Posting: Therapist SUD, Children's Outpatient - The Guidance Center, Southgate, MI

February 13, 2023

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As a recognized leader in our field, The Guidance Center provides a broad range of services that have helped children, adults and families unlock potential and build better lives since 1958. With 25 programs we offer treatment, prevention, growth and education services to more than 15,000 people annually. Together we: Nurture development. Foster resilience. Cultivate well-being.  

The Children’s COP SUD Therapist is responsible for maintaining a caseload consisting of children, adolescents and families, with a primary substance abuse and/or mental health diagnosis. The therapist is responsible for collaborating with professional team members both from TGC as well as other providers or systems to integrate service delivery. The COP SUD therapist is required to conduct intake assessments, to maintain the case record in a timely fashion, to complete authorizations with various funding sources in a timely manner as required, and to conduct appropriate treatment services based on medical necessity. Full–time staff must work 37.5 hours per week, including a minimum of 4 hours per week after 5:00 pm. 

Specific Responsibilities include:

1. Must meet all of the contract requirements of the funding sources and/or agency, including maintaining CAADC/Development Plan Certification and State licensure.

2. Primary responsibility is to participate in the delivery of clinical services, including intake evaluations, substance abuse screenings, assessments, and direct treatment for children, adolescents and families.

3. Conduct Intake Assessments, including all necessary opening paperwork (Psychosocial Assessment, financial and demographic forms, etc.)

4. Gather and integrate information from all available sources, including client self-reports, reports from family members, guardian(s) and probation officer, documented medical, treatment history, etc.;

5. Assist with the development of comprehensive Person-Centered Treatment Planning with consumers and other members of the treatment team (consistent with Integrated Biopsychosocial Assessment and all other clinical assessments);

6. Provide face-to-face clinical interventions, in the office, to each assigned consumer at least monthly. 

7. Provide individual, family and group therapy.

8. Conduct crisis planning with client. 

9. Provide parent education, coaching and training.

10. Provide referrals for services and community resources as needed.

11. Work collaboratively with others in relation to the child and family including psychiatrists, primary care physicians, Wraparound facilitators, school personnel and other family service or support people.

12. Advocate on behalf of the child and family to assist them in meeting their needs and reaching their desired level of self-sufficiency. 

13. Assess client satisfaction and participate in program evaluation as needed.

14. Participate in clinical supervision, team meetings and case consultations.

15. Complete clinical records and agency documentation in a timely manner consistent with policies and procedures of the Guidance Center.

16. Work with other COP and Guidance Center staff in addressing unit and agency issues and student supervision.

17. Follow The Guidance Center’s professional code of ethics.

18. Represent The Guidance Center in the community in a professional manner.

19. Maintain appropriate state licensure of certifications. 

20. Complete 24 hours of training per calendar year specific to children or adolescents. 

21. Develop schedule with supervisor and work at least 4 hours each week after 5:00.

22. Full-time staff must provide 23 hours of billable service per week.

23. Coordinate effective discharge planning prior to case closure. 

24. Other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology or Counseling and possess the corresponding State of Michigan licensure Candidates without a state license can be considered but must obtain state licensure (LLMSW, LLPC, TLLP, LMSW, LPC or LLP) within a 60-day training period beginning on the date of hire. Beyond the training period, all state licensure must continually remain active, in effect, and free from disciplinary action. 
  • Must obtain the Child Mental Health Professional credential within 120 days of hire. 
  • Possess a CAADC credential, or be on an active, approved registered MCBAP certification Development Plan within six weeks of hire. 
  • One year of experience (may include time spent in fieldwork or internship) treating or working with people who have been diagnosed with mental illness and substance use disorders.
  • Additional requirements include: cultural competency, the ability to work effectively with a diverse population, the ability to engage and maintain therapeutic relationships with individuals and families in a variety of modes of treatment, the ability to develop collaborative relationships with other unit staff and providers, and a willingness to be flexible.


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