By September 14, 2016Job Postings

Job Description

Position: Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC)

Essential Qualifications:

  • Compassion, passion, and empathy for the patients served by the facility.
  • Degree in behavioral health field preferred.
  • Must have current and clear license issued by the Department of Social & Health Services.
  • Ability to compose and deliver educational groups.
  • Knowledge of the disease of chemical dependency and self-help groups.
  • Must meet requirements of criminal background check.
  • If former patient, must have been discharged for at least two years.

Accountability and supervision: LCDCs are directly responsible to their department supervisor.

Essential Job Functions:       

  • Adhere to patient confidentiality guidelines and maintain a professional relationship with staff and patients.
  • Act as case manager/primary counselor for assigned in-patient case load.
  • Conduct psychosocial assessments, develop treatment plans, maintain progress notes, discharge plans and summaries in accordance with DSHS guidelines.
  • Conduct group counseling per program schedule.
  • Conduct individual counseling.
  • Counsels with families of patients as needed.
  • Implement and provide patients with written discharge plan in accordance with DSHS guidelines.
  • Supervise Counselor Interns and Substance Abuse Technicians as necessary.
  • Attend all mandatory in-services and/or training as required by DSHS.
  • Evaluate directly supervised staff as required.
  • Conduct patient searches as necessary according to agency guidelines.
  • Report any allegations or suspicions of patient abuse, neglect or exploitation to the Program Manager or Chief Executive Officer immediately and participate in any investigations as required.
  • Report all patient grievances and significant incidents to CEO and participate with Chief Executive Officer on investigations of grievances and incidents.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Program Manager or other management.

 Working conditions:

  • Tasks to be performed in a residential, office, or outdoor setting.
  • Direct contact with patients.
  • Fast paced environment.

Essential physical and mental demands of the job

The employee must be able to perform the above essential duties and activities with or without accommodation.

Physical Demands

  • Requires mobility and physical activity: having and adequate range of body motion and mobility work in an office, residential, or outdoor environment including standing and walking (even and uneven surfaces), sitting for extended periods of time, bending, twisting, reaching, balancing, occasional lifting and carrying up to 30 pounds. Use of computer and telephone systems is required.
  • Requires talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken work. Talking required to impart oral information to employees, patients and the public, and in those activities in which the employee is required to convey detailed or important spoken instructions to others accurately, loudly or quickly.
  • Requires hearing: hearing is required to receive and communicate detailed information through oral communication.
  • Requires seeing: clarity of vision at 20 inches or less and at a distance. This factor is required to complete paperwork for many of the employee’s essential job functions and to observe patient behavior and activities in and out of the facility.
  • The normal work routine involves no exposure to human blood, body fluids, or tissues. However, exposure or potential exposure may be required as a condition of employment such as patient accident or patient sickness.  Appropriate personal protective equipment will be readily available to every employee.

 Mental Demands

  • Requires the ability to collect and analyze complex numerical and written data and verbal information to reach logical conclusions.
  • Requires the ability to work and cooperate with patients, co-workers, managers, the public and employees at all levels in order to exchange ideas, information, instructions and opinions.
  • The ability to defend oneself and patients in mentally/verbally abusive situations through the use of approved mental/verbal de-escalation techniques.


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