Social Work Counselor I

Aurora, CO
Feb 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Summary

The University of Colorado Denver seeks a full-time, University Staff (unclassified) Social Work Counselor I for an open position within the Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS) Adult Outpatient Program, with clinic locations in Denver, Aurora and Lakewood. The ARTS Adult Outpatient Program is within the School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. ARTS Adult Outpatient clinics provide drug and alcohol assessment, psychosocial and pharmacological treatment for adults. Programs in various clinic locations include traditional outpatient, intensive outpatient and may contain specialty services for clients referred by the criminal justice system, county departments of human services, and services for pregnant women, individuals who are HIV positive or gender responsive services.

Job Duties

Assessment, intake, and referral

Interviews clients for admission to outpatient drug/alcohol treatment. Assesses the need for treatment or referrals. Recommends course of action to referral sources.

Treatment Planning

Writes and carries out individualized treatment plans for clients. Documents progress toward treatment goals. Gathers and records client psychosocial histories. Amends treatment plans based on client history and progress in treatment.

Provide Treatment Services

Conducts individual, group, and family counseling sessions and documents these sessions in progress notes. Coordinates treatment with medical provider as appropriate. Communicates with families and community agencies regarding discharge and aftercare plans. Alters focus of treatment as necessary. Documentation.

Maintains current and accurate records and treatment notes as required by policy. Ensures all appropriate releases of information are signed and up to date.


Composes reports and memorandum. Communicates clients' treatment progress to community partners. Counselor is to exercise discretion regarding what information is appropriate to disclose and should seek guidance from their supervisor.

Supervision and case staffing

Attends treatment team meetings and case conferences for purpose of discussing clients' treatment and clinic policies. Assists in team treatment planning as required. Consults with clinical supervisor to ensure continued quality of care.

Note: This is an essential services position. The incumbent is required to respond after hours during emergencies and report to work for regular assigned shifts during emergency campus closures.

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

Salary and Benefits:

The hiring salary for this position is $40,688 and is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience. This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Minimum Qualifications:
*Graduated from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in social work, psychology, counseling, counseling psychology, or closely related field.

*One year experience providing substance abuse treatment in a counselor role with clients who are involved with probation, parole, and/or human services.

Conditions of Employment:
*Eligible to obtain a clinical license within twelve or less months.
*Registered with the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).
*Must agree to fingerprinting and criminal background check. Required background checks include a review with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) AND the Central Registry of Child Protection (Trails).

*Within the first year of employment, must complete certification for medical case manager.

*Subject to pre-employment, post-accident or incident or reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing per UCD Addiction Research and Treatment Services Department Policies

A combination of work experience and education that provided the same kind and level of knowledge acquired in the required education for the bachelor's degree on a year-for-year basis may substitute for the education

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in social work, psychology, counseling, counseling psychology, or closely related field.
  • Bi-lingual
  • Certified Addiction Counselors II (CACII) or higher
  • Experience providing evidence-based practices and programs
  • Experience working with Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
  • Experience working on a multi-disciplinary team

Required Competencies
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Good writing skills
  • Ability to facilitate presentations and group discussions
  • Ability to problem solve and to make appropriate decisions
  • Ability to manage difficult behaviors or resistance
  • Ability to comply with established rules, policies and procedures and meet deadlines
  • Ability to be nonjudgmental and respectful of others beliefs, values, and culture
  • Ability to develop rapport with clients
  • Ability to establish and model healthy boundaries for clients.
  • Ability to exercise discretion (e.g. patient confidentiality)
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs and ability to learn software programs
  • Experience using an Electronic Health Record

Special Instructions to Applicants:1). A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 2). A current resume/CV. 3). List of 5 professional references. 4) Unofficial Transcripts . Questions should be directed to Glorie Seel at

Reference checks are a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including e-mail addresses, for up to 5 references if you are referred to the Hiring Authority for an interview. We will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Unofficial transcript(s)

Application Materials Instructions:Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Job Category: Health Care

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20280 - SOM-PSYCH-ARTS SP/G

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Mar 3, 2016

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Gloria Seel

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00700486


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