The Lundquist Institute is looking for a Part-time Substance Use Counselor to join our team in our Torrance, CA location
The Substance Use Navigator (SUN) is assigned to provide services to patients with possible substance use disorders at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in the emergency, inpatient, and outpatient settings. The SUN will meet in-person and by telephone with these patients. These encounters may be brief, motivation interviews with referrals to outpatient care, or may be comprehensive assessment of clients' substance use history and treatment requirements to develop a care plan within our medical system. The SUN will provide longitudinal follow-up for some patients that may include phone calls or in-person visits, counseling, advocacy, and consultation with other providers.
This position will be primarily based out of the emergency department in the evening to facilitate face to face contact with patients. He or she will also assist with inpatient consultations and outpatient visits. There may also be opportunities for visits to patients, outpatient clinics, and doing telephone follow up on an unscheduled, ad-hoc basis.
Required Skills & Qualifications:
- One year of experience in a substance use program with experience providing physical assessment of patients, counseling of individuals, families and groups, and documentation.
Excellent documentation and clinical skills, ability to set priorities, work independently, excellent follow-up, work well under pressure and meet deadlines
- Experience with complex case management, outreach, and home visits
Excellent organizational and strong interpersonal skills
Must demonstrate cultural humility and a strengths-based, recovery philosophy
Must be able to move between different treatment approaches (clinical case management and evidence-based, trauma-focused psychotherapy) depending on the needs of the client
Proficient with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
Proficient with Adobe Acrobat software
Experience with electronic medical records software (e.g., Cerner, etc.)
- Knowledge of the functioning of the healthcare setting
Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Excellent organization and time management skills
- Ability to work as a member of a team
- Ability to work well under pressure and meet multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines
- Ability to interact in an appropriate and professional manner
- Demonstrated cooperative behavior and positive problem-solving and conflict resolution skills
- Available to work dependable, flexible shift
Description of Duties
- Seeks out emergency department patients for screening for substance use disorders and responds to requests from emergency department providers and social workers
- Performs motivational interviewing with these patients
- Provides referrals to further care for those interested
- Educates patients on treatments available in the emergency department (naloxone, safer use kits, buprenorphine) and works with providers to dispense them
- Refers client to other support services, such as medical evaluation and treatment, social services, psychiatric services, and employment services
- Performs follow-up with patients by telephone and possibly possible field or clinic.
- Works with the Family Medicine Medication Assisted Treatment consult team to provide initial consultation and follow-up care on emergency department patients, inpatients, and outpatients.
- Screens and performs outreach for patients referred by Hospital Based Violence Intervention Program and Trauma Recovery Center programs
- Conducts interviews of clients/patients and assessments to obtain family, social, medical, work, and mental health histories
- Counsels patients/clients to prevent relapses by assisting them in recognizing causal factors of substance use/mental illness and in developing appropriate coping behaviors.
- Works with clients in crisis conditions and for those with acute co-occurring psychiatric disorders
- Be prepared to perform to ASAM assessments on patients who screen positive for substance use and agree to an initial comprehensive assessment
- Participates with the treatment team in developing, implementing, and evaluating treatment or therapy approaches for patients/clients, family members, and significant others in all phases of comprehensive substance use and/or mental health treatment programs.
The Lundquist Institute is a non-profit scientific research organization dedicated to saving lives not only in the greater Los Angles metro area but throughout the world. The Institute has over more than 120 principal investigators and 400 researchers in total — MD’s, MD/PhD’s, and PhD’s — working on over 1,000 research studies. We are academically affiliated with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and work in partnership with the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Our research is funded by many sources including grants from the NIH and other government entities, Industry and teaching contracts and royalties, as well as private donors and other non-profit foundations.
Position requires a background check and health clearance
Please apply on-line @ www.Lundquist.org
Equal Opportunity Employer