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Group SUD Counselor - (120293)

Universal Health Services
Washington, DC 20004
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Responsible for providing group therapy to individuals with co-occurring disorders and substance use complications. Groups are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday, consisting of three groups a day. The SUD Group Counselor will facilitate group therapy topics that are able to generalize to each members needs. This individual should come skilled and equipped with independent resources that can be incorporated into group programming. Responsible for providing direct patient care to adults ages 18-+ that is congruent with the philosophy and standards of practice defined by the Department of Clinical Care Management. Responsible for conducting the psychosocial assessments, case management activities, group and individual therapy, crisis intervention and participating as an active member of the interdisciplinary team.


Completes psycho-social assessment within three days of patient/client admission.

Documents progress notes for individual sessions with patients/clients, which indicate date and length of session, discussion/treatment of discharged/disposition issues, and plan for assisting patient/client to attain treatment goals.

Develops and conducts, in conjunction with treatment team, special focus groups as determined by identifying patients population needs.

Is actively aware and assist in coordinating admissions, discharges, and transfers of all assigned patients/clients.

Punctually attends, actively participates in (and coordinates when indicated) interdisciplinary treatment planning meetings.

Responds promptly to medical record deficiencies and avoids any delinquencies.

Ensures that conclusions drawn from psycho-social assessment are incorporated into the patients treatment plan.

Informs relevant team members of new developments that may impede length of stay or create barriers to discharge.

Maintains scheduled supervision with clinical supervisor and notifies of scheduling conflicts in advance.

Participates in weekly staff meetings providing constructive feedback and program development input.

Adheres to the philosophy and mission statement of PIW.

Coordinates the scheduling of his/her clinical activity with that of other staff to minimize scheduling conflicts.

Maintains Quality Assurance Standards as monitored via Departmental Initiatives for Excellence, results from Patient Satisfaction Surveys, and Medical Record Chart Audits.

Assures documentation in the medical record is neat and legible.

Consults Department Director or Director of Quality Assurance with legal concerns or when receiving court orders.

Demonstrates a professional attitude and supports the objective of the community relations and guest relations philosophy through internal and external communication and interactions with all levels of staff, patients, family members, guests, community, and referral sources.

Other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of the principles and practices of social work.

Knowledge of normal and abnormal human development and its impact upon physical, emotional, and behavioral development.

Ability to perform individual, family, group, and crisis intervention techniques for adults

Ability to function as a member of the Interdisciplinary Treatment Team.

Ability to responsibly exercise independent judgment in assigned duties.

Effective oral and written communication skills.


This position must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care and service appropriate to the age of the patient served in his or her assigned area.

Job Requirements


Masters Degree in behavioral health related field (e.g. social work, counseling, psychology);

Advanced Clinical Licensure in District of Columbia required (LICSW, LPC) or Advanced Certification in Addictions Counseling (CACII) required

Minimum three (3) years experience in delivery of direct clinical services in a behavioral health setting and Substance Use setting; some portion of which must have included treatment of posttraumatic conditions;

Minimum of one (1) year experience in behavioral health administrative/supervisory position, duties including program development, utilization review, and provision of direct clinical supervision;

Three years experience in individual, group and systems psychotherapy, and clinical case management as it relates to substance use and treatment

Patience and calm demeanor in dealing with a variety of personalities of a diverse patient population.

Solid leadership skills and the ability and desire to grow personal self-awareness and professional skill set.

Superior verbal and written communication skills.

Knowledge of hospital systems, including intake/admission procedures, experience working with third party payers preferred, but not required.

Posted: 2020-01-18 Expires: 2020-04-02

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Universal Health Services
Washington, DC 20004

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