Addictions Counselor - Lancaster Adult Community Treatment

Lancaster, PA | Behavioral Health | Tracking Code: 67622

Job Description:

The CAC or CADC Substance Abuse Specialist / Therapist provides and coordinates substance abuse assessment, treatment planning and service delivery tailored to the individual needs of patients with co-occurring disorders of mental illness and substance abuse as part of a self-contained clinical team. The ACT Substance Abuse Specialist/Therapist also provides clinical services and general functions of providing treatment, care management and support services within the team.


Duties and Responsibilities


  1. Provide individual, family or group counseling to persons with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health problems.
  2. Directly assist patients in their daily efforts to build personal recovery skills and habits for self-determination and self-reliance, including use of harm reduction model interventions.
  3. Organize and facilitate substance abuse groups offering patients new, healthier ways to overcome recovery roadblock and develop self-esteem.
  4. Facilitated patient referrals to self-help groups (NA, AA, etc.) and sponsors who are accepting of individuals with co-occurring mental health diagnosis.
  5. Participate in the completion of a comprehensive assessment of drug and alcohol use and the effects of the addition on the individual’s physical, social, and emotional health.
  6. Participates in and conducts the patient-centered comprehensive assessment of psychiatric history, mental status, diagnosis; physical and dental health; drug and alcohol use; education and employment; social development and functioning; ADL’s; and family system and relationships.
  7. Provides direct clinical services to patients on an individual or group basis in the office or community settings to teach behavioral symptom-management techniques to assist patients to adapt to and cope with internal and external stresses.
  8. Provides care coordination, including developing, writing, implementing, evaluating, and revising treatment goals, providing individual supportive therapy and symptom management, and supporting patients’ families.
  9. Provides practical help and side-by-side coaching, problem-solving, training, and supervision to help patients obtain the necessities of daily living which may involve the use of staffs’ personal vehicles.
  10. Provides ongoing assessment of symptoms and response to treatment and make appropriate changes to treatment plans to ensure that appropriate interventions are provided in response to the patient’s needs.
  11. Plans and facilitates social/leisure activities to improve the social skills of patients, as directed by the Team Leader.
  12. Provide symptom education to assist patients in understanding their mental illness and to identify relapse symptoms.
  13. Maintains medical record documentation that is accurate, complete, comprehensive, legible, and timely.
  14. Maintains medical record documentation that meets the legal, professional, and ethical standards of practice for clinicians, as well as standards outlined by Joint Commission and MCO’s.
  15. Participates in the on-call system according to WellSpan Philhaven CTT policy.
  16. Participates in back-up coverage in compliance with WellSpan Philhaven CTT policy.




  • Minimum Experience:
    • One year experience providing drug / alcohol treatment.
    • Full certification as an addictions counselor or a co-occuring disorders professional by a statewide certification body which is a member of a National Certification Body; CAC or CADC
  • Minimum Education:
    • Master’s Degree
  • Minimum Field Of Expertise:
    • Psychology, social work or other mental health related field
Suzanne Wolf
Suzanne Wolf
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Why WellSpan Health?

WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization comprises a multispecialty medical group of more than 1,600 physicians and advanced practice providers, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, eight respected hospitals, more than 20,000 employees and 200 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities. We are committed to transforming the health of the communities we serve and to educating the next generation of clinicians, staff and leaders.

Employment Benefits

  • Sign-on incentives for new employees (click here for details)
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Life and accidental death insurance
  • Supplemental life insurance
  • Retirement savings plan
  • Paid time off (PTO)
  • PTO bridging
  • Short-term disability
  • Educational assistance
  • Forgivable loan
  • Flexible spending
  • Credit union
  • Employee recreational activities
  • Childcare
  • Complimentary medicine discounts

Diversity & Inclusion

Welcome. Respect. Value.

Wellspan Health believes that diversity includes all the human characteristics that make each of us similar as well as different. We strive to make every person feel welcomed, respected, and valued while creating a safe and inclusive environment where we all have the individual freedom to express our uniqueness in a respectful manner.

WellSpan Health is an equal opportunity employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color or any other protected class. WellSpan Health does, however, have a tobacco-free/nicotine-free hiring policy.

Quality of Life

Lancaster City was the capital of Pennsylvania from 1799 to 1812. Today, Lancaster County includes a vibrant downtown business district, desirable suburban neighborhoods and sprawling agricultural farms. Life in Lancaster County offers affordable housing, options for higher education, a thriving arts and cultural community, historical attractions, parks and recreational resources, an independent professional baseball team, fine dining and more. When visiting Lancaster, one can't help but recognizing the influence of the Pennsylvania Dutch — farm-to-table and beyond.

Conveniently located in southcentral Pennsylvania, Lancaster is within an easy commute to major cities and has ready access to public transportation. Residents can find local employment in healthcare, tourism, public administration, manufacturing, and both professional and semi-professional services. (Patient population: 535,000)