Job Description

Location: Morton Hospital
Posted Date: 6/10/2022

At Steward Health Care System, we are committed to improving the health of our communities by delivering exceptional, personalized behavioral health care with dignity, compassion and respect. Our continued focus on the patient experience informs our caregivers in how to provide care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient and family preferences, needs and values.

We dedicate ourselves in the communities we serve to delivering affordable health care to all and being responsible partners. No matter what your role, as a member of the Steward family, you are a specialist in the making every patient and family feel right at home, every co-worker a key to our success, and every referring practice, a team of prized colleagues.

In support of this, we commit ourselves to the following values:






If you are seeking a fast-paced, challenging position in an organization committed to achieving and maintaining a standard of excellence in all we do, our organization may be a good fit for you.

***Substance Abuse Disorder Counselor Per Diem


The Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Counselor assesses patients with SUD for continuing recovery needs, participates in the formulation of an interdisciplinary plan of care, makes recovery support recommendations to patients based on their history of use and prior treatment, provides patient psychoeducation in individual and group sessions and makes referrals for continued recovery treatment.


The Substance Abuse Counselor will:

  • Conduct initial counseling psych/social evaluations including strengths, needs, abilities, preference for aftercare, addiction and development and psychiatric history and assessment
  • Assists the patient to develop long and short-term goals as part of their interdisciplinary, individualized treatment plan of care.
  • Identifies co-existing conditions and implications for treatment.
  • Conduct daily individual counseling session with assigned case load (up to 8 patients) to evaluate progress in treatment, provide education and plan for discharge.
  • Conduct family meeting sessions.
  • Identify resources and refer patient to community service provider, PCP, on-going Substance Use Disorder treatment, and other sources of support and education.
  • Informs patient of treatment process, and aftercare options.
  • Promptly contacts other professionals involved in treatment for exchange of information.
  • Facilitate and lead group counseling sessions (20-25 patients) utilizing various counseling approaches and formats (didactic, interactive, engagement worksheets) on scheduled addiction topics such as relapse prevention, self-help, triggers, feelings, denial, and stress management
  • Identify and complete all necessary Releases of Information to complete aftercare arrangements in accordance with Steward policy and Federal/State law.
  • Develop a support plan for each patient including education and identification of local self-help meetings.
  • Advocates for patient rights.
  • Adheres to policies regarding confidentiality.
  • Participates as a member of an interdisciplinary team to manage patient crisis.
  • Participates in the rotation of Charge Counselor assignment.
  • Maintains Professional Boundaries with patients.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Management of Time and Resources:

  • Completes work assignments within an acceptable time frame.
  • Uses time and resources to the best possible advantage for successful completion of job responsibilities.
  • Develops and maintains efficient working relationships.
  • Is reliable in respect to attendance and punctuality.
  • Recognizes the importance of team efforts and partners with others to achieve positive outcomes.


  • Participated as a member of the healthcare team to ensure quality services.
  • Accepts responsibility for all work performed and takes appropriate corrective action as needed.
  • Attends Staff Meetings
  • Offers creative solutions or alternatives to issues or concerns.
  • Continually strives to improve the quality of work by participating in the Quality Improvement activities for the department.
  • Responsible for ongoing development of his/her work skills using available resources (i.e.: Steward University, inservices, formal educational programs, other work groups and on-the-job training).
  • Assists in the orientation of others and actively participates in mentoring.
  • Recognizes and seeks assistance/consultation when appropriate.


  • Is cooperative in interactions, treating customers with courtesy, respect and compassion.
  • Is patient when responding to questions and answers questions appropriately.
  • Responds to requests in a timely manner.
  • Handles interruptions in a skillful way.
  • Maintains a professional appearance and demeanor.
  • Strives to prevent/resolve customer concerns to the customer’s satisfaction.


  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to create a friendly, caring environment for patients, families, visitors, and staff.
  • Displays willingness and flexibility in learning new functions
  • 42 CFR – Part 2 law governing patient confidentiality in Substance Use Disorder Treatment Programs.



  • Bachelor's degree in human services, counseling, psychology, social work or related field required.


  • One (1) experience in Substance Use Disorder counseling role (including internship experience);
  • Inpatient experience preferred.


  • CADAC or LADAC strongly preferred


  • Basic computer skills required.
  • Experience with EMR, particularly Meditech, preferred.

Additional Information

Steward Health Care is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. Steward Health Care does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression or any other non-job-related characteristic.

Important COVID message

Please note, Morton Hospital is taking additional, necessary preparations to ensure patients can receive compassionate care in a safe, carefully managed environment - with confidence and without fear. Our Safe and Ready program consists of a rigorous [five-point] standard ensuring patient safety, confidence and convenience: Expanded hours will allow previously cancelled procedures to be scheduled as quickly as possible. Any COVID-19 related care takes place in designated areas away from other patients and their families. Emergency Departments are reorganized to be a safe place to treat all emergency patients. A stringent cleaning policy has been implemented throughout the hospital. A strictly controlled visitor and masking policy is required for patient safety. You can rest assured that we have made the necessary preparations to provide care in a safe, controlled and professional way.

This position is subject to the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for Steward Health Care Workforce. Employees in this position will be required to provide adequate proof of vaccination for COVID-19 by an FDA-approved vaccine prior to starting work. Steward will consider requests for exemptions from this vaccine requirement on the basis of medical condition or sincerely held religious belief in accordance with applicable Federal laws.

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