Licensed Addictions Counselor

Bullhook Community Health Center
Havre, Montana
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Inspiring a healthy community through patient-centered care.

Job Title: Licensed Addictions Counselor
Department:  Behavioral Health     
Supervisor:  Behavioral Health Manager/CEO
Salary Range: $44,550-$73,502

Job Overview:  Accountable for assessing and providing treatment to individuals with addictions to drugs, gambling, or alcohol.  The counselor works with patients in group or one-on-one sessions.  In addition to assisting patients in recovery, an addiction counselor may also help families who have been affected by the patients’ actions. 

Essential Functions (Major Duties or Responsibilities):  The goal of an addiction counselor is to assist individuals with addictions become well.  The counselor seeks to find the source of their patients’ problems, or reasons for their disease.  The addictions counselor provides tools, teaches skills and provides links to resources to assist the patient to change destructive behaviors, learn new coping skills, and deal with the addiction.  Counselor refers patients, or families to community resources available for in-patient treatment, behavioral health, medical care, or housing.  Conduct weekly or daily counseling sessions either with one patient or a group of patients.  Besides working with patients, the counselor has regular contact and communication with other behavioral health professionals, probation officers, judges, physicians and possibly family members through written, verbal and/or electronic formats.  Provide patient care through interviews and individualized treatment plans.  Treatment plans are based on the mental and physical conditions, patients’ history, research and the counselor’s clinical experience.  The counselor constantly monitors and evaluates the treatment and modifies when necessary.  Participates in planning and conducting programs to combat social difficulties, prevent substance abuse or improve counseling and health.

Must document all assessments, treatment plans and treatment sessions or contact with the patient, family or other professionals as to maintain the patient medical record according to Bullhook Policy and Procedures and the latest clinical and coding guidelines.  Legal documents may be required and prepared by the counselor to present in court or be included in legal proceedings.

Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience): Associates/Bachelor’s degree in Addiction Studies, must be eligible for Montana State Licensure for addiction counseling (LAC).  Master’s Degree in Addiction Studies preferred.  Valid driver’s license required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA’s):  Excellent communication skills.  Ability to listen, comprehend and ask questions and convey thoughts clearly.  Ability to work with a variety of people and follow ethics associate with addictions counseling.  Ability to work independently and as part of a team.  Knowledge of principles, procedures and methods of rehabilitation of mental and physical dysfunctions.  Strong desire to assist people suffering from drug or alcohol or other abuse problems.  Ability to gain confidence, trust and respect of the patient.  Ability to maintain emotional distance from the patient. 

Physical and Environmental Demands: Work is performed in an office and clinic setting; stands, walks with intermittent sitting; reaches for and uses writing instruments and keyboard; reads reports and other written materials; extensive use of telephone and oral communication with the public and coworkers; stoops; bends; kneels; reaches for; picks up; and pushes or pulls; ability to lift up to 30 pounds. 

Special Requirements:  Performs duties in the deliverance of health services.  Hazardous risks may include exposure to infected body fluids, sharp instruments and chemicals, requires adherence to universal safety precautions. 

Position Expectations

Team Approach:  Managing patient care is a team effort that involves clinical and nonclinical staff (i.e., physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistant, nurses, medical assistants, schedulers, billers and front-end staff) interacting with patients and working as a team to achieve stated objectives.   Emphasis is on ongoing interactions of team members to discuss roles, responsibilities, communication and patient hand-off, working together to provide and enhance the care provided to patients.  All staff are members of the team.  Involvement of the patient/family/caregiver with care team members is critically important to patient-centeredness.  Participation in Hill County Treatment Court is expected.  Provide clinical supervision to LAC-e’s if appropriate to meet the needs of BCHC patients.

Position:  Licensed Addictions Counselor

Bullhook Community Health Center truly believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to the exceptional care of our patients and the health of our community.  That contribution is not limited by assigned responsibilities. 

This position description is designed only to outline primary duties, qualifications, and scope, but not limit employees or BCHC to the work identified.  It is our expectation that each employee will work together as a team treating one another with respect as well as offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary, and continually contribute to ensure the integrity of our team and provide the best possible care for our patients. 


Hours:  40 hours per week      

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