Outpatient Counselor, GateHouse Behavioral Health Services


Summary Statement:

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.
  • Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to climb stairs. Must be able to work extended hours as needed, including evening hours. Must be able to travel.
  • Qualifications:

    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.
  • 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.