Company: Whitman-Walker Health
Posted on: June 13, 2021
About Whitman-Walker Health
Whitman-Walker envisions a society where all persons are seen
for who they are, treated with dignity and respect, and afforded
equal opportunity to health and wellbeing. Through care, advocacy,
research, and education, we empower all persons to live healthy,
love openly, and achieve equality and inclusion. For over 40 years,
we have been meeting the needs of our communities with the endless
dedication of our diverse teams.
Provides professional substance use disorder counseling and
psychotherapy to clients of the health center, including diagnostic
assessment, treatment planning, and professional counseling to
individuals in need of addressing Substance Use Disorders/substance
misuse and co-occurring mental health diagnoses. Psychotherapist
will work with other treatment personnel in a coordinated,
comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach. Provides services as
necessary to enable each client to meet their goals and to reach
their maximum level of recovery, and makes referrals as needed
Core WWH Primary Essential Duties:
- Performs and behaves in accordance with Whitman-Walker's
mission, cultural norms, and core values of dignity, respect,
affirmation, and humility.
- Maintains a respectful, non-judgmental, and compassionate
manner with patients/clients/staff.
- Demonstrates excellent customer service by identifying and
exceeding customer requirements.
- Adheres to Whitman-Walker policies and procedures, with special
attention given to HIPAA requirements.
- Maintains data integrity through conscientious use of relevant
tools and employing a system of checks and balances.
- Demonstrates organizational skills necessary to multi-task,
meet deadlines, and re-prioritize as needed.
- Participates in organizational quality and performance
Role Specific Primary Essential Duties:
Intake, Assessment, and Treatment Planning
- Provide individual, group, couples, and family psychotherapy
- Maintain 30 hours of direct client care per week, unless
delegated to do other work for the Health Center approved by your
- Effective in assessing for risk and intervening in crisis
- Ensures appropriate clinical treatment congruent with DSM-5
diagnosis and comfortable with ICD-10
- Provides case formulation for each client from a sound
theoretical knowledge base
- Attends clinical supervision with designated Behavioral Health
- Assess client and caregiver need for education; provides
education as appropriate, make referrals for additional education
- Provides educational presentations for clients and providers on
topics relevant to the treatment of problematic substance use with
particular knowledge related to substances that primarily impact
Whitman Walker Health's patient population including specific
knowledge, such as, but not limited to risk factors for other
co-occurring chronic conditions including HIV and Hepatitis C,
overdose risk, harm reduction, medication-assisted treatment,
relapse prevention basic neurobiology of substance misuse, and
general mental health substance use disorder topics.
Referral and Advocacy
Assists clients in identifying and accessing various internal
and external community resources
Provides timely referrals and monitors their progress.
Effectively advocates for clients, as needed.
- Responds in a timely manner to all client, collateral, and
Monitoring, Reassessment, and Transition Planning
Maintains accurate and up-to-date records and computer
information on every assigned client in accordance with applicable
guidelines and regulations.
Conducts monthly review and resolution of data entry
Adheres to all program and Health Center policies and
Conducts quarterly chart audits in a timely manner in accordance
with Quality Improvement procedures.
- Clinical documentation should be completed and locked within 72
- Understands and participates in quality improvement activities
of the department
Budget Responsibilities: None
Management Responsibilities: None
Core WWH Knowledge, Skills, and Talents Required:
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
- Ability to manage time and effort in order to meet strategic
- Knowledge of principles and processes for providing excellent
customer service, both internal and external.
- Knowledge of all applicable WWH policies and procedures.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Knowledge of healthcare information systems with the ability to
adapt to new electronic medical record and population health
- Analytical skills are necessary for the preparation of
accurate, concise, and comprehensive reports.
- Ability to maintain records and information in an accurate,
timely, and confidential manner.
- Ability to adapt to changes in the service delivery model,
re-prioritizing as necessary.
- Flexibility to work various shifts, including afternoon,
evening, and weekend shifts as necessary.
- Flexibility to work within the organization's various locations
- Commitment to health equity.
Role Specific- Knowledge, Skills, and Talents Required:
- Thorough knowledge of substance misuse treatment principles,
counseling techniques, diagnostic assessment, and treatment
planning. Particular knowledge of problematic opioid use and
co-occurring diagnoses and trauma-informed care preferred
- Knowledge of and access to community resources and support
- Experience in facilitating SUD group therapy, Co-occurring
group therapy, and psycho-education groups on recovery
- Ability to accurately complete assessment and diagnostic forms
as part of the medical record.
- Ability to interpret urine drug screens to inform patient
- Ability to appropriately intervene in situations involving
hostile clients or individuals experiencing a crisis.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships with clients, staff, and the treatment community
- Skill in group and family counseling and psychotherapy
- Sensitivity to diverse cultural, ethnic, sexual orientation,
and gender identities, as well as HIV/AIDS issues
- Ability to use a personal computer. Working knowledge of MS
Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and PowerPoint
Education and Experience Required
- Master of Social Work or Counseling related degree
- Valid Clinical Independent Licensure, as required by the
District of Columbia
- At least 2 years clinical experience
- Experience working with a broadly diverse population and
ability to work harmoniously with diverse groups of individuals
- Experience working with members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Transgender, Gender Expansive, Queer, Asexual, Intersexed
- 1 year of experience working with people living with HIV or
issues related to HIV care preferred.
Working conditions for this position are normal for an office
environment. Individual may be required to work evenings and/or
weekends and organization events.
- Lifting: No more than 20 lbs. and infrequently.
- Movement: Standing and sitting for long periods.
- Visual: Long periods on a computer.
- Concentration: Extended periods of engagement with computer
systems where concentration is key to accuracy in data entry.
Intermittent periods of engagement with a telephone system to
respond to inquiries where concentration is key to task
- Communication: Direct and indirect communication. Written and
The above job description is designed to indicate a general
sense of the duties and expectations of this position. It is not to
be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties and
responsibilities required. As the nature of our business demands
change, so too, may the duties and responsibilities of this
position. You may be required to perform other duties as requested,
directed, or assigned.
Keywords: Whitman-Walker Health, Washington DC , Psychotherapist-SUD, Other , Washington, DC
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