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Cumberland Heights

Counselor Residential SUD Treatment

Cumberland Heights


Job Summary

The Residential Counselor supports Cumberland Heights’ mission of transforming lives, bringing hope and healing to those affected by substance use disorders.  


The Residential 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 residential 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 residential program.

Job Responsibilities

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 residential continuum of care, including transitions to the next level of care, based on collaboration with the patient, family, and concerned others, in conjunction with the clinical treatment team, as well as clinicians at the next level of care.
  • 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 the 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 the provision of professional and peer support resources internally and in the community.
  • Facilitates individual, group, and family counseling and/or therapy sessions, within the 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 records 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
  • Collaborates with internal utilization review specialists and case managers, as well as specific third-party payor case managers, to provide the necessary information for concurrent review and benefit authorization for the patient’s care, including providing education and clarification for patients and families as needed.
  • Collaborates with patients, families, case managers, and financial advisors, to thoughtfully utilize financial resources for care.
  • 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 the clinical support team, assists in monitoring and managing the patient community as a therapeutic milieu, including working with patients with behavioral struggles in a manner that supports the individual patient and the community.
  • Intervenes in crises to de-escalate situations and resolve crises, using events as entries into a therapeutic process for the patient.
  • Performs CPR and First Aid as needed
  • As assigned, provides clinical supervision for clinicians seeking initial licenses, interns, and clinical support staff within the 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 an 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 Ethics


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 essential functions.


Master’s Degree in a related field (e.g., counseling, counseling psychology, marriage, family therapy, social work) or LADAC I required with LADAC II preferred; LCSW, LPC-MHSP, or equivalency also preferred. One year of experience involving addiction-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.

Additional Information


Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Life,  Critical illness, and Critical accident insurance


Generous PTO

Beautiful location with walking trails and other onsite amenities

How to Apply

Visit our website www.cumberlandheights.org and follow the link to careers 


  • Date Posted: August 7, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Clinician
  • Service Area: Health (Physical, Mental)