Master's Level Counselor

Juneau, AK
Full Time

Note to Applicants: this job is located in Juneau, Alaska. It is not a remote position and the employer does not promise relocation assistance. Preference will be given to candidates with a current clinical license in Alaska and all GHS employees must obtain an Alaska driver's license or ID card within 30 days of hire.

Job Summary:

Provide comprehensive counseling treatment for those in our 3.1 substance use residential treatment center and our general outpatient treatment center. This position will be directly supervised by the Behavioral Health Director. This position is permanent, full-time, and is exempt.

Annual Salary Range: $80,000 - $112,000 per year


  • Performs integrated behavioral health and substance use assessments and diagnosis per DSM-V diagnostic criteria; and makes behavioral health treatment recommendations using ASAM patient placement criteria.
  • Develops individualized treatment plans, updates and discharge plans consistent with specific problems identified in the assessment.
  • Provides appropriate treatment plan reviews, arranges for transitions to least restrictive services, and coordinates referrals as necessary.
  • Maintains clinical documentation in the agency's electronic health record that meets agency policies and procedures, accreditation requirements, and professional/ethical regulations. Meets all Medicaid documentation and reporting guidelines.
  • Ensures that all services and referrals provided are consistent with assessment and treatment plan goals.
  • Seek out daily and weekly support, guidance and clinical supervision, ensuring adherence to all professional ethics and documentation standards are implemented.
  • Facilitates individual, group and family counseling services, crisis intervention, case management, care coordination and referrals.
  • Obtain continuous professional development to maintain credentials and assure that effective treatment services are implemented.
  • Provides psycho-educational groups to clients regarding substance abuse, general mental health issues, and general living skills as needed.
  • Attends clinical supervision, weekly staff meetings, and care coordination meetings.
  • May participate in community task forces, inter-agency collaboration and events on behalf of GHS.
  • Cooperatively works with external and internal partners on behalf of clients.

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Excellent clinical skill set; professional and healthy boundaries, therapeutic use of self, genuineness, positive regard and empathy for those recovering from addiction;
  • Understanding of addiction recovery process and theoretical anchoring in best practice models;
  • Ability to demonstrate good organizational, time management, and problem solving skills;
  • Ability to provide efficient, effective, and consumer-oriented substance abuse treatment services;
  • Professional written and oral communication skills, including public speaking skills; and timely completion of documentation requirements;
  • Ability to produce professional, comprehensive assessments, treatment plans, and other clinical documentation, in a timely manner;
  • Knowledge of, and ability to utilize, DSM-V-TR diagnostic criteria with regard to substance abuse and mental health issues;
  • Knowledge of and ability to utilize, ASAM patient placement criteria, and ability to apply such knowledge to consumer placement and referrals to appropriate levels of care;
  • Ability to execute a continuum of services from intake through discharge;
  • Thorough knowledge of computer applications in word processing programs, and ability to learn to use an electronic health record system;
  • Thorough knowledge of all substance abuse regulatory requirements, including 42-CFR Part 2 and HIPAA.

Education and Experience:

Physical Requirements:

GHS offers extremely competitive wages and benefits, including:

-Full-time employees are eligible for medical, dental and vision insurance, with the option of adding family members.
-Accrued Personal Leave, 5 Sick Days, and 9 Paid Holidays per year.
-403(b) Retirement Plan: Employees may start contributing on the first day of employment and after one year of service, GHS will contribute 3% and match your contribution up to 12%.
-Wellness plan reimbursements for activities, equipment and services that safely promote physical and emotional well-being.
-Life Insurance policy for employees.
-Two forms of Medevac insurance that covers the employee's household.

At-Will Employment Policy Statement
  • Your employment with Gastineau Human Services Corporation is at will. This means your employment is for an indefinite period of time and it is subject to termination by you or Gastineau Human Services Corporation with or without cause, with or without notice, and at any time. Nothing in this policy or any other policy of Gastineau Human Services Corporation should be interpreted to be in conflict with or to eliminate or modify in any way the at-will employment status of Gastineau Human Services Corporation employees.
  • The at-will employment status of an employee of Gastineau Human Services Corporation may be modified only in a written employment agreement with that employee which is signed by the Executive Director, or the Chairman of the Board of Directors, of Gastineau Human Services Corporation.


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