The Salvation Army

Residential Alcohol & Other Drug Counselor Assistant

Job Locations US-PA-Pittsburgh
Job ID
2021-8483
Category
Social Services
Compensation
Salary is commensurate with experience.
Type
Regular Full-Time

Overview

Responsible for all aspects of resident care throughout their treatment experience.  Successfully manage an active case load of (8) eight alcohol and other drug residents of the Harbor Light Center program under the direct supervision of the Clinical Supervisor and Program Director.  Assist Program Staff in all aspects of evaluation, assessment, intake, ongoing (individual and group) counseling, and transporting of clients when needed. Strong verbal communication skills and written documentation skills required.  Utilize DDAP Licensing regulations as standard practice for all documentation and treatment requirements.  Must meet the Pa. Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Staffing requirements, Act 33 and/or 34 clearances.  Valid PA driver’s license at time of hire.  Must have a valid driver’s license by the completion of (90) ninety-day probationary period.  Although this hourly position is (40) forty hours per week, the position may from time to time necessitate additional work (approved) hours.

Responsibilities

Job Summary: 

 

Responsible for all aspects of resident care throughout their treatment experience.  Successfully manage an active case load of (8) eight alcohol and other drug residents of the Harbor Light Center program under the direct supervision of the Clinical Supervisor and Program Director.  Assist Program Staff in all aspects of evaluation, assessment, intake, ongoing (individual and group) counseling, and transporting of clients when needed. Strong verbal communication skills and written documentation skills required.  Utilize DDAP Licensing regulations as standard practice for all documentation and treatment requirements.  Must meet the Pa. Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Staffing requirements, Act 33 and/or 34 clearances.  Valid PA driver’s license at time of hire.  Must have a valid driver’s license by the completion of (90) ninety-day probationary period.  Although this hourly position is (40) forty hours per week, the position may from time to time necessitate additional work (approved) hours.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

 

  • Complete Drug and Alcohol assessments, Biopsychosocial assessments and treatment plan of residents in the required time period according to licensing requirements under the direct supervision of the Clinical Supervisor and/or Program Director.
  • Provide individual and group alcohol/drug and mental health counseling.
  • Provide legible, timely, and appropriate written documentation service record for each resident as outlined by DDAP Licensing requirements.
  • Search out training and education opportunities from community resources.
  • Provide daily living and life skill instruction to residents.
  • Assist resident set goals to attain independent, self-sufficient living situation.
  • Assist resident search for community supports such as Psychiatric Rehabilitation Supports, Certified Recovery Supports/Peer Mentors, or Case Management supports.
  • Assist resident search out permanent and stable housing with the assistance of the Clinical Treatment Team.
  • Facilitate a minimum of two (2) psycho-educational or processing groups and/or a minimum of three (3) treatment/therapeutic groups per week.
  • Responsible for facilitating the on-going treatment model and philosophy for the Center. 
  • Responsible for ensuring state-mandated clinical standards to maintain state licensing of the facility under direct supervision of Clinical Supervisor and/or Director.
    • This includes review of case documentation and ongoing staff training and supervision.
    • Responsible for correction of any non-compliance areas noted in the weekly chart audit.

 

  • Responsible for weekly Clinical Supervision meetings with Clinical Supervisor to review charts, documentation, case review, and ongoing professional development.
  • Counselor Assistants will have Clinical Supervisor and/or Program Director review and sign off on all documentation as part of ongoing supervision as required by DDAP and/or payor licensing requirements
  • Counselor Assistants will have a Master Level Clinician sit in on their groups and therapy sessions to insure appropriate clinical standards, practices, and Evidence-Based models to treatment are being met

 

Additional Responsibilities:

 

  • Work a minimum of (1) one Saturday per month, taking the preceding Friday off.  May be required to take residents on outing or activity.
  • Work a minimum of (1) one holiday/year.
  • Participates in weekly clinical meetings and weekly individual supervisory meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Program Director or Clinical Supervisor as the program develops.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

 

  • Individual and Group skills necessary.
  • General understanding of Evidence-Based Practices and the ability to utilize them through daily practice
  • Strong oral communication and written documentation skills.
  • All three PA Clearances required upon employment and thereafter upon renewal date: PA Child Abuse History Clearance, Request for Criminal Record, and Fingerprint based federal criminal history.PA Mandated and Permissive Reporting

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in social work or related field with a minimum of one (1) years of related work experience
  • Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC) a plus
  • Experience in mental health and homelessness a plus
  • References required
  • Current PA Driver’s License preferred at time of hire.  Current Pa. Driver’s License required by completion of (90) ninety-day probationary period.

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