Recovery and Substance Abuse Counselor

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-02-19
Req: R0003251
The University of Virginia’s Department of Student Health and Wellness’ Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is seeking a dynamic Recovery and Substance Use Counselor to provide clinical counseling expertise in the area of alcohol, other drugs, and recovery support. Student Health and Wellness promotes the health and wellbeing of all UVA students to support their pursuit of academic and personal success. Many behaviors can put students’ wellbeing at risk, including substance misuse. Nationally, with the collegiate recovery movement significantly expanding and approximately 20% of traditional college-age students meeting the criteria for a substance use disorder, the collegiate community provides a prime challenge and opportunity for addressing substance misuse, supporting and celebrating students in recovery, and positively impacting the stigma associated with addiction and reaching out for help.

Reporting to the Director of CAPS, this position will maintain a caseload primarily allocated to recovery support, alcohol and other drug (AOD) assessment/counseling, harm reduction education, and follow-up to identified students. Co-occurring mental health concerns may also be addressed. This is a full-time, 12-month University Staff position with all state benefits.

Essential Functions:
• Provides individual and group counseling/therapy to students at the University.
• Provides clinical expertise in recovery support, AOD assessment/counseling, harm reduction education, and follow-up to identified clients specifically referred to CAPS for substance related concerns.
• Provides coordination of AOD services within CAPS, while partnering with other AOD efforts across Grounds.
• Serves as a key member of Student Health and Wellness’ multidisciplinary Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Consultation Team.
• Participates in relevant center, division, and university-wide committees related to recovery support and AOD misuse prevention.
• Conducts assessment and intervention for urgent and emergent student needs.
• Provides clinical supervision, consultation, and oversight to graduate trainees.
• Works collaboratively with CAPS psychiatric team and other Student Health units and University departments (e.g., General Medicine, Gynecology, Office of Health Promotion, Student Disability Access Center, Office of the Dean of Students) to ensure delivery of integrated professional services.
• Provides professional consultation to all members of the University community.
• Provides outreach, workshops, and training on various mental health and wellbeing topics as needed.
• Provides after-hours on-call crisis coverage on a rotating basis.
• Keeps timely, accurate, and ethical records consistent with Student Health policy.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
• Graduate degree in a mental health profession (i.e., counseling, clinical/counseling psychology, clinical social work, marriage and family therapy).
• Licensed or license-eligible to independently practice as mental health professional in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Must be licensed within 6-months of start date.
• Three-five years of experience working with clients in recovery from substance use disorders and/or substance use counseling.
• Specific expertise in clinical assessment of AOD use, misuse, and recovery support.
• Knowledge of and experience providing a broad range of psychotherapy and counseling methods within a time-limited scope of service.
• Knowledge, skill, and ability to work with students from a diversity of backgrounds and traditionally underrepresented populations.
• Passion for working with students from underrepresented groups and diverse backgrounds; and dedication to partnering with relevant campus advocates to improve mental health service provision.
• Knowledge of and ability to use crisis intervention skills.
• Ability to consult and collaborate both within and outside the University.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills.
• Ability to keep good client records and use an EMR.
• Ability to use independent judgment and to manage confidential information.
• Adherence to APA/ACA/other mental health profession code of ethics.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
• Experience with mental health provision in a college or university counseling center.
• Understanding of AOD misuse prevention and recovery support efforts within a higher education community.
• Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) certification or Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC).

This position requires completing a background check and a pre-employment drug screen prior to the start date. To apply, please visit and search for Requisition number R0003251. Please be sure to upload each document required: cover letter, resume and contact information for three references. For information about the position or the application process, contact Michele Jarman, [email protected]

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 2/20/2019
Application Due: 4/27/2019
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