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12 Core Functions: Orientation

Once a client is enrolled in treatment, orientation takes place. The goal is to familiarize the client with their program and establish the beginnings of a support network. During orientation, many topics are covered such as the goals and general nature of the program, the rules that govern conduct and the procedure regarding infractions that …

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12 Core Functions: Counseling

Once a treatment plan is in place, counseling begins. Sessions can consist of individual, group, and sessions with significant others. The goal of counseling is to actively assist and support the client n achieving the objectives of their treatment plan. During counseling, the client will explore an issue, its consequences, and impact, the connection to …

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12 Core Functions: Treatment Planning

Based on all information gathered from core functions one through four, the counselor next facilitates treatment planning. During this phase, the counselor works with the client to both identify and prioritize issues in need of resolution. Immediate and long-term goals and strategies are established. Appropriate treatment methods and resources are identified and incorporated to create …

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12 Core Functions: Assessment

Not to be confused with screening the assessment is the procedure used by a counselor to identify and evaluate a client’s strengths, weaknesses, issues, and needs for the purpose of creating a treatment plan. At this point, the counselor uses all the information already gathered to ensure they are fully versed in their clients: relevant …

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12 Core Functions: Intake

As it applies to the substance use field, the intake process is the administrative and initial assessment procedure that allows for admission to a program. It’s an extension of the screening process. Without intake, a potential client’s eligibility and appropriateness for a service or program would be far less accurate. The intake process involves three …

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12 Core Functions: Screening

Screening is the process by which the client is determined appropriate and eligible for admission to a program.   The screening function is a preliminary interview to begin gathering information about the client to determine if admission to a specific substance use disorder treatment program is appropriate.  At the screening, it determines if a client has …

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