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Master Level Therapist (Brighton Center for Recovery Outpatient - PRN)

We Are Hiring

Therapist-Master Outpatient - Counseling OP Adult Adol - PRN,Rotating - Ascension Brighton Center For Recovery -34003 - Brighton,MI

Must be fully licensed therapist (LMSW, LPC or LP)

Must have CAADC or a development plan with MCBAP

Variable based upon caseload. Weekends not required, but available

This is a collective bargaining agreement union position.

Why Join Ascension?

In Michigan, Ascension operates 16 hospitals and hundreds of related healthcare facilities that together employ over 20,000 associates. Across the state, Ascension Michigan is working together to help bring patients more resources and better care. Ascension Michigan is also committed to its community; it provided over $272 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in FY2018. Ascension Michigan is dedicated to spiritually centered, holistic care which sustains and improves the health of individuals and communities.

Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, especially to those most in need. In FY2018, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs.


What You Will Do

As an associate with Ascension Michigan, you will have the opportunity to provide counseling services in various hospital programs including Detox, Rehab, PHP and other specialized programs. Gather information about patients using case histories, observations and assessments. Determine what level of care a patient requires and develop a treatment plan as well as an aftercare plan best suited for them. Facilitate and lead group and didactic sessions. Manage caseload and documentation.


  • Review the bio-psycho-social history completed by colleagues. Use this information in treatment planning. Continue to evaluate the patients bio-psycho-social status throughout his/her treatment episode. Use the information gathered to determine the clients appropriateness for treatment or to recommend a more appropriate placement.
  • Using ASAM Patient Placement Criteria for the Treatment of Substance-Related Disorders, Second Edition and DSM-IV®-TR, develop a diagnostic evaluation of the clients substance abuse and any coexisting conditions based on the results of all assessments. Provide an integrated approach to treatment planning based on the clients strengths, weaknesses and identified problems and needs.
  • Use group therapy to assist patient and fellow group members to explore problems and ramifications, attitudes and feelings. Elicit solutions from patient and fellow group members.
  • Use individual therapy to assist patient in exploring problems and ramifications, attitudes and feelings. Elicit solutions from patient. Identify or act upon previously identified co-existing conditions (such as medical or psychiatric) that indicate the need for additional services within Brighton Hospital or as a referral during aftercare planning.
  • Review documentation completed by phone intake personnel. Use this information in treatment planning.
  • Provide overview of program operations to patient. For example, explain the role of the therapist, the team concept, how often they can expect individual sessions, the patients obligation in his/her own treatment process, program goals and objectives, etc.
  • Works with other Brighton Hospital staff as necessary regarding scheduling, program operation, and other details pertaining to the needs of individual programs. Attends and participates in scheduled program events.
  • Be familiar with all program rules and have the ability to reinforce when necessary.
  • Review the assessment data gathered during the patients admission process.
  • Obtain corroborative information from secondary sources such as family members, EAP, etc.
  • Together with the patient, rank problems based on individual needs. Formulate immediate goals using time-specific, behavioral terms in written treatment plan.
  • Discuss long-term goals for patient and use those in coordinating aftercare plans.
  • Individualize therapy in accordance with culture, gender and lifestyle.
  • Interact with patient in an appropriate therapeutic manner in accordance with agency policy and ethical standards of ones own discipline.
  • Coordinate services for client care. These services can include EAP, family counseling, aftercare planning, psychiatrist, etc. Explain the rationale for each of these case management activities to the patient.
  • Recognize the elements of a client crisis and implement an immediate course of action as appropriate in coordination with other members of the treatment team.
  • Where possible, use a crisis situation to enhance the overall treatment for the patient.
  • Conduct didactic sessions presenting relevant information to patients regarding chemical dependency and recovery.
  • Present patients with information about resources available within Brighton Hospital and in his/her home community (such as self-help support groups, psychiatric help, medical care, etc.).
  • Identify areas of patients needs and/or problems that cannot be met while at Brighton Hospital. With the help of the Aftercare Specialist and Case Management, match the client needs to appropriate resources. Assist the client in utilizing those resources if necessary.
  • Prepare relevant reports and relevant records in a timely manner consistent with all policies and procedures and following the guidelines required for reimbursement, licensing accreditation and tracking of clinical treatment.
  • If necessary, consult with outside resources to ensure the provision of effective treatment services. Explain the rational for the consultation to the patient.
  • Review and evaluate effectiveness of intervention toward patient outcomes. Share feedback for process improvement with leadership.
  • Serve as a leader in the addictions professional community via one of the following activities: conducting in-services, writing articles in professional publications and/or serving on relevant boards.
  • Serve as a field instructor for students in ones own discipline.
  • Provide orientation and/or training to new personnel as requested.
  • Maintain a current level of knowledge regarding the field by attending required staff meetings, in-services and reading relevant professional journals.
  • Conduct reviews of fellow employees performance as requested by leadership.
  • Present a professional image and supportive atmosphere.
  • Communicate with respect and understanding of differences.
  • Take initiative and do what it takes to satisfy customers.
  • Attend to the needs and expectations of customers by ensuring prompt attention and follow-through.
  • Consistently perform job duties accurately and timely (even during peak times).
  • Utilize materials and resources in a cost-conscious manner.
  • Seek opportunities for improving processes.
  • Move and adapt to key changes quickly.
  • Display behavior supportive to organizational change.
  • Accept adjustments and direction.
  • Collaborate with others inside and outside of the department.
  • Keep team members informed.
  • Assist and support others and willingly take on additional duties.
  • Effectively communicate and listen to others.
  • Invite feedback on own performance.
  • Meet commitments and deadlines.
  • Assist team to achieve outcomes.
  • Demonstrate active listening. Maintain body language and tone consistent with verbal messages.
  • Use tact and sensitivity when interacting with internal and external customers.
  • Efficiently balance multiple tasks.
  • Manage projects and duties effectively.
  • Complete work in a timely and organized manner.
  • Complete high volume work without compromising quality.
  • Produce expected outcomes.
  • Comply with all applicable laws, regulations and agency policies governing alcohol and other drug abuse services.
  • Obtain appropriately signed consents when soliciting from or providing information to outside sources.
  • Act courteously toward patients, visitors, co-workers and others and respond in a timely manner to their needs.
  • Demonstrate safe work practices and attitudes, follow safety rules, work to prevent unsafe conditions and behaviors, and participate in organizational and departmental safety programs.
  • Specific Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
  • Knowledge of chemical dependency 12-Step philosophy.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills necessary to interact with all levels of the organization.
  • Knowledge and experience working with electronic medical records, automated clinical documentation and clinical technology preferred.

