POSITION TITLE: Counselor
RESPONSIBLE TO: Clinical Director, Director of Outpatient Services, CEO
Counselor is responsible for providing direct therapeutic care, facilitating group process sessions as well as group educational/life skills sessions and case management for inpatient/outpatient clients and their families in a residential chemical dependency treatment facility. Counselor will also carry a personal caseload of clients.
All counselors are expected to have a minimum of a Master’s Degree in counseling OR related field and hold the appropriate corresponding licensure OR
A Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, OR working to acquire one of these licensures..
Counselors who have a Master’s Degree but are classified as Interns may be used in lieu of the above criteria with the approval of the Clinical Director.
All counselors must maintain current CPR and CPI (Crisis Prevention Intervention) Certifications.*Provided by facility.
All counselors must have a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.
All counselors must be able to pass pre-employment drug screening, random drug tests, and a criminal background check.
It is preferred that all counselors have proof of current Flu and Hepatitis record.
All counselors must be able to relate to the clients, be team oriented, and work with minimal supervision.
All counselors must be able to provide accurate written reports in a timely manner.
- Ability to apply counseling theories, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment and relapse prevention of substance abuse/chemical dependency.
- Ability to assess and treat behavioral and affective disorders.
- Ability to read, understand and effectively document all information necessary for treatment as well as other related clerical demands.
- Able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions and approaches to problems.
- Ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words/sentences and the ability to communicate information effectively so they will understand.
- Be aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
- Ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- Actively looking for ways to help people.
- Understand the implications of new information for both current and future problem solving and decision making.
- Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
- Monitoring/assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective actions.
- Ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Entering, transcribing, recording, storing or maintaining information in written or electronic form.
- Ability to deal with emotionally aggressive individuals as needed.
- Ability to represent The Ranch at Dove Tree to potential clients, their families, businesses and the general public.
- Ability to use the phone/fax/computer/internet/copier/cell phones.
- Ability to complete a biopsychosocial assessment for each client (due within 72 hours of admission).
- Ability to complete a master treatment plan (due within 5 days of admission)
- Ability to complete individual, family and group progress notes (due within 48 hours of completion of services).
- Ability to complete a discharge summary (due within 7 days of discharge date).
- Ability to use DSM V/Initial Diagnosis/Understanding of ASAM Criteria/Treatment Recommendations.
- Ability to facilitate group and individual therapy within the scope of practice.
- Ability to assess suicidal and homicidal potential, risk, and interventions with suicidal clients utilizing the Suicide Risk Assessment (SRA).
- Ability to provide continuity of care.
- Knowledge of counseling theories, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment and relapse prevention of substance abuse/chemical dependency.
- Knowledge of the assessment and treatment processes for behavioral and affective disorders; knowledge of human behavior and performance, personality, learning and motivation.
- Knowledge of principles and methods of curriculum and training design and teaching and instruction for individuals and groups.
- Knowledge of insurance protocols related to inpatient/outpatient drug and alcohol treatment.
- Knowledge of scope of services provided by The Ranch at Dove Tree.
- Knowledge of National Patient Safety Goals.
- Knowledge of Standard Precautions/Universal Precautions.
- Knowledge of Confidentiality and HIPAA rules and guidelines.
- Knowledge of Client Handbook content.
- Knowledge of Clinical Forms.
- Knowledge of the 12-steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, the disease concept of addiction and the 12 step philosophy.
- Knowledge of The Ranch at Dove Tree’s Family Program
- Knowledge of the visitation guidelines, policies, and procedures.
- Knowledge of general orientation to age, sexual orientation, disability, and cultural diversity.
- Knowledge of the laws regarding reporting of abuse/neglect (mandated reporting).
- Knowledge of the discharge planning process.
- Knowledge of the Atypical discharge procedure.
- Knowledge of using approved abbreviations in documentation process.
- Knowledge of outcome studies and treatment effectiveness collection process through Recovery Trac.
- Knowledge of FMLA documentation for clients, when needed/requested.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Provide individual and group counseling sessions for clients twice a week to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, making life changes and document clients’ progress.
- Assist Admissions Director with screening and assessment and completion of admissions paperwork.
- Facilitate Process Groups at least one time a week or as needed.
- Facilitate Educational/Life Skills Groups at least one time a week or as needed.
- Facilitate Family Groups as needed.
- Complete and maintain accurate records and reports regarding the clients’ histories and progress, services provided as well as other required information.
- Interview clients, review records, and confer with other professionals in order to evaluate individuals’ mental and physical condition and to determine their suitability for participation in the recovery program.
- Develop client centered treatment plans with client based on client histories, client’s presenting problems, client centered goals, client progress and clinical experience.
- Review and evaluate clients’ progress in relation to measurable goals described in treatment plans.
- Modify treatment plans to comply with changes in client status.
- Plan and implement follow-up/aftercare programs for clients to be discharged from treatment facility.
- Provide clients and their family members with information about chemical dependency issues and about available services/programs, making appropriate referrals when necessary.
- Maintain availability for family members of clients including conducting family therapy sessions as needed.
- Be aware of and safeguard all client rights.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Work Activities
- Coordinate counseling efforts with other mental health professionals on staff during weekly treatment team meetings.
- Coordinate counseling efforts with other health professionals such as doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, and/or mental health professionals as needed.
- Participate in treatment team meetings and employee staffing meetings.
- Participate in ongoing education and in-services.
- Coordinate outside appointments when needed.
- Other duties as assigned.
PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL DEMANDS
- Must be in sufficient health and stamina to meet the physical, psychological, and emotional safety needs of clients.
- Must be in sufficient health to withstand psychological and emotional stressors found in an active chemical dependency treatment setting.
- Must be able to satisfactorily perform and maintain rapport with clients and staff while attending to a wide range of therapeutic, clerical and supportive duties in sometimes stressful and demanding circumstances.
THIS DOCUMENT IS ONLY A JOB DESCRIPTION THAT STATES THE PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS OF THIS POSITION AND PROVIDES A TOOL FOR RATING PERFORMANCE. THE MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THIS POSITION HAVE BEEN LISTED ABOVE. AT ALL TIMES THE EMPLOYEE MAY BE ASSIGNED OTHER DUTIES.
- Supervised by:
- Clinical Director, Director of Outpatient Services, CEO
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS AND OTHER RISK FACTORS
- Counselors may provide care to clients who have infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis.
- Counselors may be exposed to physically and emotionally aggressive and threatening behavior.
Job Type: Full-time
- Health insurance
- Dental insurance
- Vision insurance
- Retirement plan
- Paid time off