Substance Use Disorder Family Support Specialist - Traverse City and surrounding counties

Counseling & Social Work Traverse City, Michigan


Hello! Thank you for your interest in joining the Wellspring team as a Substance Use Disorder Family Support Specialist. As a statewide nonprofit serving families and children in need of support, we take a whole-person approach to our organization and delivery of our services — because we believe we must find the strengths in people and build on these for lasting change to occur.

As a Substance Use Disorder Family Support Specialist with Wellspring, you’ll be part of a team of clinicians committed to helping families throughout the Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Missaukee and Wexford counties. In this position, you'll directly assist families in their communities to help them create a supportive and sober community, accessing the resources they need. Utilizing motivational interviewing, you will bring your experience working with those affected by substance use and a bachelor's degree (master’s preferred) with a major in health or human services ex: social work, sociology, psychology, family ecology, consumer/community services, family studies, family and/or child development, guidance/school counseling, counseling psychology or criminal justice.
Within three months of hire you will have started the process of a Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP) approved development plan toward the achievement of one of the following certifications: Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC), Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC), Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional (CCDP), and must maintain the MCBAP certification. You will have a valid driver's license and will be required to drive to meet clients in specified counties. 

Here is some of what you will be responsible for:

  • Provide outreach-counseling services to families affected by substance use disorder or at actual risk of having their children removed from their home due to child abuse and/or neglect. Provide skill-based intervention and support for families when a parent is alcohol or drug affected, or has been found to have a co-occurring disorder and assist to reduce risk factors and bring stability to the family
  • Assess current living conditions such as stable housing, income/employment, developmental history, substance use/abuse, family structure, support system, physical health, emotional and mental health status and the client’s view of the presenting concern and factor into the therapeutic process
  • Assist family ability to obtain concrete services i.e. housing, food, clothing, medical care, utilities, home maintenance/repair, transportation, etc. as these impact progress on primary substance risk reduction
  • Work with substance use disorder affected adult on increasing awareness of the impact that alcohol and/or substance abuse has in their parenting relationship with their children; and the role alcohol and/or substance abuse has in the abuse and or neglect of their children
  • Provide education such as: interrelationship of brain chemistry; the disease concept of dependence; the nature of substance use disorders; high-risk factors for substance use disorders like the role of genetics and environment; the effects using drugs and/or alcohol have on cognitive functioning such as memory and problem solving ability; etc.
  • Use evidence based practices, including motivational interviewing to engage substance using adult in knowledge of relapse; relapse prevention strategies; and developing a specific relapse prevention plan. Highlight stages of change to educate and help client understand the process/journey of recovery
  • Encourage/motivate toward the use of community recovery groups
  • Develop prevention activities and education for family members to understand the dynamics of substance use disorders and provide appropriate referrals, resources and education to the families
  • Establish community contacts to refer families/make collateral contacts to services including but not limited to: Early on, domestic violence, mental health, substance abuse counseling, longer-term counseling; financial management; concrete services. Then teach families how to advocate for themselves with these resources
  • Maintain face-to-face contact with families according to the contract defined frequency/duration and the individual needs of the family
  • Prepare reports (treatment plans, services plans, court reports, closure summaries) within the appropriate time frames. Maintain safety planning and documentation throughout services according to the needs of the family
  • Ensure that the children in the household are in a safe and healthy environment by addressing the safety of all family members living in the home. Observe and respond to warning signs of abuse and neglect and make appropriate reports
  • Maintain case files and documentation of client contact/activities to support accurate and timely billing procedures
  • Assure clients have contact availability to reach program staff in an emergency
  • Transport clients in your own vehicle as needed

Why Choose Wellspring?

You may be wondering why Wellspring would be a good option for you. Here are some of the benefits to being part of the behavioral health team with Wellspring:

  • You'll receive a $500 sign-on bonus for CADC/CAADC certifications
  • You'll be part of a dedicated team of providers and connect through bi-weekly meetings
  • You'll receive clinical supervision bi-weekly or as needed
  • You'll receive mileage reimbursement 
  • You'll manage and plan your own schedule each week
  • Your starting salary will be $40,000 and go up based off of experience, licenses and certifications.
  • You'll be home-based and traveling to the clients in the community. 
  • You'll have access to enroll in all of the Wellspring benefits such as Health, Vision & Dental Insurance, 403b Retirement Plans, PTO, Paid Holidays, SupportLinc (mental health/counseling), DailyPay, etc.

Your reporting office is: 
Wellspring Lutheran Services 
1401 Douglas Dr. Suite 113
Traverse City, MI 49696

Full Job Description Available at the Interview.


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