Addiction counselor interns assist rehabilitation/therapy counselors in helping individuals suffering from substance abuse to manage and overcome their addictions. These interns are usually students nearing graduation from a psychological or behavioral therapy program or a related counseling/therapy discipline, and their duties range from interacting with patients to assisting counselors with bookkeeping and reporting tasks.
The roles of a counselor intern will vary by individual programs and facilities. They may oversee interviews and discussions with prospective patients to help assess their individual needs, as well as perform regular progress assessments and assist counselors in other ways. Many counselors prefer to have an intern present at therapy sessions to help create a more comfortable setting, and interns may also assist in tracking and reporting prescribed medications.
Some addiction counselor interns may have administrative duties; these can include transcribing therapy notes or sessions and ensuring that documentation of patient interactions is reported and filed accurately. They also assist office management personnel with updated requests and inventory needs from clinical staff, and may be involved in record-keeping and paperwork.
Addiction counseling internships may be paid or unpaid, and are typically available to students who are enrolled in good standing at an accredited college or university. Most interns in this position are pursuing a degree in counseling, psychology, or a related field. Addiction counseling interns generally work in clinical settings during traditional weekly business hours.
Addiction Counselor Intern Tasks
Plan, coordinate and implement counseling services under direction of a certified counselor.
Create and maintain contacts with rehabilitation resources and organizations.
Develop plans for re-entry and post-rehabilitation care.