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Wellpath Substance Abuse Counselor in Des Moines, Iowa

Why Wellpath

Here at Wellpath, everything that we do is about taking care of people – our patients, our staff and our partners. We are committed to making a difference by providing hope and healing to vulnerable patients in challenging clinical environments. Our talented, compassionate team thrives in an autonomous environment, is empowered and supported by education, training and the resources to practice healthcare the way it is meant to be and strives to “Always Do The Right Thing!”

About this role

Our Substance Abuse Counselors provide addiction counseling services to individuals diagnosed with an addictive disorder. Addiction counseling may include limited assessment of addiction related issues, and individual and group counseling. Responsible for administering any defined treatment program provided by The Company or agency for whom The Company provides substance abuse treatment services, and is also responsible to assist in assessment coordination, planning, implementing and facilitating addiction programming at the facility. Works cooperatively with the clients primary therapist to develop treatment plan goals related to addiction counseling, and provides timely feedback to the primary therapist regarding any mental health issues that may be impacting the clients ability to progress in addiction counseling.

What you bring to the table


  • Degree, certification, or experience in the substance abuse field


  • Relevant experience in provision of addiction counseling services


  • License in an addiction counseling specialty (Certified Addiction Counselor, Registered Addiction Counselor) or certified as a Counselor in Training under supervision or Social Work, Counseling, Psychology) or State license in Social Work, Counseling, or Psychology preferred

  • Current CPR Certification

What you will do

  1. Under the direction of the site Mental Health Director, coordinates, plans, implements, and facilitates addiction counseling programs for clients.

  2. Provides initial needs assessment as well as individual and group counseling sessions related to addiction treatment needs.

  3. Receives referrals from Mental Health Professionals for clients who are in need of substance abuse counseling in addition to mental health treatment.

  4. Maintains database of all clients currently enrolled in addiction counseling to track current status in phases of addiction counseling program.

  5. Updates Mental Health Director on at least a monthly basis regarding the number of clients enrolled in each phase of treatment, the number of clients waiting to begin treatment, and the number of clients who have completed the addiction counseling program in the past month.

  6. In coordination with the Mental Health Director, attends any required training related to the addiction counseling program.

  7. Coordinates with the client's primary mental health professional on treatment plan development related to addiction counseling goals.

  8. Notifies client's primary mental health professional of any mental health concerns that may be interfering with progress in addiction counseling sessions

  9. Coordinates with the client's primary mental health professional on completion of relevant sections of treatment/progress summaries concerning progress in addiction counseling programing

  10. Assists as requested by the Mental Health Director in formulation of policies for addiction counseling services to include utilization and evaluation of services

  11. Completes clinical documentation in a timely manner, utilizing approved documentation format and following timelines specified by The Company

  12. Communicates any clinical or administrative concerns to the site Mental Health Director in a timely manner. Participates in site meetings and/or clinical team meetings at the direction of the Mental Health Director on an as needed basis

  13. Maintains a positive working relationship with key facility staff, in coordination with the Mental Health Director

  14. Establishes and maintains therapeutic relationships with clients during individual and group sessions

  15. Assists with the analysis, collection of data for Performance Improvement as directed by the Mental Health Director or Health Services Administrator

  16. Communicates information to other nursing staff, physician, health care unit supervisory personnel and other staff as necessary

  17. Respects dignity and confidentiality of patients

  18. Attends mandatory staff meetings by supervisor

  19. Must demonstrate and maintain current knowledge and skills necessary to provide addiction counseling services to clients housed at the facility

  20. Must be able to obtain and maintain security clearance.

  21. Must be able to apply principles of critical thinking to a variety of practical and emergent situations and accurately follow standardized procedures that may call for deviations.

  22. Must be able to apply sound judgment beyond a specific set of instructions and apply knowledge to different factual situations.

  23. Must be alert at all times; pay close attention to details.

  24. Must be able to work under stress on a regular or continuous basis.

  25. Post orders, if applicable, per site contract.

  26. Perform other duties as assigned.

Wellpath is an EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability Employer

Our investment in you

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance plan options

  • Time off & leave benefits

  • 401K

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Parental benefits

  • Perks and discounts

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