Clinical Counselor

Clinical Counselor

Elmcor Youth and Adult Activity, Inc. Queens, NY favicon

This position is responsible for the provision of clinical counseling services in the areas of chemical dependency and mental health, providing holistic and comprehensive interventions, resources and referrals; services are provided primarily in the community. This person directly reports to the Program Manager.


Core duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Collects and analyzes assessment data which includes substance use, mental health and co-occurring disorders.
  • Completes intake process and psychosocial assessments, arriving at treatment recommendations and level of care decisions that are appropriate to participant’s level of functioning and medical necessity.
  • Develops initial and comprehensive individualized treatment plans based on participant’s needs, using participant’s words, and that have measurable objectives, within established timelines, based on assessment, psychosocial, participant’s assessed stage of change, and in consultation with participant and treatment team as appropriate.
  • Provides individual and group counseling based on treatment plan and participant centered needs.
  • Conducts evidence based practices to the individual needs of the participant (EBPs include, but are not limited to, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Matrix Model, —Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).
  • Identify participants with urgent mental health conditions (e.g. suicidal, homicidal, psychotic, etc.) and make appropriate referrals to available emergency or psychiatric treatment facilities.
  • Is attuned to the presence of trauma indicators and projects safety and trust in the professional relationship.
  • Have the ability to provide grief and crisis intervention services.
  • Be able to address social needs of participants and utilize area referral sources for needed specialty care, hospitalization, or advance psychiatric assessments and treatments.
  • Encourages family involvement when appropriate.
  • Conducts discharge planning with the client.
  • Acts as liaison with networking/referring agencies, e.g.; Courts, Parole, Probation, ACCESS, etc.
  • Recognizes, responds to, and defuse volatile or dangerous situations as allowable; when in doubt always call for assistance and/or 911.
  • Provide documentation of counseling sessions, assessments, interventions, and recommendations, including all necessary billing information. Performs job tasks in a manner that does not result in negative audit reviews.
  • Participate in a team management approach to participant care/treatment.
  • Maintain quality care through participation in peer review, policy development and quality improvement programs.
  • Maintain and update professional knowledge and proficiency through continuing education, staff meetings, workshops and serving on special committees.
  • Uses good judgment in bringing issues to the attention of supervisor.
  • Refers to and follows agency policy and procedures.
  • Demonstrates openness to input on work issues from supervisor and co-workers.
  • Manages time, adheres to deadlines and prioritizes tasks.
  • Uses good judgment in matters of safety and liability for which there may not be prescribed procedures.
  • Follows established Federal, State and Elmcor guidelines on confidentiality. Shares information only where the “need to know” exists.
  • Responds to problems and conflict with solution-focused thinking.
  • Works effectively with people regardless of race, color, religion, gender, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or national origin.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:

  • BS/BA in a human services field and CASAC with 2 years’ experience working with applicable populations who have substance abuse/co-occurring disorders; or
  • Associates Degree and CASAC-T and 4 years applicable experience.
  • Must have computer skills.
  • Must successfully complete a criminal background check, obtain clearance from the Office of Children and Family Services and be drug free.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $50,000.00 per year

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