Title: Social Worker
Unit: Treatment Services / Better Living Center
Reports to: Program Director, Treatment Services
Status: Full Time; Regular; (Non-Exempt)
Days/Hours: Mon-Fri, generally 9-5pm, with one or two noon-to-8pm days.
Responsible for providing substance abuse and mental health counseling to clients with histories of criminal justice involvement. The role will provide counseling services through Fortune’s OASAS-licensed 822 substance use outpatient clinic, and depending on client volume may also include providing services through Fortune’s OMH-licensed Article-31 mental health outpatient clinic. The position may work with clients in a particular program, such as Fortune Society’s managed transitional housing program. The position may involve some delivery of telehealth services from a home location, and may also involve on-site work at multiple Fortune Society program locations.
This person shall demonstrate an interest in, and talent for, working with persons with criminal justice system involvement. The successful candidate will have an understanding of the impacts exposure to the criminal justice system may have had on clients, and demonstrate commitment to helping them overcome these difficulties. The successful candidate will also have demonstrated a commitment to using respectful, constructive means of communication when interacting with clients and colleagues. The individual will utilize a strengths-based, person-centered model and endorse the concept of looking for the best in people, rather than judging them by their worst decision(s).
This person shall demonstrate understanding of the DSM-5’s major diagnostic categories, general diagnostic criteria and theoretical frames for treatment, as well as some knowledge and interest in treating persons with substance use disorders. In addition to theory, the individual shall have some professional experience in evidence-based practices treating individuals with behavioral health disorders through individual and group therapy. The person shall be able to tolerate clients’ expression of emotional distress without seeking to retreat from the client.
Clinical Engagement & Productivity
This person shall demonstrate an ability to engage clients in treatment and build a meaningful therapeutic relationship. This includes the ability to pursue reluctant clients with aim of inviting them to establish regular attendance to appointments. The person will develop a stable caseload and produce billable activities equal or in excess to the productivity standards established for clinicians.
Time Management & Documentation
This position requires solid time management skills as the person must juggle making and keeping client schedules that can change on short notice, completing paperwork and staying current with various ancillary tasks. The person will have good computer skills, familiarity with an electronic health record system and minimum 30+ wpm typing skills in order to facilitate completing all documentation correctly and in a timely manner.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Conduct initial client assessment and psychosocial interviews;
- Develop a therapeutic alliance with clients;
- Provide ongoing individual substance abuse counseling, occasional group counseling and (or) mental health sessions.
- Write and update individual client-based, goal-orientated treatment plans following agency guidelines and timeframes;
- Maintain proper case records, with all case notes completed within 48 hours of interaction.
- Maintain on-going clinical communication with supervisor;
- Communicate with other Fortune staff members in the same and other programs/locations that share common client(s);
- Provide linkages to outside agencies for additional services;
- Participate in case conferences and clinical supervision meetings;
- Perform other duties as assigned.