Job Description

Job Title: Psych Specialty Counselor (Chemical Dependency)
Job ID: 677559
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Chautauqua WCA
Department: IP Chem Depend 4M
Location: 207 Foote Avenue, Jamestown NY 14702


The purpose of this job is to provide clinical treatment services to the targeted populations. This is an outpatient treatment program designed to service patients with a mental health diagnosis who meet dimensions for outpatient and/or partial hospitalization treatment criteria.

Shifts vary and must be available weekends.

  • Clinical Assessments : Conducts assessments of new patients using the identified format for documentation and clinical decisions regarding treatment, interventions and referrals, as instructed. Assesses changing needs of patients per guidelines for outpatient and/or partial hospitalization programs, and incorporates these into treatment plan and treatment plan review.
  • Clinical Treatment : With supervision and oversight is able to integrate into the overall counseling functions at the program and implements, improves, and adapts concepts, models, and constructs of treatment for application in service delivery to patients Creates a treatment plan that includes an effective continuum of therapeutic, supportive and other services for the patients serviced by the program. Participates in regular treatment team meetings to discuss clinical cases, review and update patient treatment plans, monitor therapeutic progress and initiate recommendations for referral and continuing care Accepts assignments of patients with a variety and complexity of needs Provides individual and group therapy to patients in the program, as instruction Engages families in the assessment and treatment processes when indicated Provides education to patients on recovery
  • Documentation : Documents all assessments, treatment sessions, contacts, case management and other work done on behalf of patients according to guidelines Completes clinical documentation on the same day of service delivery Maintains daily records of clinical productivity in the program as instructed Provides required information about the patients according to confidentiality guidelines Provides clinical information to patient access representative personnel and insurance providers to ensure authorization for services.
  • Other Participates in the quality assurance and performance improvement activities of the program
  • Referrals and Coordination of Clinical Care : Discusses need for additional services with the clinical team to determine appropriateness of recommendations Refers patients to other levels of care when clinically indicated Refers patients to community based self-help programs for recovery as instructed Refers patients to other community social or human services as needed, and advocates on behalf of patients to receive necessary services as instructed
  • Supervision and Training : Reviews cases and/or groups periodically with the director and with other clinical personnel as indicated Reviews serious clinical problems and cases with director and informs director of significant changes in clinical condition of patients Completes annual training needs assessment per program guidelines Participates in providing staff in-service training to the treatment team, as directed


  • Qualified Health Professional as defined by OMH or OASAS (LMSW, LCSW, LMHC, LMHC-LP, LMFT, CASAC, RN, PhD Psychology, NCC, NCC-MH
  • One year of clinical experience preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • BLS within 30 days of Hire/Transfer CPR within 30 days of Hire/Transfer
  • Basic Life Support or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist or Licensed Professional Counselor or Licensed Social Worker or Mental Health Counselor or National Certified Counselor or Registered Nurse

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $15.84 to $25.33

Union Position: No

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