The Independence Center Counselor supervises students, interns, and counseling staff seeking licensure. Provides counseling services requiring specific competencies and/or credentials for reimbursement authorization. Implements assessments, treatment plans, and discharge plans on all clients assigned to their caseload. Actively communicates with referral sources to secure ongoing services for clients preparing to discharge from current levels of care.
PRINCIPAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- *Commits to the mission, vision, beliefs and consistently demonstrates our core values.
- *Participates in quality assurance activities and file audits to ensure compliance with standards (e.g. Medicare, Medicaid, paperwork standards, etc.).
- *Acts as a mentor to new staff and non-clinical staff members (including nurses, technicians, and administrators) by providing education, feedback, and direction.
- *Participates in Independence Center teams and committees (e.g. Forms Committee, SDAC, Practice Committee).
- *Assumes client caseload representative of complexity and area of designated expertise.
- *Exhibits skills in all levels of the continuum of substance abuse treatment, i.e., inpatient care, residential care, intensive outpatient, continuing care, individual sessions and willingness to accept a varied client caseload.
- *Clinically supervises practicum students, interns and counseling staff seeking credentialing as assigned.
- *Establishes and maintains effective therapeutic relationships with clients and/or families and significant other who are experiencing a variety of complex substance abuse problems.
- *Utilizes skills in individual, family and group settings as they apply to primary substance abuse issues.
- *Conducts chemical dependency assessments and evaluations to include a complete psychosocial assessment.
- *Ensures completeness and timeliness in clinical record keeping to include orientation, assessments, progress notes, treatment plan update/staffing reviews and discharge plans.
- Provides educational lectures to both clients and their families in areas specific to substance abuse.
- Presents clinical cases to multidisciplinary team in order to develop and prioritize client's needs, update treatment plans, and plan for appropriate discharge.
- Maintains active and consistent communication with current and potential referral sources in the community to ensure continuity of care for substance abusing clients.
- Clinically communicates with third party payers in order to ensure continued stays for efforts at the appropriate levels of care.
- Provides counseling services requiring specific competencies and/or credentials for reimbursement authorizations as directed by IC Clinical Manager.
- Provides oversight of client care and clinically supports other staff members in the absence of Independence Center Clinical Manager.
- Advances work knowledge by participating in continuing educational in-services, reading periodicals/literature and seeking ongoing development opportunities.
Masters Degree in Counseling or Behavioral Health field required. Licensure as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor with Provisional Licensed Mental Health Practitioner OR Provisional Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor with Licensed Mental Health Practitioner required.
If prior or current history of alcohol and drug dependency, must provide evidence of sobriety for a minimum of 12 months prior to employment.
OTHER CREDENTIALS / CERTIFICATIONS:
Basic Life Support (CPR) certification required. Bryan Health recognizes American Heart Association (for healthcare professionals), American Red Cross (for healthcare professionals) and the Military Training Network.