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Recruitment #17-001565-0001




J. DeWeese Carter Center

300 Scheeler Road

Chestertown, MD  21620

Main Purpose of Job

The Alcohol and Drug (A/D) Professional Counselor Provisional is the entry level of work, at the noncertified Master’s Degree level, counseling clients with substance use disorders by using intervention, treatment and rehabilitation.


Learns to provide counseling and case management services to clients with substance use disorders with the most complex problems as defined by standard treatment criteria;

Learns to advocate for client services, collaborate with other disciplines involved in providing client treatment and coordinate all treatment activities with services provided to the client by other resources;

Learns to provide group counseling to clients with substance use disorders;

Learns to evaluate client progress in implementing the treatment plan and to make appropriate changes to ensure progress;

Learns to screen clients with substance use disorders and to determine the most appropriate initial course of action with regard to substance treatment;

Learns to assess clients with substance use disorders to gather and interpret information necessary for planning treatment and evaluating client progress;

Learns to develop client treatment plans and strategies to obtain the desired treatment outcomes;

Learns to make referrals to facilitate the client's use of available support systems and community resources in response to needs identified in clinical evaluation;

Learns to identify and respond to clients in crises;

Learns to provide life skills education relevant to the recovery process to clients with substance use disorders, their families, and community groups;

Learns to document client information in accordance with accepted principles of client record management;

Learns to adhere to accepted ethical and behavioral standards of conduct and participates in continuing professional development;

Performs other related duties.


Education:  A Master’s or Doctoral degree in a health or human services counseling field from an accredited college or university approved by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists or completion of a program of studies judged by the Board to be substantially equivalent in subject matter and training.

Experience:  None.



Experience providing substance abuse counseling to youth.

Experience creating treatment plans.

Experience performing intakes and assessments for admission to alcohol and drug counseling programs.

Case management experience.

Experience in crisis intervention.


1. In accordance with Health Occupations Title 17 and Code of Maryland Regulations 10.58.07, candidates placed in this classification must apply for and receive a letter of authorization to practice as a trainee from the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists within 90 days of their date of hire.

2. Employees must successfully obtain certification or licensure from the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists as either a Certified Professional Counselor-Alcohol and Drug or a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor within one year of meeting the experience requirements for Certified Professional Counselor-Alcohol and Drug.

3. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.


Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulations 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment.  All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the employment (eligible) list for at least one year.


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training and experience related to the requirements of the position.  It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.



The on-line application process is STRONGLY preferred.  If on-line application process is not available, you may submit a paper application and supplemental questionnaire (by the closing date) to:

Department of Budget and Management

Recruitment and Examination Division

301 W. Preston St., Suite 608

Baltimore, MD  21201  

For inquiries regarding this recruitment, please call 410-767-4850.

Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the on-line or paper application. 

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling 410-767-4850..

TTY  Users: call via Maryland Relay.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.