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What Makes a Good Counselor

Posted on :  July 16th, 2015  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Shopping for a good counselor for an opioid treatment facility is easier than most people think. There are several qualities that can be vetted during preliminary interviews, so the good candidates will stand out significantly from the poor ones. Whether you are looking to hire a top counselor for a treatment center or you are looking for a counselor for your own addiction or a loved one’s addiction, the desirable qualities are all the same.

Believing in the Treatment

The best counselors at treatment centers are the ones who actually believe that methadone works. When counselors show any sign of reluctance in appropriately prescribing methadone (at a methadone clinic), patients can suffer and so can the reputation of the clinic itself. Most methadone clinics will not employ counselors who do not recognize the power of methadone treatments.

Experience and Kindness Make a Big Difference

Patients often enjoy having a counselor with experience, either personal or with a loved one, regarding addiction and treatment. When a counselor has battled addiction, he or she can offer person lessons to patients. However, counselors also need to have the right education and training to work with real patients suffering from their own real addictions. Personal experience does not offer the same treatment counseling that proper training does.

Build Appropriate Relationships with Warmth

One of the most important traits of a good counselor is being able to build a relationship with patients. The best counselors are not judgmental and they are also warm and kind. They listen and show compassion. It should not matter if a counselor has personal experience as an addict, because compassion can be shown by everyone in the business.

Professional Competencies and Technical Knowledge

According to the publications for counselors who work with men and women who suffer from substance abuse, there are specific competencies and technical skills that counselors should have. Most importantly, they should know addiction. They should be aware of the physical and mental effects of drugs. They should also know all about the different types of treatment options and why they work and do not work. Counselors also need to understand how to best help each patient based on his or her unique needs.

Courteous and Professional Behavior Goes a Long Way

When someone decides to become a counselor and work in a methadone clinic, that counselor needs to be able to behave in a professional manner. It is important to appear as a capable person and to always be courteous. It is important to treat each patient with respect and not use language that makes them seem less than human. It is also important to have appropriate boundaries with their patients, without being too aloof or too close to their patients. Each counselor needs to behave ethically and continue professional development to stay involved in the newest ideas in the profession.

Reducing Turnover for Patients

The best clinics will recruit and hire top counselors and they keep those counselors for long periods of time. Patients appreciate having their favorite counselors during their entire treatment time frame. No one wants to be forced to switch counselors because their favorite counselor left. Every employer knows that turnover can be detrimental to the success of any organization, especially when an organization works with people. Top clinics will pay their counselors well and provide them with worthwhile benefits, too.

Working Together to Help Patients Succeed

Another important aspect of any methadone clinic is the medical staff. While the counseling staff is vital with their one-on-one work with patients, the medical staff is important because of their knowledge of prescription medications. Nurses and doctors need to be properly certified and they need to continue their education, too. It is important that the counselors and the medical staff communicate well with each other to provide the best support for their patients.

Towards Recovery Clinic can be reached by phone at 905-527-2042.

Who We Serve ?

  • Individuals using/abusing street narcotics (e.g. heroin).
  • Patients abusing prescription narcotics(i.e., Codeine, Talwin, Percocet/Percodan, Dilaudid, Morphine or Demerol, et cetera).
  • Individuals displaying any of the following behaviours: Compulsive drug use or drug seeking/craving.
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