Lead Counselor – Stepping Stones Residential Program – Anchorage, AK – Full-Time – Exempt

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Position Summary:

Assist the Program Manager with clinical and supervision functions, routine quality assurance, program development and direction, and maintenance of accreditation standards. Provide direct clinical services including both individual and group counseling for clients.

Principle Duties And Responsibilities Include But Are Not Limited To:

  • Develop treatment plans with clients
  • Provide counseling, both group and individual, for clients in accordance with treatment plans and schedules.
  • Provide crisis intervention and informal counseling to clients as needed.
  • Provide educational/informational seminars to clients on topics important to the recovery process and coordinate vocational/educational goal achievement of clients.
  • Provide appropriate case management for clients.
  • Maintain clinically appropriate client records.
  • Participate as appropriate in clinical consultations regarding client progress.
  • Perform case file review every thirty days.
  • Provide quality assurance reviews of clinical documentation as designated by Program Manager.
  • Orient and train new staff members as necessary.
  • Provide on going consultation and training of primary counselors.
  • Schedule and supervise, Primary Counselors.
  • Maintains integration of ASAM placement criteria for client intake, primary care, continuing care, and case management.
  • Maintaining and updating of client admission and discharge lists, caseload rosters, staff activity log completion lists, and other program tracking and data forms.
  • Be a liaison between the program and community resources and referrals.
  • Participates in hiring/terminating process, evaluation and reprimands.
  • Act in the place of the Program Manager in his/her absence.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Essential Skills-Any Equivalent Combination Of Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education & Experience:

  • Meets at least one of the following requirements for degree/certification:
    • Advanced degree (masters-level or doctoral-level) in psychology, social work, counseling, child guidance, nursing or similar field; or
    • BA/BS in psychology, social work, counseling, child guidance, nursing or similar field and substance abuse treatment training and/or experience; or
    • Certification as a Chemical Dependency Counselor (CDC) I or Behavioral Health Counselor (BHC) I or higher by Alaska Commission for Behavioral Health Certification (ACBHC), or  certification by another certifying body, such as a state certifying affiliate of the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) or other similar recognized organization;  experience judged as meeting certification requirements may be accepted provided the applicant be certified within six months of hire.  For Case Managers, will accept Behavioral Health Technician (BHT) or Counselor Technician (CT) or similar certification.
  • Prefer two-year minimum experience in the provision of clinical services.
  • Ability to identify and assess the degree of chemical dependency clients present.
  • Ability to handle the position without continual supervision.
  • Ability to supervise clinical staff members.
  • Ability to function under stress.
  • Ability to function and communicate effectively in an interdisciplinary team approach to chemical dependency.
  • Ability to deal with hostile or distraught clients of all age levels and with their family members.
  • Ability to regularly attend position.
  • Ability to read, write and speak English.

Physical Demands And Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by and 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.

  • Physical Demands: While performing the duties of the job, the employee is frequently required to sit, to reach with hands and arms to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; to occasionally stand and climb stairs, walk; to seldom bend, push, pull, and kneel. The employee must occasionally lift and/or carry up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Work Environment:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Positions Supervised:

  • Primary Counselors