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Class Code: 359E
Category: Social Services

Class Series Concept

Alcoholism therapists provide treatment for clients experiencing a broad range of emotional, psychological and/or physical problems directly or indirectly related to alcohol use. Alcoholism Therapists utilize a variety of therapeutic modalities in the treatment of clients.


Under general supervision, provide professional alcohol treatment to individuals, families and/or groups, and participate in preventive health care activities.

Distinguishing Characteristics

First-level class of series. These positions are distinguished by functioning under general supervision of a higher-level qualified professional.

Typical Work

Conduct diagnostic evaluations;

Develop treatment plan; provide individual, family and/or group therapy counseling;

Provide crises intervention services to clients and/or family members;

Provide consultation and education to individuals, community groups, agencies or institutions and participate in community activities;

Plan and implement training programs for other health care professionals regarding diagnosis, treatment and prevention of alcohol-related health problems;

Serve as Alcoholism Therapist and/or case manager on health care team advising physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers and others regarding appropriate treatment for clients;

Prepare reports, summaries, progress notes, etc., as part of the medical record;

Participate in research projects, grant writing or other special projects;

Recommend and monitor use of medications used in alcoholism treatment;

May participate in the design and management of preventive health care and alcoholism prevention programs;

May assist in supervision of volunteers, students and support staff;

Perform related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree, and two years of experience in the direct delivery of professional alcohol therapy; OR Master's Degree in a social or behavioral science, public health, nursing, or related field to include training in alcoholism counseling/therapy. Completion of a college/university alcohol studies program can be substituted for one year of experience. Additional professional-level experience may be substituted for education on an equal basis.

Class Specification History

New Class: 2-19-81
New class code, formerly 6118, effective July 1, 2007.