Licensed Addiction Specialist

Function:

Provides assessment, treatment planning, individual, family and group counseling for youth in the Homeless Youth Drop in Center.  Specializes in work with adolescents and young adults experiencing mental health and substance abuse problems.  General supervision from Youth Team Lead and case specific supervision from psychiatrist.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for responding to phone calls and inquiries from clients, physicians or other referral sources requesting counseling services
  • Accurate documentation in the Electronic Medical Record or assessment software
  • Providing appropriate therapy and guidance related to a client’s specific symptoms
  • Developing appropriate individualized treatment plans with specific goals and objectives, as well as measurable outcomes
  • Making necessary referrals to outside agencies

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

  • Extensive knowledge related to addictions and a working knowledge of various and persistent mental illness and related psychiatric treatment.
  • Prefer candidates with knowledge or experience with local community homeless and supportive housing provider network.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective contact with individuals, families and representative of other professional disciplines.
  • Empathetic
  • Willing to work flexible hours and able to work independently with discretion.
  • Able to establish and maintain good relationships with other agencies involved in services to alcohol and drug users and people who are homeless.
  • Ability to express ideas clearly, both orally and in writing.

Qualifications:

Master’s degree in Counseling, Social Work or related human service field.  Appropriate credentials from SC LLR including LPC/LPC-A/LMSW and LAC (Licensed Addictions Counselor); or LPC/LPC-A/LMSW and certified as CAC (Clinical Addictions Counselor) through SC Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors.  Must be certifiable in defensive driving and Standard CPR/1st-Aid. 

Travel or Other Special Conditions:

Must be flexible and willing to work beyond required hours of work when and if extra effort is required to complete assignments or if dictated by crises.  Most services will be provided at the drop in center, in the community or in natural settings.  Will be required to be on call.