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Addiction Counselor

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What are some addictions that you have worked with previously and can you share something about one addiction with me?
What would an ideal work schedule be like for you?
How would your coworkers describe you?
What makes you feel you will be a good fit for our organization?
What made you choose a career as an Addiction Counselor?
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If a client began to be physically aggressive toward you, how would you handle the situation?
What is something that is rewarding to you about being an addiction counselor?
If you had a client who told you he was only coming to counseling because he was ordered to by a judge and that he had no intention of quitting drugs, how would you handle the situation?
Have you or a loved one ever been directly affected by an addiction?
Do you anticipate any changes in your life within the next 2-3 years that may prevent you from continuing employment here?
Have you ever considered choosing a different specialty?
What are your thoughts about inpatient treatment facilities, and what do you think could make the chances of staying in recovery better for clients after they have been discharged from inpatient care?
Has there ever been a time that you had a disagreement with a coworker, and if so, how was it resolved?
What characteristics do you think are important for an addiction counselor to possess?
Under what circumstances would you feel that you need to turn the care of a client over to another counselor?
Have you ever done any volunteer work or public education related to substance abuse or addiction disorders?
If a client was under the care of another counselor at your place of employment, but that client came to you and suggested that his current counselor had made inappropriate advances toward him, how would you respond?
If you were to teach a counseling intern regarding signs to observe for that may indicate signs of drug abuse, what would you tell them?
Have you ever worked with clients with gambling addictions, and if so, what therapies do you find helpful?
What sets you apart from other counselors and makes you the best choice of candidates for this position?
If you had a client who consistently lied to you regarding his continued substance abuse, how would you handle that situation?
What are you thoughts regarding involving a client's family in their treatment, and how do you go about doing that?
Is there a type of patient or specific diagnosis that you find it more difficult to treat?
Tell me about a time you were trusted with confidential information regarding a patient's care.
If you were the person responsible for hiring new employees, what qualities would you look for in a candidate, and do you think you possess those qualities?
What are some major factors that may cause a patient to relapse, and how do you approach preparing clients to cope with or avoid these risk factors?
Other than individual counseling, what are some other services you have provided to clients and/or their families?
Do you have experience doing group counseling sessions, and if so, what are your thoughts?
If a client has a food addiction, what are some things that you like to do with them as part of their counseling?
What is something that is difficult for you to deal with being an addiction counselor?
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