Drug & Alcohol Outpatient Counselor Assistant (Fee for Service)


About APM

APM serves 40,000 Philadelphians annually, operates on a combined budget of more than $65 million, employs 400 multilingual, skilled and dedicated professionals and offers an extensive range of bilingual and culturally sensitive services at 13 sites throughout North Philadelphia and Montgomery County. Our programs include affordable housing, food security, employment assistance, early child education and daycare, foster care and adoption, substance abuse treatment and behavioral health for adults. 

APM is seeking a fantastic Drug & Alcohol Counselor Assistant to provide a culturally competent, trauma informed therapeutic services and functional relationships with Persons in Recovery that help build self-sufficiency, confidence and self-esteem and foster a drug and alcohol-free recovering environment.

1. Provides regular outpatient (OP), intensive outpatient (IOP) and Suboxone medication assisted treatment services.
2. Facilitates 3 - 2 hour psychotherapy groups per week and 1 - 1 hour individual therapy session for each Person in Recovery (PIR). Documents each PIR engagement in the Electronic Health Record (EHR)
3. Completes intake, BHSI and ASAM forms as required.
4. Work in collaboration with the PIR to complete the biopsychosocial assessment ensuring to collect detailed information.
5. Review intake admission forms for each PIR to verify that all documentation and data are complete and in compliance with APM, city, state, and federal regulations. Obtains any missing data to ensure compliance and success of the therapeutic effort. Obtain signatures at the time of service.
6. Work in collaboration with the PIR in the initial and ongoing development of recovery plan goals and objectives ensuring the plan is completed within the program guidelines and all signatures are collected at the time of service.
7. Ensures that all recovery plans are observable and measurable, using client centered language.
8. Enforces rules and regulations of the program and those of the Probation/Parole Unit, where applicable.
9. Makes referrals to appropriate levels of care based on clinical observations of PIR’s condition.
10. Maintains strong interagency community, multidisciplinary and government agency relationships.
11. Maintains ongoing communication with other community treatment facilities, primary care physicians, hospitals, schools, multidisciplinary units, and Probation/Parole officers, the Forensic Intensive Recovery (FIR) unit, etc. as necessary.
12. Participates in meetings with the agency interdisciplinary team, case consultations and supervision.
13. Documents the results of the case consultations and implements the recommended therapeutic changes to each PIRs case.
14. Updates and reviews charts, completes all progress and group notes within 24 hours of service.
15. Provides Clinical Supervisor with a weekly schedule through the EHR system, due every Friday by 12 pm. Any major changes in the schedule will be reported immediately.
16. Monitors and manages the therapeutic services for PIRs beginning with the intake process, biopsychosocial assessment and the completion of the aftercare planning. Modifications are made based on person centered needs.
17. Works closely with the Clinical Supervisor and assists with PIR recruitment and retention through outreach efforts.
18. Follows instructions and keeps in compliance with the agency’s policy and procedure on PIR confidentiality and ethical practices.
19. Performs other program related duties as assigned by the Clinical Supervisor.


APM offers competitive compensation


Qualifications: Minimum education and training
* Must meet Department of Health (DOH) chapter 704 staffing requirements
* Counselor Assistant: Associate or Bachelor Degree without required experience
* Counselor I: Associate Degree w/2 years Counseling experience
* Counselor II: Bachelor Degree or CAC w/ 1 year Counseling experience
* Counselor III: Master Degree w/ appropriate internship or 1 year counseling experience
(Degree must be in Behavioral Health, Human Services or related field.)
* Must have 2 years working experience in Human Services field;
* Experience working in Drug and Alcohol Program preferred;
* Prior training in ASAM and Confidentiality preferred.
* Bi-lingual capabilities a plus.
* Valid Child Abuse (Act 33) (when applicable), Criminal History, and FBI clearances (when applicable), and the Child Protective Services Law certificate no less than 5 years old at the time of hire and updated every 5 years thereafter.
* Participation in and completion of all CBH mandatory in-services (must be completed within three
(3) months of hire and annually from the date of the initial training).
* Participation in at least 25 hours of documented additional to the mandatory in-service trainings.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
* Ability to perform duties with minimal direction.
* Working knowledge of methods and techniques utilized in addiction treatment settings.
* Solid typing and computer skills and abilities required.
* Ability to utilize, update & maintain electronic health records (E.H.R.)
* Ability to maintain confidential information and exercise professional judgment on a routine basis.
ADA Requirements and Working Conditions
Must be able to speak and hear sufficient enough to communicate effectively by phone and or in person at normal volumes. Manual dexterity is required to take notes and simultaneously document pertinent information. Lifting, maneuvering and transporting of files and materials up to 10 lbs. required from time to time. Vision should be adequate enough to allow for focus adjustment to read charts, computer screen, forms, etc. May be required to sit for extended periods of time in an office or treatment room setting.
The incumbent will deal with a wide variety of people on various issues and will be placed under significant deadlines associated with this position. Significant time will be spent on the computer entering information which requires attention to detail and accuracy. The work is performed in client areas, therefore, there exists a potential for
exposure to environmental hazards and contagious diseases. Knowledge of agency health, infection control, ethics, safety and de-escalation policies is essential.