Addiction Therapist

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University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus
School of Medicine/Dept of Psychiatry/ARTS
Mental Health Clinician II - Addiction Therapist
Position #670999 – Requisition #19336

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The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The School of Medicine - ARTS has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Addiction Therapist – Mental Health Clinician II position.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a public education, clinical and research facility serving 4,500 students, and a world-class medical destination at the forefront of life-changing science, medicine, and healthcare. CU Anschutz offers more than 42 highly rated degree programs through 6 schools and colleges, and receives over $500 million in research awards each year. We are the single largest health professions education provider in Colorado, awarding nearly 1,450 degrees annually. Powered by our award-winning faculty, renowned researchers and a reputation for academic excellence, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus drives innovation from the classroom to the laboratory to the delivery of unparalleled patient care. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here

Job Summary:

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver—one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

The University of Colorado Denver seeks a full-time, University Staff (non-classified) Substance Abuse Treatment Counselor within the Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS) Adult Outpatient Program, with clinic locations in Denver, Aurora and Arvada. 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 and gender responsive services.

Examples of Work Performed: 

  • This clinical position is responsible for performing counseling duties and is supervised by a senior counselor and/or the Clinic Coordinator.
  • Providing assessments of clients for admission to treatment
  • Performing substance abuse evaluations
  • Completing intakes
  • Facilitating group therapy sessions
  • Individual and family counseling using evidence-based practices for offender population
  • Maintaining documentation in patient charts
  • Developing and carrying out individualized treatment plans and case management duties as needed to meet the needs of external sources as well as linking client's treatment progress to referral sources
  • Completing monthly billing report and statistics
  • Assessing and collecting fees from clients
  • Performing related work as assigned or required. 
    • This position will primarily work with patients who are opioid dependent patients and/or participating in Medication Assisted Treatment. They may have external referral sources (i.e. department of social services) and care coordination is an essential component of the position. 
Salary and Benefits:

The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $40,956 to $45,696.  

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Diversity and Equity:

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at [email protected]

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.

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. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with an associate's degree in psychology, social work, counseling, human services, or closely related field
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience providing mental health, behavioral health, and/or substance abuse treatment to clients
  • Must possess a valid registration in good standing with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) 
Substitution: Additional appropriate experience will substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis. Additional appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience providing services to clients participating in Medication Assisted Treatment. 
  • Possess a valid registration in good standing with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) as a Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) Level II or higher, or be eligible to obtain a CAC Level II certification or higher within six months of hire date.
  • Possess a valid registration in good standing with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC),Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Licensee candidate status is acceptable. 
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s degree in psychology, social work, counseling, human services, or closely-related field.
  • Experience working in a counselor role with clients who are involved with probation, human services, social services, criminal justice programs, and/or other referral sources. 
  • Experience conducting, leading, or co-leading group counseling sessions.
  • Experience working in a counselor role with opioid-dependent, adult clients.
  • Experience conducting individual and/or family counseling. 
  • Experience creating individualized treatment plans and other clinical documentation (for example, DAP notes). 
  • Experience with therapeutic confrontation and structures. 
  • Experience observing, monitoring and intervening in drug/alcohol treatment. 

  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills 
  • Excellent written communication skills 
  • Client De-escalation skills 
  • Ability to engage substance dependent clients in treatment 
  • Ability to comply with established rules, policies and procedures and meet deadlines 
  • Ability to be open-minded and nonjudgmental 
  • Ability to develop healthy relationships with clients 
  • Ability to establish boundaries with clients 
  • Ability to exercise discretion (e.g. patient confidentiality)
  • Ability to communicate effectively in written form, which includes the ability to check for typographical, grammatical and spelling errors.
Conditions of Employment: 

  • Must agree to fingerprinting, criminal background check and a CRCP child registry check and successfully pass the checks.
  • Subject to pre-employment, post-accident, post-incident or reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing per UCD Addiction Research and Treatment Services Department Policies.

Job Category: Health Care
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Feb 1, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Posted: 10/8/2020
Application Due: 4/7/2021
Work Type: Full Time