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Cognitive Behavioral Instructor - High Risk Population


Cognitive Behavioral Instructor - High Risk Population


The Cognitive Behavioral Instructor provides on-site facilitation of a structured Cognitive Behavioral Curriculum to a designated criminal justice population at the Lansing Correctional Facility.  These services include facilitating the integration of core components of any cognitive behavioral intervention with focus on substance misuse. This project design is targeted to incarcerated individuals that fall into a high risk need in the area of substance abuse.  The target population will be housed within the segregation unit and will be releasing to the community within six months. Heavy emphasis is placed on skill building activities to assist with cognitive, social, emotional, and coping skill development.


Re-Entry Supervisor


Implementation of a set curriculum:

  • Attend specialized trainings by the University of Cincinnati, to understand the Cognitive Behavioral Curriculum Interventions for the Substance Misuse program developed for use within the criminal justice environment.
  • Complete required forms and paperwork in a timely manner, to meet curriculum requirements.
  • Provide the six components of the substance misuse curriculum, as defined by the University of Cincinnati, to incarcerated participants in one on one and group sessions.  The facilitation of the curriculum requires individual teaching, guidance, and mentoring to participants with the anticipated outcome of successfully completing the core educational requirements.
  • Determine the level of functioning of participants to develop and assign individualized practice work to enhance skill development of participants (critical component).
  • Maintain a professional presence at the correctional facility with appropriate boundaries, to reinforce health and safety of inmates, allowing for appropriate participation in the program in accordance to the project design.
  • Create, develop and implement activities for participants to fulfill in both group and individual settings including development of appropriate social skills as defined by the Substance Misuse Curriculum.
  • Exercise discretion in guiding participants to successful completion of curriculum guidelines
  • Track and document client and program outcomes and provide reports to Clinical Director, Executive Team, and funders as requested.


Program Coordination:

  • Provide back-up support to the Care Coordinator to evaluate and determine eligibility of prospective participants.
    • Screening of individual candidates requires analysis and discernment of whether the candidates are appropriate for initial participation in the program based on cognitive level, functioning and substance use history.
    • Review the individual candidate’s criminal history and determine whether appropriate based on knowledge and understanding of the unique population and environmental circumstances.
  • Monitor and report on achievement of output and outcome goals for the project by continued oversight and analysis of participant’s program involvement. 
  • Determine appropriate assignments based on cognitive skill levels of individual participants.
  • Participate in interactive required trainings and meetings to determine the comprehensive evaluation of program components and outcomes.



  • Able to demonstrate considerable independent judgment and initiative when carrying out the position responsibilities.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.  Displays courtesy, tact, respect and acceptance toward participants, criminal justice personnel, and other stakeholders.  Displays professional image and demeanor at all times.
  • Ethical behavior as demonstrated through honesty, accountability, and maintaining confidentiality.
  • Able to manage time and resources demonstrated by ability to manage several tasks at once and to prioritize tasks appropriately.
  • Able to work through difficult job problems, identify solutions, and utilize supervision appropriately.
  • Works well in intra- and inter-departmental and community organization teams; attentive and cooperative with others in order to successfully accomplish group tasks.
  • Detail-oriented, timely and accurate completion of reports, paperwork, and timesheet.
  • Able to develop, maintain and participate to community partnerships.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.



Bachelor’s Degree work with experience in substance abuse/mental health field, cognitive behavioral education, social services and/or criminal justice area preferred. 

Experience working with diverse communities including those with substance misuse and criminal populations preferred.

Adaptable to change and willingness to adopt new organizational and technology skills

Experience and ability to use multiple computer applications, including but not limited to:

Microsoft Office Suite applications including Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point

Ability to document client progress in electronic medical record

Internet based database applications


  • Salary is based on level of education, experience and licensure. 
  • Full benefits package is available to include:
    • Insurance – Health, Dental, Vision & Life
    • Paid Time Off
    • Paid Holidays
    • Educational Time Off
    • 403 (b) Retirement Program
  • HRADAC meets criteria and qualifies for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program for student loans.

Application Instructions

For more information, contact:

Kris Carnahan, Director of Operations & Administrative Services

Heartland Regional Alcohol & Drug Assessment Center

913-789-0952 or 1-800-281-0029

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