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Counselor Assistant
Title:Counselor Assistant
Department:Adult Residential Treatment
Location:1251 N. Stone St., DeLand, FL 32720

Working Hours: 40 hrs week; Days & Shift vary, including weekends & holidays

*** This is a temporary position ***

A currently competent Counselor Assistant who, in consultation with the Program or Clinical Director is directly responsible for, and performs a variety of client therapeutic care support and unit operational support duties. The Counselor Assistant utilizes therapeutic skills under the direction of the Clinical Director to assist in admission, referral, discharge, documentation, client monitoring, searches of clients, facilitation of group and individual counseling sessions, and performs and documents a variety of other health care and unit support duties as directed by the Clinical Director and the Program Therapist. The Counselor Assistant may be required to assist clients with activities of daily living, including, but not limited to, meal preparation, behavioral observations, transportation, and recreational activities.   Demonstrates competence and ability to engage Co-occurring clients.  The Counselor Assistant provides a safe and therapeutic environment; interacting in a warm compassionate manner; de-escalating clients; promoting/assisting client achievement of treatment plan goals and objectives. Work is performed in accordance with established policies and procedures.


Possession of an AA degree and two years of human service experience required; experience preferably with adults experiencing substance abuse problems. Certification as an addictions counselor in the State of Florida (CAC) and/or training in Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT) strongly desired.
  • Extensive knowledge of the human services field and the application of basic client care skills.
  • Ability to handle verbally and/or physically abusive and aggressive clients and utilize aggression control techniques to ensure the safety and well being of the client, other clients, and employees in the unit.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with suicidal, mentally, emotionally, and/or psychologically disturbed clients in person and over the telephone.
  • Ability to defuse potentially dangerous situations, and remain calm in an emergency.
  • Ability to facilitate Substance Abuse Counseling groups in an appropriate, therapeutic manner.

  • Responsible for monitoring the behavior and activities of each client; reports any concerns regarding the health, safety, or well-being of a client to the appropriate authority.
  • Serves as a positive role model; utilizes approved behavior modification techniques ; provides positive reinforcement and support to clients.
  • Conducts and participates in basic life skills activities. Processes admissions and discharges for residential  and/or detox clients; orients the client to the facility; explains rules, policies and procedures.
  • Completes required program documentation.
  • Completes reports as required; daily, weekly, monthly etc.
  • Facilitates Group Services
  • Facilitates Individual Counseling Sessions
  • Documents service activity notes daily on clients’ activities, behavior patterns, changes in behavior patterns, medications.
  • Reviews and documents in shift report logs, shift logs, companion files etc.
  • Obtains required program information; inventories client valuables. 
  • Conducts security/safety checks; monitors visitors/clients for contraband; conducts searches; removes dangerous items; performs and/or assists with restraints. Collects urine specimens; delivers to laboratory if required; utilizes infection control procedures. Participates in meetings as required; converses with staff on client’s progress or lack of progress. Performs general office duties; answers telephones; communicates with the public, police, DCF, hospitals etc; files, types, copies.  
  • Attends training /in-services as required.
  • Controls verbally and/or physically abusive and aggressive clients and performs aggression control techniques.
  • Ensures compliance with DCF Licensure standards and security safeguards.
  • Performs related work as required.
  • Makes commitment to SMA’s mission and core values the SMA Way.
  • Abides by principles of EEO compliance and a workplace of dignity and respect.
  • Works cooperatively in a group/team setting.
  • Shows respect to others.
  • Takes guidance and direction from supervisors.
  • Arrives/Reports to work on time and ready to work.
SMA Healthcare is a tobacco and drug-free workplace.
EEO Employer     W / M / Vet / Disabled
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