Addiction Recovery and Treatment Services (ARTS) Counselor

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Job Code: WBS-405
Department: Mental & Behavioral Health
Location: VA - Cedar Bluff
Job Type:
Full Time
Education: Masters Degree

Job Description:

Do you have the heart, desire and passion along with the knowledge, skills and abilities it takes to help children, families and individuals who are struggling with behavioral or mental health disorders? Are you a team player, understanding the holistic approach and the importance of communication and collaboration? Do you want to become part of an organization that cares about your personal and professional growth?   If you have answered YES to these three questions, then we should have a conversation!

Since our inception in 1992, Family Preservation Services (FPS) of Virginia has been a leader and innovator in the development of community-based services here in the Commonwealth of Virginia. FPS of Virginia currently operates 30 office sites, each designed to meet the unique needs of each community through the integration and use of evidence based and trauma-informed practices. With more than 900 employees servicing more than 3,000 individuals and families each year, FPS is the largest private provider of community based services in Virginia

As a leader in the area of mental health and behavioral health services, Family Preservation Services of Virginia, with the support and collective expertise of our global parent company, Pathways by Molina, will continue our commitment to promoting positive change in the individuals, families and communities we impact each day.

We are seeking a ARTS Counselor. The practice of a certified substance abuse counselor consists of the Twelve Core Functions, including screening, intake, orientation, assessment, treatment planning, counseling, case management, crisis intervention, client education, report and record keeping, consultation with other professionals regarding client treatment and services, and referral to treat addictive disorder or disease and to help prevent relapse.


    • Work as group/individual counselor in IOP with clients/families.
    • Review Comprehensive Assessment reports, with supervisory consultation, in preparation for participation in team treatment planning process to develop individualized person-centered treatment plans with measurable goals and appropriate interventions, with inclusion of professional and natural support systems in the planning and implementation process. Document on-going concerns, progress, and new issues and bring to team, along with recommended interventions, for PCP revision as needed.
    • For assigned cases, share with the team leader any concerns about medication compliance, side effects and helpfulness, and communication of information to treating psychiatrists as indicated.
    • For assigned cases, maintain regular contact with clients’ other resources, including communicating treatment recommendations, coordinating treatment and support services, and providing weekly progress reports either verbally or in writing for all active clients.
    • In consultation with the team leader and/or supervisor, provide skills building training and other counseling as part of the participate in individual and group counseling sessions according to state service definition requirements and client’s person-centered plan, utilizing best practice treatment modalities, including strength-based motivational approaches to dealing with client resistance.
    • In consultation with the team leader and/or supervisor, provide face-to-face and telephone Community Support services according to state service definition requirements including arranging, coordinating, linking and monitoring client services, providing community based interventions, and coordinating with other service providers and client’s natural support system to assist the client in meeting his/her goals.
    • Serve in a rotation as a team member for the provision of 24/7 crisis service coverage, with consultation and under the support of the team leader and other team members and/or supervisor.      
  • Maintain and submit required documentation of billable activities performed and complete Service Authorization Requests as needed.
  • With supervisory consultation, document treatment interventions, community support and clinical assessment of client’s progress based on treatment goals in client’s record according to state and agency requirements by noon of the day following the billed activity
    • Maintain a minimum of 80% productivity based on billable activities. Travel in the community using personal vehicle is a requirement of this position, and is not included in productivity.
    • Participate in scheduled and other indicated individual and group supervision and program and agency staff meetings.
    • Participate in required community, regulatory, and agency training, as well as other needed training to maintain current licensure.
    • Complete any paperwork or other documentation required for outcome measurement including agency or state requirements.
  • Complete other tasks as assigned by Supervisor, ARTS Director, or policy.


Required Licenses or Certifications required for Position:

  • Master’s Licensed Professional or approved licensure residency from one of the following discipline categories: social work, psychology, or counseling.
    • OR

  • Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC)

  • Preferred training/coursework in motivational interviewing and addiction treatment

Family Preservations Services is committed to creating the best possible work environment for our team members and offers the following total rewards package:

• Competitive Salary

• Paid Vacation Days

• Paid Sick Days

• Holidays

• Medical, Dental, Vision including a Health Savings Account

• Health, Dependent and Transportation Flexible Spending Accounts

• Basic and Optional Life Insurance for Employee, Spouse and/or Dependents

• 401 K with employer contribution (100% for the first 4% contributed)

• Employee Stock Purchase Plan (buy stock at a 15% discount)

• Mileage & Cell Phone Reimbursement

• Training, Development and Continuing Education Credits for licensure requirements

• Opportunities for advancement! As we grow, you grow with us!

Pathways or any its subsidiaries does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. Pathways is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace.

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