Resources For Human Development, Inc. Addiction Specialist in Waterloo, Iowa

Description/Job Summary

The Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team Mental Health Counselor Addictions Specialist works with team members in collaboration with ACT participants to provide assertive, clinically sound, mental health services. The interventions of the community team are designed to respond to the strengths and needs of adult citizens participating in the ACT program diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness and having met the criteria for participation in the ACT program.

The responsibilities of the team mental health counselor and addictions specialist include; assessment of individuals referred for therapy and the provision of clinical direction for services planning and treatment goals, conducting individual therapy, providing substance abuse evaluation and counseling, utilizing member in vivo experiences to maximize learning and use of skills and developed insights, participation in team and individual case management activities, facilitation of treatment team meetings, discharge planning, participation in Performance Improvement and Clinical Issues activities, and the collection of outcomes measurement data.

Under the direction of the Program Director/ Team Lead the team clinician(s) will work positively with other staff, local professionals and providers and community members. While adhering to specific procedures and policies, the clinician will assist to empower the adults with serious and persistent mental illness to direct services toward achieving the goals necessary for success and satisfaction in the community.

Essential Duties and Functions

  • To support and promote the mission statement and values of Resources for Human

Development and the Assertive Community Treatment Team.

  • In collaboration with ACT members, formulate a strengths based assessment of physical, emotional, spiritual, and social status.

  • Assessment and substance abuse treatment services for program participants.

  • To participate in clinical supervision and assume an active role in identifying areas where additional training and/or support is needed.

  • Participate in providing training, direction for services/recovery planning and activities designed to expand member competencies. When designated as the primary team member on the member s ITT, the clinician will conduct reviews of service/treatment plan, assuming the role of convener for individualized treatment team meetings.

  • To use advanced clinical skills, competence and best practice knowledge in collaborating with team leaders and team members in interventions designed to engage ACT members in a trusting and supportive relationship, providing emotional support within professional boundaries.

  • Assists the Director and ACT team, in planning and/or conducting conferences and specialized trainings for members of the team and other, appropriate agency personnel. These activities will promote quality and continuity of service delivery.

  • Assists, as requested, in obtaining and interpreting all requested information to achieve accurate and timely submission of data.

  • To provide on-call coverage, this may include phone work and possibly in-person contact.

  • Assumes an active role as liaison with family members, community agencies, advocacy groups, and other invested individuals and groups.

Ancillary Duties

To work in a collaborative and collegial manner with other staff both inter- and intra- agency in assisting both the ACT member and the program to meet identified goals. To participate in on-going planning, and the development and implementation of a Continuous Quality Improvement system for the ACT program. To perform other duties as assigned within the general function of the position.


  • The ACT team Mental Health Counselor must possess a Master s degree in psychology, social work, or counseling.

  • Five years experience working, preferably in a community based setting, with persons with severe mental illness and addiction issues.

  • Valid Iowa Driver s license.

  • CADC certification.

  • Skills/Abilities/Knowledge*

  • A clinician who demonstrates a strong understanding of and interested in working with persons with severe mental illness in the community and home environment.

  • The clinician must be flexible and able to respond appropriately and effectively in a crisis situation, providing leadership in crisis resolution activities.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and demonstrates the ability to be assertive and able to communicate well with program team members and participants.

  • Strong organization skills

  • Goal oriented

  • Able to follow through with numerous and varied responsibilities.

  • The ability and experience to make independent decisions is a critical component of this position.

  • The clinician must demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills.

/Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran, or disability status./