Counselor/Licensed Independent Social Worker, Addiction Sciences Division, Department of Psychiatry

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Job Overview

As one of the oldest medical schools in the country, the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (COM) has a reputation for training best-in-class health care professionals and developing cutting-edge procedures and research that improves the health and clinical care of patients. 


The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience is looking for a Counselor to be hired as a Licensed Independent Social Worker or Clinical 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. 

Essential Functions

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

  • 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 and counseling 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 social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and other appropriate treatment team members in diagnostic formulation, treatment direction, and recommendations.
  • Maintain knowledge of external resources for patient needs to foster recovery.
  • 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's 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 the expected time frame.
  • 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.
  • Maintain knowledge of and compliance with HIPAA policies, documentation guidelines, and other related regulatory requirements.
  • Participate in departmental and outpatient Psychiatry meetings, quality improvement efforts, and make sure peer review standards are met.
  • Keep current with behavioral health care developments and seek to increase further enhancement of job-related knowledge.
  • Provide education to other health care professionals.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements - Clinical Counselor

Required Education
Master’s Degree 


Required Trainings/Certifications
State of Ohio Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) or as a Professional Clinical Counselor with supervision designation (LPCC-S).


Minimum Requirements - Licensed Independent Social Worker

Required Education
Master’s Degree must be in Social Work


Required Trainings/Certifications
State of Ohio Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW)


Required Experience
Two (2) years of supervised social work experience.

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

  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.

Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


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).


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The University of Cincinnati is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


REQ: 95096 


Counselor/Licensed Independent Social Worker, Addiction Sciences Division, Department of Psychiatry

Date:  Mar 21, 2024

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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