Nov 15, 2019

Full time Drug and Alcohol Counselor

  • Merakey
  • 5000 Parkside Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19131, USA
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Job Description


  • Master's Degree or higher in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, psychology, addictions studies, social work or related field with specialty or concentration in counseling.
  • Licensed or licensed eligible preferred. One (1) year of counseling experience (a minimum of 1,820 hours) in a health or human service agency, preferably in a drug and alcohol setting.
  • If a person's experience was not in a drug and alcohol setting, the individuals' written training plan shall specifically address a plan to achieve counseling competency in chemical dependency issues.
  • Additional/specific training and/or education in specific human service/counseling fields related to the field of drug and alcohol only

**We can provide licensure supervision for LPC and LCSW*

Merakey is seeking a Full Time Drug and Alcohol Counselor to join our Adult Behavioral Health Drug and Alcohol Site Based Outpatient Program at Merakey, Parkside, in Philadelphia, Pa.



Responsibilities include but may not be limited to:

Under the supervision of a Clinical Supervisor, the Drug and Alcohol (D&A) Counselor will provide individual therapy and group therapy to persons in recovery (PIR) receiving MMT, MAT, and non-MAT services. Maintain a caseload ensuring PIRs are getting the services needed to support sobriety and recovery.

  • Strong clinical skills with ability to facilitate group therapy based on identified topics as well as open topics
  • Strong clinical skills with ability to conduct effective individual therapy
  • Ability to assess PIRs and recommend appropriate services based on clinical need as well as PIRs ability and willingness to participate based on what stage of change they are in.
  • Ability to educate and encourage resistant PIRs to participate in therapy services.
  • Ability to manage a caseload of PIRs and have knowledge of their treatment progress, engagement level, and treatment needs. This also includes strong clinical documentation skills and ability to maintain PIRs chart meeting program, local, state, and federal documentation requirements and standards.
  • Motivation to outreach and re-engage PIRs who are lack engagement and who have gone AWOL.
  • Above average demonstration of core clinical competencies: attending, active and reflective listening, use of open-ended questioning, focusing, building rapport, congruency, summarization, and managing silence.
  • Above average demonstration of: empathy, rolling with resistance, supporting self-efficacy, managing confrontation, and developing discrepancy.
  • Possess ability to establish rapport while maintaining professional boundaries.
  • Effective and timely communication with Supervisors, Case Managers, and Certified Peer Specialists on PIRs needs and as resources or obtained and/or changed.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Work/Life Balance
  • Competitive Compensation Plans
  • Opportunities for professional growth and advancement
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Short/Long Term Disability Coverage
  • Life Insurance
  • 403B Retirement Plan (with company matching)
  • Marketplace Savings Program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness Programs
  • 24-Hour Nurse Hotline
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Generous Paid Time Off (for qualifying positions)
  • Stability that coincides with working for a national leader in education and human services



Merakey offers a continuum of care in behavioral health (includes mental health and addictive diseases), integrating services in both community and site-based settings. These services provide a wide range of recovery focused treatment, services, and supports for children and adults.

Site/Clinic Based Services

  • The Center for Hope
  • Outpatient
  • Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Parents and Children Together (PACT)
  • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
  • Psychiatric/Socialization Rehabilitation for Hope
  • Residential Services for Children and Adults

Community Based Services

  • Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) and Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT)
  • Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS)
  • Case Management / Recovery Coaching
  • Community Health Liaison (CHL)
  • Community and School Based Behavioral Health (CSBBH)
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Substance Use Disorder Services
  • Dual Diagnosis Treatment Team (DDTT)
  • Family Based Mental Health Services
  • Therapeutic Family Care
  • Foster Care Plus
  • Peer Support
  • Student Assistance Program (SAP)
  • Supported Employment
  • Supports for Permanency (SFP)

For more information on each individual service, please visit:



Merakey is a leading developmental, behavioral health and education provider offering a breadth of integrated services to individuals and communities across the country.

We leverage our size and expertise to develop innovative solutions and new models of care to meet the needs of individuals, their families, public and private healthcare funders and community partner organizations.

We recognize that complex needs require a holistic approach. With our experience, expertise and compassion, we empower everyone within our communities to reach their fullest potential.

With a rich tradition spanning 50 years with nearly 10,000 employees, Merakey provides care to over 40,000 adults and children throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, Louisiana, Michigan, Texas, California, Virginia and Tennessee.


Merakey is an Equal Opportunity Employer!





Requisition Number: 50075


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