The Counselor provides services that encompass the Eight Domains of Addiction Counseling: clinical evaluation, treatment planning, referral, service coordination, counseling (individual, family, and group), education, (patient, family, and community), documentation, and professional and ethical responsibilities. This position practices within the Cumberland Heights Model of Care, according to each counselor’s education and training, experience, credentials, and license. Counselors serve as the primary liaison between the patient and/or family and the rest of the treatment team, working closely to create a patient centered individualized plan of care that supports long term recovery. The Counselor position may function in a primary, float, or family counselor role and reports to the Program Director of the assigned program.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include some, or all, of the following:
- Manages a group of patients and coordinates their treatment and services within and across the continuum of care, based on collaboration with the patient, family, and concerned others, in conjunction with the clinical treatment team.
- Clinically evaluates the goals, preferences, needs, barriers, and strengths of the patient and support system, using a variety of standardized and empirical tools for the purposes of treatment planning.
- Diagnoses substance use disorders and/or other co-occurring mental health disorders within limits of scope of practice as defined by education, training, and license, coordinating closely with physicians and psychiatric nurse practitioners as needed.
- Collaboratively creates a patient centered plan of care to support behavioral change toward patient’s goals in establishing ongoing recovery management, including review and revision of the plan of care as needed, as well as creating continuing care plans for the next step on the continuum of care.
- Provides a variety of interactive psycho-educational groups focused on substance use disorders, common mental health issues, and skills to address these for patients and families, including provision of professional and peer support resources internally and in the community.
- Facilitates individual, group and family counseling and/or therapy sessions, within scope of practice as defined by education, training, and license, utilizing evidence-based practices as defined within the Cumberland Heights Model of Care.
- Documents clinical activities in patient record according to established policies and procedures.
- Participates in daily and weekly team meetings and treatment plan review, as well as individual and group clinical supervision, according to organizational policy and license requirements
- Communicates regularly with a wide variety of people in relationship with the patient, including family members, employee assistance professionals, physicians, referrals, judges, probation officers, etc., regarding treatment progress and continuing care needs, as releases of information and applicable law allow.
- In conjunction with clinical support team, assists in maintaining a welcoming, clean and safe outpatient setting for treatment
- Intervenes in crises to deescalate situation and resolve crises, using events as entries into therapeutic process for patient.
- Performs CPR and First Aid as needed
- As assigned, provides clinical supervision for clinicians seeking initial license, interns, and clinical support staff within scope of practice defined by education, training, and license
- Serves on a variety of administrative and quality management teams as clinical representative as assigned
- Represents Cumberland Heights at outside professional meetings as needed, including presentations and marketing/development activities as assigned
- As part of a team, provides a therapeutic environment conducive to healing for patients and families throughout the continuum of care.
- Recommends ways to improve the quality and delivery of services.
- Ensures proper handling and distribution of company funds as needed.
- Maintains confidentiality of company and patient information.
- Reacts productively to change.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
May provide clinical supervision and/or daily task supervision for clinicians seeking initial license, interns, and/or clinical support staff, working closely with administrative supervisor, clinical supervisor, and/or academic supervisor to meet supervisees’ goals and to resolve any issues/concerns; provides clinical and/or daily task supervision within the ethical codes of the discipline, as well as within the NAADAC Code of Ethics and the Cumberland Heights Code of Ethic
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
Master’s Degree in related field (e.g., counseling, counseling psychology, marriage and family therapy, social work) or LADAC I required with LADAC II preferred; LCSW, LPC-MHSP, or equivalency also preferred. One year experience involving addictions related treatment preferred with experience involving age/population specific addiction treatment also preferred; and/or equivalent experience in job related activities; addiction specific Master’s Coursework and/or internships and practicums are a plus.
Counseling: ability to teach, model, and use evidence-based counseling practices for substance use disorders and common co-occurring disorders in support of 12 Step philosophy as appropriate to individual, family, program, and population; ability to quickly establish and maintain therapeutic alliance with individuals and families; ability to self-manage in order to present calm and therapeutic demeanor and effective interventions for patients experiencing extreme stress responses; working knowledge of 12 Step concepts and programs is a plus; ability to be open and culturally humble to a wide variety of patients whose experiences may be outside of the counselor’s own, including the full span of human development.
Communication: ability to effectively speak, read, and write in English; second language, particularly Spanish is a plus; ability to communicate clearly and concisely in terms understandable to patient/family, as well as in clinically appropriate language; ability to communicate in a collaborative strengths-based manner that builds relationships, including those among the team
Technology: proficient in use of Microsoft Outlook applications with ability to quickly learn and utilize specialty software, including electronic medical record; proficient in use of current video technology, including facilitation of online groups, as well as the use of various forms of media (slide decks, smart TVs, internet clips, etc.) for teaching purposes.
Physical/Safety: Ability to lift and/or push pull up to 25 pounds; ability to speak, hear, see, sit, walk, stand, reach and use fine/gross motor skills for essential job functions; ability to move around within and between buildings, as well as across campus on uneven and rural terrain (River Road and ARCH campuses) in response to patient needs; ability to perform emergency crisis intervention holds as needed; certified or eligible to become certified in crisis prevention/intervention, first aid, and CPR.
Professionals in Recovery: One year of recovery required with five years preferred; commitment to practice within professional codes of ethics, including NAADAC and Cumberland Heights’ Code of Ethics, including keeping those codes as relates Cumberland Heights’ patients if one should leave employment.
Position is in a residential or non-residential behavioral healthcare organization that involves interaction with people who are experiencing extreme stress responses, including withdrawal and/or acute intoxication and co-occurring mental health disorders in individual office and group room settings, as well as larger community meeting areas, in a campus setting with multiple buildings (ARCH/River Road) or in a mixed commercial building setting. Position may be subject to evening, night, and/or weekend work, as well as to staying overnight for inclement weather as part of critical staffing.
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How to Apply
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- Date Posted: April 18, 2022
- Type: Full-Time
- Job Function: Clinician
- Service Area: Health (Physical, Mental)