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Substance Abuse Clinical Therapist

at Southwest Network

Posted: 3/19/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: e4ca0e6e-dccd-49a1-8ec6-3bade034d755

Job Description


Southwest Network provides integrated behavioral, physical and substance use services, caring for both the mind and body for whole health and wellness. We provide treatment programs for seriously mentally ill adults and children and adolescents with complex emotional and behavioral needs. We are committed to their recovery, and we work together to offer hope, support individual goals, encourage self-sufficiency, and change lives. We do whatever is needed for the individuals and families we serve.

We truly understand how important our employees are to those they care for, and how critical they are to our mission. As one of our employees, we will look after as many of your professional and personal needs as we can and make sure your work environment is productive, yet pleasant and informal. We are committed to offering you opportunities for personal and career growth, and we value and reward innovation, collaboration, dedication, and strength.


For adults with serious mental illness, recovery and success in life depends on good mental and physical health, as well as having satisfying relationships, safe housing, purpose in life, a sense of belonging, and hope for the future. We help people define their personal goals for recovery and manage their symptoms and substance use so they can achieve those goals. With our integrated health services, care and support, they discover strengths they didn’t know they had and are able to build futures filled with hope, meaning, and wellness.


Co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders impact one another and must be treated together … at the same time, in the same place, by the same treatment team. If you have a thorough knowledge of best practices in substance abuse treatment, including skills and experience in motivational interviewing, and a complete understanding of medication-assisted treatment approaches and integrated dual diagnosis treatment modalities, then consider joining our integrated treatment team to help our seriously mentally ill patients. They truly need your help.

You will function as the substance abuse clinician on the team, serving as the expert in substance abuse/use for the clinical staff at one of our outpatient clinics. You will provide strengths-based, solution-focused counseling interventions for adults receiving behavioral health services, as well as family and group interventions. You will conduct ongoing assessments of their stages of change in regards to substance use and provide treatment according to assessment of need. You’ll also provide consultation and assistance to the treatment team in the area of substance abuse and its effects and assist the team in identifying and addressing co-occurring issues and appropriate interventions. Along with the treatment team, your integrated approach will help our patients develop a role for themselves outside of their mental illness, while also helping them improve their quality of life through increased employment, meaningful community activity, independent living status, and social network, as well as decreased substance use/abuse.

A complete job description is available upon request.


To be eligible for this position, you must possess a master’s degree in a field related or similar to behavioral health (social work, counseling, marriage and family therapy, substance abuse). Associate or independent level licensure with the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners required within six (6) months of hire. Must maintain current CPR, First Aid and Therapeutic Options certifications, a valid Arizona state fingerprint clearance card, and a valid Arizona driver’s license.

Thorough knowledge of best practices in substance abuse treatment, motivational interviewing, integrated dual diagnosis treatment modalities, and medication-assisted treatment approaches required. Knowledge of the spectrum of mental illnesses, current DSM-5 and ICD 10 codes and descriptions, psychotropic medications and crisis intervention required. Must be able to maintain excellent member and family relationships and provide excellent customer service skills. Must have effective interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills and understand how to tactfully communicate difficult or sensitive information. Must be competent in the use of electronic medical records software, as well as in the use of a computer, printer, copier, and telephone. Preferred typing skills of 25 to 40 WPM.

Only candidates 21 years of age or older will be considered.


This position is offered at a fair, competitive salary. A good benefits package is a valuable part of your total compensation, and we’ve got a great one: medical, dental and vision insurance; paid sick, vacation and holiday time; tuition reimbursement; retirement plan with match; disability insurance; life insurance; flexible spending and health savings accounts; an employee assistance program; employee discounts; and more. When you consider everything—the salary, the benefits, the ongoing training and support we offer, and the impact you’ll have on the lives of others—it could be the right opportunity for you. Any offer of employment is contingent upon verification of education, employment, driving record and auto insurance, and completion of a criminal background check and drug testing.

Southwest Network is an equal opportunity employer.

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