the state

Compensation Range

Available upon request from Human Resources.