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The counselor is to provide all the basic therapeutic services required by patients during their treatment experience. The counselor is expected to carry out the philosophy of Caron Treatment Centers in his/her daily work routine and to act as a catalyst in the therapeutic process of the patient’s treatment episode.
1. Case management – overall coordination of a patient’s care while in outpatient services, including the integration of family sessions, communication with referral sources, assessment of patient progress and communication to the clinical team regarding special treatment needs and procedures.
2. Responsible for assessment activities (level of care evaluation, psychosocial interview/integrated summary) – a clinical function to determine eligibility for and placement in a level of treatment based on admission criteria. The writing and summation of findings from therapy and other disciplines with diagnostic impressions.
3. Group therapy and individual counseling – conducting the clinical process through which patients address treatment goals, as stated on their treatment plans via an interactive process with other patients.
4. Family sessions – collecting information on the chemically dependent patient, assessing family dynamics, recommending the family education program and possible ongoing family therapy. This also includes individual family therapy as needed.
5. Aftercare care assessment and planning – assess unresolved and deferred problems and write goals and objectives in the aftercare plan, and coordinate this with the Financial Continuing Care Specialist when necessary.
6. Responsible for the collection of random urine drug screen and breathalyzer samples from patients and relaying the results to the patient.
7. The counselor is expected to work within the ethical constraints of the certified addiction counselor, and other professional or organizational ethic standards as they apply to the position.
8. Responsible for documenting treatment plans, progress notes, treatment plan updates, case consultations, telephone calls and discharge summaries in the patient records in a timely fashion. This includes the coordination of assessments from the multidisciplinary treatment team in according to Caron policy and procedures.
9. Responsible for completing necessary utilization review information and forwarding it to the Financial Continuing Care Specialists.
10. Assume responsibilities such as coordination of internship training programs, perform speaking engagements for targeted groups in the facility and general community, represent the facility on clinical/administrative committees, assist in training new staff and consult or provide other treatment services at Caron facilities as assigned.
11. This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; it does not
prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.
The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
1. Must be able to work extended hours, travel as needed.
2. Must be able to deliver presentations that may be both multiple times and for lengthy time periods.
3. Must be able to lift up to 20 lbs.
4. Must be able to climb stairs.
5. This is a safety sensitive position.
EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Master’s Degree in human services with 6 months clinical experience. Licensure preferred.
2. PA Certification required.
3. Experience in the area of facilitating group therapy required.
4. Knowledgeable in adolescent or adult developmental issues for their respective fields.
5. If recovering two years of uninterrupted sobriety preferred.
6. Must comply with ACT 33 of Pennsylvania law to work with youth populations.