NEEDED: Army Substance Abuse Counselors

 

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Those interested in becoming an Army Substance Abuse Counselor have one more week to apply for approx. 130 openings worldwide. What’s especially exciting about this? For the first time, licensed professional counselors and licensed mental health counselors may be hired as independent practitioners.

This allows the Army to reach out to a previously underutilized population of mental health professionals in its ongoing efforts to ensure Soldiers receive the support they need and deserve, said Dr. Les McFarling, director, Army Substance Abuse Program.

The tangible benefits of these positions are numerous, but Joy Krush of the Army Civilian Hiring Agency stresses the personal benefits of these positions.

ASAP counselors have the opportunity to really make a difference in the lives of these very special men and women who have given so much for us, she said.

Hiring more counselors isn’t the only thing that the Army’s doing to combat alcohol and substance abuse, however. Because the Army recognizes that there will still be individuals who might believe they have an alcohol or substance problem but are reluctant to reach out for help, it has created an online training and assessment tool, myPRIME, scheduled to go live online this fall. Unless referred by their commander, Soldiers will be able to take it confidentially, from the privacy of their own home.

For more information on all ASAP offerings, visit: http://www.acsap.army.mil/sso/pages/index.jsp.

More about the ASAP counselor positions:

The posting for this opportunity opened Aug. 1, 2011, and will close on Aug. 15. Qualified Counseling Psychologists, Social Workers, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Professional Counselors are encouraged to apply for these full time, permanent positions. Counselors will provide assessment, evaluation, treatment plan development, and counseling services to active duty military and their Families, Retirees, and eligible Federal Civilian Employees.

For more information on qualifications and benefits, or to apply for the position, visit http://medcell.army.mil call 877-880-2184 toll free for more information. All job postings are also available on www.usajobs.gov.