Substance Abuse Counselor Job

Job Number: RIH18936

Job Title: Substance Abuse Counselor/Care Coordinator

Department: Substance Abuse Progrm - 1013308

Facility: Rhode Island Hospital

Location: Providence, RI

Reporting to the Program Manager of the Substance Use Consult Service – Psychiatry, the Licensed Clinical Social worker evaluates and assesses a wide range of Substance use disorders, with a primary focus on Opioid use disorders, within an outpatient setting.

This individual would be part of a larger, multi-disciplinary team/system responsible for completing Intake assessments for the Lifespan Recovery Center where site-specific supervision and training would also be provided.

Clinical social work and substance use skills are applied to assist individuals and their families in the resolution of personal and environmental problems, attributable to mental or substance use, which prevents them from achieving their highest level of psychosocial functioning.

Adheres to social Work professional standards of practice based on NASW Code of Ethics.


Master of Social Work degree from an accredited graduate school of Social Work and a current license from State of RI, Board of Social Work Licensure.

Minimum requirement for licensure is Licensed Clinical Social Work level (LCSW). When Social Worker is eligible (two years or 2000 hours of post masters supervised practice) it is mandatory that they obtain Licensed Independent Clinical Social Work (LICSW.) status.

-Active LICSW status preferred

Eligible and interested in pursuing licensure for Chemical Dependency (LCDP)

-Active LCDP status beneficial

Demonstrated knowledge and skills necessary to provide Bio-Psycho-Social evaluations/intakes within a clinic that specifically treats primary substance use disorders and/or dual diagnosis disorders with consideration of aging processes, human development stages and cultural patterns in each step of the care process.


At minimum, between six months to one year of clinical experience is preferred in a health, mental health, and/or substance use setting with an emphasis on populations to be served in the assigned area.

Analytical and therapy skills necessary to evaluate patients, develop treatment plans, initiate therapy, and evaluate results as needed.

Ability to effectively interact with patients, families, medical staff and outside agencies in providing services.

Strong communication skills and ability to work within a broader team and large system are key.

A demonstrated knowledge base necessary to address Opioid use disorders, where excellent Clinical social work and substance use skills are utilized, is preferred.