AGENCY: Next Step Counseling, LLC ADDRESS: 1332 River St, Missoula CONTACT: Mathew Hopkins PHONE: 728-4535 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org BRIEF OVERVIEW OF AGENCY: Next Step Housing is a transitional recovery home for men who have completed substance abuse treatment and find themselves homeless or have no safe haven in which to return upon completion of their treatment program. The facility can house up to eight men who must be employed, pay their own rent, buy their own food, and work a strong recovery program. We work closely with the WATCh Program, which is a treatment program for felony DUY offenders, and other referral agencies who work in the substance abuse treatment field. Next Step is affiliated with Next Step Housing and is an onsite substance abuse treatment program which specializes in continuing care (aftercare) treatment. Many of the client’s served are court mandated for their continuing care treatment and have a strong understanding of the treatment process. DESCRIPTION OF CLIENT POPULATION The client population consists mainly of men who have amassed four (or more) DUI convictions and have completed six months of inpatient substance abuse counseling at the WATCh Program. Some of the residents have come out of other treatment programs and do not have felony DUI convictions. It should be noted that the population fluctuates and that some of the residents may b diagnosed with co-occurring disorders. LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS Next Step Housing; to facilitate residents in job search activities, helping with forms for such programs as Food Stamps, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, and other resources which enhance recovery from substance abuse disorders. The student will also learn how to provide intake of residents, use interviewing skills, and help provide life skills for those who are in need of such services. Next Step Counseling, LLC; The student will learn how to facilitate group counseling sessions, conduct assessments, learn the ASAM Patient Placement Criteria, and become proficient at keeping notes and records of individual group sessions. EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS To have an interest in substance abuse counseling and a desire to become license eligible as an addictions counselor. The student must be on time for all group sessions and have an understanding of group counseling techniques. The students will also conduct case management services for residents of Next Step Housing and be willing to seek out new resources which increases the outcome of this populations.
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