Counselor

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Job Title: Counselor Intern / Counselor / Senior Counselor
Supervisor’s Title: Program Director
Department: Residential & Outpatient
Approved/Revised Date: 06/2018; 08/2021

Job Summary

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Position Type and Expected Hours of Work*
This is a counseling position and employee work schedule will be reflected during time of on-boarding. The work schedule will include evenings and weekend hours and can be changed based on business needs. This is a full time position, the incumbent must work 40 hours per week (35 hours working, 1 hour break each day).
Integrity House is committed to helping individuals and families through an effective and measurable system of comprehensive Therapeutic Community addictions treatment, mental health treatment, and recovery support in a way that brings about positive, long-term, lifestyle change.

Duties, Responsibilities, Scope and Essential Functions

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Diagnose clients utilizing DSM criteria for SUD and MH disorders, within the scope of practice as defined by licensing regulations.

  • Determine appropriate level of care based on ASAM criteria utilizing the Level of Care Index (LOCI)
  • Complete intakes for new admissions in all required systems (EMR, NJSAMS, etc.), and discharge clients from the same as needed or assigned.
  • Develop a mutually agreed upon treatment plan to address the clients multidimensional needs, and update the plan as determined by DOH regulations. The treatment plan must be client-centered; recovery oriented and includes goals with measurable objectives, and inclusive of family involvement.
  • Obtain collateral information from prior treatment episodes to support the current episode.
  • Provide substance abuse counseling services (i.e. individual counseling, group counseling, crisis intervention) utilizing evidenced based skills (i.e. CBT, MI, etc.).
  • Facilitate groups utilizing evidenced based curricula, with fidelity to the model.
  • Seek active case consultations and maintain ongoing communication (direct & in-direct) with supervisor, Director, coworkers, and referral sources.
  • Provide case management services to supplement the client’s treatment episode, including recovery supports and for co-occurring disorders.
  • Engage the client’s family (with consent) and referral source to support the client’s treatment episode.
  • Collaborate with nursing and psychiatrist regarding the clients primary care, medication assisted treatment, and psychiatric needs.
  • Complete weekly billing to submit to supervisor on time.
  • Participate in weekly Multidisciplinary Treatment Team meetings for assigned clients, clinical supervision, trainings, workshops, and etc. – as assigned by Director.
  • Keep accurate records and clinical documentation, in accordance with Annex A requirements and organizational policies; complete clinical documentation for all counseling, education services, assessments, reassessments, referrals, and follow-up in electronic record while maintaining quality assurance standards are met.
  • Document complete and detailed facility incident reports.
  • Secure continuing care for all clients on caseload, with collaboration from referral source.
  • Reassess clients need for continuing care utilizing LOCI & update treatment plans as defined by DOH regulations.
  • Conduct CSR for SAI, LOCI/Extension Requests for Drug Court clients and Utilization Review for Private Insurance clients.
  • Escort clients using company vehicle (if approved) to medical, legal, or recreational appointments.
  • Collect drug screens through direct observation for clients of the same gender.
  • Observe the self-administration of medication, where applicable.
  • Accompany clients to outside appointments, where applicable (residential)
  • Monitor the day to day functions of the unit including compliance with schedule, appointments, meals, movement, recreation, safety, etc.
  • Perform additional functions supportive of the program as assigned by the respective Program Director.
  • Adhere to all safety and security protocol of the worksite.

Physical Requirements
The incumbent is required to stand/sit for extended periods of time, lift heavy objects on a regular basis, and do repetitive tasks with few breaks. This is a largely sedentary role; however, some filing is required, which would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary.
Direct Reports
None
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  • Qualifications

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  • Counselor Intern I: HS Diploma, GED, AA, BA, BS: must actively pursue valid credential (CADC) from start of hire and obtain credential within 3 years of hire.
  • Counselor Intern II: Master’s Degree in Social Work or Counselor: must actively pursue valid credential (CADC, LCADC, LSW, or LAC) from start of hire and obtain credential within 3 years of hire.
  • Counselor II: HS Diploma, GED, AA, BA, BS with CADC
  • Counselor III: Master’s Degree in Social Work, Addiction, or Counseling with LSW, LAC, or LCADC
  • Counselor IV: Master’s Degree in Social Work or Counseling with LCSW or LPC
  • Senior Counselor: Master’s Degree in Social Work or Counseling with LCSW or LPC and LCADC
  • At least three (1) years’ experience in human services fieldwork (Preferred)
  • Experience in substance abuse program management, delivery, and evaluation (Preferred)

Specialized Skills, Abilities and Knowledge:

  • Strong working knowledge of ASAM criteria
  • Strong understanding of symptom criteria (as outlined in the DSM) necessary to identify mental health, personality and substance use disorders.
  • In-depth knowledge of the causes and effects of addiction on individuals, families and society
  • Understanding of crisis management and the ability to deal with life threatening situations including the prevention of suicide and/or homicide under the guidance of the correctional center staff if needed
  • Understanding of addictions recovery, motivational interviewing and 12-step treatment methods
  • Knowledge of needs and risk assessment
  • Comprehension of case management and record keeping practices
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite
  • Cultural Sensitivity
  • In depth knowledge and strict adherence to the Code of Ethics and client’s Bill of Rights
  • Ability to clinically justify treatment at various level of care using ASAM criteria
  • Ability to conduct service reviews and negotiate continued residential treatment with insurance companies, drug court task evaluators and SAI care coordinators
  • Ability to conduct clinical assessments under the supervision of a Clinical Supervisor
  • Ability to conduct a suicidal/homicidal risk assessment
  • Ability to identify symptoms associated with mental health and personality disorders
  • Effective clinical communication, both written and verbal
  • Ability to establish strong therapeutic alliances with clients and solid working relationships with staff
  • Ability to demonstrate cultural awareness, genuine positive regard and empathy regarding client concerns
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain strict confidentiality in performing counselor duties

