Addictions Counselor

Washington, DC
Sep 22, 2021
Sep 24, 2021
Full Time
Overview: This individual is responsible for the planning and conducting of therapeutic activities for both individuals and groups within the program. They also counsel clients on an individual and group basis and must have a significant to advanced understanding of how therapeutic behavioral health programs operate and how clients progress through the treatment system and full continuum of care.Duties may include, but are not limited to carrying out tasks in the therapeutic care, treatment, and rehabilitation of persons with substance use disorder(s) and/or mental health diagnoses; facilitating and supervising individual and group counseling; working with social service agencies, managed care organizations, hospitals, clinics, courts, prisons and other entities in coordinating client care; assisting clients in their access and utilization of community resources; preparing treatment plans, biopsychosocial histories, discharge/ aftercare plans, reports and maintaining accurate records; encouraging, reassuring and giving needed support; recommending educational and occupational training and/or possibilities for placement; and completing assessments and evaluations based on appropriate ASAM criteria.Work is performed in accordance with established regulations, and policies and procedures; however, employees are expected to exercise significant initiative and independent judgment in discharging duties. Work is reviewed by the Program Director and/or Clinical Supervisor through an evaluation of the completion of assignments through individual and/ or group supervision. Responsibilities: 1. Treat all clients and staff with dignity and respect.2. Attend all team / staff meetings as required by Supervisor.3. Role model pro-social behavior.4. Be responsible for a caseload of clients, as identified by program requirements and in accordance with state regulations.5. Complete required evaluations and assessments, including screening, intake, clinical assessments, ASAM, and biopsychosocial histories, in accordance with established program and state guidelines.6. Complete individual treatment plans upon clients admission and update in accordance with established program guideline.7. Document all clinical services and interventions performed within clients electronic record, and complete monthly treatment reports.8. Maintain accurate electronic records on each client and ensure the timely completion of tasks, within 24 hours of service delivery and no later than 72 hours of service delivery, in accordance with established program guidelines and level of care requirements.9. Conduct individual and group sessions based on clients treatment plan goals, level of care, and state regulations.10. Participate in funding source reviews and make recommendations for treatment and lengths of stay.11. Attend, participate, and when necessary, assist in the facilitation of special events, such as retreats, graduations, etc.12. Moderate special groups and meetings, including family meetings, family education, and workshops.13. Attend court hearings with clients.14. Monitor client progress and adjust treatment plans as needed.15. Coordinate with agency and community resources to ensure a thorough treatment plan and ensure documentation.16. Assist clients with developing a discharge/ continuing care plan and connecting to resources needed to reach personal goals both during the course of treatment and in advance of their discharge.17. Assist clients in developing a thorough discharge plan addressing their most significant needs and follow up with clients after discharge based on regulatory guidelines until they have been established with other case management/social services.18. Ensure collection and documentation of urinalysis/ drug screening samples to ensure compliance with treatment requirements.19. Maintain valid license and appropriate professional certificates and credentials.20. Be able to work at least one evening (12 PM to 8 PM) per week and weekends, as needed.21. All other duties as assigned by Supervisor or designee. Qualifications: Education, Training & ExperienceDistrict of Columbia Education/ Licensure Requirements: DC Health Professional Licensing Administration (HPLA) licensure as a Certified Addictions Counselors (CAC) Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) or Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). Counselor I (CACI): Bachelors Degree Counselor II (CACII): Bachelors degree Counselor III (LGSW, LPC, LICSW): Masters degree in social work or counseling

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