Sunrise House Counselor III

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2 weeks ago(9/10/2020 6:21 PM)
Mental Health Counseling


Company Summary

At American Addiction Centers, we take pride in our role as a national leader in addiction treatment. Together, we share a vision to revolutionize the care provided to the 20+ million adult Americans who need treatment for substance related disorders. To elevate the standard of care provided to our patients, we seek talented leaders, clinicians, and other healthcare professionals to join us in our efforts to provide exceptional clinical care. Our mission is to provide quality, compassionate, and innovative care to adults struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. Through comprehensive and customized treatment plans, our research-based, empathetic care we instill hope that long-term recovery is attainable. Our purpose and passion are to empower patients, their families, and our communities by helping individuals achieve recovery and optimal wellness of the mind, body, and spirit.


Job Summary

​​Responsible for providing individual, group and family counseling. Conduct clinical assessments for new patients and on-going required assessments. Counselor III will demonstrate expertise in therapeutic interventions, treatment modalities and utilize evidence based practices. Counselor III will participate in Treatment team and provide service coordination as needed for patients. Counselor III will advocate and communicate with the Utliziation Review department on all aspects of patient care.  American Addiction Centers strives to ensure that all of our patients receive the most comprehensive care to address the issues that may impede their recovery.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform all counseling/mental health requirements in accordance with the state laws, licensing boards, and professional ethical guidelines.
  • Maintain a full patient caseload.
  • Diagnose substance use disorder and/or other co-occurring psychiatric disorders collaboratively with the medical/psychiatric departments within scope of practice.
  • Provide intervention, assessments, treatment planning, and individual/group counseling.
  • Initiate and provide family counseling services.
  • Facilitate therapeutic groups as assigned.
  • Provide clinical services to outpatient and inpatient adult population on caseload and assist when needed with other patients as assigned by clinical management.
  • Participate in daily treatment team meetings and program staff meetings.
  • Ensure that all documentation meets contract, licensure, accreditation and standards for services following the AAC’s documentation policy guidelines.
  • Communicate efficiently with other departments to ensure the best care for patient.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and abide by State Department standards, facility accreditation, AAC’s policy and procedures.
  • Identify, evaluate, and address situations which may be potentially harmful to patients and report any patient or safety concerns to clinical management and/or CEO.
  • Adhere to company code of ethics and maintain professional boundaries with patients at all times.
  • Respectful of patient rights as well as understanding of patients unique recoevry needs.
  • Communicate with all staff, patients, and families using excellent professional written and verbal skills.
  • Participate in required clinical supervision, training, and staff meetings.
  • Work as a larger interdisciplinary team along with other departments to ensure quality of care.
  • Demonstate dependability and adaptability with patients and staff.
  • Maintain confidentiality of patient and company information.
  • Abide by the standards of HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2 guidelines.
  • Maintain upkeep of personal professional licensing, certification, and CEU’s as required by state boards without lapse, holds, suspensions, or investigation.
  • Assists in monitoring and managing patient community as a therapeutic milieu.
  • Intervenes to deescalates situation and resolves crises, and documents appropriately.
  • Other task as assigned by direct supervisor within scope of practice.

Facility-Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Communicate efficiently with internal and external stakeholders and collateral contacts as required (i.e. BD, Family, UR, Employers, EAP, etc.).
  • Perform all ascribed documentation as required by facility policies and procedures.
  • Perform ASAM Level of Care assessments at the specified interval following AAC’s documentation policy and procedure guidelines.
  • Execute referent protocols following case assignment.
  • Act as a team leader over respective treatment teams.


Education/ Experience:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy, or Psychology required.
  • Unrestricted license to practice in the State of employment (LPC, LCSW, LMFT, LCADC).
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in a behavioral healthcare field.
  • Experience in behavior health treatment including, but not limited to, counseling, crisis intervention, treatment planning, cognitive behavior treatment, motivational interviewing, as well as treatment interventions for patients diagnosed with a substance use and/or mental health disorder.
  • Knowledge of utilizing electronic health record software and documentation.
  • Knowledge of ASAM criteria as it pertains to Level of Care placement.
  • Counseling experience with adults, an understanding of psychotropic medications and symptoms and effects.
  • Ability to read, write and interpret written information, type documentation, present information to groups and participates in meetings.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Must be able to work overtime, weekends, holidays, and flexible hours.
  • Valid driver license and insurable driving record (If driving a company vehicle or if driving personal vehicle for company business; refer to Guidelines for Driving Company Vehicles).  

AAC is committed to principles of equal opportunities for all employees.  The Company will provide reasonable accommodations that are necessary to comply with State and Federal disability discrimination laws.


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