Competencies

  • Compassion
  • Excellence
  • Teamwork

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  • Collaboration
  • Flexibility
  • Results Driven

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Working Environment
This position operates in an office and clinical setting. This job function uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, fax machines.
Required Education, Credentials, and Experience

Key Performance Indicator (KPIs)

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Percentage of client documentation requirements fulfilled by end of week (goal of 100%)

  • Billable services provided weekly (goal of 100%)

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The intent of this job description is to describe the central functions of the work being performed by each incumbent assigned to the job. The job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required by each incumbent. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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Education/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Services field (Preferred). [Counselor II, III, IV, and Senior will require a Master’s degree.]
  • At least three (3) years’ experience in human services fieldwork (Preferred)
  • Experience in substance abuse program management, delivery, and evaluation (Preferred)

Licensing and/or Certifications:

  • Credentials (e.g., CADC) ? Master’s Level Licensure (e.g., LSW, LAC, LCADC) ~~ [for Counselor III, IV and Sr. positions only]
  • Clinical Licensure (e.g., LPC, LCSW)
  • A valid Driver’s License

Knowledge:

  • Strong working knowledge of ASAM- PPC 2-R Placement Criteria
  • Strong understanding of symptom criteria (as outlined in the DSM-IV) necessary to identify mental health, personality and substance use disorders
  • In-depth knowledge of the causes and affects of addiction on individuals, families and society
  • Understanding of crisis management and the ability to deal with life threatening situations including the prevention of suicide and/or homicide
  • Understanding of addictions recovery, motivational interviewing and 12-step treatment methods ? Knowledge of needs and risk assessment
  • Comprehension of case management and record keeping practices
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite ? Cultural Sensitivity
  • In depth knowledge and strict adherence to the Code of Ethics and client’s Bill of Rights

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to clinically justify treatment at various level of care using ASAM placement criteria
  • Ability to conduct service reviews and negotiate continued residential treatment with insurance companies, drug court task evaluators and SAI care coordinators.
  • Ability to conduct clinical assessments under the supervision of a Clinical Supervisor
  • Ability to conduct a suicidal/homicidal risk assessment
  • Ability to identify symptoms associated with mental heath and personality disorders.
  • Effective clinical communication, both written and verbal
  • Ability to establish strong therapeutic alliances with clients and solid working relationships with staff.
  • Ability to demonstrate cultural awareness , genuine positive regard and empathy regarding client concerns
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain strict confidentiality in performing counselor duties

Job Summary

  • To provide best practice clinical services to clients who suffer from addiction and mental health disorders.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assess client’s counseling needs using evidence-based validated assessment tools (i.e. ASI, CASI, etc.), diagnose clients for substance disorders using the DSM, and determine appropriate level of care based on ASAM PPC in order to provide individual and group therapy, psycho-education, case management, and crisis intervention to clients.
  • Counselor shall obtain previous records that are relevant to the current treatment episode and collaborate with clients to develop a written treatment plan that is client-centered, recovery oriented and includes goals with measurable objectives.
  • Provide substance abuse counseling services specified in the client treatment plan, when and where necessary, revise substance abuse counseling portion of treatment plan to address emerging problems and review clients throughout treatment according to ASAM PPC to determine the need for continued services, transfer or discharge.
  • Conduct CSR for SAI, LOCI/Extension Requests for Drug Court clients and Utilization Review for Private Insurance clients; process and monitor results of urine analysis and escort clients using company vehicle (if approved) to medical, legal, or recreational appointments and be available for on call crisis.
  • Provide active case consultations and maintain ongoing communication (direct & in-direct) with supervisor, Director, coworkers, families (if consent is given) and referral sources; participate in weekly Multidisciplinary Treatment Team meetings for assigned clients, clinical supervision, trainings, workshops, and etc. – as assigned by Director.
  • Keep accurate records and clinical documentation, in accordance with Annex A requirements; complete clinical documentation for all counseling, education services, assessments, reassessments, referrals, and follow-up in the client’s clinical record as outlined in Integrity’s policy. Ensure all appropriate signatures and dates are recorded in paper and/or electronic records while maintaining quality assurance standards are met.
  • Document complete and detailed facility incident reports for Director and any other persons stipulated to receive them, including referral source per contractual agreement and emergency contact when appropriate.
  • Develop client’s transfer and/or discharge plans to ensure movement to appropriate levels of care; contact referral source(s), provide case consultation and coordination with referral sources (i.e., criminal justice agencies, schools, employers, DYFS, and/or mental health treatment providers).
  • Perform additional functions supportive of the program as assigned by the respective Program Director.

Location: 103 Lincoln Park, Newark, NJ 07102

Job Types: Full-time, Internship

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