• Substance Use Counselor

    Posted on August 12, 2019 by in
    August 12, 2019
    Blue Island
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    Shannon Naylor


    The Substance Use Counselor is responsible for providing substance use treatment using the following evidence‐based interventions to assist individuals with substance use disorders to achieve rehabilitative and recovery goals: harm reduction, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and selected aspects of acceptance & commitment therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. The modalities that will be offered are individual counseling, group‐based outpatient and intensive outpatient services, and DUI assessment & education services. All services are to be delivered within the framework of trauma‐informed care. The Substance Use Counselor is responsible for an assigned caseload or sharing a caseload through participation on a treatment team, in order to facilitate the development and implementation of individualized treatment plans for persons with substance use disorders. Additional clinical responsibilities include providing admissions substance use assessments, treatment planning, continued stay review planning, and timely documentation of services rendered.


    Takes a clinical role in making sure that substance use services are provided to members.  Competency in the following treatment modalities is essential: individual and group counseling/therapy specifically designed to treat substance use disorders, case management, crisis intervention, family psycho‐education, psycho‐social rehabilitation services on-site at a Thresholds location, and treatment of co‐occurring mental disorders when indicated.

    Makes sure substance use admission and discharge assessments, treatment plans, continued stay reviews, and progress notes are completed in a timely manner, in accordance with Thresholds policy and DASA standards.

    Participates in team discussions that result in developing an integrated treatment plan, based on the assessment data and the goals the member has identified as most important to him or her. Ensures the treatment plan addresses the member’s stage of treatment, clinical needs, and includes objectives and techniques for accomplishing each goal. Also, treatment plan development may require the Substance Use Counselor to promote cooperation with the psychiatrist, other team members, the member, their families, and collaborating agencies.

    Provides stage‐wise approaches to treatment, including evidence‐based strategies for pre-contemplation (harm reduction), contemplation (motivational interventions), preparation and active treatment (planning for sobriety and skills for sobriety) and relapse prevention planning and implementation, including identifying risk factors related to the relapse and development of relapse prevention plans and strategies.

    Where members have co‐occurring mental disorders, helps make sure that integrated services remain accessible to all members, regardless of their stage of treatment, or “readiness” to engage in services.

    Encourages members in the preparation, action, and relapse prevention stages of treatment to attend mutual aid groups, including AA, NA, SMART Recovery, CA DRA, Double Trouble, and DDA. Uses Mutual Aid Facilitation practice and promotes shopping for a mutual aid support group that meets the preferences of the consumer and helps process their experience afterward.

    Works collaboratively with the Quality Department to assure that documentation of assessments, goals, treatment plan, and interventions are in accordance with Thresholds practices.

    Intervenes with collateral sources, agencies, bureaucracies, facilities, and families on the members’ behalf. Advocates and assists with problem solving/resolution that will help the client access and utilize support from the community or support system, including family.

    Develops resources within the agency and/or community.

    Performs and participates in crisis intervention when necessary.

    Works cooperatively with inpatient hospital and other collateral staff, keeping logs and other records of all contacts as required by agency practice.

    Must work evening hours.

    Meets required billing targets and completes all documentation within assigned time frames.

    Other duties as assigned.


    May be required to oversee and maintain the safety of the members, staff, and visitors. This requires the upkeep of fire and safety equipment and document accordingly. Conduct all safety drills in conformance with current CARF and Agency standards and complete documentation as instructed.

    May be required to communicate significant information regarding members to other staff workers and supervisors. Provides accurate and timely information to your supervisor on all topics and issues related to the operation of the agency and the well being of members.

    May be required to be on call or carry a pager or other communication device to provide after-hours coverage

    May be required to provide transportation for members of the program using a Thresholds provided vehicle

    May be required to transport members in personal vehicle.



    Must meet Office of Mental Health standards as a Licensed Professional in the Healing Arts (LPHA):

    Must be a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, or  Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

    Must be a CADC


    Minimum two (2) years of previous experience in substance abuse counseling required

    Ability to synthesize and summarize information and make judgments regarding member care.

    Must communicate effectively both verbally and in writing in order to provide information to members and healthcare personnel.

    Demonstrated ability to function independently.

    Computer skills required; knowledge of database functions and maintenance necessary.

    Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

    The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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