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Full Time Chemical Dependency Counselor

ASPIRE ADDICTION RECOVERY CENTER

JOB DESCRIPTION

 

Job Title:  COUNSELOR / THERAPIST

 

The Counselor/Therapist position provides counseling assistance to chemically abusing or dependent persons. Collaborates with behavioral health team members in diagnosis and individual service plan by applying specialized knowledge of human development and behaviors and social, economic, and cultural systems in directly assisting individuals, families and groups to improve or restore their capacity for social functioning including counseling and the use of psychosocial interventions and social psychotherapy

 

1.Assesses client’s strengths, needs, abilities and preferences; formulates a diagnostic impression based on current DSM criteria; and in conjunction with the client/family develops a workable plan for treatment.

2.Investigates case situations and presents information to members of clinical team, on client’s family and social background pertinent to diagnosis and treatment

3.Complete treatment plans, discharge summaries and other chart related documents and correspondence for assigned clients in a timely manner.

4.Provide individual counseling and facilitate educational and counseling groups assigned and promptly chart these activities in the client’s records.

5.Selects approach to use in individual therapy such as directive, nondirective, and supportive therapy and plans frequency, intensity, and duration of therapy.

6.Provide skill building psycho-educational and/or support groups

7.Work cooperatively with other community resources and referral sources to coordinate services to clients.

8.Strive to increase professional growth and effectiveness through training and by keeping abreast of current trends and theories in relevant areas.

9.Provide direct behavioral health services including mental health and substance abuse services (i.e., psycho/social assessments, consultation, individual/group/ family therapy, professional in-service training and community education services, etc.) at a rate that achieves or exceeds the minimum direct service standard as established annually.

10.Provides crisis intervention services when authorized and necessary

11.Maintains appropriate state license/registration/certification for scope of practice.

12.Carry out other responsibilities as delegated.

13.DEPENDABILITY-Employee can be counted on to complete assigned tasks in a timely manner with little supervision. Accepts responsibility when necessary to see that the job gets done.

14.ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY-Is prompt and on time for work, assignments and meetings. Notifies supervisor prior to lateness or absence. Understands that excess absences pose a hardship on other employees.

15.JOB SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE-Employee completes all chart related documents and correspondence for assigned clients in a timely manner.

16.Employee provides individual counseling, case management, skills training, and facilitates educational, skill development and counseling groups as assigned and properly and promptly charts these activities in client records.

17.Employee works cooperatively with other community resources and referral sources to coordinate services to clients.

18.QUANTITY AND QUALITY OF WORK – Cares about the quality and accuracy of work being produced.  Accepts responsibility for completing job tasks. Uses time productively and efficiently. 

19.ATTITUDE – Demonstrates a cooperative, positive, and enthusiastic attitude toward fellow employees, clients and visitors.  Maintains a positive attitude in carrying out assignments and is helpful and courteous to fellow employees.

20.CONFIDENTIALITY-Know and follows confidentiality law and procedures at all times.

21.COMMUNICATION SKILLS-Is effective in written and oral expression.  Demonstrates proper telephone etiquette and able to communicate easily with clients, referral sources, and visitors in an appropriate manner.  Relates to clients and co-workers in a respectful and professional manner.

22.CONDUCT – Conducts one’s self in a manner consistent with the agency’s code of ethics and code of conduct.  Shows professionalism in office setting.

23.FLEXIBILITY / HANDLING EMERGENCIES – Responds well to changing situations or routines.  Handles crisis situation calmly and professionally.

 

Competencies

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

 

Interpersonal Skills: Focuses on problem solving skills, not blaming; maintains confidentiality; listen to others without interrupting; keeps emotions well managed; remains open to others’ ideas and willing to try new things.

Oral Communication: Speaks clearly and cogently in all situations; listens and asks for clarification when needed; responds appropriately to questions; demonstrates effective individual, group and family therapy skills; participates in all required meetings.

Written Communication: Writes clearly, legibly and informatively; edits work for spelling, grammar and syntax; able to read and interpret clinical information and all other documentation related to client care. Teamwork: Balances responsibilities to team and clients; exhibits authenticity and respect when interacting with coworkers; gives and receives feedback; contributes to solutions, not the ~ puts team effectiveness above personal preferences; able to contribute to morale of team; make and keep commitments to achieve goals and objectives; supports each coworkers efforts to work with clients effectively.

 

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, the individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. These requirements are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions,

 

Education and Licensure: Master’s LPC, LMFT, LMSW or Ph.D./Psy.D. or LCDC in the State of Texas

Language Skills: Able to read, analyze, and interpret professional materials including articles, journals, psychological test results and state and other governmental regulations. Able to present information effectively and professionally to clients, family members, coworkers and collateral providers Written skills that demonstrate clear communication with all charted notes, reports and correspondence. Mathematical Skills: Able to add and subtract two digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10’s and 100’s, Able to perform these functions using units of American money and weight measurement, volume, and distance.

• Reasoning Ability: Able to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met in order to perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the therapist is required to talk or hear. Much of the time at work is spent seated. Standing and walking are also required. Occasionally lifting and/or moving up to 10 pounds of weight are required.

Work Environment: The work environment described here is representative of those the employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

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