Counselor - Harm Reduction Services
STAR Program - SUNY Downstate Medical Center

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Post Date: Oct 27, 2020
Job Type: Full Time
Start Date: ASAP
Salary: $55,000-$63,000
Location: US - New York - Brooklyn
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Job Description

The STAR Health Center at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is a comprehensive ambulatory care program caring for the most vulnerable populations in Central Brooklyn, including people with HIV and HCV, immigrants, LGBTQ and gender nonconforming populations, reentrants, and people with mental health and substance use disorders. We are seeking an experienced NYS licensed Counselor (LMSW/LCSW/LMHC) who will provide respectful care to patients and families as part of a dynamic multidisciplinary team.

Minimum Qualifications: New York State licensed social worker (LMSW/LCSW) or mental health counselor (LMHC). Experience with substance use, harm reduction and relapse prevention counseling. Experience utilizing solution-focused and cognitive behavioral treatment models. Experience with HIV+ and dually diagnosed populations. Familiarity with buprenorphine treatment protocol and providing supportive counseling for individuals prescribed buprenorphine. Experience facilitating harm reduction and relapse prevention groups. Strong written and verbal communication skills. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and basic understanding and experience documenting in electronic health records (EHR).

Additional Preferred Qualifications: Experience in the treatment of trauma. Previous training in Motivational Interviewing and/or Seeking Safety. Experience with performance based grant funded programs preferred. Bilingual English/Spanish.

Responsibilities: Provide evaluation, assessment, intervention and counseling services to outpatients identified as having problems related to drug or alcohol use. Conduct comprehensive intake and assessments on clients needing mental health and/or substance abuse care, develop comprehensive treatment plans and reassessments. Conduct individual and group counseling sessions for patients on the issues of chemical dependency and drug use, mental health disorders and integrating Seeking Safety into the treatment when appropriate. Ensure referral for services not available on-site, such as inpatient detox and methadone and maintain collaboration with providers through phone follow-up. Refer patients for “wrap-around”/recovery support services such as housing, child care, vocational, educational services. Coordinate service plans with behavioral health service providers and community based organizations providing services to clients. Contribute to patients’ care plan development by regular attendance at case conferences and participate in ongoing quality improvement activities. Maintain close collaborations with MDs for patients receiving buprenorphine. Serve as a resource to patients and staff on chemical dependency and treatment. Participate in community-based outreach activities. Record session notes and patient follow-up in the electronic health record. Some evenings required.

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