Phoenix House Resential Counselor in Lake Ronkonkoma, New York

At Phoenix House, change is something we embrace every day as part of our values to deliver exceptional care. Phoenix House provides individualized, holistic drug and alcohol addiction treatment, with a legacy spanning nearly 50 years. We are passionate about healing individuals, families and communities challenged by substance use disorders and related mental health conditions. Phoenix House supports the mission through a holistic approach that focuses on the distinct mental, physical, and social needs of every person; innovation of best-in-class and evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery programs; and, the promotion of greater understanding of addiction. Our devoted staff are committed to treating the whole person—and come from all fields.

We operate personalized, strength-based, gender-responsive programs while living the values and being accountable for our commitments. Being introspective and becoming part of the solution is integral to every interaction and person we touch. As ‘One Phoenix House’ we believe in having fun along the way – embracing ‘progress not perfection’ as our journey continues.

The counselor role is to arrange and coordinate the care of patient needs for a caseload of 12 patients in a chemical dependency intensive residential treatment program. Counselors are trained in facilitating evidence-based practice groups and individual counseling sessions as well as in supervising patient self-administration of medications.


CASAC or provisional QHP in a field related to chemical dependency treatment.

Preferred degree in human services field.


Prior experience working with Chemical Dependency patients and/or experience working in a residential setting preferred. Experience working in and adhering to OASAS licensed 819 or 820 residential program regulations is a plus.


The candidate should be knowledgeable of DSM V diagnostic criteria of Alcohol and Substance use disorders and demonstrate therapeutic skills used to formulate a diagnostic impression of a patient and treatment plan to address the themes of treatment.

The candidate will have an ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage crises by making decisions consistent with the agency’s policies and vision.

The candidate will have strong collaborative abilities that enhance the work of the multi-disciplinary team and document all interventions in accordance with policies and regulations.

Knowledge of level of care determination using the LOCADTR is preferred. Familiarity with community resources for social support and continuity of care is preferred.

Passion in coordinating off-site events and recreation for our patients is a plus!

The counselor provides support in maintaining and promoting patient safety, facilitates group and individual counseling sessions, completes clinical documentation in accordance with regulatory requirements, and supervises patient self-administration of medication.

Phoenix House conducts as needed, job-related background checks, fingerprints, drug testing, physical exams, medical exams, TB testing, verification of employment history and/or reference checks prior to employment.

Phoenix House is an Equal Opportunity Employer providing equality of opportunity to all who are protected against discrimination by law, regulation or executive order, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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