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University of Rochester Chemical Dependency Counselor - 218607 in Rochester, New York

Chemical Dependency Counselor

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Strong Memorial Hospital

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Full Time 40 hours Grade 051 Psychiatry SMH Addiction Psych




Position Summary:

To provide outpatient counseling services under direct supervision as a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team caring for individuals with substance use disorders (SUD) as well as patients with co-occurring mental health disorders (COD) and their families when indicated. Works on specific treatment goals as designed with supervision. Maintains productivity in accordance with program and departmental standards and complies with program and departmental policies and procedures. Reports to the Clinical Supervisor of assigned clinic.


Performs intake evaluations by direct interview of persons applying for treatment. Assesses chemical use history including pattern, type, and amount of use of licit, prescription, or illicit substances. Assesses patients for symptoms of psychosocial dependence, motivation for change, and personal resources. Gathers family historical data concerning drug and alcohol usage, relationship, and current functioning; prepares oral and written clinical reports of interview. Prepares and submits written and oral reports with supervision.

Carries out counseling of SUD and COD patients within the structure of a comprehensive treatment plan. Demonstrates listening skills, empathy, confrontation and supportive skills, ability to monitor patient compliance, participation, and motivation. Demonstrates ability to communicate treatment with other members of interdisciplinary team. Establishes long-term counseling relationships with patients.

Demonstrates ability to work as a directly supervised therapist in group therapy for alcohol/drug dependent persons and has a working knowledge of the concepts underlying group therapy including role of feelings and defenses. Assists and facilitates the maintenance of group process.

Establishes communication using established rules of confidentiality and laws concerning rights of patients, and uses correspondence with family, other health­related agencies, employers, criminal justice programs, and social service status. Provides senior clinical staff with these data for incorporation into diagnostic team assessment of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patients and their families.

Maintains active case records including written treatment plans, problem­ oriented progress notes, periodic updates of treatment plans, and appropriate documentation of incidents, discharge summaries, interagency communications, and correspondence.

Participates in program staff development and informational activities including:

  • Maintains continuing education in knowledge and skills affecting the discipline of chemical dependency counseling, and COD treatment, including attendance at in-service meetings.

  • Provides on-site teaching to multi-disciplinary students observing program components and therapy.

  • Reports to clinical supervisor regularly for supervision of all clinical activity.

  • Regular program staff/team meetings to review policy, and procedures as well as conduct case reviews.

Performs other duties as assigned including:

  • Milieu management in clinic area

  • Toxicology screen monitoring

  • Assess patients for physical, behavioral signs of drug/alcohol use and perform BAC tests as needed.

  • Assist staff in assessing patient's acting-out behavior, and develop a plan of action to help maintain the safety of other patients and staff in clinic.

Subscribes to the Department's goal of creating a culturally competent environment by treating patients/families, trainees, research subjects and co-workers in a sensitive and caring manner with appropriate attention to cultural differences. Participates in available cultural competence events and trainings.


Bachelor's degree in a discipline related to human services and 1-2 years of related experience. Experience in drug/alcohol dependence treatment preferred; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Prefer NYS Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC).

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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