Reports to: Behavioral Health Director
Areas of Responsibility: Identify, triage, and manage patients with medical and behavioral health problems within the primary care setting; provide skills training through psychoeducation and patient education strategies.
- Work with primary care teams to treat and manage patients with emotional and health problems efficiently and effectively.
- Provides direct clinical services to mental health clients, including intake, programmatic, education, individual therapy, marital therapy, family therapy, group therapy, and emergency services.
- Meets with clients on an emergency basis to evaluate dangerousness to self and others and make recommendations for further care.
- Completes intake assessment, collecting information and history on client to formulate provisional diagnosis, provide interpretive summary and complete documentation.
- Teach patients, families, and staff techniques to enhance their care, prevention, and treatment.
- Provide substance abuse screening, education, and brief interventions.
- Refer patients to mental health specialists or substance abuse specialists as appropriate.
- Participate in Quality Improvement/Quality Assurance efforts.
- Maintain current Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation certification (CPR).
- Participate in Clinical Behavioral Health on-call coverage schedule.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Master’s Degree in Social Work, Clinical Counseling, Psychology, or related field.
- Current Nebraska license as a Provisional/Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Provisional/ Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (P/LMHP), Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner (LIMHP), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT); or Psychologist.
- Speaking and hearing sufficient to communicate effectively by phone or in person, at normal volumes.
- Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or government regulations.
- Meet qualifications above, and
- Three years’ work experience after licensing with substance abuse, pain management and or primary care setting.
- Meet qualifications above, And
- Ph.D. in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or related field
Carry a PLADC certificate.
Nebraska employs a two-part licensure process that prospective substance abuse counselors must complete before they are able to begin practicing on their own.
As part of their training, PLADC candidates must complete at least 300 hours of practice experience under the supervision of a licensed counselor. This must include a minimum of ten hours in each of the 12 areas of function outlined by the state’s DHHS. Upon completing their 300 work hours and passing a standard criminal background check, candidates may be eligible to apply for a provisional license.
In this part of the process, candidates will be supervised by a LADC or psychologist with training in addiction counseling. They will take on case planning and management of clients for whom they will perform the duties of an LADC, which must include:
- Case planning and management
- Consulting with other professionals
- Record keeping and maintenance.
- Treatment planning
For every ten hours of core alcohol and drug counseling training completed, the candidate will need to meet with their supervisor for a face-to-face evaluation lasting at least one hour. They will also need to log one hour of individual or group supervision for each hour of paid experience.
Prospective licensees who do not hold a college degree will need to gain experience by completing a minimum of 6,000 hours of work experience. This is the equivalent of three years working full time. Candidates with an associate degree in addictions or chemical dependency can get their work requirement reduced to 5,000 hours. A bachelor’s degree in addictions, chemical dependency, sociology, social work, or psychology can eliminate an additional 1,000 hours of required experience, knocking the number of hours needed to 4,000. Candidates with a graduate degree in addictions, chemical dependency, sociology, social work, or psychology will only need to complete 2,000 hours of experience before being eligible for full licensure.
A prospective LADC may hold a provisional license for up to six years. They’ll need to meet with their supervisor for one hour of face-to-face evaluation for every 40 hours worked.
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