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Clinical - Counselor

Southaven, MS, USA Req #52
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Vertava Health is a leading national behavioral healthcare system for mental health and substance use disorders, providing a full continuum of services based on the individuals' varying needs at different times in their health and recovery journey. We apply evidence-based treatment modalities at every level of care and embed digital health tools to enhance and amplify clinical outcomes. With a growing list of Joint Commission accredited inpatient and outpatient locations across the country, a virtual care platform and a national network of healthcare providers, Vertava Health pioneers care that empowers people so that they can live out their best future.

Job Summary: 

As a counselor at Vertava Health, you will have a major role in implementing our evidence-based addiction treatment programming. You will directly teach and support our adult patients with substance use disorders both in groups and individually. You will use your understanding of the disease model of addiction; motivational interviewing (MI); and the tenets of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) to help patients progress towards their goals and live out their best future. 


Depending on the location of the facility, this role is appropriate for those currently licensed or certified — or interested in becoming licensed or certified — as a licensed chemical dependency counselor (LCDC)  or a certified or licensed alcohol & drug counselor (CADC or LADC). 


You will work closely with therapists and the entire treatment team in a supportive, team-based approach that models collaborative, solution-based problem solving, and authentic communication.  


Priority responsibilities include: 


Group facilitation 

  • Lead educational groups on a range of topics related to addiction, recovery, and wellbeing 

  • Co-facilitate process-groups with licensed therapists 

  • Develop and lead specialty expressive or experiential groups unique to your interests, expertise, and qualifications. 


Specialty Experiential Groups 

  • A counselor may be recruited primarily to facilitate alternative experiential groups that require special skills, experience and certifications (i.e. equine therapy, climbing wall/ropes course, mountain biking, etc.) These staff will need to have appropriate training and certification, and ensure that the specialty program meets all regulatory standards. 


Individual coaching and counseling 

  • Review assignments with patients  

  • Provide one-to-one support sessions in alignment with treatment plan and therapist guidance 

  • Offer individual therapy as license and scope of practice allows 

  • Leverage de-escalation skills to ensure patient safety and reduce AMA risk 

  • Maintain and promote healthy boundaries  

  • Respond and participate as assigned to emergency codes 

  • Promote and protect each patient’s independence, privacy, dignity, and emotional and physical well being 



  • Document attendance, individual participation and response to groups 

  • Summarize content and tone of each patient meeting  

  • Work with therapists and treatment team in developing patient goals, treatment plan, and aftercare plan 


Training and Competencies 

  • Learn and follow company-established policies and procedures, and maintain adherence to established skills and practice according to position and certifications 

  • Remain current with all required trainings and certifications 

  • Receive biweekly supervision  

  • Maintain a professional appearance and demeanor 

  • Practice respectful, compassionate, supportive communication with patients and colleagues 


Other duties as assigned 


Requirements by state: 


  • Bachelor’s or Master degree preferred 

  • CADC (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor or LADC (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor) preferred. 

  • Minimum 2 years' experience 

  • To lead a specialty group if applicable, you will need appropriate certifications to meet all regulatory standards 



Physical Requirements:  

  • Ability to use hands and fingers, talk or hear 

  • Ability to sit, stand, walk and reach continually. Ability to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch frequently 

  • Ability to frequently lift and carry up to 20 pounds and occasionally lift and carry up to 50 pounds 

  • Close vision required to see computer monitor and read documents 

  • Work environment is indoors and climate controlled. Occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions 


Vertava Health is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. 

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
Location on Google Maps
  • Southaven, MS, USA