Substance Abuse Counselor - Bi-Lingual (Spanish) - Sign on Bonus eligible

  • Recovery Centers of America
  • Trenton, NJ, USA
  • Apr 29, 2021
Full time Health Care

Job Description

The Counselor provides support to enhance the quality of patient care by working directly with the patients in a treatment setting and collaboratively as a member of the program's multi-disciplinary team. He/She is responsible for assisting the clinical supervisor with direct clinical patient care, as well as clinically involved administrative tasks as assigned. Working in conjunction with the multi-disciplinary team, she/he will help provide a safe and therapeutic treatment experience for the patients served.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Provides direct support to patients by providing 1-to-1 support sessions and/or facilitates groups as scheduled/assigned
  • Engages patients by conducting recovery-oriented activities as scheduled
  • Supports the community to intervene with treatment engagement works to de-escalate treatment barriers
  • Coordinates the weekly clinical programming schedule to reflect the required curriculum and ensure it is effectively communicated to the multi-disciplinary team
  • Facilitates patient engagement and re-engagement sessions as needed
  • Completes clinical administrative tasks under the direction of the Clinical Supervisor including but not limited to: registering all admitted patients to the appropriate group assignment, assigning patients to the clinical team in the absence of the Clinical Supervisor and conducting audits to ensure patient records are in good standing as assigned
  • Specializes in facilitating group sessions including but not limited to: HIV Education, Communicable Disease Education, Tobacco Cessation, and Overdose Prevention
  • Provides group facilitation training to all onboarding staff who will be conducting group sessions, as well as any other staff assigned by the Clinical Supervisor as needing group facilitation support
  • Collaborates with Clinical Supervisor and the multi-disciplinary team to provide support and care to identified high risk patients
  • Supports the clinical/case management team as directed by the Clinical Supervisor
  • Appropriately documents all patient interaction into the record for continuity of care
  • Assists in providing support in family engagement with patients, including but not limited to: supporting or facilitating family orientation and/or seminars, supporting or supervising patient family visits, and contacting families with consent during treatment to help support and engage patients
  • Assesses the counseling needs of the clients
  • Assesses clients using the ASI or using other standardized assessment tool or using other evidence-based validated assessment tool and diagnosing clients for substance disorders using the DSM-V.
  • Determines the appropriate level of care based on ASAM PPC-2R.
  • Obtains previous records that are relevant to the current treatment episode.
  • Collaborates with the client in order to develop a written treatment plan that is client-centered and recovery oriented and includes goals and measurable objectives.
  • Provides the substance abuse counseling services specified in the client treatment plan.
  • Reviews clients throughout the treatment episode according to ASAM PPC-2R, to determine the need for continued services or discharge/transfer.
  • Reviews and, where necessary, revises the substance abuse counseling portion of the client treatment plan to address emerging problems.
  • Develops the client discharge/transfer plans to ensure movement to the appropriate levels of care;
  • Contacts referral sources, providing case consultation and coordination with referral sources.
  • Participating as a member of a multidisciplinary team for assigned clients;
  • Providing active case consultation; and
  • Documents all counseling and education services, assessments, reassessments, referrals and follow-up in the client's clinical record, providing appropriate signatures and dating of such entries, including those made in electronic records.
  • All other duties as assigned

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in a chemical dependency, psychology, social work, counseling, human services, or other related field or;
  • A recognized certification or licensure including 4,000 supervised clinical hours of counseling individuals with substance use disorders with a minimum of 220 hours of documented supervision
  • Minimum of High School diploma/GED required
  • Two years' clinical experience in a health/human service agency
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to prioritize workload
  • Substance abuse counselor shall be either an LCADC or CADC or another licensed health professional doing work of an alcohol and drug counseling nature within their scope of practice.
  • A CADC must work under the supervision of an LCADC or another New Jersey licensed clinical professional designated as a qualified clinical supervisor
  • A CADC cannot diagnose substance abuse.
  • Substance abuse counseling staff without an LCADC or CADC status or who do not possess another New Jersey clinical professional license that includes work of an alcohol or drug counseling nature within their scope of practice shall function as alcohol and drug counselor-interns or credential-interns and shall:
  • Be enrolled in a course of study leading to a CADC or LCADC, or another New Jersey clinical professional license that includes work of an alcohol and drug counseling nature within its scope of practice, without regard to changes in employment, with progress towards certification or licensing on file, reviewed by the facility at least semi-annually and documented; and
  • Be trained, evaluated, and receive continuing formal clinical supervision by the director of substance abuse counseling or designee, pursuant to the clinical supervision rules of the State health professional licensing board for the course of study in which they are enrolled:
  • The State Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners' for licensed marriage and family therapists;
  • The State Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners' Professional Counselor Examiners Committee for licensed professional counselors and licensed associate counselors;
  • The State Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners Alcohol and Drug Counselor Committee for LCADCs and CADCs;
  • The State Board of Psychological Examiners for licensed psychologists; and
  • The State Board of Social Work Examiners for licensed clinical social workers and licensed social workers.

Customer Service: Demonstrates concern for meeting internal and external customers' needs in a manger that provides satisfaction for the customer within the resources that can be made available.

Impact and Influence: Works effectively with and through others including those whom there is no formal authority over.

Project Management: Coordinates the diverse components of the project by balancing scope, time, cost, and quality.

Communication: Communicates well both verbally and in writing, creates accurate and punctual reports, delivers presentations, shares information and ideas with others, has good listening skills.

Work Environment: May work in a variety of environments including professional offices, clinics, hospitals, or out-patient facilities. They spend much of their time on their feet, actively working with patients.

Physical Demands: The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Travel: Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-the-area and overnight travel may be expected

Job Type: Full-time