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Medication Assisted Treatment Counselor - Springfield, MA #7795050

Company: Behavior Health Network

Date: 01/14/2021

City: Springfield, MA

Employment type: Full-time

Job Description

Apply your experience working with individuals on the road to recovery from substance use disorder at BHN!

Become a part of our team of competent and compassionate professionals as a MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment) Counselor at the Opioid Treatment Program at Behavioral Health Network! Medication Assisted Treatment Counselors have a diverse knowledge of biopsychosocial, spiritual, emotional, and aftercare planning dimensions of substance use disorders. They are key members of the treatment team beginning at intake, performing thorough and complete assessments. MAT Counselors focus on the extent to which substance use and related social detriments interfere with individuals' functioning.

MAT Counselors collaborate with the treatment team to help individuals served with treatment plans during individual and group sessions. Above all, MAT Counselors provide care with respect, sensitivity, and in a manner that preserves and protects client autonomy, dignity, and rights of individuals served.

BHN's Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) is a Medication Assisted Treatment Program that assists individuals with a substance use disorder and are experiencing the dysfunctional effects of opioid use to achieve the skills needed to live an opiate-free lifestyle. BHN Springfield and Holyoke OTP's use medication protocols approved by the Medical Director to ensure patients safely detox from these substances. These protocols are evidence-based and are implemented through assessment and re-assessment practices.

Behavioral Health Network is a growing non-profit community behavioral health agency that has been providing services to children, adults, families and communities in Western Massachusetts since 1938. BHN provides comprehensive, outcome-driven behavioral health care. We are dedicated to offering high quality, affordable and culturally appropriate care to people of all ages and income levels in our constituent communities.

Job Requirements

Medication Assisted Treatment Counselors at Behavioral Health Network have the following qualities:

  • Bachelor's Degree in a related field (social work, psychology, human services, etc.) (required).
  • CADAC, CAS, or LADC (preferred).
  • Two years of experience in substance use treatment settings (required).
  • Experience providing case management and/or counseling services as part of a clinical team to patients in a treatment setting (preferred).
  • Bilingual in Spanish & English (preferred).
  • Ability to understand, empathize and work with individuals with opioid use disorder, dually diagnosed and/or methadone maintained population.
  • Demonstrated ability to approach individuals served in a sensitive and therapeutic manner to understand and work with patients' problems.
  • Demonstrated skills in assessing the range of substance use disorder, dual diagnosis and methadone issues, recognizing special needs and adjusting treatment approaches accordingly.
  • Broad knowledge of substance use disorders and treatment techniques.

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