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Chemical Dependency Counselor, Addiction Sciences, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscienc

University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH

Job posting number: #7100479

Posted: May 20, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”



With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, eight straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.9 billion.



Job Overview
As one of the oldest medical schools in the country, the UC College of Medicine has a reputation for training best-in-class health care professionals and developing cutting-edge procedures and research that improves the health and clinical care of patients.



The College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience is looking for a Chemical Dependency Counselor I or II to work in the Addiction Sciences Division. This position will support the University’s mission and commitment to excellence and diversity in our students, faculty, staff and all our activities. Classification and salary will be commensurate with experience.



The Addiction Sciences Division, within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, represents a collaborative effort among the University of Cincinnati, UC Health, and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cincinnati. Our mission is to discover and refine medical and scientific knowledge and translate it via education, training, and dissemination into high quality, evidence-based treatments for peoples suffering from addiction-related conditions. Addiction Science Division research is supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with some clinical trial support from the pharmaceutical industry.



The Chemical Dependency Counselor will provide outpatient substance use and mental health services. The Addiction Sciences Chemical Dependency Counselor will primarily provide assessments, diagnosis, treatment planning, individual and group therapies while meeting all standards of practice as required. This position will also provide case management services as needed.

Essential Functions
Provide psychosocial assessments of patients and families to identify emotional, social, and environmental strengths and problems related to their diagnosis, illness, treatment, and/or life situation.
Provide education to patients and families around issues related to adaptation to the patient's illness and/or life situation; may utilize crisis intervention, brief and long-term individual, group, and family therapies.
Collaborate with counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, social workers and other appropriate treatment team members in diagnostic formulation, treatment direction, and recommendations.
Maintain knowledge of external resources for patient needs to foster recovery.
Liaison with community agencies; participate in area activities related to substance use disorders.
Ensure that patient care documentation is timely, legible, and efficient. Documentation should be concise, pertinent, and meet the profession and department's documentation standards. Oral reporting should be clear, concise, relevant, and timely.
Perform all required data collection for the department accurately and within expected time frame. Participate in departmental meetings, quality improvement efforts, and make sure peer review standards are met. Maintain current licensure, participate in clinical supervision and continuing education, and meet competency skills for evaluations in area of practice.
Maintain knowledge of and compliance with HIPAA policies, CFR-42 Part 2 confidentiality policies, documentation guidelines, and other related regulatory requirements, in accordance with all Federal, State, Local laws, and UC Policies and Procedures.
Keep current with health care developments in professional field, and seek to increase further enhancement of job-related knowledge, both internally and externally.
Provide education on substance-related topics to other health care professionals.
Serve as a peer-mentor within the department, supporting management and in various responsibilities as appropriate including the development of less experienced team members.
Contribute to the development of new processes, procedures, tools, and training to enhance clinical activities, compliance and efficiency.
May serve as a resource person or act as a consultant within area of clinical expertise.
May provide direct and/or indirect supervision to exempt and non-exempt staff (i.e., hiring/firing, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, approve time off, etc.).
Perform related duties based on departmental need. This job description can be changed at any time.
Required Education
Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Health, Nursing, Social Work, Addictions or related field.



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