Clinical - Counselor
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:
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
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.
- Pay Type Hourly
- Southaven, MS, USA