Columbia, MO 65202
Salary: $14.00 to $18.00 /hour


There are several job titles for this position that are used interchangeably-Counselor, Clinician, Licensed Professional, Clinical Staff- are all terms that are used to describe the position at this agency in which one provides direct client care that is most often a billable service. The various services that this individual provides are determined by their professional qualifications, and also by standards or by authorization of a funding source. For simplicity this job description will describe all of the above positions to include Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Professional Counselors, as well as all professionals carrying certification from the Missouri Substance Abuse Professional Credentialing Board. Note: There will be other positions providing direct care, i.e. Community Support Worker, Peer Specialist, but the distinguishing factor for counselor in this description is the individual who drives the treatment plan for any specific individual in treatment.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


· Maintain a standard of ethical behavior as proscribed by the National Association of Social Worker, Association of Licensed Professional Counselors, or Missouri Association of the Certification of Substance Abuse Counselors or like organizations.

· Adhere to Federal Regulations (42 CFR part 2) regarding client rights to confidentiality of records of their identity, diagnosis, prognosis, or treatment, as well as ensuring compliance with HIPAA regulations as related to the release and retention of client information.

· Maintain continuing education for certification.

· Assist in outcome studies as part of the CARF-accredited agency status.

· Complete Assessments, DLA’s, Individual Counseling and Discharges.

· Knowledge of the agency services, its mission and place in the community.

· Conduct clinical services as described by the Missouri Department of Mental Health, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), and other appropriate sources such as the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices to ensure that the interventions that are delivered are evidenced-based.

· Understand the Core Functions and Competencies as described in SAMSHA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment Technical Assistance Publication Series TAP 21 “The Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Professional Practice”.

· Participate as a member of the clinical team via staff meetings to discuss individual cases, resources and referrals, as well as the therapeutic community to maintain the maximum focus on recovery.


· Utilize the assistance of the Information Technology Specialist to use needed software for delivering and documenting services delivered.

· Ensure he/she is using his/her time effectively and efficiently; his/her manager’s time appropriately; and his/her peers’ time appropriately.

· Timely attention to start and end times for group facilitation and individual sessions.

· Participate in Clinical Supervision, which may at times be peer-supervision, with some staff carrying ability via Department of Mental Health criteria to bill for “Clinical Supervision”.

· Clinical staff will be asked to work some evening hours to cover outpatient needs, to work one or more Saturdays per year on a rotation and to answer on-call request (after hours and on weekends) during a designated month.


· Clinical staff maintain a designated time ration of face-to-face with clients which unless varied for other duties is 71% for 28.4 hours of a 40 hours work week.

· Based on qualifications the types of services to be delivered may be prescribed with a target minimum number, ie. Licensed workers deliver trauma and family therapy and other such units.

· Group facilitation will be observed and rated, and the minimum average held should be 3.5 on 5 point scale.

· Document each service delivered by the end of each day, preferably after each service.

· Maintain a minimum of 80% compliance for completion and quality as client records are reviewed and evaluated.

· The maximum time for discharging clients is the 60 day mark and the number of open cases not actively in services should not exceed 20% of the caseload.


· Master’s Degree in counseling, psychology, social work or closely related field or equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities can be acquired is required

· Credentialed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Social Worker, Licensed Master Social Worker, or Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor or Credentialed with MCB.

· Licensed Professionals are required to have an active license for LCSW, LMSW or LPC and remain in good standing.


· A minimum of 2 years experience in substance abuse treatment preferred

· Strong interpersonal, written, verbal, and phone communication skills required.

· Strong organizational skills, problem-solving abilities and attention to detail.

· Ability to work independently, with limited direction, and in a team environment.

· Ability to work with distraction and to multi-task with frequent interruptions.

· Working knowledge of Microsoft operating systems, Microsoft Office, general database, and web-based applications.

· Must be able to handle information in a confidential, objective, professional manner.


· Frequent periods of intense concentration, attention to detail and accuracy.

· Ability to handle mental and physical strain involved in use of printed materials and prolonged use of computer screens.

· Moderate manual dexterity for basic keyboarding and operation of required equipment.

· Long periods of sitting and/or standing may be required.

· Ability to speak, read, and write English fluently


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

· Occasionally will have to deal with unpleasant situations with intoxicated/aggressive clients.

NOTE: The preceding statements describe the nature and level of assignments normally given job incumbents. They are not an exhaustive list of duties. Additional duties may be assigned.

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