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Certified Addictions Counselor PRN/ (CACII or CACIII)

Aurora, CO, United States

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The Medical Center of Aurora, the first community hospital in the Denver Metro area to receive two-time Magnet designation for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), is an acute care hospital with specialization in cardiovascular services, neurosciences, surgery, orthopedics and women’s services.
The Medical Center of Aurora is comprised of four campuses in Aurora and Centennial, Colo., including the Main Campus, located at Interstate 225 and Mississippi, the North Campus Behavioral Health facility, Centennial Medical Plaza and Saddle Rock ER.
The Main Campus facility is a Level II Trauma Center with Primary Stroke Certification and Chest Pain Center accreditation, serving the eastern metro area and I-70 corridor. Licensed for 346 beds, The Medical Center of Aurora was recognized as the #4 hospital in the Denver metro area and the #4 hospital in Colorado by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015), and was one of only nine hospitals in the country to receive the Lantern Award for Excellence in Emergency Room Care by the Emergency Nurses Association (2013).
The Medical Center of Aurora and its affiliated campuses are part of the HealthONE System of Excellence.

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Position Summary:   
  • Interviews and assesses prospective program participants, and gathers data using appropriate screening and assessment instruments. Establishes rapport with participants and determines individual and group needs based on results of screening and assessment instruments and other collateral sources.
  • Facilitates individual and group treatment interventions, in accordance with partner agency, and prevailing state regulations, statutes, policies and procedures.
  • Facilitates participant engagement in treatment process, promoting positive attitudes, skills, coping mechanisms to encourage on-going recovery. Plans participant incentives and uses appropriate therapeutic tools to manage behavioral issues or concerns.
  • Maintains the confidentiality of clinical files for each participant to include, but not limited to, intake documents, assessment(s), and interview(s), treatment plan, treatment plan reviews, progress notes, discharge summary, and referrals, according to written protocols and in compliance with prevailing laws and regulation(s).
  • Documents and tracks treatment plans, monitors participants progress and reviews status of participants to verify that treatment and therapeutic programs are completed.
  • Applies knowledge of the dynamics of alcoholism/addiction and alcohol/drug abuse and ability to assist staff in the utilization of these dynamics.
  • Make appropriate referrals through case-management services
  • Other duties as assigned.


Position Requirements:
Licensure/Certification/Registration: Certified Addictions Counselor II or III (CAC II or CAC III). 

Education:  Master’s Degree in human services or related field required. 

Experience: 1-2 years minimum experience of working in a dual diagnosis program or substance abuse program. Experience facilitating group therapy, family therapy and individual therapy.  Experience using evidence based practices.   
Special Qualifications:  Must have excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills and able to work with highly diverse population.  Must be knowledgeable of State and Joint Commission standards.  Strong knowledge of curriculums used in dual diagnosis programs.  Must have ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously and work in high stress environment.  Comfortable working with a diverse client population in a variety of treatment approaches and/or settings. 

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The Medical Center of Aurora
Facility: The Medical Center of Aurora
Job ID: 03191-75974
Category: Behavioral and Social Work
Contract: PRN/Per Diem
Shift: PRN
Job Class: PRN

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