Substance Abuse Counselor at Pyramid Healthcare Inc. in Newport News, Virginia

Posted in General Business 13 days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Pyramid Healthcare’s Detox and Inpatient Treatment Center in Newport News provides evidence-based and multidisciplinary treatment for men and women in search of meaningful, long-term recovery or mental and emotional stability.

In addition to evidence-based treatment, clients participate in scheduled groups, individual counseling, and a variety of elective activities that support their transition to a sober lifestyle in a structured environment. Our non-hospital program provides medically-supervised services to individuals 24-hours, 7 days per week.

Our Newport News detox and treatment center services the Virginia Peninsula, including the Tidewater region and parts of Hampton Roads.

Come join our team and help change lives in our community!


Responsible for facilitating all clinical services for program as outlined by facility standards and in accordance with clinical philosophy of program.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Evaluates behavioral, emotional, cognitive, spiritual, and social needs of clients and family members and consults with treatment team regularly for the development of and progress towards treatment goals in accordance with clinical policy and CARF guidelines.  

  • Facilitates all clinical services for clients including individual and family sessions, therapeutic groups, and referral source/ outpatient provider contact.

  • Responsible for maintaining clinical record for clients with appropriate documentation of clinical services and client program engagement in ECR in accordance with program policy.

  • Provides documentation and support for utilization review in a timely way and participates in UR process as outlined in program policy.

  • Participates in aftercare plan development and outcome data process

  • Contributes to program specific curriculum development, literature review, and training in accordance with clinical philosophy.

  • Participates in on call rotation as directed by supervisor and in accordance with program policy

  • Maintains safe, orderly, and therapeutic physical environment for clients including crisis intervention. 

  • Other duties as assigned

Job Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills

  • Sound clinical judgment and excellent clinical skills

  • Ability to problem solve by gathering and analyzing information

  • Ability to handle a crisis situation and react appropriately

  • A working knowledge of federal and state standards as well as regulating body standards

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to talk or hear. The employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb stairs, stand, walk, stoop, twist, kneel, or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/ or move up to 25 pounds. The employee must seldom lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet & indoors. This position will be scheduled based on operational need & will be required to provide own transportation. Incumbent may be exposed to virus, disease, and/or infection from clients in the work environment. Incumbent may be exposed to traumatic situations (i.e. psychiatric).

Licensure, Education, & Experience:

LPC, LCSW, CSAC, or license eligible are all acceptable credentials

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited college with a major in chemical dependency, psychology, social work, or counseling

  • Licensure: LPC, LCSW, CSAC, CSAC registered supervisee or license eligible

  • Preferred experience in within the mental health/ trauma, eating disorder, or substance use domains

Job-related Behavioral Characteristics:
Demonstrates professionalism, leadership, confidentiality, strong social communication skills, time-management, organized. Must possess skills to communicate effectively and interact well with people of diverse backgrounds. Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to problem solve by gathering and analyzing information, working well in an individual/ group problem solving situation, and showing initiative in problem solving. Maintains professionalism and does not show favoritism. Maintains consistency with clients, staff, visitors, and the public. Ability to handle a crisis situation and react appropriately. Flexibility and adaptable. Ability to make decisions in an objective and ethical manner. Calm and decisive in crisis situations. Ability to sustain a team environment, drive continuous improvement projects, confidentiality, excellent problem-solving skills and excellent communicator within the team framework.

Pyramid CORE Values:
We are committed and proud to live our CORE values and use them to inspire those around us. Our employees
are expected to align with these values, behaviors and standards. We are held accountable for upholding these CORE Values: INTEGRITY is striving to be honest, transparent and ethical when dealing with clients, staff and the
community. DEDICATION is demonstrating an unwavering commitment to always provide exceptional care and support to those we serve is needed daily. COLLABORATION is a steadfast, team-focused approach; working
together to achieve excellence. PASSION is genuine, compelling and relentless desire to improve lives and support Pyramid’s mission.


  • Health, Dental, Vision, and Life insurance for Full Time Employees

  • Competitive wages

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Employee Assistance Programs

  • Great working environment

  • Growth opportunities

  • 401k with company matching options

  • And more!


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