• Team Leader, Substance Use Program

    Posted on November 6, 2017 by in
    November 6, 2017
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    Thresholds, a national leader in mental health services, is a recipient of the Chicago Tribune “Top 100 Workplaces" for three consecutive years and a nine-time winner of Chicago’s “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For".   Through our more than 100 Chicagoland locations and 30 innovative programs, Thresholds provides healthcare, housing and hope for over 15,000 adults and youth.


    Substance Use Team Leader




    Assumes the leadership role within the program’s assigned team and in the daily monitoring of implementation of evidence based practices. Models evidence-based practices and treatment philosophy, ensuring team’s practice demonstrates a high level of fidelity to Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness Based Sobriety, Relapse Prevention Therapy, Trauma-Informed Care, and Harm Reduction. Provides individual clinical supervision to counselors as well as leads team clinical staffing meetings.

    Actively leads, oversees, as well as provides direct services, including intake assessments, treatment planning, continued stay reviews, individual counseling (including couples/families), group counseling, discharge/continued recovery planning, crisis intervention, care coordination and coordination of medication-assisted treatment. Services are designed to be comprehensive and will include case management and community intervention as needed to best support members who are in need of additional support.

    Coordinates program coverage needs, working ensure appropriate staffing coverage for planned and unplanned staff absences. Provides coverage for group counseling sessions as needed to ensure smooth operations of outpatient and intensive outpatient programming.

    Meets required productivity targets and completes all documentation within assigned time frames. Monitors and coaches staff on meeting productivity measures.

    Monitors member attendance and/or occupancy on the team so that case assignments, transitions and closures are handled effectively and efficiently.

    Reviews all required documentation. Maintains the quality, validity and confidentiality of individual case records according to CARF, DASA, Medicare, Medicaid standards and agency traditions. Assures that all assigned documentation is completed accurately, on time and is organized in a systematic manner.

    Assists with special tasks as assigned, including but not limited to: representing the agency at meetings, conferences, supervising students/interns, orienting and training new staff.

    Conducts annual evaluations in a timely manner for all team staff. Develops specific goals and objectives, and provide the method and opportunity for each team staff to succeed in their professional development. May supervise subordinate clinical/administrative levels 6-10 of the assigned team, program, and/or department.

    Participates in the hiring sequence of the agency, and make recommendations on the hiring or termination of team staff.

    Follows program standards for outcome collection to support program evaluation.

    Assists Program Director with the development and monitoring of Performance Improvement Plans for staff not consistently meeting agency standards.

    Other duties as assigned.




    Participates in the implementation of Thresholds emergency plans related to extreme weather or other emergency condition.

    Works flexible schedule including work on weekends or evenings as required. May be required to be on-call




    Must, at a minimum, meet DASA Rule 2060 credential requirements for providing services without supervision:

    Certification as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor from the Illinois Alcoholism and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IODAPCA) OR

    License through the Illinois Department of Professional Regulations as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Social Worker, and/or Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

    Dually credentialed in mental health and substance use treatment preferred.




    Two (2) – Four (4) years clinical experience at minimum

    Leadership experience preferred




    Current and valid Driver’s License required.

    Computer proficiency, including the ability to use email, navigate and enter notes into electronic medical records and working knowledge of pertinent software.

    Strong interpersonal skills and knowledge of group dynamics required.


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