Washington DC

Pathways by Molina, previously Providence Human Services, is one of the largest national providers of accessible, outcome-based behavioral and mental health services. At Pathways, we deliver exceptional value by creating healthier communities through the work of exceptional people. Our more than 7,000 employees provide the highest-quality home- and community-based human services in 23 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

Family Preservation Services (FPS) of DC is a subsidiary of Pathways by Molina. FPS is committed to creating the best possible work environment for our team members and offer a competitive compensation and benefits package including Medical, Dental, Vision, HSA, FSAs, vacation, sick, basic and optional life insurance, EAP, 401k (4% match for the 1st 4% contribution with immediate vesting) and an Employee Stock Purchase Plan.
FPS of DC is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic.
The Addictions Counselor provides direct service to individuals who possess mental, behavioral, or emotional disturbances resulting in significant functional impairment. Addictions Counselor provides recovery-oriented interventions designed to sustain active community living on as independent a level as is possible for each consumer. Addictions Counselors will assist individuals with addictions become well, through finding the source of their patients' problems, or reasons for their disease. Addictions Counselor will help them to change destructive behaviors and learn new coping skills through treatment oriented activities as indicated in the Individualized Service Plan. Addictions Counselors provide services that are culturally competent, age appropriate and address the unique needs of each consumer; and, to empower and assist the consumer and family to access and utilize needed services and supports.


• Provide direct services to assigned consumers according to consumers’ Individual Treatment. Direct services will include: supportive mentoring, guidance, life –coaching, independent living skills training and ongoing support for independent living.
• Provide substance use/abuse assessments and assistance to consumers in locating support groups and treatment programs.
• An addictions counselor must conduct weekly or daily counseling sessions either with one patient or a group of patients.
• Provide medication management monitoring to consumers and assist consumers in ongoing medication compliance.
• Provide communication skills, relationship building, and social skills training and ongoing support to consumers.
• Provide anger and behavior management training to consumers as necessary.
• Develop and maintain cooperative and collaborative working relationships with members of consumer support system, and maintain appropriate boundaries with consumer and the consumer s support system.
• Develop and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with other agency, organizations, providers throughout the community; and, effectively link assigned consumers to appropriate and necessary community services and supports.
• Attend and cooperatively and constructively participate in treatment team, supervision meetings, and required training. Treatment team meetings can include: staffing, evaluation of intervention, identification of needs, review of monitoring and linking of community based resources for the individual and family.
• Document all services provided to the consumer and about the consumer to include all billable services and non-billable services. Complete and submit documentation within 24 hours of date of service. Consistently submit time sheets and related paperwork on time every pay period.
• Multiple contacts with consumers may be as frequent as 2 or 3 times per day, seven days per week and depend on individual need and a mutually agreed upon plan between individuals and program staff. Many, if not all staff shall share responsibility for addressing the needs or all individuals requiring frequent contact. An average of 3 contacts per week for all consumers.
• Provide Case Management coordination and document such activity.
• Be available to team members during consumer crisis events to provide information and support as necessary.
• Provide on-call after hour’s consultation on a rotating schedule.
• Provide information for court reports and other consumer related reports as required and attends court when subpoena.
• Consistently maintain established productivity requirements as dictated by case assignments.
• Serve as an FPS Ambassador by positively representing FPS in working with consumers and families and in working with community partners, referral sources, etc.
• Maintain the ability to transport self to consumers’ homes and other community locations which requires maintaining a valid driver’s license and safe driving record and adequate, current car insurance.
• Perform other job duties as assigned and necessary to support consumers’ success in achieving and sustaining independent living in their communities, and to support the mission and operations of FPS, DC.


Education and Experience:
Addictions Counselor must possess a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in a related, behavioral/mental health/human service field, current licensure as a CAC, and one year of experience providing direct service to persons with mental illness or similar disabilities; OR, an Associate’s Degree in any field, current licensure as a CAC, and three years’ experience providing direct service to persons with mental illness or similar disabilities
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
(The knowledge, skills and attitudes required for satisfactory job performance)
The incumbent must have proficient knowledge in the following areas:
• The causes and effects of drugs and alcohol, and addictions on individuals, families and communities
• Needs and risk assessment
• Substance abuse
• Family dynamics
• The impact of trauma
• Have an understanding of crisis management and the ability to deal with life threatening situations including the prevention of suicide
• Case management and confidential record keeping practices
• Generally accepted individual, group and crisis counseling methods
• The requirements of treatment programs available to residents of the District
• Funding requirements for treatment
• The culture and traditions of Northern Peoples from the community of Fort Liard and area
• All relevant legislation, policies, and practices
• Program management and delivery
• Program evaluation
The incumbent must demonstrate the following skills:
• Emergency response skills
• Financial management skills
• Strategic planning skills
• Analytical and problem solving skills
• Demonstrate good decision making in dealing with safety issues and with aggressive and/or intoxicated clients, if required
• Mediation and negotiations skills
• Conflict resolution skills
• Effective counseling skills
• Effective verbal and listening communications skills
• Computer skills including the ability to operate spreadsheets and word processing programs at a highly proficient level
• Effective written communications skills including the ability to prepare reports and policies
• Effective public relations and public speaking skills
• Research and program development skills
• Stress management skills
• Time management skills
• Be able to manage his/her own case files on an independent basis
• Be able to work cooperatively as a part of a team

Addictions Counselors must have the interpersonal skill and abilities to effectively work with: individuals with mental health illness and their families; agency referral and community support professionals; and prospective employers from community businesses. The Counselor must have skills in and the ability to teach, train, support, and encourage individuals. The Counselor must have the ability to find community resources and assist consumers in accessing and utilizing community resources. The Counselor must have excellent communication skills; and must be able to write and document clearly and succinctly. The counselor needs the ability to listen, comprehend and ask questions. In addition, a counselor has to convey thoughts clearly and follow ethics associated with addictions counseling. A counselor constantly evaluates treatment and makes changes when necessary.

Other Requirements:
Addictions Counselor must possess a valid driver’s license. Addictions Counselor must be able to become CPR/ and First Aid Certified as well as certified in Crisis Intervention Techniques. Addictions Counselor be required to use their own vehicles to transport consumers. Addictions Counselor must be able and willing to work flexible schedules to include working early mornings, evenings, and weekends as per consumers’ needs. Bi-lingual a plus. Position requires travel into the community.

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