Substance Use Disorder Counselors (SUDCs)

TITLE: Substance Use Disorder Counselor

LOCATIONS: We currently have SUDC positions available in our Draper, Riverdale, Vernal and St. George locations.

Substance Use Disorder Counselors (SUDCs) include the following employees of The Phoenix:

  • Licensed Substance Use Disorder Counselor
  • Licensed Associated Substance Use Disorder Counselor
  • Certified Intern Substance Use Disorder Counselor

DEPARTMENT: Clinical

REPORTS TO: Clinical Director

SUPERVISES: None

ADOPTED/REVISED DATE: March 6, 2015

CORE COMPETENCIES

  1. Substance Use Disorder Counselor certificate/degree from an accredited school
  2. Fully certified or licensed or working towards licensure in the State of Utah
  3. Be in good standing w/ Department of Professional Licensing
  4. A minimum of 2 years experience in the substance abuse industry
  5. Skill and proficiency in substance abuse assessment, diagnosis, and creating recovery plans
  6. Skill and proficiency in clinical interaction in supporting clients towards recovery plan goals
  7. Skill and proficiency in presenting a clinical case and staffing a client with peers
  8. Skill and proficiency in the understanding and facilitation of group processing and facilitating groups
  9. Understand and facilitate processes that support a healthy emotional economy

POSITION PURPOSE/SUMMARY

SUDCs provide professional substance abuse counseling services to patients of in-patient, Partial Hospital Program (PHP), intensive out-patient (IOP), and general out-patient services (GOP). These services include accurate effective treatment for substance abuse disorders as noted in the DSM-5 under the supervision of the Clinical Director (CD).

  • Substance Use Disorder Counselors work in a variety of individual, family, and group counseling settings. The Phoenix Recovery Centers are designed to offer mental health psychotherapy and substance disorder counseling to adults 18 or older. SUDCs provide assessment, substance abuse treatment, discharge planning, and other services as required to patients seeking help for their substance use disorders.

Training

  • SUDCs maintain compliance with industry standards and health care laws and regulations. The Clinical Director provides training to clinical and counseling staff members of the organization so that they can adhere to policies and procedures in the daily performance of their jobs. Training on pertinent clinical topics is provided within the organization through informal supervision meetings as well as formal training sessions on a monthly basis or more often. Each SUDC is responsible for attending training provided by the Phoenix unless they are excused in advance.

SUDC Staff Development

  • The CD provides professional development opportunities for staff members within appropriate budget constraints and according to the organization’s policies. SUDCs are responsible to know and comply with state requirements for licensing and certification as required. The purpose of professional development is to support excellence in service for the patients as well as providing employees with professional growth opportunities that recognizes their contributions to the Phoenix Recovery Centers.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Caseload

  • Managing the individual clinical caseload is an important part of the SUDCs responsibilities. Each SUDC must balance their workload with the need to provide excellence in service to patients. SUDCs accomplish their work according to federal and state laws to meet the needs of patients with diverse needs. They understand and work within the applicable codes of ethics to maintain the highest standards of ethical practice.
  • While supervising each patient’s advancement toward the resolution of problematic addiction behaviors as well as resilient recovery, SUDCs are also aware of the need for cost effective services. SUDCs do this by:
    • Ensuring the safety of patients and fellow employees
    • Actively managing the reduction of risks
    • Promoting opportunities for growth
    • Reducing or eliminating unwarranted costs and superfluous expenditures

Patient Progression

  • In a clinical setting, a patient moves from intake to treatment to discharge. SUDCs provide for their assigned patients’ substance use treatment plans in order to ensure that each patient receives appropriate services at realistic costs and according to a reasonable timetable. This requires the revision of treatment plans to address changing circumstances as well as tailored treatments as necessary.

Mental Health Therapy

  • SUDCs provide all required substance abuse counseling services in the patient care setting. Each SUDC is expected to be compliant in there attendance to scheduled patient sessions, attending staff and supervision meetings, being prepared to review patient issues as required, and coordinate patient services with other employees or other agencies.
  • SUDCs complete all requirements for education, training and testing as required by the state.
  • SUDCs balance the needs of the Phoenix Recovery Centers with support for their assigned patients while ensuring consistent excellence in clinical services for each patient. The focus of the SUDC must always consider the sustainability of The Phoenix.
  • SUDCs attend staffing and supervision meetings weekly and as additionally required. They also make themselves available for one-on-one supervision as appropriate.

Goals and Objectives Accomplishment

  • The Clinical Director has the primary responsibility for the achievement of goals and objectives assigned to the clinical staff and is responsible for communicating goals and objectives to the clinical staff as well as coordinating staff accomplishments of all goals and objectives. SUDCs are responsible for supporting and accomplishing the organization’s objectives as assigned. They report progress as well as accomplishment to the CD.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Work is performed in a residential dwelling or an office setting. Employee may be required to support and assist therapeutic groups that take place outside. Seasonal attire will be required in order to accommodate climate conditions from outdoor exposure.

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