TEST ANNOUNCEMENT

NUMBER 2007-958

ISSUED  JULY 6, 2007
REVISED OCTOBER 16, 2013

 

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State Civil Service Commission

 

Examination

 

for

 

DRUG AND ALCOHOL TREATMENT SPECIALISTS & SUPERVISOR

 

Exam

No.

 

Job Title

Job

Code

Pay Schedule

and Range

1.

Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist 1

38420

ST06

2.

Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist 2

38430

ST07

3.

Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist Supervisor

38440

ST08

 

When completing your application, please make sure you apply for all job titles for which you want to be tested.  You will not be permitted to add job titles after you test.

 

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY DECEMBER 20, 2014, AFTER WHICH THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE SUSPENDED.

 

VETERANS:  Pennsylvania law (51 Pa.C.S. §7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs.  To learn more about employment preferences and opportunities for veterans, visit the Commission’s website, Job Seekers page, for Veterans; visit one of our offices; or call our veterans information line, (717) 787-6039.

 

NATURE OF WORK

 

Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist 1 - This is beginning-level professional work, under close supervision, in the treatment of inmates at correctional facilities of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections or clients at state mental hospitals, youth development centers (YDCs), youth forestry camps (YFCs) or secure treatment units (STUs) of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.  You will observe counseling sessions, and, as abilities increase, counsel inmates, clients or youths to facilitate change in their attitudes and behavior, and to obtain their participation in and, as abilities increase, counsel inmates, clients or youth to facilitate change in their attitudes and behavior, and to obtain their participation in planned rehabilitation programs.  You will also monitor and conduct group therapy sessions, write case histories and treatment plans, and participate in case conferences and multiple disciplinary treatment teams.

 

Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist 2 – This is professional rehabilitation counseling work in the areas described for the 1 level.  You will consult with social service agencies, medical centers, courts and community resources in planning to meet the needs of inmates, clients or youth.  You may provide guidance and assistance to other professionals in the field, students, and volunteers.

 

Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist Supervisor - This is supervisory and advanced professional work in the care, treatment and rehabilitation of inmates, clients or youth with histories of drug and/or alcohol abuse/dependence.  You will plan, organize and implement a drug and alcohol treatment program for inmates or clients.  You will also assign and review work, prepare and sign performance evaluations, and train and guide subordinate Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialists.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS

 

You will be tested before your qualifications are reviewed.  Your test results will count only if you meet all job requirements. 

 

You are subject to Pennsylvania residency requirements and must be able to perform the essential functions of the job.  Visit the Commission’s website, Job Seekers page, for PA Residency Information.

 

For most positions, you must pass a background investigation.  After you receive a conditional offer of employment, you must undergo a medical examination.

 

Positions in the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare:

If you are a final candidate for a position covered by the Child Protective Services Law, you will have to provide reports on your background, at your own expense, from such sources as the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.

 

If you are a final candidate for a position covered by the Older Adults Protective Services Act, you will have to obtain a report of criminal record information, at your own expense, from the Pennsylvania State Police, or a statement that the State Police Central Repository contains no information relating to you.  If you have not been a resident of Pennsylvania for two years prior to the date that you received notification that you are a final candidate, you are also required to furnish a report of Federal Criminal History Record Information, at your own expense, from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

 

Positions at the YDCs, YFCs and STUs:  After being hired, you must attend and complete a 2-week training program at the New Employee Academy.  Depending on the number and residence of the employees hired, the training may be located in Perry, Lawrence or Montour County. 

 

Positions in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections:  After being hired, you must attend and complete a 3-week basic training program at the Department of Corrections' Central Training Academy in Elizabethtown, PA, which is located in Lancaster County.  If you currently are an employee of the Department of Corrections, you need not repeat training that you have already completed successfully.

 

Minimum Requirements

 

Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist 1- One year of experience as a Corrections Counselor or Social Worker; OR one year of professional experience providing drug and alcohol counseling services directly to clients in a social work setting and a bachelor’s degree that includes 18 college credits in the behavioral sciences; OR one year of para-professional experience providing drug and alcohol counseling services directly to clients in a social work setting; and Certification by the PA Chemical Abuse Certification Board as a “Certified Addictions Counselor”; OR a master’s degree with major course work in addictions science, psychology, or social work; OR an equivalent combination of experience and training which includes 18 college credits in the behavioral sciences.

 

Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist 2 – One year of experience as a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist 1; OR two years of professional experience providing drug and alcohol counseling services directly to clients in a social work setting; and a bachelor’s degree that includes 18 college credits in the behavioral sciences; OR one year of para-professional and one year of professional experience providing drug and alcohol counseling services directly to clients in a social work setting; and certification by the PA Chemical Abuse Certification Board as a “Certified Addictions Counselor”; OR one year of professional experience providing drug and alcohol counseling services directly to clients in a social work setting and a master’s degree with major coursework in addictions science, psychology or social work; OR an equivalent combination of experience and training which includes 18 college credits in the behavioral sciences.

