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Substance Abuse Counselor

Responsibilities
Provides direct substance abuse counseling to chronically mentally ill clients in the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program in collaboration with the multidisciplinary staff off the ACT Program. Responsible for integrating dual-recovery treatment with the tasks of other ACT team members. Works under general supervision. Licensure: Current registration to practice as a Licensed Social Worker in New York State and / or Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate Program (CASAC) certification preferred. Valid driver's license required. Education: Bachelor's Degree in Human Services or related field, or the equivalent work experience required. Master's Degree in Social Work preferred. Experience: Minimum of one year of training and/or experience in integrated mental health and substance abuse treatment required. Demonstrated skill or knowledge in substance abuse assessment and diagnosis, principles and practices of harm reduction, and application of stage-wise treatment and motivational interviewing strategies required. Bilingual skills may be required, as determined by operational needs.

ABOUT US

The Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) is one of the nation's largest not-for-profit home- and community-based health care organizations, serving the five boroughs of New York City, and Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties. For over 125 years, VNSNY has been committed to improving the health and well-being of people through high-quality, cost-effective health care in the home and community. We offer a wide range of services, programs, and health plans to meet the diverse needs of our patients, health plan members, and clients from before birth to the end of life. On any given day, VNSNY employees - including nurses, rehabilitation therapists, social workers, home health aides and other professionals - deliver compassionate care, unparalleled medical expertise, and 24/7 solutions and resources to approximately 40,000 individuals in our care helping them to live the best lives possible in their homes and communities.