Counselor/Therapist

The Nord Center - Lorain, OH

The Nord Center is looking for Counselors to join our team. Full and Part-time positions are available on both the adult and child/adolescent teams. We offer an excellent benefits package including generous time off, flexible schedules, free supervision towards independent licensure, and student loan repayment through PSLF or STAR LRP. 

Apply at www.nordcenter.org/careers 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Provide screening, assessment, crisis intervention and referral services in response to telephone requests for aid; make assessment of clients’ problems; provide information about community resources, refer clients to most appropriate resource.
  • Gather information through intake interviews; evaluate nature and degree of mental/emotional distress, substance use/abuse, health issues, and social/interpersonal problems; develop individual service plans with clients.
  • Conduct short and long-term therapy and/or counseling sessions with individuals, couples, families and groups using various psychotherapeutic treatment modalities. Sessions may be conducted in a variety of settings including the main office, ancillary offices, and community settings.
  • Coordinate treatment with other agencies, services and other programs within the agency.
  • Complete case notes on intake process, treatment plan and client’s progress in accordance with OI/OA guidelines.
  • Provide consultation and education service to community groups by assisting in program planning, giving educational talks and lectures, and by consulting on specific cases.
  • Maintain required productivity expectation.
  • Utilize respectful, trauma-informed language in all aspects of the job.
  • Develop treatment plans that promote client empowerment and choice.
  • Create and maintain a trauma-informed care environment that respects self-determination and the need for everyone to be treated with dignity and respect.
  • Promote and support Trauma Informed Care implementation and initiatives within the organization.
  • Use the Trauma Informed Care approach to work collaboratively with clients and other team members (internal and external) to help support clients in their treatment and recovery.
  • React to change and stress productively and handle other tasks as assigned.
  • Maintain regular, predictable attendance and be available for evening counseling sessions.
  • Get along with others and work as a team.
  • Exhibit the knowledge, skills, abilities, and minimum requirements listed in this Position Announcement.
  • If bi-lingual you are expected to provide translation and interpretive service to client needing these services
  • Has / Maintains a good on-time and attendance record.
  • And all other tasks as assigned. 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

In order to perform the essential functions of this job, after an orientation period, the employee must possess the following: a working knowledge of Nord Center Policy and Procedures, including sensitivity and adherence to clients’ rights, confidentiality, and health and safety issues. Must exhibit sensitivity to different cultures.  

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • All time is spent in an office environment and involves substantial client contact.
  • The individual must be able to speak and communicate clearly, both orally and in writing.
  • Due to the amount of paperwork that is required, the individual must have excellent documentation skills.
  • The employee may be required to sit for extended periods and will spend a portion of their time on the telephone.
  • Must be able to bend, stoop, walk, and lift and push minimal loads at various times.
  • A considerable amount of time may also be spent working on a computer so the employee should have close vision ability.
  • In addition, the individual must be able to operate basic office equipment. 

REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS

  • A master's degree in a mental health related field with the following license is required: LISW. LISW-S preferred.
  • Must be able to bill through Medicare.
  • Experience in assessment, crisis intervention, conducting long and short-term therapy and counseling or other experience in the treatment of mental health/chemical abuse are preferred.
  • Must have strong oral and written skills.
  • Basic computer skills required, including familiarity with Windows and Microsoft Office.
  • Must be highly skilled at behavioral health screening/assessment and counseling in both chemical abuse and mental illness, making appropriate referral, and working effectively under pressure.
  • Must have favorable references and/or evaluations.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish speaking) major plus.
  • Experience with EHR (electronic health records) a plus.
  • Candidates with educational backgrounds and training in trauma-informed and/or trauma-specific services, a plus. 

EEO:

The Nord Center provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. 

Send resume to: 

The Nord Center
6140 S Broadway Avenue
Lorain, OH 44053