ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Perform mental health screening and bio-psychosocial assessments on potential admissions, and make judgments on admission acceptance or rejection.
- Recommend follow-up treatment for new admissions with Axis I or II diagnosis.
- Provide individual, group, family therapy, and other clinical services.
- Perform urine drug screening.
- Maintain current, accurate and confidential clinical documentation and reports in a timely manner.
- Hold clients accountable when necessary for inappropriate or negative behaviors, and utilize effective confrontation techniques and behavior interventions to help improve behavior.
- Ensure debriefing with staff at the beginning and end of each shift with the oncoming staff.
- Ensure immediate communication with program leadership on outstanding incidents involving absconders, physical violence, suicidal threats, and physical accidents involving staff or clients, and extreme negative behavior.
- Adhere to all Phoenix House policies and procedures.
- Ensure program quality and integrity through the effective compliance with contracting and licensing agency established guidelines.
- Participate in staff meetings and training exercises as directed.
- Represent Phoenix House in court, inter-agency meetings, and community affairs as directed.
To perform this position successfully, you must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.
- Knowledge of emotional and physical needs of substance abusers.
- Ability to work with a diverse criminal justice population.
- Ability to establish appropriate boundaries and non-possessive, professional relationships with all clients in treatment, including former clients served.
- Working knowledge and ability to apply effective crisis intervention techniques.
- Ability to assess clients for lathery and self-harm.
- Working knowledge of commonly described anti-depressants, anti-anxiety agents, and commonly used psychotropic medications.
- Working knowledge of therapy approaches for substance abuse clients possessing co-occurring disorders.
- Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal relationship skills.
- Must possess excellent time-management and organizational skills.
- Ability to maintain a good working relationship with all co-workers and the general public and to use good judgment in recognizing scope of authority.
- Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.
- Ability to take a teamwork approach to the job by cooperating with others, offering to help others when needed, and considering larger organization or team goals rather than individual concerns. This includes the ability to help build a constructive team spirit where team members are committed to the goals and objectives of the team.
- Must be computer-literate with working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.
- Ability to operate general office equipment in the completion of job responsibilities.
- Demonstrate proficiency in Phoenix House’s electronic health record system (Welligent) sufficient to fulfill the duties required by this position within 30 days of employment.
Must possess a Bachelor's degree in related field from an accredited college or university. Minimum two years experience in a substance abuse or mental health setting required.
This position is classified as direct service. Employee must maintain required continuing education specifically related to any certification or license held, Phoenix House requirements, and regulatory and licensing agency requirements.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.
REGULARLY REQUIRED: to sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear.
OCCASIONALLY REQUIRED: to stand, walk, stoop, kneel or crouch and to lift or move up to 10 pounds.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties and responsibilities of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.
The work environment is that of a substance abuse treatment milieu which may include:
- Exposure to clients infected with Hepatitis B, HIV, TB, or other infectious diseases.
- Business-related travel may be required.
SCHEDULING NEEDS: Must be able to work evenings and weekends.