Summary Statement:

The Counselor assists clients in making healthy decisions in matters affecting their future lifestyle. The Counselor will provide clients with the necessary means and motivation for individual growth, and continued recovery from substance (chemical) addiction within the framework of facility regulations. The Counselor is supervised by the Clinical Director. The Counselor offers a positive relationship, sets a good example, communicates an attitude of concern, listens, assists and displays a real belief in The Gate House philosophy. The Counselor may be assigned additional duties and responsibilities by the Clinical Director as deemed necessary.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Biopsychosocial histories and Interpretive Summaries
  • Treatment plans and updates.
  • Progress Notes.
  • Counseling: Individual, Group, Family, aftercare, and documentation of all sessions.
  • Maintaining Client files.
  • Case Consultations at Gate House Clinical Meetings and with outside agencies as needed.
  • Discharge planning and written summaries.
  • Discharge and follow-up. Follow-up includes telephone calls and letters according to the policy and procedure manual.
  • Obtain client records from prior treatment experiences, medical records and any other useful written information that may assist ongoing treatment.
  • Coordination with Case Manager regarding client needs.
  • Involvement in community outreach projects.
  • Audit files.
  • Managed Care: Authorizations and reviews as needed.
  • Crisis Intervention when appropriate.
  • Specific Counseling

    Individual scheduled counseling: one hour sessions. Clients will be scheduled bi-weekly by the Counselor for these sessions. Most of the focus will be on the treatment plans.
    Group counseling: Each counselor is scheduled to facilitate two group sessions per week..
    Unscheduled sessions: clients requesting to be seen by Counselor will be given specific times that the Counselor can meet with them. This will be based on assessment of importance.
    Family sessions/workshop: The Counselor will facilitate at least one Family Session per month for each client on their caseload. In addition the Counselor will facilitate the Family Education program during scheduled Saturday hours. Referral to other family counseling agencies will be made on an ad-needed basis. Alanon, Alateen, COA, Naranon, and oter self-help organizations will also be emphasized.


  • Coordinates with the House Manager at the weekly “house meeting” and house activities
  • Co-counsels when deemed necessary.
  • Will attend all training offered by the Clinical Supervisor based on annual evaluations of needs.
  • Physical Requirements:

    Must be able to climb stairs. Must be able to work extended hours as needed. Must be able to travel.


    Must meet at least one of the following:

  • Master’s Degree or above with a major relating to human services with minimum of 1 year of clinical experience.
  • Bachelor’s Degree with a major relating to human services and a minimum of 2 years of clinical experience.
  • Associates Degree with a major relating to human services and a minimum of 3 years of clinical experience
  • Full certification as an addictions counselor with a minimum of 2 years of clinical experience.
  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Must be computer literate and able to work with most Microsoft products.
  • Able to handle multiple tasks at one time.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Ability to communicate and cooperate with employees of all levels.
  • Knowledge of persons served.
  • Knowledge of DDAP & CARF standards.
  • CAAC, CADC, or CAADC must be obtained and maintained within 2 years of employment.