The Harm Reduction Counselor will provide client-centered individual and group substance use counseling sessions in a harm reduction outpatient setting to a diverse client population who are actively using or have a history of using crystal methamphetamine. The Harm Reduction Counselor will perform screenings, assessments, conduct intakes, and care coordination. The Harm Reduction Counselor assumes a lead role in creating a client engagement support system that reduces barriers to care, and increases accessible, available, and appropriate linkages to care for those who use crystal methamphetamine.
Essential Job Functions
The following duties are mandatory requirements of the job:
- Provide screenings and psychosocial assessments of potential clients and assess severity of presenting issues, with a specific focus on crystal meth use and sexual behaviors.
- Provide individual and group counseling and support to clients in need of substance use services.
- Develop client-centered substance use treatment plans that address individual needs, short- and long-term goals for treatment and counseling and supportive services.
- Assist in the coordination of service transition and linkage with clients’ case managers, patient navigators, doctors, psychiatrists, counselors and other social/health care providers.
- Assist in the provision of education, risk reduction, counseling and referral services to patients regarding HIV/AIDS, STIs, and PrEP or PEP services.
- Collaborate and coordinate with other health care providers who are part of the client’s interagency care team.
- Provide all required documentation/statistics accurately and in a timely manner.
The following duties are to be performed as assigned by the supervisor:
- Assist with special projects and perform other related duties as requested
- Attend program and agency meetings and/or other training
- Create a welcoming and professional environment for all volunteers and embrace the value of volunteerism at GMHC
- Supervision of interns or volunteers as needed
- Conduct appropriate field visits at SROs, substance use treatment sites, hospital alcohol and drug detoxification sites, long-term care facilities, and related facilities to support access to GMHC for persons in the community in need of substance use treatment.
Education and Certification
- Advanced clinical degree with New York State License or Limited Permit (e.g. LCSW, LMSW, LMHC, MHC-LP) or bachelor’s degree with CASAC II required.
Special Skills and Knowledge
In addition to the above-listed job responsibilities and educational requirements, the ideal candidate for this position possesses most or all of the following:
- Proven experience working with populations who use crystal meth is required.
- Demonstrated knowledge of and experience working with HIV/AIDS, POC, and LGBTQ-identified adults and community needs. Familiarity and ease with harm reduction and recovery-based models of care.
- Excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills along with above-average writing, documentation and computer skills are essential
- Interpersonal capacity for empathic understanding and nonjudgmental attitude when engaging clients with substance use issues and experience.
- Knowledge of screening and assessing clients with multiple needs required.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of an interdisciplinary treatment team is essential.
- Must be able to develop and maintain interagency liaisons as a means of meeting clients' needs.
- English/Spanish fluency a plus.