Women's Residential Counselor

$45,000 - $58,000 yearly
  • Women's Empowering Life Line
  • Nov 16, 2022
Full time Licensed Mental Health Professional Licensed Professional Licensed Substance Abuse Professional

Job Description

Job description

Are you looking for a family-like atmosphere full of hope, understanding and compassion? The WELL is the perfect place for you! Women's Empowering Life Line serves adults with substance use disorder and mental health needs. We have 5 locations and are located within the Norfolk, NE community. We care about each other, support one another and have fun while doing so! The position of the Counselor is a vital role in our organization and we can't wait to bring you onto our team!


1. Minimum of Master’s Degree in Counseling or Social Work, and at least two (2) years’ work experience in the field of alcohol and drug use disorders.

2. Must be dually licensed as an LMHP and LADC. One of these licenses may be provisional.

3. A minimum of two years’ sobriety if diagnosed with a substance use disorder.

4. Have a sophisticated set of interpersonal skills, including verbal fluency, interpersonal perception, affective modulation and expressiveness, warmth and acceptance, empathy and focus on others.

5. Have the ability to display cues of acceptance, understanding and expertise in the first moments of interactions with consumers through verbal and non-verbal behavior.

6. Possess the ability to form a working alliance with a broad range of clients, which includes the therapeutic bond and agreement about the tasks and goals of therapy.

7. Have the ability to provide an acceptable and adaptive explanation for a consumer’s distress.

8. Possess the ability to create a treatment plan that is consistent with the explanation provided to the client.

9. Be influential, persuasive and convincing through the use of motivational enhancement techniques.

10. Is flexible and willing to adjust therapy if resistance to the treatment is apparent or the client is not making adequate progress.

11. Does not avoid difficult material in therapy and uses such difficulties therapeutically. Is comfortable with interactions with strong affect.

12. Has the ability to communicate hope and optimism, utilizing client strengths and resources to facilitate the client’s ability to solve his or her own problems. Creates client attributions that it is the client, through his or her work, who is responsible for therapeutic progress.

13. Is aware of the client’s characteristics and context. Works to coordinate care of the client with other psychological, psychiatric, physical or social services. Is aware of how his or her own background, personality and status interact with those of the client, in terms of the client’s reaction to the counselor, the counselor’s reaction to the client and to their interaction.

14. Is aware of his or her own psychological process and does not inject his or her own material into the therapy process unless such actions are deliberate and therapeutic.

15. Is aware of the best research evidence related to the particular client, in terms of treatment, problems, social context and so forth. Has an understanding of the biological, social, and psychological bases of the disorder or problem experienced by the client.

16. Seeks to continually improve and obtain feedback from clients, coworkers and supervisor.

17. Have competency with treatment issues specific to women. For example, eating disorders, sexual abuse, trauma, parenting, and assertiveness.

18. Be knowledgeable regarding DSM-5 and have experience in working with clients that have co-occurring disorders.

19. Have knowledge and skills in different theoretical approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy, Client-Centered, and Gestalt Therapy.

20. Be willing to become knowledgeable of supportive services and other referral agencies in the community to benefit clients, and develop other community resources.

21. Familiarity with Federal and State Regulations on 42 CFR issues, HIPAA, and Professional Counselor Ethics.

22. Be flexible with scheduling and have the ability to work evenings and/or weekends as required.

23. Be able to work independently with minimal supervision from the Clinical Supervisor who will staff clients once per week.

24. Possesses the ability to create and implement treatment programs, upon Executive Director approval. Abide by programmatic guidelines imposed by funding agencies and report to the Executive Director.

25. Possess strong Clinical Records Management skills.

26. Have strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

27. Possess an understanding of the importance of self-care, boundaries, assertiveness skills and self-compassion when working in the human service field.

28. Have the ability to work with other agency professionals to meet needs and best interest of clients, serving as a liaison between agencies.

29. Possess a current, valid driver’s license and operational vehicle that meets current state safety standard with liability insurance coverage, providing proof of coverage to transport residents if necessary for referral or assistance if other staff is unavailable.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Obtain and maintain licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Complete all Continuing Education requirements as outlined in licensure requirements.

2. Assist residents in gaining insight into their use of alcohol and/or other drugs and to recognize how their substance abuse has negatively affected their lifestyle.

3. Assist residents through the therapeutic counseling relationship to identify strengths, needs, abilities and preferences, define goals, plan action, change maladaptive behaviors.

4. Perform in the twelve (12) core functions set out in Title 209 NAC 1-001.22 certification regulations:

1) Screening of referrals to determine appropriateness and eligibility for WELL programming, utilizing ASAM criteria and State of Nebraska Service Definitions.

a) Evaluate psychological, social and physiological signs and symptoms of alcohol and other drug use and abuse.

b) Identify any coexisting conditions (medical, psychiatric, physical, etc.) that indicate the need for additional professional assessment and/or services.

c) Adhere to applicable laws, regulations and agency policies governing services.

2) Intake interview with each new resident upon their arrival. This is the administrative and initial assessment procedure for admission to the WELL.

a) Complete required documents for admission to the program, including those required for program eligibility and appropriateness.

b) Obtain appropriately signed consents when soliciting from or providing information to outside sources.

