Senior Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor - Addiction Recovery Services

Dallas, TX 5302 Harry Hines Blvd. 75235, 5302 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, Texas, United States of America Req #26199
Thursday, May 25, 2023
The Salvation Army, an internationally recognized non-profit, faith based organization, has a job opening for a Senior Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor in the Addiction Recovery Services department at Carr P. Collins Social Service Center, located in Dallas, TX.

Job Summary:

Provides direction and oversight to designated Counselor Interns and Licensed Substance Abuse Counselors by demonstrating competence in the job duties of counseling staff. Serves as supervisor and liaison, providing support to the Program Manager in the daily monitoring assigned staff’s performance; facilitates communication between the clinical staff and the case aides in relation to the daily functioning of the clients; assists all program staff in providing an emotional, physical environment conducive to positive client morale and stabilization; ensures program staff maintain appropriate client records.

Essential Functions:

This job description should not be interpreted as all inclusive.It is intended to identify the essential functions and requirements of this position.The incumbent may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this job description.

Supervisory Responsibilities (40%)

Supervises assigned program staff; instructs and trains employees in the proper methods and procedures for conducting work; schedules and monitors work in process and upon completion for compliance with established program policies and procedures; conducts performance evaluations and provides input to Program Manager on makes hiring/firing recommendations.

Conducts file audits, documents necessary forms, completes the KSA domains and Monthly Supervision Form, and maintains the Clinical Training Institute for each Counselor Intern supervised according to TDSHS standards.

Facilitates weekly Clinical Training and prepares supervised counselor interns for LCDC testing.

Conducts new hire training and ongoing training as needed for counseling staff to ensure compliance with contract and program guidelines.

Counseling Responsibilities (25%)

Supervises assigned clients' treatment from intake orientation through completion of treatment; supervises client progress in meeting treatment objectives and supports clients in compliance; orients clients to program rules, procedures, and expectations; charts client group attendance; prepares weekly and monthly progress reports.

Works in a multi-disciplinary team approach in order to motivate, modify, and otherwise prepare clients and significant others in the recovery process.

Facilitates educational and group counseling and provides individual and family counseling.

Develops individualized treatment plans and maintains updated revisions of each plan in relation to the progress of each client; ensures that treatment plans address the physical, emotional, vocational, social, and spiritual needs of each client with identified time limits and measurable objectives.

Works with clients individually to enable them to have a better understanding of their situation and improve competence in problem resolution and coping skills.

Serves as liaison to Community Supervision and Corrections Departments and/or State Parole; contacts CSCD and/or Parole Case Managers to schedule treatment team meetings and meetings to report client progress; notifies CSCD and/or Parole of any treatment or legal violations committed by clients; photocopies, faxes, and relays progress reports and changes of statuses to Parole and CSCD.

Assesses client needs for additional services, bus passes, clothes vouchers, medical referrals, for dual diagnosis clients; completes warehouse requisitions for clothing; checks medication and refers clients who are low on medications; signs-off on case record review for documentation placed in file; provides clients with forms, level transition sheet, attendance sheet, weekly pass request forms, etc.

Reviews attendance record to determine if clients are meeting group requirements; checks client privilege pass request sheet to determine if clients when through proper procedures to obtain weekend pass; examines weekly pass request prior to issuing passes; checks work hours, business hours, walk hours, privilege pass hours prior to completing passes; verifies client employment prior to completing weekend passes; monitors Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholic Anonymous on a walk or privilege passes.

Coordinates services with other community agencies to ensure positive treatment outcomes for client; consults with Probation/Parole Officers and Case Managers; provides referrals to social service agencies and medical institutions/professionals; updates same about client program compliance.

Attends weekly case staff meetings; shares diagnostic data and provides feedback on the recommended reinforcement of treatment goals.

Understands and performs duties within the 12 core functions as necessary.

Administrative Responsibilities (25%)

Prepares and maintains case records and logs on all assigned clients; ensures the accuracy and completeness of the same; enters pertinent information into the established Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).

Prepares and maintains statistical records on all services provided; compiles and prepares monthly statistical reports; ensures the accuracy and completeness of the same.

Prepares case presentations for the supervisor; prepares and presents cases directly to any Coalitions, funding bodies or Case Conferences as directed.

Performs recordkeeping duties to ensure that all expenditures are properly recorded and submitted to the Billing and Finance Supervisor, Associate Program Manager, and Program Manager as appropriate for submission to grantor.

Administers breathalyzer tests and urinalysis tests to program clients; administers sexual offender checks as needed.

Program Management Responsibilities (10%)

Participates in developing and implementing the program staff schedules; assigns clients to caseloads; monitors all client placements.

Monitors all program staff in implementation of the daily activities of the clients per the program schedule.

Assists in instructing program staff in providing crisis intervention and in facilitating daily groups; monitors and advises Program Manager of needs in order to ensure the maintaining of adequate supplies of all materials necessary for program operation.

Monitors program and program staff in order to ensure compliance with TDSHS and TDCJ Standards of licensure and contracts; monitors relapse prevention modules for compliance.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Working knowledge of group dynamics, disease concept of addiction, Twelve Step recovery program and relapse prevention. Ability to apply discretion and independent judgment when addressing and resolving substance abuse matters. Skill in counseling and ability to utilize various counseling theories. Ability to maintain the security of confidential records. Ability to render competent casework service. Ability to monitor and direct counselors work in order to ensure compliance with program goals, policies, and procedures. Ability and willingness to be involved in the Twelve Step program is strongly encouraged. Ability to comprehend procedures for maintaining case files within contract compliance. Ability to develop program plans and goals based on client needs. Ability to evaluate the client's progress toward program goals. Ability to work with the public encompassing all types of behaviors. Ability to present a positive and professional image of The Salvation Army.


Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Social Services, one of the Behavioral Sciences, or related field, AND Four years progressively responsible, wage-earning counseling experience in substance abuse treatment, experience in a supervisory capacity preferred, AND Ability to pass all TDCJ background checks.

Education in a relevant field, in excess of the required Bachelor’s degree, can be substituted for the required years of experience on a year-for-year basis. Relevant work experience, in excess of the required four years, may be substituted for the required education on a year for year basis. One year of related experience is equivalent to thirty semester hours from an accredited college or university.


Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC)

Qualified Credentialed Counselor (QCC) as defined by Texas Department of State Health Services (or ability to obtain within established timeframe)

CPR and First Aid Certification (or ability to obtain within established timeframe)

Physical Requirements:

Ability to meet attendance requirements. Ability to read, write, and communicate the English language effectively. Ability to effectively and efficiently work on multiple cases at the same time. Ability and willingness to conduct all duties in accordance with the ministry of the organization and its Christian principles; conducts all communications and job duties with the highest level of professionalism. Limited amount of physical effort required associated with walking, standing, lifting, and carrying light objects (less than 25 lbs.) 5-10% of work time. Duties are usually performed seated. Sitting may be relieved by brief or occasional periods of standing or walking.

Working Conditions:

Work is usually performed in a normal office within a shelter environment where there are little or no physical discomforts associated with changes in weather or discomforts associated with noise, dust, dirt, and the like.

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We appreciate your interest in employment opportunities with The Salvation Army!

Other details

  • Job Family TX-NON-EXEMPT
  • Job Function Counseling
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Required Education Bachelor’s Degree
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  • Dallas, TX 5302 Harry Hines Blvd. 75235, 5302 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, Texas, United States of America