• OMT Counselor

    Posted on November 20, 2020 by in
    November 20, 2020
    310 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago
    Job Type
    Certification Type
    Company Name
    Family Guidance Centers, Inc.
    Your Name
    Melinda Gibson
    Address 1
    310 W. Chicago Avenue


    Education and/or Experience:  Bachelor’s degree required. BA degree in Psychology, Social Work, counseling preferred. Master’s degree preferred, not required.


    Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:  IAODAPCA Certified Alcohol and Other Drugs Counselor required.  Specifically noted, A CADC is required 2 years from date of hire.( If employee has no specific  substance use disorder counseling experience) State of Illinois Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Social Worker or Licensed Clinical Social Worker preferred, not required.


    Reports To:  Program Manager


    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    Develop patient treatment plans and conducts continued stay review based on research, clinical experience, and patients’ histories - using SAMMS assessment on computer.  Provide patient intakes, treatment planning, case coordination, staffing, aftercare planning and discharge with individual and group therapy for a full spectrum of referral sources.

    Provides direct clinical service to a full caseload, achieving a minimum of 20 billable hours weekly.

    Complete and maintain accurate records or reports regarding patients’ histories and progress, services provided, or other required information.

    Assess individual’s degree of drug dependency by collecting and analyzing drug screening samples.

    Interview patients, review records and confer with other professionals to evaluate individual’s mental health and physical condition and to determine their suitability for participation in a specific program.

    Review and evaluate patients’ progress in relation to measurable goals described in treatment and care plans.

    Modify treatment plans to comply with changes in patient status.

    Intervene as an advocate for patients or patients to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations.

    Counsel patients individually, or in group sessions, to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, or making changes.

    Confer with family members or others close to patients to keep them informed of treatment planning and progress (written authorization by patient must be obtained – refer to Federal Confidentiality Regulations for substance abuse treatment).

    Counsels family members to assist them in understanding, dealing with, and supporting patients (written authorization by patient must be obtained – refer to Federal Confidentiality Regulations for substance abuse treatment).

    Provide patients or family members with information about addiction issues and about available services or programs, making appropriate referrals when necessary.

    Plan or implement follow-up or aftercare programs for patients to be discharged from treatment programs.

    Maintains patient confidentiality at all times in accordance with 42 CFR and HIPAA regulations.

    Follow progress of discharged patients to determine effectiveness of treatments.

    Supervise or direct other workers providing services to patients.

    Performs tasks which are supportive in nature to the essential functions of the job, but may be altered or redesigned depending upon individual circumstances.

    Other Duties: Performs tasks which are supportive in nature to the essential functions of the job, but may be altered or redesigned depending upon individual circumstances.

    Standard Requirements:

    Possesses a working knowledge of FGC applicable Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).

    Knowledgeable of patient rights and ensures an atmosphere which allows for the privacy, dignity, and well-being of all patients in a safe, secure environment.

    Attend in-service and other training events to continue education and expand knowledge to improve the quality of patient services.

    Ability to follow written and oral instructions and procedures.


    Active reflective listening, ability to engage and motivate, de-escalation.

    Strong verbal and written communication skills.

    Ability to use analytical software.

    Ability to use calendar and scheduling software.

    Experience using desktop computers, copier, and fax machine.

    Experience using electronic mail software.

    Must have strong collaboration skills and the ability to work and travel to multiple sites in the course of each week. Leadership and supervision skills are necessary to ensure staff and program development


    Physical Demands:

    The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Ability to communicate in English via phone, in writing, and verbally in conversation with different levels of staff patient families, and any outside patients.

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand and walk, often up and down stairs.  Must be able to lift 25 pounds.  The employee is frequently required to sit; use hands or fingers, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.  Employee must be able to utilize a computer, phone, etc. for extended period of time and write or type notes for at least two (2) to four (4) hours per day.

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be occasionally exposed to blood or other body fluids.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

    Ability to travel to multiple program sites; is flexible with time and travel; and has a current Illinois Driver’s License and automobile insurance coverage if required.


    Schedule: Must work a minimum of 40 hours per week and available for Saturday, opening and closing coverages.  Hours may vary based on program needs of the agency and flexibility is required.

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