What You Will Need


  • Required Credential(s):
    • Basic Life Support Provider certification from the American Heart Association (AHA) required within 120 days of hire/transfer date. Licensure/certification monitored by health ministry Central Credentialing Office.
    • State of Michigan license in respective discipline required. Licensure/certification monitored by health ministry Central Credentialing Office.
    • One or more of the following:
      • Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) or Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) required. Licensure/certification monitored by health ministry Central Credentialing Office.


  • Master's Level Degree 
    • Master's degree in Counseling, Social Work or Psychology required

Work Experience:

  • A minimum of 3 years of work experience in chemical dependency counseling inclusive of experience obtained under a Bachelor's degree required. 5 years work experience in chemical dependency counseling inclusive of experience obtained under a Bachelor's degree preferred.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Ascension Michigan is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We provide equal employment opportunities to all associates and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, height, weight, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, veteran status or any other legally protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. The information requested on this application will not be used for any purpose prohibited by law. If you require assistance or an accommodation to complete this application, please let us know.
For further information regarding your EEO rights, click on the following link to the “EEO is the Law” poster:
Reasonable Accommodation
Ascension Michigan provides reasonable accommodation so that qualified applicants with a disability may participate in the selection process. Please advise us of any accommodations you request in order to express interest in a position by e-mailing: [email protected]. Please state your request for assistance in your message. Only reasonable accommodation requests related to applying for a specific position within Ascension Michigan will be reviewed at the e-mail address supplied.
Thank you for considering a career with Ascension Michigan.
Please note that Ascension will make an offer of employment only to individuals who have applied for a position using our official application. Be on alert for possible fraudulent offers of employment. Ascension will not solicit money or banking information from applicants.

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Job ID: 386865
Category: Behavioral Health
Ministry: Ascension SE Michigan, MI
Location: Brighton, MI

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