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1. In your previous counseling experience, have you ever had to enforce policies you didn't agree with?
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Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors advise people who have alcoholism or other types of addiction, eating disorders, or other behavioral problems. They provide treatment and support to help the client recover from addiction or modify problem behaviors.
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Addiction Counselor Interview Questions
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As an Addiction Counselor, what do you believe is your best asset?
 
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My willingness to meet clients where they are at.
 
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The ability to understand people's problems.
 
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What motivates you to succeed?
 
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Knowing that what I am doing counts, no matter what the outcome. You may not be able to be the world to everyone but to one peson you might be the world.
 
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My family and my personal grow.
 
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How do you cope with stressful situations?
 
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I believe I cope very well in stressful situations. I am able to handle them with grace and sometimes it pushes me to do better.
 
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I am able to cope with stressful situations when they arise.
 
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Why do you want a career as an addiction counselor?
 
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To help individuals and families who are seeking help, due to my familial expreiineces.
 
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Because I love work with and help people.
 
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What decisions are easiest for you to make? What are the most difficult?
 
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To refer a client to an more intensive treatment program when they need it. The most difficult is testify against my client in court for non-complain w/ tx. Recommendations.
 
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Choices that promote well being are easily made. It is difficult to make decisions based on ethics.
 
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What three words would you use to describe yourself?
 
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Humble, good listening, emphaty.
 
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Creative understanding professional.
 
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What was your biggest disappointment as an addiction counselor?
 
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Helping others and not helping my youngest brother who was addicted.
 
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I can not say that I have had a disappointing moment in this field, just situations to learn and grow from in the future.
 
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How well do you work with people?
 
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I'm always a team player. Successful treatment requires a team.
 
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I love work with people, they respect me and follow up the rules.
 
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What new approaches have you recently tried? What has been successful?
 
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Behavioural, humanistic Getting to know your clients.
 
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I find out what clients are good at and present them with opportunities to make their skill a habit.
 
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How do you cope with a young patient, or any patient, that overdoses?
 
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I would be able to cope with a patient that overdoses if I follow all steps to assist patient accordingly.
 
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It has to be difficult, but I would remind myself of everything I did right rather than everything I did not do.
 
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What are your weaknesses?
 
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What types of patients do you have the most difficulty treating?
 
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Patients who have been in treatment several times without making any positive changes, they die as a result of their substance abuse problem.
 
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I have the most difficulty treating patients that either knows it all, or in denial about having an addiction.
 
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What type of patient are you not comfortable being around?
 
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Ones who initiate physical touch when I dont know them or without being asked.
 
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With those who have a very serious mental heath issues and are very aggressive.
 
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Have you facilitated any outreach programs? Tell me about it.
 
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Yes, seeking and recruiting new potential customer.
 
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No, I haven't ran any out reach programs, but often in contact with outreach teams.
 
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How do you involve the patient's family during treatment?
 
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When necessary and appropriate releases have been signed to do so.
 
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You can consult with patients families if a consent form has been signed on their behalf.
 
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How do you handle angry patients?
 
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Using anger reduction training skills Breathing Identifying objects journaling exercise.
 
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I just relax, listen careful, and wait until he/she express or display their anger.
 
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What do you feel is the most important skill an addiction counselor should possess?
 
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Ability to listen nonjudgementally.
 
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Flexible with approaches as people are impacted differently. And the capability to be non judgmental.
 
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What is your greatest accomplishment as an addiction counselor?
 
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Seeing someone get their 10 year sobriety chip.
 
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Seeing a client being married and having a wonderful and stable life after being in treatment.
 
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What are your strengths?
 
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