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Counselor, Addiction Sciences Division, Department of Psychiatry

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About the Department of Psychiatry

The College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience is looking for a Counselor to be hired as a Licensed Independent Social Worker, Licensed Social Worker, Clinical Counselor or Behavioral Health (Chemical Dependency) Counselor to work in the Addiction Sciences Division. This position will support the University’s mission and commitment to excellence and diversity in our students, faculty, staff and all our activities.

The Addiction Sciences Division, within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, represents a collaborative effort among the University of Cincinnati, UC Health, and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cincinnati. Our mission is to discover and refine medical and scientific knowledge and translate it via education, training, and dissemination into high quality, evidence-based treatments for people suffering from addiction-related conditions.

Addiction Science Division research is supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with some clinical trial support from the pharmaceutical industry.

About the Job

In addition to the essential functions listed below, duties also include:

  • Maintain knowledge of external resources for patient needs to foster recovery;
  • Participate in clinical supervision as needed on a scheduled basis;
  • Maintain current licensure, participate in continuing education, and meet competency skills for evaluations in area of practice;
  • Provide education to other health care professionals;

Job Overview

Provide behavioral health counseling services, including assessments, diagnosis, treatment planning, individual and/or group therapies and as necessary, case management services, to students and/or outpatient/intensive outpatient substance use and/or mental health services.

The Counselor will provide outpatient substance use and mental health services. The Addiction Sciences Counselor will primarily provide assessments, diagnosis, treatment planning, individual and group therapies while meeting all standards of practice as required. This position will also provide case management services as needed.

Essential Functions

  • Provide psychosocial assessments of patients and families to identify emotional, social, and environmental strengths and problems related to their diagnosis, illness, treatment, and/or life situation.
  • Provide education to patients and families around issues related to adaptation to the patient's illness and/or life situation; may utilize crisis intervention, brief and long-term individual, group, and family therapies. Provide therapy through face-to-face sessions.
  • Collaborate with counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, social workers and other appropriate treatment team members in diagnostic formulation, treatment direction, and recommendations.
  • Liaison with community agencies; participate in area activities related to mental health and substance use disorders.
  • Ensure that patient care documentation is timely, legible, and efficient. Documentation should be concise, pertinent, and meet the profession and department's documentation standards. Oral reporting should be clear, concise, relevant, and timely.
  • Perform all required data collection for the department accurately and within expected time frame. Participate in departmental meetings, quality improvement efforts, and make sure peer review standards are met.
  • Maintain knowledge of and compliance with HIPAA policies, documentation guidelines, and other related regulatory requirements, in accordance with all Federal, State, Local laws, and UC Policies and Procedures.
  • Keep current with behavioral health and health care developments in professional field, and seek to increase further enhancement of job-related knowledge, both internally and externally.
  • May provide direct and/or indirect supervision to exempt and non-exempt staff (i.e., hiring/firing, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, approve time off, etc.). 
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need. This job description can be changed at any time.

Minimum Requirements

  • Clinical Counselor Minimum Qualifications: Master's degree; State licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) or as a Professional Clinical Counselor with supervision designation (LPCC-S).
  • Chemical Dependency Counselor Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Health, Nursing, Social Work, Addictions or related field. One (1) years’ work experience relating to behavioral health, social work, addictions or related field required. State licensure as in Chemical Dependency (LCDC-III, LICDC).
  • Licensed Social Worker Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree in Social Work–AND- Licensed Social Worker designation for the State of Ohio is required.
  • Licensed Independent Social Worker Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree in social work; at least two years of supervised social work experience; LISW for the state of Ohio.

Required Education

Bachelor’s Degree must be in Behavioral Health, Nursing, Social Work, Addictions or related field.

Required Experience

One (1) year of work experience relating to behavioral health, social work, addictions or related field required.

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Strong background in treating individuals with substance use disorders in group and individual settings
  • Experience working with clients on Medication Assisted Treatment such as Buprenorphine, Methadone, and Naltrexone
  • Knowledge of various forms of community based sober support
  • Experience treating a diverse patient population
  • Willingness to be flexible in their role as a part of an expanding department

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Hearing, listening - Continuously
  • Talking - Continuously
  • Sitting - Often
  • Repetitive hand motion (such as typing) - Often
  • Standing - Often
  • Walking - Often
  • Bending - Seldom
  • Stooping - Seldom
  • Climbing stairs/ladders - Seldom
  • Kneeling, squatting - Seldom
  • Reaching overhead - Seldom
  • Pulling, pushing - Seldom
  • Shoveling - Seldom
  • Lifting - up to 20 pounds - Seldom
  • Lifting - up to 50 pounds - Seldom
  • Lifting - over 50 pounds - Seldom


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 68504 


Counselor, Addiction Sciences Division, Department of Psychiatry

Date:  Aug 27, 2021

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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