Substance Abuse Caseworkers

Military Career

General Information

Description

Substance abuse caseworkers provide individual and group counseling, perform crisis intervention, and offer education and counseling related to substance abuse. They perform urinalysis screenings and conduct assessments and interviews. They develop treatment plans and provide assistance to leaders in addressing issues related to substance abuse. They prepare summary reports and maintain patient progress data, and are responsible for implementing prevention, outreach, and educational programs related to alcohol and drug abuse for members of the Military and their families. 

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Work Environment

Substance abuse caseworkers usually work in offices or clinics.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Outpatient Care Centers
  • Individual and Family Services
  • Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
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Military Outlook

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Salary

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Master's degree 56%
  • Bachelor's degree 14%
  • Post-master's certificate 14%
  • Post-secondary certificate 4%
  • High school 3%
  • Associate's degree 3%
  • Doctoral degree 1%
  • Post baccalaureate 1%
  • Some college 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Substance abuse caseworkers develop skills in meeting the social and psychological needs of service members primarily through on-the-job learning in various healthcare environments. Training content may include: Orientation to counseling and social service programsInterviewing and counseling methodsTreatments for drug and alcohol abusePsychological testing techniques

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Knowledge

  • Psychology
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • English Language

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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