Addictions Counselor – Young Adult

Caron Treatment Centers
Addictions Counselor – Young Adult Male Program (YAMP)
Facility Program: Caron Texas
Reports To: Clinical Supervisor

Degree of Supervision: The counselor will meet with the clinical supervisor/program director on a daily basis during shift report, treatment team meetings and weekly supervision by psychologist and clinical supervisor.

Purpose/Summary: The counselor is to provide all the basic counseling and case management services required by patients during their treatment experience. The counselor is expected to carry out the philosophy of the Caron Treatment Centers in his/her daily work routine and to act as a catalyst in the therapeutic process of the patient’s treatment episode.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Collaborate with an iCan attitude as part of a multi-disciplinary treatment team. This includes being an active member of the team; collaborating with internal and external referrals to ensure enhanced quality and continuity of care.

2. Case management – Overall coordination of a patient’s care while in residential services, including the integration of family sessions, communication with referral sources, assessment of patient progress and communication to the clinical team regarding special treatment needs and procedures.

3. Responsible for assessment activities – A clinical function to determine eligibility for, and placement in a level of treatment based on admission criteria. The writing and summation of findings from therapy and other disciplines with diagnostic impressions in order to integrate treatment plan development.

4. Group counseling and individual counseling – Conducting the clinical process through which patients address treatment goals, as stated on their treatment plans via an interactive process with other patients.

5. Family sessions – Collecting information on the chemically dependent patient, assessing family dynamics, recommending the family education program and possible ongoing family therapy. This also includes individual family therapy as needed.

6. Continuing care assessment and planning – Assess unresolved and deferred problems and write goals and objectives in the continuing care plan, and coordinate all continuing care needs – referral and placement.

7. The counselor is expected to work within the ethical constraints of the certified addiction counselor, and other professional or organizational ethic standards as they apply to the position.

8. Lectures – Able to deliver clear, understandable lectures to the patient community.

9. Responsible for documenting treatment plans, progress notes, treatment plan updates, case consultations, telephone calls and discharge summaries in the patient record in a timely fashion. This includes the coordination of assessments from the multi-disciplinary treatment team in accordance to Caron policy and procedures.

10. Promote a positive peer culture with patients, families, referrals and other Caron employees utilizing the iCan philosophy.

11. Assume responsibilities such as coordination of internship training programs, perform speaking engagements for targeted groups in the facility and general community, represent the facility on clinical/ administrative committees, assist in training new staff and consult or provide other treatment services at Caron Treatment Centers facilities as assigned.

12. This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

Physical Requirements:

1. Must be able to work extended hours, travel as needed.

2. Must be able to deliver presentations that may be both multiple times and for lengthy time periods.

3. Must be able to lift up to 20 lbs.

4. Ability to accompany patients throughout the campus.


1. Licensure in the state of Texas to practice substance abuse counseling services (LPC, LCDC, LMFT, LCSW).

2. Masters Degree in Human Services with 6 months clinical experience, or Bachelors Degree in Human Services with 1 yr clinical experience.

3. Experience in the area of facilitating group and community counseling is required.

4. Knowledgeable in adolescent or adult developmental issues for their respective fields.

5. If recovering two years of uninterrupted sobriety preferred.

6. Must comply with the Texas Substance Abuse Standards of Care.

Knowledge/ Skills/Abilities:

1. Must be thoroughly familiar and be able to demonstrate knowledge of the principals and programs of the various 12 step fellowships.

2. Must possess good verbal and writing skills.

3. Knowledgeable in adolescent or adult developmental issues for their respective fields.

4. Must possess the willingness and capacity for growth, both personally and professionally.

5. Must have the ability to be objective, empathetic while addressing the individual needs of the respective patients, referrals and family members.

6. Must be computer literate and able to work with most Microsoft applications along with network components.

7. Must have fluid communication skills and the ability to document insights and observations in a clinical record.

8. Must possess a high degree of professionalism and be able to keep confidential information, and treat sensitive clinical information ethically.

9. Must be able to keep all clinical work within the guidelines of the Pennsylvania Certification Board ethical standards throughout his/her work.


1. Able to promote positive peer culture through milieu management skills such as but not limited to, redirection, de-escalation, process groups, problem solving group and processing feelings.

2. Able to assess, identify, and prioritize problems based on individual needs in order to collaborate with the treatment team and to develop comprehensive treatment plans. – Observation – Treatment plans – Case consults – Chart reviews

3. Able to incorporate the 12-step philosophy in milieu management and clinical work. Able to present 12 steps, drug and alcohol issues and other related supports to the patient, families and referrals.

