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Substance Use Therapist



Woodstock, IL

End Date


Job description

The Substance Use Therapist, CCBHC (Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic) will provide therapeutic outpatient services within key frameworks to the target populations of adults, youth, and families. In addition, this position provides clinical direction through the development and review of appropriate assessments, quality of services, and other service providers within the project.


  • Provides direct service to members through psychotherapy/counseling, group therapy/counseling, case consultation and crisis intervention. Uses stage-wise treatment including strategies for pre-contemplation (harm reduction), contemplation (motivational interventions), preparation and active treatment (planning for sobriety and skills for sobriety) and relapse prevention planning and implementation, including identifying risk factors related to the relapse and development of relapse prevention plans and strategies. Encourage consumers to attend mutual aid groups, including AA, NA, SMART Recovery, CA DRA, Double Trouble, and DDA. Assures substance use admission and discharge assessments, treatment plans, continued stay reviews, and progress notes are completed timely, in accordance with Thresholds policy and SUPR standards.
  • Completes the NOMS (National Outcome Measures) and submits them timely.
  • Participates in interdisciplinary team discussions to develop an integrated treatment plan, based on the assessment data and the goals the consumer has identified as most important to him or her.
  • Assures service integration and continuity for consumers, including those with co-occurring disorders.
  • Provides brief therapeutic modalities, including but not limited Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-informed CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Behavioral and exposure-based therapy for trauma, harm reduction with a focus on substance use management / safer substance practices, WRAP, Adolescent-based DBT, Internal Family Systems.
  • Where members have co-occurring mental disorders, helps make sure that integrated services remain accessible to all members, regardless of their stage of treatment, or “readiness” to engage in services.
  • Encourages members in the preparation, action and relapse prevention stages of treatment to attend mutual aid groups, including AA, NA, SMART Recovery, CA DRA, Double Trouble, and DDA. Uses Mutual Aid Facilitation practice and promotes shopping for a mutual aid support group that meets the preferences of the consumer and helps process their experience afterward.
  • Works collaboratively with the Quality Department to assure that documentation of assessments, goals, treatment plan, and interventions is in accordance with Thresholds practices.
  • Intervenes with collateral sources, agencies, bureaucracies, facilities, and families on the members’ behalf. Advocates and assists with problem solving/resolution that will help the client access and utilize support from the community or support system, including family.
  • Develops resources within the agency and/or community.
  • Performs and participates in crisis intervention when necessary.
  • Meets required billing targets and completes all documentation within assigned time frames.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • May be required to work flexible schedules and be available to work evenings as required.


  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling, or related field required.


  • Previous experience working with persons diagnosed with substance use disorders.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with other members, their families, collaborating agencies, other co-workers, and management.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment in solving members’ problems, responding to emergencies and generally managing the service environment.
  • Ability to function in a computer oriented office, including working knowledge of pertinent software.


  • Current and valid driver’s license.
  • Preferred:
    • Hold clinical certification as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) from Illinois Alcoholism and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA); or
    • Be a licensed professional counselor (LPC), licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC), licensed social worker (LSW), or licensed clinical social worker (LCSW).
  • Any new professional staff who will provide clinical services and who do not meet the requirements above when hired, shall meet the requirements specified within two years after the date of employment and not work in any supervisory capacity until such requirements are met.


  • Competitive pay – Base Salary: $51,800 annually
    • Subject to increase based on education and experience
  • Generous PTO (9 federal holidays, 8 days of sick leave, 15-22 days personal and vacation)
  • Dental insurance, vision insurance, 4 medical insurance plans
  • 403(b) retirement plan with 3% employer match
  • Robust employee assistance program (EAP)
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Public service loan forgiveness
  • Cell phone reimbursement (up to $50/month)
  • Supervision for clinical licensure at no cost (LSW, LCSW, LPC, LCPC) and free CEUs
  • Reimbursement for professional licensure and license renewal

Thresholds is a mission-driven agency with a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We foster an environment where all feel valued and respected, a place where every employee can be themselves, thrive, and support the agency’s mission. Click here to learn more.

One of the oldest and largest community mental health organizations in Illinois, we pride ourselves in being a Chicago Tribune Top Workplace and one of Chicago’s 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For, several years in a row.

Covid-19 Note: In the spirit of caring for one another and our community, please note that upon accepting an offer of employment from Thresholds, you will be required to share proof of a COVID-19 vaccination and booster upon eligibility.  You may apply for a Medical or Religious Exemption in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

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