Catholic Charities Community Services of New York Substance Abuse Counselor in Staten Island, United States


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Substance Abuse Counselor

Location: Staten Island, NY

FLSA Status: Full Time, Exempt

Classification: Professional

Department: Beacon of Hope House - Staten Island Supervised Residence

Reports To: Program Manager

Supervisory Responsibilities: Yes

Summary: The Substance Abuse Counselor is responsible for clients in supervised programs, and participates in team treatment efforts in each of the supervised residence programs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Direct care for those people assigned to the Beacon of Hope House by the Consortium. This includes, but is not limited to, one-to-one counseling, group counseling, and collateral contacts with family and meaningful others.

  • Supervise services for all those individuals designated as substance abuse clientele in Staten Island supervised residences.

  • Develop and implement all programming activities related to substance abuse services.

  • Provide additional clinical responsibilities, as support and resource for all staff, regarding special clinical problems. Such problems to include, but not be limited to: difficulties related to mental illness, chemical abuse and medical illness, the management of special problems related to the exacerbation of systems, and the ongoing consultation for other special problems.

  • Serve as the Quality Assurance/Utilization Management Coordinator for the Staten Island Beacon of Hope House supervised residences, including technical review of all charts on a regular basis.

  • Direct involvement in the emergency communication network on a regular basis, or as agreed with the Program Manager.

  • Provide client support by escorting to the treatment program, when possible, and advocate for additional treatment services if it is determined that the client would have better support in a long term program with better odds of staying abstinent.

  • Generate monthly client progress reports regarding treatment progress, including toxicology results, for floor supervisors.

  • Evaluate a candidate for substance abuse issues during the intake process, and report to the Program Manager should she/he meet the criteria for substance abuse services at the residence.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are dependent on residence schedules and are to be determined at hire. Additional hours may be required to meet program deadlines, or client needs.

Working conditions and physical demands required:

The demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Travel to escort clients, attend meetings, and/or meet with residence staff approximately 10% of the time, using reliable transportation, traversing streets, ascending/descending stairs, and exposed to outside weather conditions.

  • Work with clients who require consistent and comprehensive support, some under potentially stressful conditions.

  • Remain in a stationary position at a work station and use a computer approximately 40% of the time.

  • Frequently sit for long periods.


Education and/or experience required:

  • Masters Degree in a mental health discipline and at least five (5) years’ experience with a psychiatric population, and

  • At least three (3) years’ experience in the area of treating mentally ill chemical abusers.

Skills, Licenses, and/or competencies required:

  • The qualified person for this position must have demonstrated expertise in group leadership, staff supervision, clinical documentation and liaison and coordination with other service providers.