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Counselor

Company: Symetria Recovery
Location: Joliet
Posted on: May 14, 2022

Job Description:

Job Title: Counselor
Site Location: (2 openings on site) Spring, TX & Joliet, IL
Reports To: Clinical Supervisor or Program Director
FLSA Classification: Hourly/Non Exempt

Job Purpose:
To provide effective counseling services to patients in a substance use disorder program.

Degree of Supervision:
The counselor receives monthly individual supervision and a weekly group supervision. Additionally, the counselor participates in multidisciplinary team staffing weekly. The counselor's group-facilitation practices are observed and supervised quarterly. During staffing, the counselor discusses his/her patients with an emphasis on cases that require added attention based on risk, health and patient safety.

Job Responsibilities:
Completes comprehensive assessment within program guidelines, and formulates diagnostic impression, by conducting patient and/or collateral interviews, reviewing substance abuse and treatment history, and conferring with staff and referral sources.
--- Prepares individualized treatment plan, in accordance with established standards and deadlines, consistent with assessment, and in conjunction with patient and supervisor, to include developmentally appropriate goals, interventions, and necessary support or referral services. Evaluates patient response to treatment and modifies treatment plan or recommends continued stay as circumstances require.
--- Develops patient discharge plans that integrate aftercare treatment and utilization of appropriate referral resources.
--- Conducts individual counseling sessions with patients in accordance with treatment plan or as necessary for crisis intervention.
--- Prepares and conducts group counseling sessions; facilitates discussion and interaction; and enables group members to understand and accept responsibility for the recovery process and acquire necessary coping and behavioral management skills.
--- Documents treatment plans, narrative progress notes, interventions, treatments, evaluations, discharge summaries, treatment plan reviews, and so forth; and maintains patient records and charts in accordance with organizational, regulatory, accreditation, and contractual standards.
--- Maintains regular communication with patient family members or other supports; as well as collaterals and referents for whom releases have been executed. Prepares written reports and correspondence as necessary.
--- Performs case management, and serves as patient advocate, by obtaining, coordinating and scheduling additional medical or psychiatric treatment; or other biopsychosocial services indicated to support patient's progress and recovery. Maintains rapport with local community resources to ensure effective referral options and contacts.
--- Contributes to patient care monitoring, which requires regular reporting of caseload activities and results to supervisors and participating in clinical staff meetings to review patient progress and treatment plans and recommend continuation or modification of treatment.
--- Attends job-specific training offered within and outside the organization to enhance job skills and knowledge.
--- Develops and utilizes knowledge of federal and state rules and regulations governing confidentiality.
--- Participates in performance improvement activities as appropriate.
--- Any and all duties as assigned.

Experience, Skills and/or Requirements
--- Advanced communication skills; and knowledge of group and individual dynamics, conflict resolution, intervention techniques and evidence-based addiction treatment theory and practice; at a level normally acquired through completion of a master's degree in psychology, social work, mental health counseling or substance abuse counseling; or equivalent education and life experience.
Ability to perform assessment, treatment planning, and counseling, with minimal supervision and direction, at a level normally acquired through two years prior experience in the substance abuse field.
--- Current certification or qualification as an alcohol, drug or substance abuse counselor as required by company, association, board or commission in state of employment. A clinical license, LPC, LCPC, LSW, LCSW, will suffice in place of or in addition to current certification.
--- Advanced interpersonal skills necessary to encourage and support patients through challenging phases of recovery; provide effective counseling through appropriate empathy, support, intervention, direction, and conflict resolution; interact effectively with family members; and maintain effective relationships with outside agencies and referral sources or services.
--- Analytical abilities necessary to conduct comprehensive assessments, prepare treatment plans, provide counseling and case management, and complete progress evaluations and related reports

Internal Relationships
--- Other counselors, front office staff, nurses and physicians

External Relationships
--- Participate in community and professional continuing education, training and conferences.
--- Develop and maintain professional relationships with partners, referral sources and outside constituents.

Competency Measurements
--- Patient satisfaction scores.
--- Engagement, retention and continuity of care outcomes.
--- Successful completion percentages.
--- Knowledge of health information related to adult and mental health.
--- Knowledge of company policy and procedure, ASAM, DSM-5, DASA Rule 2060, ACA and/or NASW code of ethics and other therapeutic strategies and evidence-based treatment theory and practices.

The preceding job description has been designed to provide the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed. It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to do this job. Management reserves the right to modify this document at any time with or without notice. This job description is not a contract or a promise of employment for any specific period of time. My Signature below acknowledges that I have received a copy of this document, have read and understand the duties and essential functions of the position and can perform these duties with or without reasonable accommodation.

Keywords: Symetria Recovery, Joliet , Counselor, Other , Joliet, Illinois

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