FT Counselor IV – Waterbury & Torrington

General Statement of Duties

The Counselor IV is an advanced level, credentialed and practiced professional in counseling the chemically dependent.  The Counselor IV assumes a multifaceted leadership role within the Agency.  This may include special assignments, responsibility for a small office and significant administrative responsibilities.

Major Responsibilities

  • Both administer and participate in the organization and completion of special assignments.
  • Actively participate in marketing activities.
  • Monitor and contain expenses within the limits of budget and revenue.
  • Facilitate initial procedures for admission, including completion of required intake forms, releases, collection of initial assessment and recommendations for treatment planning. Apply eligibility and diagnostic criteria to determine client appropriateness for treatment in various modalities.
  • Monitor client insurance – inclusive benefits, eligibility status, pre-authorization and ongoing authorization of services rendered.
  • Facilitate individual, group and family counseling, facilitate client and family education groups and programs, and facilitate other groups as assigned.
  • Communicate general and specific program goals, rules of conduct, Agency services and hours of operation, treatment costs to be borne by clients and clients’ rights as well as other information required.
  • Identify and evaluate client strengths, limitations, problems and needs; assess and develop treatment plans.
  • Implement, review and modify treatment plans as required.
  • Provide case management services to clients as needed, coordinate multiple services planning in support of client needs and integrate with treatment planning process.
  • High profile consultative role with multi-disciplinary team.
  • Provide crisis intervention services as needed.
  • Provide family interventions as needed.
  • Provide information to individuals and groups concerning alcohol and other drug abuse as well as available treatment services and resources.
  • Have a good command of the Agency’s Policies and Procedures.
  • Ensure compliance with all Safety Manual policies and procedures.
  • Provide information and guidance on utilization of community resources, initiate and follow up on referrals as needed.
  • Note date of client discharges ongoing and modify as needed in order to promote timely admissions to the treatment program.
  • Chart results of assessment and treatment planning; write reports, progress notes, discharge summaries and other client-related information in support of documentation of client’s progress to facilitate communications between co-workers and in support of accountability of the Agency to its funding sources.
  • Consult with our own and other professionals to assure comprehensive quality care for the client.
  • Coordinate/carry out special programs or projects as assigned by the program supervisor.
  • Comply with all federal, state and funding regulatory requirements.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Supervision Exercised.  This position is responsible for supervising the clinical and administrative practices of all staff assigned to the office referenced in responsibility one above or any other projects assigned.

Supervision ReceivedThis position reports to the Vice President of Clinical Operations and/or the Program Supervisor.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Performance of pre-screening/intake operations done with accuracy in compliance with established agency procedures and completed with a minimum of problems.
  • Management of Caseload:
    1. Completion/planned discharges within agency specified time periods;
    2. Timely follow up to non-attending clients;
    3. Completion of caseload related paperwork within agency specified time periods.
  • Receptive to change, supportive of MCCA vision.
  • Responsive to supervision, completes all assignments as directed by the program supervision.
  • Close monitoring of client insurance eligibility, pre-authorizations and ongoing authorizations resulting in successful collections.
  • Program performance indicators meet Agency standards.
  • Client satisfaction reports and feedback.
  • Performance of special projects/programs in compliance with programmatic, Agency and/or funding objectives.
  • Performance on assigned tasks and programs.
  • No violations cited during monitoring visits.
  • Completed other assignments as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education, Training and Credentials:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a related field
  • Two years direct care experience in the substance abuse field
  • Connecticut LCSW, LADC, LPC or LMFT required
  • Bachelor level Connecticut LADC will be considered