Substance Abuse Therapist, Bilingual

Department: TPC-Recovery and Residential Svcs Site.
Operating Unit The Providence Center
Location: Providence, RI
Job ID: 7000
Job Status: Full Time
Shift: Days
End Date:

The Providence Center helps adults, adolescents and children affected by psychiatric illnesses, emotional problems and addictions by providing treatment and supportive services within a community setting.


The Substance Abuse Therapist will provide individual and group therapy and monitor client progress.

Perform initial screening, intake and assessment, orientation, crisis intervention, individual and group substance abuse counseling, case management, client education, referral, treatment planning, and consultation for clients receiving treatment from Providence Center.

Evaluate psychological, social and physiological signs and symptoms of substance abuse.

Collect pertinent data from appropriate collateral sources in accordance with confidentiality guidelines.

Develop a diagnostic evaluation of the client’s substance abuse and any co-existing conditions.

Perform screening and assessment of assigned consumers.

Treat clients with respect.

Evaluate psychological, social, and physiological signs and symptoms of substance abuse.

Identify appropriate assessment tools.

Provide individual, group and family therapy.

Perform in a calm and professional manner during crisis or emergency situations.

Maintain confidentiality in accordance with Center policy and legal requirements.

Serve as a role model to clients on a daily basis in such areas as daily living skills and decision making.

Develop and implement a plan of care with ongoing client input.

Identify specific therapeutic interventions appropriate for specific problems.

Match clients to appropriate levels of care and facilitate referrals for clients.

Monitor client progress.

Provide ongoing information regarding client condition to RiteCare/Managed Care companies and other insurers.

Assist clients in self dispensation of medications, both prescribed and over the counter.

Monitor client withdrawal and provide triage.

Conduct toxicology testing for all clients as instructed by the Program Manager.

Complete record keeping in accordance with Health Information Services and other Center requirements.

Complete daily activity logs.

Complete initial assessment forms.

Complete progress notes with appropriate format.

Complete a clear, specific, behaviorally oriented treatment plan as required with client signature.

Complete required reports and evaluations.

Follow required office procedures in a cooperative manner.

Maintain cooperative relationships with Center staff, clients, community agencies and the public.

Establish and maintain productive and effective communications with clients, family members and staff.

Work in cooperation with co-workers and supervisory staff.

Deal with team members regarding problems in a constructive manner.

Benefit from constructive criticism.

Accept and use direction and supervision.

Establish discharge planning as necessary.

Utilize available community resources in the recovery continuum.

Participate in shift change report to provide case management (where applicable).

Maintain active involvement in professional and lay mental health organizations within the community.

Attend trainings, staff meetings, case presentations, conferences, etc.

Provide feedback to staff on the content of educational programs attended.

Attend mandatory in-service trainings and other trainings required for renewal of licensure.

Participate in the education of other staff.

Serve on appropriate Center committees.


Bachelor's degree in Social work, Counseling or related field and/or LCDP plus 2 years' experience in the substance abuse field. Experience with co-occurring disorders preferred. Must have awareness of the general trends in confronting the problems of addiction and recovery.

LCDP certification or willingness to obtain LCDP in accordance with the State of Rhode Island Rule and Regulations for the Licensing of Chemical Dependency Professionals.

Position may require driving. Must have valid driver's license, registration, current inspection and insured auto.

Must be proficient in speaking, reading and writing Spanish.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects. The employee frequently is required to walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; climb and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.