Substance Use Counselor

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The Substance Use Counselor provides a full range of integrated casework including counseling, advocacy and substance use treatment services to individuals, groups and/or families. They provide assessment, treatment plan development, psychotherapy, and referrals, counseling program participants on matters of alcohol and/or substance abuse. The program helps patients achieve sobriety or treatment goals consistent with harm reduction philosophies.

As part of the Essential Function for this role, the Substance Use Counselor:

· Counsels patients admitted to the OASAS Chemical Dependency Program, utilizing harm reduction and other knowledge-based skills in the treatment of addiction

· Screens patients for admission and completes all admission forms, including psychosocial assessment, admission PAS forms, etc

· Participates in the development of treatment plans, establishing long- and short-term goals.  Integrates and implements team recommendations into the plan

· Conducts group therapy educational training sessions and relapse prevention groups

· Maintains accurate, confidential and legible medical electronic records on each client according to agency and OASAS standards

· Initiates discharge planning and referrals, acting as a liaison for the client, and completes discharge summaries

· Upholds and complies with professional ethics, confidentiality and regulations

Qualified Candidate will have a Master’s of Social Work or Mental Health Counseling degree (LCSW, LCSW-R or LMHC) with two (2) years of related clinical experience in addition field, preferably with individuals struggling with alcohol and/or substance addiction OR Bachelor’s of Social Work WITH CASAC and two (2) years of related clinical experience in the addiction field, preferably with individuals struggling with alcohol and/or substance addiction. Preferred candidates will have an established NPI number for billing services and experience with an EMR (Electronic Medical Record). Competence in working with multicultural groups essential. Candidate must be able to communicate clearly and professionally, and demonstrate personal responsibility and integrity. Ability to handle Protected Health Information (PHI) in a manner consistent with HIPAA a must. Sensitivity to and experience with cultural diversity, Harm Reduction, LGBTQ population, Substance Use population and HIV/AIDS issues is essential.

Job Type: Full-time

Required education: Master’s OR Bachelor’s WITH CASAC

Required experience: Clinical experience in addiction field, with individuals struggling with alcohol and/or substance addiction

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