Co-Occuring Therapist/Supervisor in Washington, DC at Volunteers of America Chesapeake and Carolinas, Inc.

Date Posted: 9/23/2020

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Career Description

Reporting to the Director, Behavioral Health Services, the Co-Occurring Therapist/Supervisor position will operate across behavioral health and addiction programs at the Volunteers of America Chesapeake and Carolinas Behavioral Health Services and the Medical Respite program. The position will entail a variety of different specialties including:

Assessment and Referral: As part of the SUD clinical team, participate in providing AR services to District residents who come to the Hope Center for assessment, referral and intake to SUD services throughout the District.

  • Must be a DC-licensed clinical social worker (LICSW), or a DC-licensed professional counselor (LPC) or a DC licensed Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC1/CACII) certification. Dual certifications will be factored in to the recruitment process.
  • 3 to 5 years of experience working in the field of human services with population that have co-occurring disorders.
  • Experience in Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered Approach, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)is preferred.
  • Must be able to develop strong collaborative-working relationships with the client/consumer using appropriate patient-centered communication skills, with the appropriate municipal, county, City, and State agencies, as well as, other non-profit agencies, including the faith-based community.
  • Required ability to provide effective training, prepare written reports, and document and maintain client data using an electronic client record system.
  • Must be able to provide clinical/therapeutic individual and group counseling services.
  • Ability to apply case management skills to maintain client records using appropriate clinical recording keeping/management skills.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English a plus.


  • Manage a caseload of no more than 20 BH/SUD adults at any given time
  • Ensuring that the client/consumer is at the appropriate level of care
  • If appropriate, provide supervision to BH CSWs and/or SUD CACs.
  • Responsible for linking client/consumers as they transition through the levels of care, ensuring that the treatment plan is formulated.
  • Provides oversight of linkages to off-site services to meet additional needs related to a co-occurring medical and/or psychiatric condition, as documented in the treatment plan.
  • Monitor the compliance with, and effectiveness of, services over the treatment period and make a determination of the frequency of ongoing assessments.
  • Provide Individual, Family, and Group Counseling; Group-based Psychoeducation, across BH/SUD programs according to the client/consumers assessed needs.
  • Provide Initial, Comprehensive and Brief assessments/screenings; and as needed diagnose
  • Provide Crisis intervention services
  • Conduct education to include training on HIV to assigned clients
  • Assist with providing access to testing and referrals for HIV and infectious diseases and coordination of services with medical care or specialty services related to an infectious disease
  • Attend comprehensive treatment team and assessment meetings on each client/consumer as part of the interdisciplinary team
  • Schedule client/consumer for ongoing assessments to ensure continuity of care
  • Facilitate implementation of treatment plan and administrative facilitation of the client/consumers service needs, including but not limited to scheduling of appointments, assisting in completing applications, facilitating transportation, tracking appointments, and collecting information about the client/consumers progress.
  • Assist the client/consumer in the development of interpersonal and community coping/life skills necessary to remain sober and maintain recovery.
  • Assist the client/consumer in the development of relapse and symptom management strategies and recovery plans.
  • Adheres to Volunteers of America Chesapeakes documentation requirements
  • Documents all billable activities BH/SUD/Recovery /VOAC Standards (as required)
  • Complete billing/Progress notes within 48 hours of a face-to-face encounter (as required)
  • Establish and maintain a community resources and referral index.
  • Perform duties as outlined in Programs Operation Manual.
  • Perform duties as assigned.
  • Meet assigned weekly/monthly productivity requirements


  • Improve or increased stability in the client/consumers level of functioning.
  • Insures that each clients individualized needs are met.
  • Insures that all documentation pertaining to client services is completed in compliance with agency policies and funding source requirements.
  • Presents a positive image to clients/consumers and the public.
  • Ensure compliance with contractual obligations.


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


The physical requirements described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

  • The ability to safely operate a motor vehicle to transport oneself, consumers, and program supplies as necessary.
  • The physical ability to travel to assigned locations, stand, stoop, bend, reach, pull, push, lift, grasp, climb, talk, see, hear and perform basic and light home maintenance activities, and operate office equipment.
  • Move and lift light objects up to 30 pounds such as mail, supplies, files, and equipment.
  • Operating office equipment requiring continuous or repetitive hand/arm movements.
  • The ability to remain in a sitting position for extended periods of time.


  • Successful completion of responsibilities in an accurate, timely manner.
  • Contribute to the leadership and team building of accounting department.
  • Compliance and accuracy in relevant financial issues of the organization.
  • Successful reports as required form external and internal auditors and internal controls.


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.