Residential Trauma Counselor

Full Time
555 Stockton Street
Posted 2 months ago


This is a professional position in which the incumbent will provide both direct and indirect services working with a multidisciplinary team to address the needs of patients who have a history of traumatic experiences.  The incumbent must demonstrate competencies in population of substance abuse and mental health patients, with a special focus on evidence-based practices for trauma.  Incumbent will facilitate evidenced based psycho-educational and/or counseling groups including but not limited to: Seeking Safety, DBT skills, Grief and Loss, Domestic Violence, etc. Incumbent will complete screening and assessment for trauma services using evidence-based instruments. Incumbent will provide in-depth clinical assessment (Bio-Psychosocial or GAIN assessments), diagnosis of clinical conditions, individualized treatment plans, treatment plan reviews, and discharge planning. The incumbent will work with the patients’ primary counselors to ensure continuity of care. The incumbent may provide case management services and assist with phone assessments. Incumbent will attend, provide and/or coordinate various education, training, consultation, and policy development for the program and the agency, as requested. Incumbent will be scheduled to work primarily in the adult residential substance abuse treatment programs that provide services to adults with behavioral health needs. Incumbent at times may conduct services in the adult outpatient department. Incumbent will attend meetings and case consultations as requested.  Assists the Team Leader, Adult Outpatient Services Manager, and Director of Adult Outpatient Services as needed. This position has a variable schedule and requires flexibility and some evening work.


Must possess a Master’s degree in human services or related field with minimum 2 years’ experience in the field of substance abuse and mental health treatment, and a current license (LMHC/LCSW/LMFT). Certification or advanced training in evidence-based treatment modalities for trauma a plus. Incumbent must have the ability to engage critical thinking and ability to formulate professional clinical reports. They must have the ability to help with problem area without being overly critical. FARS Certified a plus.

  • Must be able to pass a level II DCF background screening
  • Must be able to recognize and respond to emergencies and life threatening situations in an appropriate manner
  • Ability to relate to adolescents, adults, families, referral sources and internal Gateway Team Members and must possess requisite competencies to effectively understand and provide appropriate services to the patient population served.
  • Ability to maintain positive team approach
  • Must possess strong group counseling skills, and have 12 step rec. process knowledge
  • Must be willing to work with patients who have co-occurring disorders or are receiving medication-assisted treatment


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