Detailed Job Description
The Counselor/Coordinator of Substance Abuse Services (1) performs the duties of a staff counselor, providing clinical services to students and consultation services to faculty and staff, and (2) provides leadership for, and coordination of, all substance abuse intervention and treatment services offered by the SCS.
Specific Position Responsibilities
"Staff Counselor" responsibilities:
- Provides multi-culturally informed counseling services, including general mental health, substance use, and attention problem initial evaluations and individual and group counseling and psychotherapy to Miami University students presenting a wide range of mental health concerns.
- Intervenes in crisis and emergency situations of a mental health nature with students, including after hours on-call responsibilities.
- Consults with faculty, staff and other professionals regarding the mental health needs of students.
- Initiates and responds to requests to provide psycho-educational programming to various groups within the university community.
- Provides clinical supervision and training of staff, psychology interns within the SCS' APA-accredited psychology internship training program, and other trainees such as doctoral and masters level students from Miami's APA-accredited Clinical Psychology Training Program, commensurate with the staff member's licensure status.
- Maintains clinical records and provides clinical documentation and communication with external practitioners as necessary for ethical clinical treatment.
- Attends and participates in clinical staff meetings and consultations.
- Assumes responsibility for other assignments including serving on divisional and university committees.
Special "Coordinator" and Administrative Responsibilities:
- Takes a leadership role in coordinating the provision of judicially mandated and voluntary alcohol and other drug abuse assessments/interventions to students, as well as assuming a leadership role in providing individual and group therapy to students with substance abuse concerns.
- Coordinates the mandatory Substance Abuse Assessment Program (based on BASICS), including maintaining all relevant records of service provision, trends, and evaluation thereof.
- Provides open enrollment groups (Transformations) for students who need additional services beyond the BASICS substance abuse assessment/intervention (pre-contemplative, contemplative and preparation stages), but are not ready for a recovery group.
- Intervenes in and serves as a resource for consultations involving substance abuse related crisis interventions.
- Assumes primary responsibility for training, supervising, and consulting with other staff and trainees about alcohol and other drug assessment and treatment services.
- Serves as the primary SCS liaison to divisional and university wide substance abuse related committees and coordinates services with the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution, Office of Student Wellness, and other related offices, as well as to community based AA and related organizations.
- Pursues and maintains relationships with treatment centers in order to facilitate effective referrals to intensive outpatient therapy and inpatient therapy related to substance abuse.
The Counselor/Coordinator of Substance Abuse Services has earned a minimum of a masters degree in an appropriate mental health training program (psychology, social work, counselor education, etc.) and is independently licensed or licensed eligible in Ohio within psychology, social work, or counseling. Social work and counselor education candidates and all candidates below the doctoral level must be certified to provide chemical dependency services in Ohio. Those with doctoral degrees in psychology must have demonstrated special training in substance abuse assessment and treatment.
A doctoral degree in psychology and licensed or actively working toward licensure as a psychologist in Ohio is strongly preferred. Preference will also be given to candidates with training and experience in working with college students within a university-based mental health service and training in both harm reduction and abstinence-based models of substance abuse treatment.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Employment will require a criminal background check according to University guidelines.