• Social Work - Family Support Specialist - Substance Use Clinician (MSW) - Antrim, Kalkaska, Grand Traverse, Wexford, Missaukee

    Location US-MI-Traverse City
    Job ID
    Social Work/Counseling
    Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM -5:00 PM, Including availability for emergencies and special needs, some nights, weekends and holidays
  • Overview

    Responsible for developing and implementing therapeutic treatment plans with families that will assist them in resolving the issues that led to a referral to the child welfare system focusing primarily on substance use and co-occurring disorders.  Use counseling techniques, community resources, concrete services, and family empowerment to assist the family in goal achievement.  Communicate effectively with the local DHHS, courts, medical and education systems to advocate for the family.  Responsible for regular visits with the family in their home, administer required assessments and survey instruments; writing and submitting treatment plans, service plans, safety plans and court reports; assist in the arrangement of aftercare services based on families’ needs for a caseload of up to 8 families. Works a flexible schedule (including non-traditional hours) based on families’ needs.


    • Provide outreach-counseling services to substance abuse families that are at potential or actual risk of having their children removed from their home due to child abuse and/or neglect. Provide skill-based intervention and support for families when a parent is alcohol or drug affected, or has been found to have a co-occurring disorder and assist to reduce risk factors and bring stability to the family
    • Assess current living conditions such as stable housing, income/employment, developmental history, substance use/abuse, family structure, support system, physical health, emotional and mental health status and the client’s view of the presenting concern and factor into the therapeutic process
    • Assist family ability to obtain concrete services i.e. housing, food, clothing, medical care, utilities, home maintenance/repair, transportation, etc. as these impact progress on primary substance risk reduction
    • Work with substance affected adult on increasing awareness of the impact that alcohol and/or substance abuse has in their parenting relationship with their children; and the role alcohol and/or substance abuse has in the abuse and or neglect of their children
    • Provide education such as: interrelationship of brain chemistry; the disease concept of dependence; the nature of substance use disorders; high-risk factors for substance use disorders like the role of genetics and environment; the effects using drugs and/or alcohol have on cognitive functioning such as memory and problem solving ability; etc.
    • Engage substance using adult in knowledge of relapse; relapse prevention strategies; and developing a specific relapse prevention plan. Highlight Stages of Change to educated and help client understand the process/journey of recovery
    • Encourage/motivate toward the use of community recovery groups
    • Develop prevention activities and education for family members to understand the dynamics of substance use disorders and provide appropriate referrals, resources and education to the families
    • Establish community contacts to refer families/make collateral contacts to services including but not limited to: Early on, domestic violence, mental health, substance abuse counseling, longer-term counseling; financial management; concrete services. Teach families how to advocate for themselves with these resources
    • Maintain face-to-face contact with families according to the contract defined frequency/duration and the individual needs of the family
    • Prepare reports (treatment plans, services plans, court reports, closure summaries) within the appropriate time frames. Maintain safety planning and documentation thereof throughout services according to the needs of the family
    • Ensure that the children in the household are in a safe and healthy environment by addressing the safety of all family members living in the home. Observe and respond to warning signs of abuse and neglect and make appropriate reports
    • Maintain case files and documentation of client contact/activities to support accurate and timely billing procedures
    • Assure clients have contact availability to reach program staff in an emergency
    • Transport clients in your own vehicle
    • Perform tasks which are supportive in nature to the essential functions of the job, but which may be altered or redesigned depending upon individual circumstances
    • Participate in supervision, staff meetings and training programs designated for attendance
    • All other duties as assigned


    • Master’s degree with a major in one of the following human services areas: social work, sociology, psychology, family ecology, consumer/community services, family studies, family and/or child development, guidance/school counseling, counseling psychology or criminal justice
    • Within three months of hire: Has started the process of a Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP) approved development plan toward the achievement of one of the following certifications:
      • Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC)
      • Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)
      • Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional (CCDP)
    • Must maintain the MCBAP certification
    • Minimum of two years of experience working with children and families and achievement of or working toward the qualifying clinical experience working with Substance Abuse Disorder clients to achieve required certifications

    **Wellspring Lutheran Services, Children & Families,  Family Services, Family SupportHuman Services, In Home, Social Work, Antrim, Kalkaska, Grand Traverse, Wexford, Missaukee**


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