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(Archived) Counselor- Addiction/Behavioral Health

Last Updated: 11/17/22

Job Description

As a counselor at Vertava Health, you will have a major role in implementing our evidence-based addiction treatment programming. You will directly teach and support our adult patients with substance use disorders both in groups and individually. You will use your understanding of the disease model of addiction; motivational interviewing (MI); and the tenets of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) to help patients progress towards their goals and live out their best future.

You will work closely with therapists and the entire treatment team in a supportive, team-based approach that models collaborative, solution-based problem solving, and authentic communication.

Priority responsibilities include:

Group facilitation

  • Lead educational groups on a range of topics related to addiction, recovery, and wellbeing
  • Co-facilitate process-groups with licensed therapists
  • Develop and lead specialty expressive or experiential groups unique to your interests, expertise, and qualifications.

Specialty Experiential Groups

  • A counselor may be recruited primarily to facilitate alternative experiential groups that require special skills, experience and certifications (i.e. equine therapy, climbing wall/ropes course, mountain biking, etc.) These staff will need to have appropriate training and certification, and ensure that the specialty program meets all regulatory standards.

Individual coaching and counseling

  • Review assignments with patients
  • Provide one-to-one support sessions in alignment with treatment plan and therapist guidance
  • Offer individual therapy as license and scope of practice allows
  • Leverage de-escalation skills to ensure patient safety and reduce AMA risk
  • Maintain and promote healthy boundaries
  • Respond and participate as assigned to emergency codes
  • Promote and protect each patient’s independence, privacy, dignity, and emotional and physical well being


  • Document attendance, individual participation and response to groups
  • Summarize content and tone of each patient meeting
  • Work with therapists and treatment team in developing patient goals, treatment plan, and aftercare plan

Training and Competencies

  • Learn and follow company-established policies and procedures, and maintain adherence to established skills and practice according to position and certifications
  • Remain current with all required trainings and certifications
  • Receive biweekly supervision
  • Maintain a professional appearance and demeanor
  • Practice respectful, compassionate, supportive communication with patients and colleagues

Other duties as assigned

Requirements by state:

  • Must hold a Masters degree or be actively enrolled in a Masters program
  • Must have a minimum of a CDCA
  • Minimum 2 years experience
  • To lead a specialty group if applicable, you will need appropriate certifications to meet all regulatory standards

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to use hands and fingers, talk or hear
  • Ability to sit, stand, walk and reach continually. Ability to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch frequently
  • Ability to frequently lift and carry up to 20 pounds and occasionally lift and carry up to 50 pounds
  • Close vision required to see computer monitor, read documents, and operate copy and fax machine
  • Work environment is indoors and climate controlled. Occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions

Company Details

Nashville, Tennessee, United States
At Vertava Health, we strive to pioneer care that empowers our patients to live out their best, healthiest future. Whether they are looking for behavioral health treatment options for mental health concerns, addiction, or both, we can help. We offer a continuum of care that meets our patients wherever they are in the recovery process. At our treatment programs, patients will work one...