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Counselor II

Job ID 2013-5881 Campus Einstein/Resnick - Bronx
Posting Date 6/7/2013 Employee Classification 1199 Union
Department Division of Substance Abuse Position Type Regular Full-Time

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Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University (Einstein) is one of the nation’s premier institutions for medical education, basic research and clinical investigation, and proud home to more than 3,000 faculty and staff, 750 medical students and 245 PhD students, including 116 students in the combined MD/PhD programs. As a longstanding national leader in biomedical research, Einstein has 300+ research laboratories and in 2012 the National Institutes of Health awarded Einstein $160 million in funding. Einstein offers challenging, exciting, and rewarding careers for highly talented individuals who are dedicated to advancing pioneering educational and research initiatives. We pride ourselves in our humanitarian mission of serving the community and promoting an academic and working culture that is both supportive and collaborative. At Einstein, science is truly at the heart of medicine. Link here to review Einstein stories in the media and watch a video of Einstein's history, recent successes and innovative plans for the future.

Founded in 1886, Yeshiva University has a strong tradition of combining Jewish scholarship with academic excellence and achievement in the liberal arts, sciences, medicine, law, business, social work, Jewish studies, education and psychology. Since welcoming our first class in 1955, Einstein has been an integral part of Yeshiva University, an institution that offers rewarding and challenging employment opportunities to qualified candidates in a wide range of disciplines.

The University offers an excellent compensation package, and a broad range of employee benefit plans, including immediate participation in the University’s retirement plan. Staff members are typically eligible for four weeks paid vacation each year. Additionally, there is a shuttle to nearby subway locations.


Interested in serving the underserved? Does helping the neediest and most vulnerable among us appeal to you? The Division of Substance Abuse (DoSA) of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx is the largest medical-school-affiliated addiction treatment program in the United States. Our mission is improving the quality of life for the people in the Bronx community while advancing the science of substance abuse treatment. We are looking for a TASC Counselor II to join our highly regarded and innovative substance abuse treatment program.

The TASC Counselor II provides counseling and case management services for patients with substance-use disorders in order to reduce and eliminate drug and alcohol use, improve health and overall wellness, and improve the quality of their lives. He/She will provide treatment to significant others affected by the substance abuse of family members.

General Counseling Duties (80%)

* Manage a caseload of patients in full compliance with state and federal regulations, Division policies and CARF standards. Perform admissions assessments;
* Gather comprehensive psychosocial data from newly admitted patients;
* Complete the psychosocial history within required time frames;
* In the opioid treatment program complete the Interpretive Summary within 30 days;
* Provide re-assessments annually and as needed;
* Orient new patients;
* Develop treatment plans under the supervision of clinical supervisor and within the required time frames. Regularly review the patient’s progress in treatment and revise the treatment plan as required by OASAS regulations.
* Complete all treatment plans on time.

* Provide individual and group substance-abuse counseling;
* Meet productivity goals for individual and group sessions

* Provide case management services, including crisis intervention, referrals and advocacy;
* Advocate for patient with social service agencies and systems.
* Assist patients in obtaining welfare and/or Medicaid coverage;
* Assist patients in securing adequate housing or temporary shelter;
* Assist patients in obtaining emergency food services;
* Communicate with SSI, Criminal Justice System Victim Services; Department of Social Services, to ensure patients are receiving the appropriate levels of service from these agencies;
* Prepare report for New York City Human Resources Administration and criminal Justice agencies as required;
* Act as a resource to casework staff;
* Document all significant contacts as required within electronic medical record system.

* Report to New York City Human Resources Administration and criminal justice agencies as required;
* Provide discharge planning services, as appropriate;
* Maintain clinical records in compliance with state and federal regulations, Division polices and CARF standards;
* Ensure that all progress notes are documented in the electronic medical record. All progress notes are expected to be completed by the end of the session.

* Participate in individual and group supervision;
* Participate in interdisciplinary case conferences;
* Present patients who are not responding to treatment or not meeting treatment-plan goals.

* Participate in the Division’s efforts to reduce loitering and improve community relations;
* Perform other related duties as assigned.

Grant-related Duties (20%)

* Perform rapid HIV & HCV testing and pre-test/post-test counseling as required by the New York State and New York City Health Departments. Provides HIV & HCV test results to those who are tested and track and document and report results as per grant requirements.
* Document HIV & HCV casework services provided to patients and maintain records consistent with regulatory and grant requirements.
* Follows Division guidelines and policies and is thoroughly versed in substance abuse and HIV & HCV confidentiality regulations.
* Participate in meetings with EAC related to the TASC grant.
* Work with DoSA peer advocates to coordinate referrals to treatment at Einstein and other outside facilities including providing logistical support, training as applicable, coordination, and feedback.


Experience and Educational Background

Bachelor's degree plus a minimum of one year of relevant work experience in the drug addiction, social service or health care fields.

If no bachelor's degree, a minimum of two years of relevant work experience in the drug addiction, social service or health care fields, or one year as a Counselor I who has met or exceeded performance standards.

Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.

Skills and Competencies

Develops effective written communications and uses them appropriately

Models a positive attitude and takes initiative as a self-starter

Applies learning from past experiences to improve future efforts

Understands and uses technology to accomplish goals

Treat all patients with dignity, respect, and compassion

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