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Substance Abuse Counselor in Los Angeles County

  • UMMA Community Clinic
  • Full time
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  • Los Angeles County
  • 05/03/2019
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UMMA is looking for a Substance Abuse Counselor to join the team. Please see below for information on the position.

To apply, please read the position specifications below, learn more about UMMA, then send your well-thought out cover letter and resume to bhdpt@ummaclinic.org. This posting will be taken down once the position has been filled.

 

SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELOR JOB DESCRIPTION:

SUMMARY

As a part of a multidisciplinary treatment team, the role of the Substance Abuse Counselor is to assist opioid addicted clients in identifying, maximizing, and relating their strengths to appropriate social, education, and occupational goals. It is the responsibility of the Counselor to undertake assessments, monitor, plan, and link the patient to appropriate medical and support services. Additionally, the Counselor will help patients prepare to adjust to drug free existence and to offer assistance in addressing and coping with problematic issues. The Counselor reports to the Director of Behavioral Health for provision of services. The Counselor will perform duties within the scope of their license or certification.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

To perform effectively in this position, the incumbent must have:

  • Complete appropriate patient assessments to identity level of services needed
  • Provide appropriate referrals, following up on all referrals and interventions to ensure that client has access to designated services
  • Provide individual or group counseling sessions as related to treatment plan
  • Work in collaboration with behavioral health and primary care providers on treatment plan and goals
  • Maintain accurate and up to date information in each client’s chart within the EMR system
  • Provide crisis intervention support to clients when appropriate.
  • Work in collaboration with Quality Improvement Department to identity areas to improve patient care
  • Other duties as assigned

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

To perform effectively in this position, the incumbent must have:

  • Certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Proven working experience as a substance abuse counselor
  • Bilingual with ability to provide services in English and Spanish
  • Expertise in counseling and case management principles
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work effectively with team
  • Experience with electronic medical records
  • Effective organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple activities with changing priorities simultaneously.
  • Good oral/written communication, the ability to effective listen, and interpersonal and good oral presentation skills with small and large groups
  • Ability to work effectively with people of diverse cultures, ages and economic backgrounds.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Typically, these skills are the result of completion of a combination of education and experience equivalent to completion of a Bachelor’s degree preferred (social science such as psychology, social work, sociology) or high school diploma and at least two years’ experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in behavioral health (e.g, psychology or social work)
  • Certified as a Substance Abuse Counselor – CADCA, CATCI, CAODC,
  • 2- years of professional experience substance abuse counselor or case manager

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

The incumbent in this position does not have supervisory responsibility. However, he or she may be expected to provide leadership and instruction to volunteers and/or less experienced staff.

SERVICE VALUES

All employees are expected to provide the very highest level of service to Clinic patients and their families. In addition, their work ethic is expected to reflect the Islamic values and moral principles that inspired its founders. These include the core values that are universally shared and revered by society at large:

Service

Compassion

Human Dignity

Social Justice

Ethical Conduct

ENVIRONMENT

The environment for this position is medical clinic that is clean and comfortable. It may include some minor annoyances such as noise, odors, drafts, etc. The incumbent is in a non-confined office-type setting in which he or she is free to move about at will. In addition, the incumbent may travel via personal vehicle or public transportation throughout the community.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

In the course of performing this work, the incumbent:

  • Will spend substantial time standing, sitting, speaking and listening
  • Must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds
  • May travel via personal vehicle or public transportation to other facilities throughout Los AngelesReasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

QUALIFICATIONS/POSITION REQUIREMENTS

These specifications are general guidelines based on the minimum experience normally considered essential to the satisfactory performance of this job. Individual abilities may result in some deviation from these guidelines. Additional requirements include: 1) knowledge of electronic medical records; 2) knowledge of community and community resources; 3) ability to pass background check; 4) valid California State Driver’s License; 5) TB Clearance; 6) flexibility to work overtime, holidays and weekends; 7) local travel required.

Required Education:

Typically, these skills are the result of completion of a combination of education and experience equivalent to completion of a Bachelor’s degree preferred (social science such as psychology, social work, sociology) or high school diploma and at least two years’ experience as a case manager care coordinator or systems navigator in an underserved community.

EQUIPMENT & SOFTWARE OPERATION

The incumbent in this position may operate any/all of the following equipment:

  • Telephone, cell phone, fax
  • Computer, printer and related equipment
  • Copy machine
  • Personal automobile

Computer software may include any or all of the following:

  • Microsoft Office
  • Internet Explorer

Job Type: Full-time

Experience:

  • Substance Abuse Counselor or Case Manager: 2 years (Required)

Education:

  • Bachelor’s (Preferred)

License:

  • Substance Abuse Counselor (Required)

Language:

  • Spanish (Required)

Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)



UMMA Community Clinic

To promote the well-being of the underserved by providing access to high-quality healthcare for all, regardless of ability to pay. Our services, activities and governance reflect the Islamic values and moral principles which inspired our founders. These include the core values which are universal...

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