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Bilingual Clinician - TrueLife Recovery

TrueLife Recovery (TLR) is a trauma-informed adolescent outpatient substance abuse and co-occurring treatment program in North County San Diego. The TrueLife Recovery Clinician, under the supervision of the TrueLife Recovery Program Manager, serves as the Licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts (LPHA) and is responsible for the coordination of and delivery of clinical co-occurring and substance abuse services. The TLR Clinician will deliver individual, group, and family therapy services through a number of Evidence Based Practices (EBP)—via a strengths-based, trauma-informed perspective.  The TLR Clinician will provide substance abuse and psychoeducational groups encompassing a variety of topics related to life domains, relapse prevention strategies and coping skills.

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Specific Activities
  • Provides screening for new clients with co-occurring mental health disorders.
  • Determines initial medical necessity for admission with a face-to-face interaction if SUD Counselor completed intake.
  • Provides clinical/recovery services and conducts mental health assessments.
  • Determines ongoing medical necessity by completing Diagnosis Determination Note, and Justification for Continuing Services within county timelines.
  • Works closely with SUD Counselors to complete Level of Care (LOC) and individualized Treatment Plans within county timelines.
  • Provides psycho-educational groups to assist clients with co-occurring disorders to manage mental health symptoms and the interaction of those symptoms with urges to use substances.
  • Provides holistic client assessment through the use of instruments approved addiction Severity Index (ASI) Lite, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), and the Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (YLS/CMI) for justice involved individuals.
  • Utilizes the ASAM, and risk and needs assessment tool to complete a comprehensive bio-psychosocial assessment.
  • Conducts groups, individual counseling, and family therapy sessions with content and approach following evidence based practice models for substance use disorder counseling and criminogenic risk factors, including Motivational
Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Interventions, and Relapse Prevention.
  • Provides SUD educational groups provided that address at least the following areas: SUD physiological effects, SUD psychological effects, SUD social effects, SUD pharmacological aspects, characteristics of families with SUD problems, wellness, diet and exercise.
  • Provides job preparation, education and discussion groups to all clients needing these services as indicated on their individual Treatment Plans.
  • Provides family violence education, discussion groups and individual counseling sessions to clients needing these services as indicated on their individual Treatment Plans, and assists with referrals if needed.
  • Provides Tobacco Cessation education and nicotine testing to clients needing these services as indicated on their individual Treatment Plans, and assists with referrals if needed.
  • Completes all other duties as assigned.

Bilingual required- English/Spanish.Licensed LMFT, LCSW, LPCC or registered AMF/ASW/PCC.  Must possess knowledge of and experience in substance abuse assessment and counseling including possessing at least 1 year experience working with co-occurring and/or substance abuse services. Bilingual English/Spanish strongly preferred. Demonstrated knowledge, training, and experience in Cognitive Behavioral Interventions, DBT, Seeking Safety, or TF-CBT Approach highly desired. Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to demonstrate the interpersonal sensitivity and cultural competency needed for working with diverse populations. Be able to respond quickly and effectively to many types of situations, including crisis situations and potentially hostile situations. Must have good driving record and willing to use own, properly insured, reliable vehicle for the job (mileage reimbursed). Employment subject to clearances, including background finger printing checks, driving record, tuberculosis testing, and drug testing.


Compensation and Benefits
Your well-being matters at North County Lifeline!
  • Paid vacation
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid holidays (13 days)
  • Exceptional medical, dental, vision, chiropractic and acupuncture coverage
  • Free health and wellness programs
  • Free Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance program
  • Great employee incentive award programs
  • Training and education assistance
  • Matched 403b retirement plan
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Menu of optional benefits, including short term disability, critical illness, accident, hospitalization and cancer policy
Pay Range Salary will commensurate with experience and education. Differential pay offered for bilingual skills.

Physical Demands/Work Environment
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The employee may be exposed in an extremely stressful environment where there are considerable mental and emotional demands. Travel is required to client homes. Employee may be exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.  The employee will be required to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer.
Work Schedule
Full-time, 40 hours/week. Monday-Friday (may include evening hours and occasional weekends). Salary commensurate with experience and education. Differential pay available for bilingual skills.