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Licensed Therapist / Counselor
Covington, LA

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Recruiting for a Licensed Therapist/Counselor for our growing client based in Covington, LA.

The mission of our client is to offer the highest quality and professional, Inpatient Detoxification, Residential Treatment, Partial Hospital Program (PHP), Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), and Outpatient services. 

We are committed to treating patients and their families with the highest regard and respect as clients work toward reaching their highest growth potential in their recovery process. This is accomplished through the strict adherence to the highest ethical standards of care and policies and procedures set forth by the Louisiana Department of State of Health Services and the Joint Commission. 

The Licensed Therapist/Counselor is responsible for providing addiction and mental health treatment to patients in the Inpatient Detoxification, Resident Treatment (RTC), Partial Hospital Program (PHP), Intensive Outpatient program (IOP) and outpatient program. As part of a multidisciplinary team, the Counselor will perform direct services, including individual, family and group psychotherapy, assessments, consultations and crisis interventions within the scope of the respective individual’s license.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

1. Keeping license current by completing required continuing education hours as mandated by Louisiana. 

2. Keeping abreast of current literature and developments in the field, and attending required agency training. 

3. Appropriately documents clinical service provided. 

4. Ensures to use the utmost of care in protecting the confidentiality of client records in accordance with State and Federal laws (42CFR). 

5. Collaborates with medical, nursing, and counseling staff regarding detox clients 

6. Provide professional and ethical therapy to dual diagnosed chemically dependent and mental health patients in treatment through group, individual counseling, family counseling, discharge planning and consultation with outside healthcare providers, and education. 

7. Documenting casework in a timely manner in compliance with agency policies and procedures, including writing objective case notes, progress and discharge reports, treatment planning and other timely status reports as requested by the supervisor and according to Louisiana & Joint Commission standards. 

8. Presents changes, improvements or additions to protocols or behavioral health services to the team. 

9. Understands and adheres to compliance standards as they appear in Corporate Compliance Policy, Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest Policy. 

10. Keeps abreast of all pertinent federal, state and company regulations, laws, and policies as they presently exist and as they change or are modified. 

11. Performs other duties and tasks as required. 

 

AGE SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES (ADULT, 18yrs+) 

1. Demonstrates ability to systemically collect, record and analyze data and other relevant interactive social systems, including mental status, special precautions (suicidality, homicidality, elopement); physical problems/medical acuity (withdrawal and nutritional needs); and ethnic concerns (social, religious, or cultural needs). 

2. Uses assessment data to identify problem list and other interactive social systems. 

3. Initiates/develops a treatment plan with specific goals and interventions unique to the needs of the patient. 

4. Intervenes as guided by the treatment plan to implement appropriate interventions that promote, maintain, or restore physical and mental health, prevent illness effect rehabilitation, and restore developmental progression in adulthood. 

5. Provides health teaching for adult/family through individual and group interactions. 

6. Recommends special precautions for adults, as needed. 

7. Evaluates the response of the adult/family to interventions in order to revise the plan, including discharge criteria. 

MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS 

Education, Training, and Experience Required: 

1. Unrestricted independent practice recognized licensure in Louisiana, to include Licensed Psychologist (Ph.D., Psy.D., Ed.D.), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC or PLPC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Master's level clinician.

2. Preferred: Dual licensure as one of above and Licensed Chemical Dependency/Addiction Counselor (LAC) 

3. Preferred: Experience as a veteran or previously working with veterans

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES 

1. Knowledge of industry standards: organization, theory, principles, and research processes, accreditation and regulatory standards, ability to assess clinical care requirements based on psychotherapeutic and human development principles, scope of practice, and regulatory standards. 

2. Understanding of Addiction: Advanced knowledge about substance use disorders 

3. Treatment knowledge: Advanced familiarity with behavior change and recovery models 

4. Application to practice: Methods for applying intervention and recovery knowledge to practice 

5. Professional readiness: Issues related to self-awareness, diversity, ethics, ad continuing education 

6. Knowledge of PC software programs, particularly Microsoft Word and Excel is required. 

7. Accurately and timely enters clinical documentation using electronic medical records (EMR) software. 

8. Written and oral communication skills; must be able to concentrate on work amid distractions such as noise, conversations and foot traffic 

9. Must maintain self-control in volatile or hostile situations such as when verbally or physically confronted in an aggressive manner 

10. Must be able to work independently with little direct supervision in an unstructured environment with multiple demands 

11. Reading and writing level that can clearly express or understand complex concepts, assessments, directions and processes or sequences of events - level equivalent to at least two years of college. 

12. Ability to represent the program well in interactions both inside and outside the facility. 

13. Ability to screen and assess for early detection of risk, imminent harm to self or others and at risk of suicide 

14. Ability to screen and assess for current and past trauma, abuse/neglect and exploitation and arrange further assessments/treatment if indicated. 

15. Working knowledge of (American Society of Addiction Medicine) ASAM criteria. 

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