Counselor - Substance Abuse

Catholic Charities | Rochester, NY

Posted Date 9/21/2023

Level: Experienced

Job Location: 79 North Clinton Ave - Rochester, NY

Position Type: Full Time

Education Level: Associates Degree

Salary Range: $20.00 - $24.60 Hourly

Travel Percentage: Negligible

Job Shift: Day

Job Category: SUD Treatment Services

We are Hiring!

Catholic Charities Family and Community Services is growing and seeking new talent to join our family!

As a regional agency of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester, Catholic Charities Family and Community Services (CCFCS), walks with people when they are at their most vulnerable as they journey toward independence to reach their full human potential, advocates for those in need throughout all stages of life; and works in partnership with faith communities of all denominations and those who are committed to addressing local needs.

If you're looking for an opportunity to express and explore your passion for helping others, then join a team that truly makes a difference DAILY, in people's lives. We are looking for empathetic, thoughtful candidates who have enthusiasm for helping people. Come use your human services experience to support the great mission of Catholic Charities and have an impact that lasts. We have supportive leadership who invest in our people and provide opportunities for employees to thrive, grow and learn. Don't miss out on being a part of something special!

Position Title: Counselor - Substance Abuse

Salary: $20 to $24.60 per hour with additional compensation for certifications and years of prior experience.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package (see below) to our full-time workforce members who work 30 or more hours per week.

Who are we looking for?

  • Someone who is dedicated to making a difference in the community and values collaboration and partnership.
  • Someone who has a passion for serving those who need us most.
  • Someone who has exemplary attention to detail.
  • Someone who thrives in both individual sessions as well as a group setting.

Under general supervision, provides evaluation and treatment of substance use disorder clients. Maintains confidentiality and ethical standards as identified by the NYS Education Department, NASW or other relevant governing bodies. Effectively supports ongoing and collaborative communication amongst all program staff, adhering to established agency communication protocols.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides treatment and evaluation for substance use disorder clients and their families in the clinical programs.
    • Carries a caseload of clients; is the lead on delivery of clinical services including treatment plans, presenting case reviews
    • Provides individual and group treatment for clients in program.
    • Provides family sessions to engage client in family into treatment and address treatment issues.
    • Provides group sessions for clients on relevant issues such as addiction education, anger management, domestic violence, physical wellness, etc.
    • Engages and supports clients in behavioral modification through use of treatment plans
    • Completes all necessary documentation related to client services in compliance with Agency and regulatory standards.
    • Communicates with appropriate Agency staff, criminal justice agencies and related community organizations to assure coordination of client services.
  • Completes psychosocial assessments of substance use disorder clients to determine appropriate services.
    • Performs written psychosocial assessment, takes relevant history and completes screening tools with clients to determine treatment recommendations and level of care.
    • Refers clients to treatment within the agency or appropriate community services to best meet client needs, advocating on client's behalf when appropriate.
    • Provides referrals to and coordinates family therapy sessions with the Family Therapist assigned to residence
    • Engages family members or collateral individuals for feedback and collaboration when appropriate.
    • Provides immediate feedback to the agencies and individuals involved with client referral or care.
    • Informs supervisor of significant events / issues related to clients as appropriate, and follows program’s defined incident reporting process as required.
    • Provides clinical support through on-call process as required.
    • Attends regular clinical supervision, program and departmental meetings, and case review
    • Participates in appropriate interagency meetings with other treatment agencies and community groups as required.
  • Completes all necessary paperwork related to client services in compliance with Agency and regulatory standards.
    • Enters client information into Electronic Medical record to complete assessments.
    • Maintains written records of goals and progress of clients.
  • Participates in relevant Agency meetings and/or trainings
  • Actively pursues development of professional competencies related to job role performance through reading, supervision, in-service training and attendance at conferences and workshops.
  • Awareness and active support of the Agency's Mission, Vision, Values and Strategic Plan. Including, but not limited to, supporting the Agency's Core Competency initiatives of being Collaborative and Community Focused, Innovative and Entrepreneurial, and Culturally Competent and Diverse
  • Other duties as assigned

Note: The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities. It is not meant to be all inclusive. Employees are required to follow appropriate supervisory direction and perform other related duties as required.

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling or related field preferred. Equivalent Combination of education and experience will be considered.

Credentials: QHP credentials are required– CASAC, or CASAC-T, LMSW, LCSW, NCCC, LMHC, CRC, RN, or PhD. MSW or MHC will be accepted.

Experience: Minimum of one year of clinical experience working in a substance use disorder or mental health services field.

Counselor I Qualifications: CASAC-T

Counselor II Qualifications: CASAC

Counselor III Qualifications: Master CASAC or Specially CASAC

Physical Demands/Work Environment: The physical demands/work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk, hear, stand, walk, use hands to type and/or perform light lifting. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

Compliance: Adheres to all applicable federal and state laws and regulations including, but not limited to, those governing confidentiality, privacy, program, billing and documentation standards. All duties must be performed in accordance with CCFCS’s corporate compliance & ethics program.

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to prioritize assignments, plan, and complete work projects with minimal direction,
  • An ability to work efficiently and effectively and meet deadlines,
  • An ability to work under pressure,
  • Excellent verbal/written skills,
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality,
  • Ability to demonstrate behaviors and attitudes which support agency mission, philosophy, and policies.
  • Willingness and ability to foster agency and program wide cooperation and teamwork through use of positive/constructive communication techniques,
  • Possession of a valid NYS Driver’s license and use of a registered and reliable vehicle.
Salary20.00 - 24.60 Hour
Employment Type
Full Time

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