• Licensed/Licensure Eligible Counselor (Dual Diagnosis - SUD/Mental Health) - Hornell, NY

    Posted: 09/08/2021

    Position Summary

    The CD Counselor – Licensed, professionally applies clinical counseling methods and theory to the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of psychosocial dysfunction, impairment, or disability, including mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders for families, individuals and groups. As a Chemical Dependency professional s/he will provide diagnostic assessments, evaluations, interventions, referrals and alcoholism and/or substance abuse counseling in both individual and group settings with a goal to establish and maintain recovery and relapse prevention. Services occur within the context of a multidisciplinary treatment team approach.

    Essential Job Functions

    • Performs initial and ongoing assessments of clients' needs, motivations, and backgrounds; prepares substance abuse bio-psychosocial/assessment summaries in order to determine appropriate level of care and may support other staff in their analyses.
    • Provides official regulatory services for agency by reviewing and signing client treatment plans as needed.
    • Provides individual, family and group counseling, therapeutic intervention, and/or substance abuse education classes to clients to assist them in recognizing problems and causal factors related to substance abuse and developing alternative/coping behaviors.
    • Develops, revises, and implements treatment plans that are individualized and culturally sensitive collaborating with clients to assist them in remaining substance-free and coping with social, marital, legal, financial, and/or employment problems.
    • Meets productivity requirements by utilizing various techniques to engage clients and minimize failed appointments and maintaining an acceptable case load which engages and motivates clients throughout treatment.
    • Performs follow-up activities for outpatients and/or aftercare clients to obtain referral services such as support group counseling, halfway house counseling, and/or vocational training etc.
    • Effectively utilizes agency’s medical records software program(s) to complete required medical record documentation in a timely and comprehensive manner and in compliance with NYS OASAS and federal regulations including Public Health Law, 42CFR and patient confidentiality policies.

    Secondary Functions

    • Collaborate with other care providers and referral sources to increase understanding of client issues and assets.
    • Participates as a contributing member of an interdisciplinary team in coordination and delivery of client care which may include the provision of Clinical support/oversight for professional development of staff.
    • Participates in professional supervision and education that supports continuous improvement of client care including weekly case management staff meetings.
    • Consistently reviews policies and procedures and stays well-informed of current laws, regulations and policies.
    • Performs other related work as assigned.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Intermediary to advanced knowledge of substance abuse problems and their effects on the individual and family members including human behavior, attitudes, and motivations and their applicability in the treatment/rehabilitation of the substance abuser and/or offender.
    • Intermediary knowledge of substance abuse counseling and treatment principles, practices, and techniques and competent knowledge of individual and group behavior including interviewing techniques.
    • Familiar with the resources available to individuals with substance abuse problems.
    • Ability to recognize symptoms of substance abuse and elicit information concerning underlying reasons for addiction.
    • Ability to effectively manage a caseload of substance abuse offenders, conduct substance abuse assessments, write bio-psychosocial assessment summaries, and develop client progress reports and evaluations.
    • Ability to accurately prepare and maintain documentation of services, treatment records, and reports utilizing computer databases and software programs including proficiency with spreadsheets.
    • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, volunteers, and the general public.

    Physical Demands

    Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job duties. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to be able to:

    • Use a computer including keyboard and mouse operations; visual and/or auditory capacity.
    • The employee may lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds

    The addiction counselor must be able to prioritize situations and manage time, and may find that they are needed at irregular hours causing fatigue and stress. The Counselor may experience stress and stress related symptoms due to interacting with clients in crisis. S/he may be exposed to illness and unsanitary conditions so must take care to protect their own health. They may also have to manage physically threatening clients and be prepared to be responsible for their own safety, and the safety of others.

    Work Environment

    The employee is expected to adhere to strict policies/regulations relative to being in a tobacco and alcohol free workplace. Work is performed in a normal office environment.


    Master’s degree in social work from an accredited institution. Licensed in the state of NY as a LCSW, LMSW, or LMHC, RN etc. Experienced in clinical counseling activities in a drug and alcohol clinical setting is highly preferred. Must possess a valid driver’s license. This position is subject to a criminal background clearance.

    Must successfully complete additional training requirements based on NYS OASAS standards, which include:

    • Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT) – 3 hours

    This job description is intended to provide a description of essential job functions that are used in order to assess employee performance. It is not an all-inclusive statement of job responsibilities.

    Job Type: Full-time

    Pay: $21.00 - $24.00 per hour


    • 401(k)
    • 401(k) matching
    • Dental insurance
    • Disability insurance
    • Employee assistance program
    • Flexible spending account
    • Health insurance
    • Life insurance
    • Paid time off

    Medical Specialty:

    • Addiction Medicine


    • 8 hour shift


    • Master's (Required)


    • Clinical counseling: 2 years (Preferred)


    • LCSW, LMSW, LMHC, or Equivalent (Required)
    • Driver's License (Required)

    Work Location:

    • One location

    Benefit Conditions:

    • Waiting period may apply

    Work Remotely:

    • No

    COVID-19 Precaution(s):

    • Personal protective equipment provided or required
    • Temperature screenings
    • Social distancing guidelines in place
    • Virtual meetings
    • Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place

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