 

Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist Supervisor – One year of experience as a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist 2; OR three years of professional experience providing drug and alcohol counseling services directly to clients in a social work setting and a bachelor’s degree that includes 18 college credits in the behavioral sciences; OR two years of professional experience providing drug and alcohol counseling services directly to clients in a social work setting and a master’s degree with major courses in additions science, psychology, or social work; OR one year of para-professional experience providing drug and alcohol counseling services directly to clients in a social work setting and two years of professional experience providing drug and alcohol counseling services to clients in a social work setting, and Certification as a “Certified Addictions Counselor,” approved by the PA Chemical Abuse Certification Board; OR an equivalent combination of experience and training which includes 18 college credits in the behavioral sciences.

 

Clarification of Requirements

 

Please make sure you meet all requirements.  If you are not sure you qualify, contact one of the Commission’s offices listed at the end of this announcement for guidance.

 

In addition to the Certified Addictions Counselor certification, other acceptable certifications are the Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional certification and the Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional certification.

 

If you are using college education to qualify, and you do not have a bachelor’s degree in the behavioral sciences, you must submit either a list of completed courses in the behavioral sciences, or a college transcript; or if you are using an acceptable certification to qualify, you must submit a photocopy of your certification.  (See the “How To Apply” section of this announcement.)

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

 

Most positions are located in the State Correctional Institutions and facilities throughout the Commonwealth.  For a complete listing of institutions, refer to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections website at www.cor.state.pa.us and choose “Institutions” from the menu.  Other positions are located in state hospitals, YDCs, YFCs, or STUs operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.  About 25 vacancies are filled annually throughout the state.

 

Additional opportunities for employment or promotion may occur due to normal turnover from retirements, promotions, transfers, resignations and so forth. 

 

For the most recent information on job opportunities contact the

 

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Bureau of Human Resources, 1920 Technology Parkway, Mechanicsburg, PA  17050; Telephone:  (717) 728-5357; Internetwww.cor.state.pa.us; E-mailra-docjobs@pa.gov

 

Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Bureau of Human Resources, Health and Welfare Building – Room 106, P.O. Box 2675, Harrisburg, PA  17105-2675; Telephone:  (717) 787-5068; Internetwww.dpw.state.pa.us; E-mailra-pwhdqpostings@pa.gov

 

TESTING

 

The test will be administered on a computer.  Information about computerized testing is available online at www.scsc.state.pa.us OR in paper form at any State Civil Service Commission office.

 

You will have a maximum of 2 1/2 hours to complete the test which will cover the following subject areas:

 

 

 

Subject Area

Number of Questions

by Job Code

 

 

 

 

38420

38430

38440

 

 

Individual and Group Behavior

15

-

-

 

 

Effective Working Relations

15

15

15

 

 

Reading Comprehension

15

15

15

 

 

Written Communications

15

15

15

 

 

Mental Health Disorders and Treatment Methods

15

15

15

 

 

Developing Therapeutic Relationships

15

15

15

 

 

Addictive Disease Process

 -

20

20

 

 

Counseling Methods

 -

20

20

 

 

Supervision

 -

 -

20

 

 

Total

90

115

135

 

  

The test will be administered in the Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh State Civil Service Commission offices, Monday through Friday.

 

The test will also be held approximately 10 days a month at additional test centers located in Erie, Johnstown, Lock Haven, and Scranton.  For further details on test dates, contact the Commission’s Information Services Unit; Telephone (Voice) (717) 787-7811, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 783-8896.

 

If you take the test and want to take it again, you may be retested after 6 months from the date of your test.  A new application is required for a retest.

 

TEST RESULTS

 

Employment and promotion lists will be established.  You will be notified in writing of your test results.

 

This test is different from previous tests for these job titles.  If you have taken the test before, you may get a different score on this test.

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

Complete your application on the Commission’s website, Job Seekers page, by selecting Online Application, or submit your completed paper application to:

 

 

State Civil Service Commission

ATTN:  Applications

P.O. Box 569

Harrisburg, PA  17108-0569

 

If you are qualifying based on coursework in the behavioral sciences, or certification as an additions counselor, you must submit a copy of your transcripts, a course listing, or a photocopy of your certification, with your online or paper application.  Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.  Enter your name and Social Security Number at the top of the transcripts.  Send by e-mail to RA-cs-transcripts@state.pa.us or fax to (717) 787-8650 or mail to the above address.

 

Applications and further information can be obtained from:

 

1.

State Civil Service Commission:

 

 

 

Harrisburg:  2nd Level, Strawberry Sq. Complex, 320 Market St., P.O.

 

Box 569, Hbg., 17108-0569; Telephone (Voice) (717) 783-3058, Text

 

Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 772-2685

 

 

 

Philadelphia:  110 North 8th St. Suite 503, Phila., 19107; Telephone

 

(Voice) (215) 560-2253, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

callers only) (215) 560-4367

 

 

 

Pittsburgh:  411 Seventh Ave., Room 410, Pgh., 15219;

 

Telephone (Voice) (412) 565-7666, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-

 

Hearing callers only) (412) 565-2484

 

 

 

Internetwww.scsc.state.pa.us

 

 

2.

PA CareerLink offices

 

 

3.

The Human Resources offices listed under the "JOB OPPORTUNITIES" section of this announcement

 

For further information on testing, assistance for persons with disabilities, veterans'

preference and other items, refer to the instructions provided with the "Application for Employment/Promotion."