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Substance Abuse Therapist

LifeStream Behavioral Center Citrus County, FL
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.

JOB SUMMARY: The employee in this position is responsible for providing direct treatment services in the form of assessment, group, family, and individual counseling to adolescent clients and their families in the Child Substance Abuse Outpatient Program (Turnabout).

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS and RESPONSIBILITIES: The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification with or without an accommodation. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.

  • The ability to comply with the regulations requiring a workplace of dignity and respect and equal employment opportunity compliance.
  • The ability to work collaboratively with others and to accept constructive criticism from supervisors and managers.
  • Willingness to abide by the company’s published rules and regulations


  • Assist in the screening process and perform clinical intake assessments.
  • Provide individual, family, and group therapy and facilitate psychoeducation, regarding topics commensurate with knowledge in the field of substance abuse and other life skills.
  • Assist in networking resources and referral services for clients, when appropriate.
  • Collaborate Turnabout services with services of other programs providing for seamless, integrated, continuum of care.
  • Develop specific, measurable, active, realistic, and time-related treatment plans with clients, carrying out the interventions necessary to meet each individual client’s written objectives.
  • Explain test results, diagnostic issues to clients and families, when utilized as part of treatment.
  • Document progress or lack of progress toward fulfillment of treatment plan goals and objectives, and maintain center records in accordance with stated policies and procedures.
  • Participate in staff meetings and formal records review (peer review) functions as necessary or required.
  • Perform such duties, responsibilities, and special projects as may be assigned from time to time by the Outpatient Substance Abuse Services Supervisor.

COMPETENCIES: Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Motivation (KSAM) required for an employee to be successful.

  • Serving Our Consumers: Effectively meeting consumer needs, building productive consumer relationships, and taking responsibility for consumer satisfaction and loyalty.
    • Consumer Focus: Building strong consumer relationships and delivering consumer-centric solutions.
    • Values Differences: Recognizing the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization.
      • Clinical: Comprehensive understanding of the nature and wide-spectrum of substance abuse and adolescence. Equal understanding of psychiatric disorders, the recovery process, and the nature and treatment of co-occurring disorders in adolescents.
      • Basic Job Readiness: Courtesy, Flexibility, Reliability, Responsiveness.
      • Personal Effectiveness: Communication, Interpersonal skills, Self-management, and Thinking skills.
      • Organizational/Management: Self-motivated, Able to meet timelines, Able to make difficult decisions for the good of the program, CQI conscious, Displays effective time management and workload management, Team oriented, Emphasizes safety
      • Performance Specific: Clinical assessment, Treatment planning, Group/family/individual psychotherapy, High-quality documentation, Crisis management, Customer focus, Empowerment/advocacy, Leadership.
  • Effective Communication: Clearly conveying information and ideas to individuals and groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.
    • Communicates Effectively: Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
    • Manages Conflict: Handling conflict situations effectively, with a minimum of noise.
  • Continuous Improvement: The ongoing process of achieving positive changes in service and processes in order to improve efficiency and quality.
    • Resourcefulness: Securing and deploying resources effectively and efficiently.
    • Cultivates Innovation: Creating new and better ways for the organization to be successful.
  • Expertise: Demonstrating proficiency of an employee's skill or knowledge within their field of practice.
    • Drives Results: Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.

KNOWLEDGE AND JOB SKILLS: Clinical skills and abilities in the areas of assessment, treatment planning, referral and discharge planning. Effective and efficient documentation skills. Skilled and knowledgeable in the theory and practice of group, individual, and family psychotherapy. Knowledgeable in the models pertaining to chemical dependency, adolescent life skills, and anger management, possessing the ability to present these models to clients, families, and staff.

JUDGMENT/DECISION MAKING: Utilizes established corporate policies and procedures in making decisions. Uses sound judgment in meeting the responsibilities and performing the duties of the position.


  • Education: Master’s degree from a licensed and approved college or university in psychology, social work or counseling.
  • Experience: Two years counseling experience, preferably with adolescents and preferably in a chemical dependency setting. If recovering, must have at least two years sobriety.

TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT: Completes all requirements according to Individual Training Plan within the first six months of hire and annually. Other training and/or professional development may be assigned due to evolution of programs.


LifeStream Behavioral Center

Why Work Here?

LifeStream is a behavioral health and social services organization that provides high-quality treatment, education, care management, rehabilitation, child welfare, primary care and homeless services to children, adolescents, and adults. Located in Central Florida, LifeStream primarily serves the residents of Lake, Citrus and Sumter Counties, with additional programs located in Orange, Marion and Hernando Counties.


Citrus County, FL