4. Able to incorporate referrals into the treatment process. – Feedback – Observation – Chart Reviews – Satisfaction reports

5. Able to provide lectures and process groups according to predetermined outlines. – Observation – Satisfaction reports

7. Able to provide clinical group, individual and family sessions by applying techniques (including motivation interviewing) to assist the patient group or family in accordance with cultural, gender, life style and age difference.

8. Able to coordinate all services for client care. Able to recognize the elements of crisis and implement an immediate and appropriate course of action utilizing all Caron resources to treat the patient and family in a timely manner.

9. Able to identify needs and problem areas that are beyond the scope of care by Caron Treatment Centers. Able to explain this rationale to referral, patient and family. Able to complete referral to appropriate level of care to meet patient needs. – Observation – Satisfaction reports – Chart reviews

10. Able to coordinate all aspects of continuing care including but not limited to, establishing first appointments, completion of appropriate release forms, securing funding, arranging transportation, communication with all parties involved in patient care and identifying and coordinating continuing care for issues related to addiction such as mental health and medical care. – Observation – Satisfaction reports – Chart reviews

11. Able to prepare reports and maintain electronic records by integrating all patient and family information. Must be able to complete all documentation, including continuing care and compliance calls according to Caron Treatment Centers format and within the specified time frames. – Observation – Chart reviews – Monthly reports

Expectations for Clinical Excellence and Training Plan Development:

1. Therapeutic alliance – Able to form a professional therapeutic relationship and partnership between clinical provider and client to work together for an agreed upon goal; understands an individual’s perspective at any given point in time and can convey that understanding when appropriate to a client; maintains high ethical standards throughout the provider client relationship.

2. 12-Step principles – Facilitates 12-Step principles in addiction and recovery counseling for clients, family members, and other stakeholders; can present the 12-Step facilitation as an effective evidence based program to others.

3. Conflict management and crisis intervention – Reacts calmly and professionally to interpersonal conflicts; can take charge in situations that involve anger, avoidance or acting out; effectively manages atypical situations that require an immediate response (in 12 hours or less) to facilitate improved outcomes.

4. Client/customer/stakeholder focus – Assertively represents clients, customers and stakeholders; ensures that the voices of the client, customer and stakeholder are heard; is responsive to their needs; communicates effectively and establishes rapport with both internal and external customers.

5. Professional expertise – Stays current on professional and emerging work related issues; demonstrates clinical knowledge and expertise; serves as a knowledgeable resource to provide best practice advice to others; keeps up to date on ethical trends and issues.

6. Communication – Understands and is understood by others; makes complex material understandable; clearly articulates key points when writing and speaking; effectively persuades and influences others; addresses and listens to others in a respectful manner.

7. Interpersonal skill – Works well with others; builds effective work relationships with a wide range of individuals; is approachable; effectively resolves disagreements or conflict; shows sensitivity to people of diverse backgrounds.

8. Teamwork – Supports effective team efforts; encourages a spirit of participation and belonging; enhances group cohesiveness by emphasizing team objectives and reinforcing cooperation; actively contributes as a thoughtful member of interdisciplinary teams.

9. Adaptability and change management – Appropriately adjusts strategy in response to new information; adapts positively to changes; is confident in the face of uncertainty and ambiguity; can make decisions and act responsibly without having the entire situation totally defined.

10. Learning agility – Invests effort continuously to learn and apply new approaches and technologies; is a quick learner; investigates and applies new approaches, skills, and behaviors to improve effectiveness, quality, productivity, efficiency, or cost effectiveness.

11. Analytical and systems thinking – Considers the big picture and the interrelationships of parts; supports use of evidence based practices and data drive decisions; investigates and analyzes issues to identify root causes and draw appropriate conclusions; uses critical thinking and logic to solve problems; makes sound decisions.

12. Results orientation – Drives for successful results; makes things happen; conveys a bias for action and a sense of urgency; moves tasks and assignments toward closure; strives to identify and implement better, faster and more cost effective solutions; willingly invests considerable effort to assure deadlines are met in a high quality manner.

13. Courage and commitment – Takes a stand in the face of adversity or resistance; challenges the status quo and fights for beliefs when appropriate; takes calculated risks and perseveres; shows commitment to Caron’s mission, vision and values.

14. Emotional resilience – Bounces back from setbacks; is in touch with his or her own feelings and values, and helps others understand their own demotions; is optimistic and confident about the future and inspires others with a healthy outlook about the possibilities; works his or her own recovery and spiritual program toward positive outcomes.

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