Counselor
Behavioral Health Group - Denver, CO

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Job Description:
The Counselor is responsible for assisting patients in
identifying, maximizing, and relating their strengths to
appropriate social, educational (academic and
vocational), and occupational goals. The Counselor is
also responsible for helping the patients prepare and
adjust to a drug free existence, and to offer assistance
(emotional and physical) in problematic issues. The
Counselor is responsible to the Counselor Supervisor or
Program Director for provision of services to assigned
patients and adherence to schedules, established program
policies and procedures, and applicable federal, state,
local and accrediting agency regulatory requirements.
The Counselor will perform duties within the scope of
their license or certification which are an addendum to
this job description.
Summary of Essential Job Functions

The key responsibilities of the Counselor include:
Professional Development
  • Responsible for the achievement of assigned specific
annual goals and objectives
  • Responsible for mentoring and training counseling
team members regarding best practices in counseling
and skills necessary to engage patients in treatment
Training
  • Participate in and provide in-service trainings as
required by federal, state, local, and accrediting
agencies
  • Attend conferences, meetings and training programs
as directed
  • Participate in and/or schedule and attend regular
in-service trainings
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Conduct alcohol and drug abuse counseling sessions
on a regular basis per state regulation, or as part
of the individual treatment plan
  • Conduct group counseling sessions as required
  • Orient patients to the treatment program’s operation
and procedures
  • Collect available social, educational, economic, and
vocational information to be used as part of the
assessment process
  • Implement or revise patient treatment plans with the
patient as required per state regulation and record
a review of the patient’s progress according to BHG
policy
  • Develop within (10) days of entry or as required by
state guidelines, whichever is more stringent, a
formal treatment plan documenting patient goals and
update utilizing the same guidelines.
  • Maintain patient records that are complete,
comprehensive and well organized
  • Submit records for periodic review as requested by
supervisory team
  • Document all patient contacts. If other team members
provide services to the patient, the assigned
counselor is responsible to see that such contacts
are documented in the patient’s chart
  • Make appropriate referrals through case-management
services and perform necessary follow-up
  • Assist the Program Director in implementing new
programs into patient treatment
  • Advise the Program Director of problems encountered
with caseload management and schedules
  • Attend weekly treatment team meetings prepared to
both lead the discussion where appropriate and also
discuss his/her assigned individual patient caseload
  • Provide in-service trainings to counselors and other
treatment center team members as needed
  • Hold a basic understanding of alcohol/drug abuse and
addiction. Additionally, keep up-dated on current
drug abuse and treatment information, especially
current trends in Opioid Maintenance Treatment
  • Provide intake/readmission services, including
several weeks of supportive follow-up counseling for
new patients until their assignment to a primary
counselor
  • Provide, monitor, and document follow-up
calls/contact to all discharging patients for at
least 30 days
  • Provide crisis intervention/support services to
patients assigned to other counselors when their
primary counselor is unavailable
  • Provide inter-agency reports/documentation required
for third party reimbursement, criminal justice
proceedings, supplemental income assessments,
emergency services, and other specialized treatment
needs of patients as applicable
  • Coordinate care with other community providers as
needed
  • Meet BHG attendance standards and be present and
ready for work at the beginning of their established
work schedule
  • Report any work-related injury or illness, or
workplace hazards or security issues immediately to
supervisor
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisory team
Regulatory
  • Responsible for complying with all federal, state
and local regulatory agency requirements
  • Responsible for complying with all accrediting
agencies
Marketing and Outreach
  • Participate in community and public relations
activities as assigned.
Minimum Requirements
The ideal candidate must comply with federal and state
regulations regarding certification, licensure and/or

degree. The state specific guidelines are listed below:
  • Colorado: Certified Addiction Counselor II/III (CAC
II/III) or Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC)
  • Kansas: Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) or
Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor (LCAC)
  • Kentucky: Bachelor's Degree under supervision for
(Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) or a
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor
  • Louisiana: Counselor-In-Training (CIT), Licensed
Addiction Counselor (LAC), Certified Addiction
Counselor (CAC), Registered Addiction Counselor
(RAC), Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS),
Registered Social Worker (RSW), Certified Social
Worker (CSW), Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW),
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed
Clinical Social Worker-BACS, or a Licensed
Professional Counselor
  • Missouri: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC),
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Certified
Alcohol Drug Counselor (CADC), Certified Reciprocal
Alcohol Drug Counselor (CRADC), Certified Reciprocal
Advanced Drug Counselor (CRAADC), Certified Criminal
Justice Addictions Professional (CCJP), Co-Occurring
Disorders Professional (CCDP), Co-Occurring
Disorders Professional-Diplomat (CCDP-D), Registered
Substance Abuse Professional-Provisional (RSAP-P)
  • Oklahoma: Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC)
or Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor
(CADC)-either can be under supervision but candidate
must maintain supervision.
  • Tennessee: Bachelor's Degree or higher in a
behavioral science field or a Licensed Professional
Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Master Social Worker
(LMSW) or a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Counselor (LADAC) or other licensed mental health
care professoinal who meets the qualification of an
alcohol and drug abuse counselor.
  • Texas: Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor
(LCDC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or
Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)
In addition to meeting the qualifications, the ideal
candidate will embody the following characteristics and
possess the knowledge, skills and abilities listed

below:
  • High integrity
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Sound judgment
  • Efficient
  • Self-starter
  • Strong customer service and interpersonal
communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and under pressure
while handling multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to make decisions and use proper judgment
with confidential and sensitive issues
  • Ability to deal appropriately with patient and team
members in stressful or other undesirable situations
and to seek direction from supervisors when
necessary
  • Demonstrate basic computer/word processing skills
  • Must be able to react quickly and make effective
decisions
  • Ability to demonstrate sufficient knowledge and
understanding of human behavior to show potential
for rehabilitating drug dependent patients
  • Must have sufficient knowledge of the substance
abuse population, treatment planning and the field
of human social services to work toward the
rehabilitation of the patient community
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions
  • Speaking and hearing ability sufficient to
communicate effectively by phone or in person at
normal volumes.
  • Vision adequate to read correspondence, computer
screen, forms, etc.
  • Prolonged sitting, some bending, stooping, or
stretching
  • Variable workload, periodic high stress and activity
level
  • Standard medical office conditions and environments
  • Interactions with patients who may be ill, have
infectious diseases, have mental health diagnoses
and/or are involved in the criminal justice system
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