Substance Abuse Counselor
Southern Methodist University Inc

Dallas, Texas

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Salary Range:

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Job Summary:

We are seeking a compassionate and dedicated substance abuse counselor to help provide guidance and support for our students. In this role, you are responsible for conducting intake assessments, individual counseling, group therapy, and case coordination services. In addition, you are required to develop all Substance Use Disorder (SUD) programming and treatment. You are also called upon to provide consultation and help with coordination of peer recovery services on campus. You are expected to allocate a minimum of 60% of your work time to direct care services.

To ensure success, the substance abuse counselor should be familiar with the latest treatment methods and collaborate with other mental health care specialists. Successful candidates will have excellent clinical knowledge of substance use disorders, recovery and demonstrable counseling experience.

Essential Functions:

Provide assessment, individual counseling, group therapy, screening, information and education to persons requesting help.

Evaluate clients' physical and mental behaviors.

Develop appropriate treatment and recovery plans. Utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) as indicated.

Document all services in the electronic health record.

Monitor clients over time to access treatment progress.

Make referrals and facilitate appropriate follow-up services, including medication-assisted treatment.

Collaborate regularly with counselors, psychiatrists, medical providers, and social workers.

Assist primary caregivers to manage addiction-related behavior.

Knowledge of relapse prevention and recovery support systems.

Work together with SMU Recovery Coordinator and assist with planning and programming.

Assist in planning substance abuse educational programs for SMU students (Note: often these are conducted outside of normal business hours).

Maintain up-to-date community referrals for specialized substance abuse disorder programs and addiction providers.


Education and Experience:

A Master's degree is required. A Master's degree in counseling or social work is preferred. A Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) or similar is preferred. A Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor is preferred.

Two years work experience is required.

Provision of substance abuse counseling in a collegiate setting.

In-depth knowledge of drug and alcohol testing to monitor treatment plans and medical instructions.

Experience with the treatment of substance abuse disorders is required.

Experience with co-occurring health and mental health problems is required.

Direct experience working with historically underrepresented populations is strongly preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Application of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) best practice indicators is integral.

In-depth knowledge of drug and alcohol testing to monitor treatment plans and medical instructions is essential.

Candidate must have strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interface effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.

Candidate must have strong problem-solving skills.

Must also have strong verbal and written communication skills.

Candidate must have strong organizational, planning and time management skills.

Must also have a strong attention to detail and accuracy.

Strong project management skills are essential.

Must have a strong customer service orientation.

Familiarity with electronic medical records is necessary.

Deadline to Apply:

Priority consideration may be given to candidates who apply by: November 19, 2021

Deadline to Apply: December 3, 2021

Physical and Environmental Demands:

COVID Vaccination

SMU must comply with President Biden's Executive Order (EO) 14042 requiring those that receive federal contracts and their employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they apply for and are granted an exemption for religious or medical reasons.

For more information regarding this requirement, please visit our website.

EEO Statement: SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,

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