3) Orientation of residents completed during first week.

a) Provide an overview to the client by describing program goals and objectives for client care.

b) Provide an overview to the client by describing program rules, and client obligations and rights.

c) Provide an overview to the client of program operations.

4) Assessment, identifying and evaluating each client’s strengths, weaknesses, problems and needs for the development of the treatment plan.

a) Gather relevant history from client using appropriate interview techniques.

b) Identify methods and procedures for obtaining corroborative information from collateral sources.

c) Identify appropriate assessment tools.

d) Explain to the client the rationale for the use of assessment techniques in order to facilitate understanding.

e) Develop a diagnostic evaluation of the client’s substance abuse and any co-existing conditions based on the results of all assessments.

5) Treatment planning.

a) Explain assessment results to the client in an understandable manner.

b) Identify and rank problems based on individual client needs in the written treatment plan.

c) Formulate agreed upon immediate and long-term goals using behavioral terms in the written treatment plan.

d) Identify the treatment methods and resources to be utilized as appropriate for the individual client.

6) Counseling (individual, group, and significant others).

a) Select the counseling theory(ies) that apply(ies).

b) Apply techniques to assist the client, group, and/or family in exploring problems and ramifications.

c) Apply techniques to assist the client, group, and/or family in examining the client’s behavior, attitudes, and/or feelings.

d) Individualize counseling in accordance with cultural, gender, and lifestyle differences.

e) Interact with the client in an appropriate therapeutic manner.

f) Elicit solutions and decisions from the client.

g) Implement the treatment plan.

7) Case Management and networking with the community.

a) Coordinate services for client care.

b) Explain the rationale of case management activities to the client.

8) Crisis intervention.

a) Recognize the elements of the client crisis.

b) Implement an immediate course of action appropriate to the crisis.

c) Enhance overall treatment by utilizing crisis events.

9) Client education (i.e. assertiveness, relationships, parenting, etc.).

a) Identify educational deficit areas for each client.

b) Provide education in an individual and group setting.

10) Referrals to assist client needs and transition process.

a) Identify needs and/or problems that the agency and/or counselor cannot meet.

b) Explain the rationale for referral to the client.

c) Match client needs and/or problems to appropriate resources.

d) Assist the client in utilizing the support systems and community resources available.

11) Reports and record keeping (i.e. charting notes, discharge summaries, aftercare plans, reports to other agencies, and other client related data).

a) Prepare reports and relevant records integrating available information to facilitate the continuum of care.

b) Chart the ongoing information pertaining to the client.

c) Utilize relevant information from written documents for client care.

12) Consultation with clinical supervisor and other referral professionals in regard to client treatment and services.

a) Recognize issues that are beyond the counselor’s base of knowledge and/or skill.

b) Consult with appropriate resources to ensure the provision of effective treatment services.

c) Adhere to applicable laws, regulations and agency policies governing the disclosure of client-identifying data.

5. Upon time nearing for discharge, assist resident/client to establish Aftercare Plan and Follow-Up based on program policies.

6. Complete a final and summarizing counseling session with the resident and write up a final summary report of progress and services rendered.

7. Consult, on a regular basis, with referring agencies about residents’ progress according to the Authorization to Release Information form signed.

8. Complete Individual Treatment Plan within two weeks of client’s admission and update the plan on a regular basis, noting follow-up in the Progress Notes weekly.

9. Complete both Individual and Group Progress Notes on a weekly basis.

10. Attend weekly Treatment Team/Staff Consumer meetings with the Executive Director, RN and Case Manager to maintain cooperative and team work efforts in management, supervision, and program effectiveness.

11. Staff client/resident progress and problems with Clinical Supervisor each week. Document plans in staff notes and Quality Assurance.

12. Work closely with Residential Technicians regarding any disciplinary actions taken with residents/clients to assure continuity of program structure, rules and guidelines, and therapeutic planning.

13. Attend workshops and take additional college classes as necessary to be effective and creative in addressing issues of clients and developing of a quality program and to maintain certification.

14. Knowledge of and compliance with Federal and State Regulations on Confidentiality and Professional Counselor Ethics.

15. Report any policy revision suggestions to the Executive Director and Board of Directors, if they pertain to the Treatment Program and Client Supervision.

16. Attend weekly house meetings conducted by the Residential Technicians to assist in problem-solving if any problems arise or are voiced by residents, and/or conduct a bi-weekly Community House Meeting to resolve peer and resident grievances or problems.

17. Coordinate services for each consumer in the Dual Disorder Program

a) Assuming responsibility for ensuring the implementation of the individual plan.

b) Ensuring that the person served is oriented to his or her services.

c) Promoting the participation of the person served on an ongoing basis in discussion of his or her plans, goals, and status.

d) Identifying and addressing gaps in service provision.

e) Sharing information on how to access community resources relevant to his or her needs.

f) Advocating for the person served, when applicable.

g) Communicating information regarding progress of the person served to the appropriate persons.

h) Facilitating the transition process, including arrangements of follow-up services.

i) Involving the family or legal guardian, when applicable or permitted.

j) Coordinating services provided outside of the organization.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance

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