Colorado Nonprofit Association

Mental Health and Substance Misuse Counselor (LAC)

PRIMARY FUNCTION:

The Mental Health and Substance Misuse Counselor will provide individual and group therapy with brain injury survivors who are involved in the legal system and who have substance use and co-occurring disorders. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Counseling: Provide evidence-based therapeutic interventions with an emphasis on strength-based treatment, a person-centered approach and trauma-informed care to clients with brain injury.

o Provide individual and group therapy to Brain Injury Survivors with mental health and substance misuse. 

o Complete biopsychosocial assessments for each client to develop appropriate Individualized Service Plans.

o Provide clinical supervision to Certified Addiction Specialists.

• Targeted Case Management: Provide coordination with internal and external providers 

o Maintain documentation of services and communication provided to survivors, in a timely and accurate manner

o Monitor treatment progress on an ongoing basis and update Individualized Services Plans when there are changes to the client’s level of function of biopsychosocial needs.  

o Develop discharge planning at the time of program admission and update during the course of services as appropriate

• Data Collection, Reporting and Evaluation: Complete and maintain documentation in a timely and acurate manner according to Federal, State and BIAC Clinical Services (BIACCS) guidelines.

o Update existing contacts as needed and ii) record details of client contact including type of contact, summary of activities, and therapy notes.

OTHER DUTIES:

• Provide clinical supervision and case consultation to CACs / CAS on staff. 

• Closely collaborate with the Director of the Denver Reentry Program to develop and implement substance misuse relapse prevention program for brain injury survivors. 

• Performs other related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Required Qualifications

• One year or more of experience delivering clinical services to individuals.  

• Experience with substance misuse interventions.

• Experience with trauma-informed care, strength-based therapy interventions, and other applicable treatment modalities.

• Experience working with people with cognitive disabilities and/or behavioral health challenges.

Preferred Qualifications

• One year or more of experience delivering clinical services in a group setting.

• Experience working with clients involved in the legal system both incarceration and community supervision. 

• Knowledge of community, state, and federal resources for brain injury, disability, or human services specific to the region this position serves.

• Experience teaching life skills such as: organization, financial management, healthy lifestyle, social skills, job skills, computer, and internet usage

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

• Master’s degree in social work or counseling 

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:

• Licensed Addiction Counselor – Must be registered with DORA.

• CBIS certification (acquired within one year of employment and maintained through continuing education). BIAC provides training.

LANGUAGE SKILLS:

• Ability to read and interpret documents. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence, and have the ability to speak effectively before groups. 

• Bilingual (English and Spanish) – preferred