Job Description

The SUD therapist is the principal provider of direct care clinical service at Saginaw Psychological Services. It is the responsibility of the therapist to provide initial and ongoing assessment of each client to determine the most effective and useful counseling. The therapist works in the agency’s mental health counseling center and may have a caseload of clients with varying diagnosis which none will be discriminated against.

The task of behavioral therapist focuses on treating patients with various conditions and in different age groups starting from childhood. Among the conditions that a behavioral therapist can treat include addictions, mood disorders, anxiety, and phobias. In addition, depression, mental retardation, and attention deficit disorders are also included in the scope of care and treatment of the therapist.

  1. Active participation in SUD Program related meetings and trainings.
  2. Advocate for our clients to ensure equality and reduce the stigma of substance use.
  3. Adhere to strict boundaries and professional ethics in caring for others.
  4. Address client’s fee for service charge in therapy and/or postpone therapy sessions if the client’s balance is over $250 according to SPSI policy and procedure.
  5. A caseload of clients will be expected to be maintained, with consideration for adjustment made depending on the workflow and levels of need.
  6. Utilize supervision – reporting progress, success, and difficulty in treating cases assigned to you.
  7. Work to continually improve skills seeking training in areas where needs/goals have been identified.
  8. Document progress notes, treatment plans, assessments, evaluations, and all other required paperwork in a timely fashion according to policy and procedure.
  9. Demonstrate a knowledge of assessment techniques including historical assessment, structured interview, and behavioral assessment that contributes to an accurate diagnosis.
  10. Provide accurate diagnostic assessment of a client’s needs.
  11. Work with the client and the treatment team to determine an appropriate course of treatment to meet the client’s goals and the expected outcomes of the case.
  12. Demonstrate basic clinical skills including, but not limited to: a capacity to establish and maintain a treatment alliance, and the ability to provide respect and empathy toward the client.
  13. Maintain confidentiality of records relating to clients’ treatment.
  14. Encourage clients to express their feelings and discuss what is happening in their lives, helping them to develop insight into themselves or their relationships.
  15. Assess patients for risk of suicide.
  16. Prepare and maintain all required treatment records and reports.
  17. Counsel clients to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, or making changes.
  18. Guide clients in the development of skills or strategies for dealing with their problems.
  19. Maintain your credentials and required trainings to satisfy your licensure and/or insurance.
  20. Other duties as assigned.


  1. Demonstrate group facilitation skills in the delivery of group services.
  2. Follow approved curriculum and treatment models for the delivery of services.
  3. Work in conjunction with the primary therapist or outside provider to assure that group services support any other treatment service being utilized by the client.
  4. Teach communication and conflict resolution skills.
  5. Demonstrate skill in using group process to assist clients in working through treatment issues.
  6. Create group norms and safety for all group members.


  1. Participate in interview process as needed.
  2. Assists with training new employees as needed including training CMH therapy team on EHR usage.
  3. Establish and maintain relationships with other agencies and organizations in community to meet community needs and to ensure that services are not duplicated.
    • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.
    • Reliable transportation is required. Local travel throughout service area is required with possible occasional travel between SPSI locations. Some out of service area travel may also be required. Reimbursement in accordance with SPSI policy.
  1. Self-motivated and the ability to handle unforeseen problems. Does not wait to be told what to do, can work independently.
  2. Aptitude in resolving issues and conflicts.
  3. Excellent knowledge and familiarity with current DSM V criteria.
  4. Familiar with using electronic health record, Microsoft, excel, and other applications.


  1. Must possess effective communication skills and act as a representative of SPSI and adhering to its mission, vision, and values. This includes external representation of local agencies.
  2. Speak to clients in a respectful and calming manner, even if clients are agitated. Identify and resolve client conflicts/dissatisfaction issues as needed.
  3. Engages and develops trusting relationships with clients to enhance successful mental health/substance use outcomes.
  4. Continually strives for effective relationships with staff, clients and management.
  5. Work as a team member to improve the various services offered by the agency.
  6. sharing information about cutting edge practices or identifying gaps and needs in service.
  • A minimum of one to three years’ experience in a mental health or substance use disorder (SUD) setting preferred. Familiar with assessments, treatment plans, crisis interventions and CBT and/or other treatment modalities.
  • Must have master’s degree or doctoral degree equivalent in related field areas such as, psychology, professional counselor, social work, CAADC/CADC.
License and/or Certificate
    • Valid driver’s license.
    • Master level counselor license.

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