Hi! My name is Charles Whalen

Qualifying Skills:

As an Alcohol and Drug Counselor/Chemical Dependency Counselor, I have worked with those deemed hard to serve; long term unemployed, drug abusers, felons, and the mentally ill. I have a positive perspective from my interactions that will benefit those with whom I will work. I am comfortable working with any population as a counselor, case manager, manager, and supervisor. I hold a New York State credential as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC). I hold a Minnesota State credential as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor Reciprocal (ADCR-MN). I am an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC). My credentials are through the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC & RC)

 

CD Counselor                                   Pinnacle Recovery Services, PSC
Jun. ’16 – Current                            2215 S 6th Street, Brainerd, MN 56401-5549


§ Meet with clients, complete bio-psycho-social assessments.
§ Complete Treatment Plans and assist clients with goals and objectives.
§ Conduct Group and Individual Counseling Sessions.
§ Give lectures to clients about the disease model of chemical dependency.
§ Provide education to clients about resources in the community that support and encourage recovery lifestyle such as AA, Alanon, NA, and other options.
§ Familiar with the duties associated with the 12 core functions.
§ Familiar and cognizant of the confidentiality requirement of The Federal Confidentiality Rule (CFR-42).
§ Able to meet the record keeping requirements in MN Rule 9530.6440 (Rule 31).
§ Have the skills necessary to build therapeutic alliances with clients.
§ Other duties as assigned.



CD Counselor/House Manager       Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Halfway House
Nov. '15 – Jun. ’16                            17222 Ataage Drive, Onamia, MN 56359


§ Supervised Halfway House Staff;
§ Implemented Halfway House Staff Supervision;
§ Implemented Halfway House Policies and Procedures;
§ Implemented Resident Handbook for Halfway House;
§ Implemented clinical programming curriculum for residents;
§ Implemented professional development training for Halfway House Staff in all of the domains necessary for the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium Examination;
§ Implemented a tracking system for clinical training hours of Halfway House Staff;
§ Conducted Halfway House chemical dependency program orientation sessions;
§ Provided chemical dependency counseling, treatment, and aftercare planning utilizing a variety of modalities for individuals, and group counseling sessions;
§ Coordinated educational programs for the Halfway House treatment program;
§ Recruited Band Elders to serve in mentor roles for treatment program;
§ Networked with other tribal and county human services organizations;
§ Transported residents as necessary;
§ Maintained appropriate records of treatment and referrals for residents;
§ Completed life skills and bio-psycho-social assessments for residents;
§ Assisted residents as necessary and appropriate while in treatment and recovery:
§ Provided liaison between Halfway House staff and other Health and Human Services professionals:
§ Conferred with family and others close to resident while he is in treatment to keep them informed of treatment planning and progress;
§ Participated in discharge planning for residents;
§ Maintained confidentiality of all program participants per United States Code (42 U.S.C. and 290 dd-2).



CD Counselor                                   Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Outpatient Program
Jul. '15 - Nov. '15                             42293 Twilight Road, Onamia, MN 56359


§ Provided chemical dependency counseling, treatment, and aftercare planning utilizing a variety of modalities for individuals, and groups;
§ Coordinated educational programs for the outpatient CD treatment program;
§ Facilitated adult groups;
§ Networked with other tribal and county human services organizations;
§ Provided liaison between CD staff and other Health and Human Services professionals:
§ Participated in discharge planning for clients;
§ Conferred with family and others close to client while he/she is in treatment to keep them informed of treatment planning and progress towards recovery;
§ Recruited Mille Lacs Band Elders to serve in mentor role for those in outpatient treatment programs;
§ Maintained confidentiality of all program participants per United States Code (42 U.S.C. and 290 dd-2).



Group Facilitator                             New York Center for Addiction Treatment Services
Feb. '15 – Apr. '15                           598 Broadway, 2nd Floor, New York, New York 10012


§ Facilitated group counseling sessions;
§ Maintained progress notes for group counseling sessions;
§ Worked where needed per Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services guidelines.


Substance Abuse Counselor            Reality House Inc.
Sept. ‘14 – Dec. ‘14                            8-13 Astoria Boulevard, Long Island City, NY 11102
§ Conducted assessments;
§ Diagnoses and development of service plans;
§ Conducted individual counseling sessions;
§ Facilitated group counseling sessions;
§ Maintained progress notes for group and individual counseling sessions in client files;
§ Provided referrals to appropriate agencies on a needs basis;
§ Prepared aftercare plans and referrals;
§ Worked where needed per Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services guidelines.



Counselor/Outreach Coordinator   New York Indian Council, Inc.
Sept. ’12 – Aug. ‘14                           981 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462


§ Conducted outreach to promote program participation and attendance;
§ Reported to supervisor and submitted weekly status reports;
§ Maintained a log of daily/weekly activities and goals;
§ Conducted needs assessments with customers;
§ Processed enrollments, terminations from services, and tracked status changes;
§ Provided appropriate referral to other programs and services as required;
§ Canvassed employers/employment agencies and educational and vocational institutions, and internet, to assess career options available to customers;
§ Conducted post termination follow-up with customers to determine success of WIA career development/training efforts;
§ Represented the New York Indian Council at Regional and National Workforce Investment Act Conferences and at mandatory partner meetings at other Workforce Investment Act agencies.



Substance Abuse Counselor            Phoenix House Foundation
Mar. ’12 – Aug. ’12                             3151 Stoney Street, Shrub Oak, New York 10588


§ Conducted comprehensive evaluations;
§ Development of comprehensive treatment plans;
§ Conducted individual counseling sessions;
§ Facilitated group counseling sessions;
§ Maintained progress notes for group and individual counseling sessions in client files;
§ Worked where needed per Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services guidelines.
§ Worked where needed per OASAS guidelines.