Specialty Services Counselor - Addictions


The Specialty Services Counselor will provide therapeutic services to the residents of both the Crisis Shelter and Addictions Services program, who identify with the co-occurrence of domestic violence and substance use disorder. The primary responsibility of this position is to provide counseling and supportive services and serve as an advocate to adult women with the co-occurrence of domestic violence and substance use disorder. The Therapist is responsible for ensuring that clients’ therapeutic needs and program objectives are being met. Services will include but not be limited to assessment, individual therapy, group therapy, case management, resource and referral, and crisis intervention. This role will work collaboratively across service lines and assist the director in implementing and maintaining appropriate clinical care in all aspects of the therapeutic process.

Expectations of every YWCA Staff Member:

  • Uphold and promote the YWCA Mission.
  • Maintain compliance with state standards.
  • Adhere to established policies and procedures.
  • Provide support to other departments and staff as needed in the provision of service to clients.
  • All employees must be familiar and compliant with the policies & procedures of the organization, and follow the guidelines of the Employee Handbook.

Essential Duties:

  • Experience in implementing a clinical understanding of crisis management and trauma informed services and assisting individuals implement their self-identified goals toward healing and resource skill building.
  • Responsible for providing targeted therapeutic and advocacy services through clinical counseling services including assessment and treatment (individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy, support groups, and psycho-educational groups) advocacy, and coordination of care with designated client population.
  • Provide services with a strong background or working knowledge in the area of domestic violence, substance abuse, recovery dynamics, and interventions.
  • Assist in the development of mutually agreed upon individual and or family treatment and discharge services plans, and provide other therapeutic services as appropriate.
  • Perform effective social work and psychotherapy of a complex nature with individual clients and with groups; develop and maintain cooperative, constructive relationships with clients, their families/support system and members of other professional disciplines, social agencies, and the Department of Child and Family Services.
  • Ensure clients are receiving appropriate clinical care and ensure comprehensive treatment plan is maintained.
  • Facilitation of weekly therapy group sessions for clients and their families/support system as deemed appropriate.
  • Prepare clear, concise and comprehensive case work records, and make sound recommendations on the basis of such information; organize and manage a caseload; retain personal objectivity while emphatically dealing with concerns of others; deliver crisis interventions services.
  • Complete all required documentation, including progress notes, assessment data, discharge summary planning and aftercare planning in accordance with state regulations.
  • Participate in curriculum development and expansion of designated programs.
  • Participate in weekly staffing meetings.
  • Participate in supervision sessions with clinical director.
  • Participate in monthly staff and in-service meetings.
  • Assist with program development as it relates to client care.
  • Coordinate with all members of the client’s interdisciplinary team to ensure appropriate continuity of services and care.
  • Promote a trauma-informed perspective to client care.
  • Maintain professional relationships with referral and community resources.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, or related field plus one year of clinical experience in an alcohol or other drugs (AOD) or mental health setting preferred.  Prefer candidate with substance use treatment experience and/or experience working with domestic violence survivors.
  • Candidate must hold Indiana state counseling licensure or be working toward Indiana state licensure (i.e. LMHC, LCAC, LMFT) and must gain said licensure within two years of hire.
  • CPR and First Aid certification must be obtained within a short period after hire.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Experience with trauma-informed services, cognitive behavioral therapies including DBT, and motivational therapies.
  • Strong customer service skills with ability to communicate in a professional manner with a wide range of people. Unequivocal commitment to pluralism.
  • Knowledge of domestic violence and sexual assault/abuse, as well as child abuse and neglect.
  • Experience working with trauma survivors.
  • Strong counseling/crisis intervention skills, including group facilitations skills.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and discretion when handling potentially confidential or sensitive matters.
  • Strong time management skills; ability to take initiative to solve problems and work with minimum supervision.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google including Gmail, Word, and Excel.
  • 1-3 years of experience with general office equipment (copiers, printers).
  • Accurate, organized, and detail-oriented, with ability to work under pressure and shift priorities in response to changing needs.
  • Ability to keep accurate records and files
  • Must comply with organization's policy of automobile insurance: must have a valid driver’s license and personal automobile insurance coverage.
  • Must be willing to work some evening hours and have flexibility in personal schedule to accommodate the varying schedules of residents.

Physical/Mental Essential Requirements:

  • Walking, standing, bending, stooping, reaching, moderate lifting and carrying (up to thirty (30) pounds).
  • Full range of body motion including manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination.
  • Requires corrected vision and hearing to normal range.
  • Need to stand for long periods of time.
  • Ability to focus on detail and accuracy of work product.
  • Occasional high stress may be experienced in dealing with clients, staff and volunteers.

The statements within this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel in this position.