Outpatient Counselor, GateHouse Behavioral Health Services
The counselor assists clients in addressing their substance abuse issue and developing healthy coping skills to maintain long-term recovery. S/he will provide clients with the necessary means and motivation for individual growth, and continued recovery within the framework of facility regulations, preparing the client for successful discharge from treatment. S/he offers a positive relationship, sets a good example, communicates an attitude of concern, listens, and displays a belief in The GateHouse philosophy.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Conducts LOCAs and Interpretive Summaries.
Utilizes standard criteria as appropriate (e.g., PCPC or ASAM).
Develops and updates treatment plans.
Documents progress notes.
Conducts individual and group counseling, and family sessions as appropriate.
Maintain client files in accordance with DDAP, CARF, and facility policies.
Performs case consultations at GH staff meetings, with Medical Director, and with outside agencies as appropriate.
Prepares Aftercare Plan collaboratively with client and documents written Discharge summary.
Performs follow-up telephone calls according to facility policy.
Obtains client records from prior treatment experiences, medical records, and any other useful written information that may assist ongoing treatment.
Utilizes referral network for case management needs as appropriate.
Coordinates with funding sources as necessary for authorization and out-of-network single case agreements.
Performs crisis intervention when appropriate.
Documents critical incidents in accordance with facility policy.
Refers clients to a higher level of care as appropriate.
Assures all MA/DDAP/MCO forms are appropriately completed, including client encounter forms.
Assists administrative staff with billing questions.
Must be able to climb stairs. Must be able to work extended hours as needed, including evening hours. 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 addiction’s 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.
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.