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Job description

Part-time Therapist

The therapist serves as the evaluating therapist, primary therapist, and case manager for clients receiving treatment in the Guest House Substance Use Disorder and Binge Eating Disorder program.

Reports to:

Clinical Director


Treatment Centers


The therapist serves as the evaluating therapist, primary therapist, and case manager for clients receiving treatment in the Guest House Substance Use Disorder and Binge Eating Disorder program.  The therapist carries out these responsibilities within the standards and guidelines of the program’s plans, policies, and procedures.  The therapist knows, supports, and actively engages in the mission of Guest House. This is a 20-hour non-benefit, Monday through Friday position.


Assessment:  Complete intake histories and assessments according to prescribed policies and procedures.

  • Demonstrate an ability to establish rapport with clients and referents. Demonstrate effective interpersonal and communication skills in client data collection and assessment interviews.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the program’s admission criteria and the program’s philosophy and services as manifested in the ability to respond to questions about the program in a straightforward manner at a level that is meaningful to clients, referents, and other concerned parties.
  • Demonstrate an ability to elicit and probe for significant clinical information, integrating the information into sound clinical formulations and facilitating mutually agreed upon treatment decisions and direction with clients and concerned others.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of DSM-V diagnostic criteria for substance use, binge eating disorder, mental health disorders, and behavioral addiction disorders.
  • Demonstrate an ability to analyze and interpret historical information into a prioritized set of clinical problem statements.


Therapy, Assessment, and Case Management:  Implementation of providing therapy and case management      services according to Guest House’s philosophy and policies.

  • Demonstrate an ability to formulate client-centered treatment goals, and objectives and utilize interventions that are responsive to identified client needs, problems, and strengths.
  • Demonstrate an ability to identify changes in clients’ problems and monitor progress in all areas of their treatment plans, regularly reviewing and updating these plans based on progress toward goals and objectives and introducing new goals and objectives as appropriate.
  • Demonstrate an ability to assess the client’s history of psychiatric and psychological disorders and current clinical syndromes. Demonstrate an ability to make appropriate and immediate treatment decisions based on mental status and refer clients for psychiatric and psychological evaluation when indicated.
  • Complete progress notes that are timely, relevant, concise, and easily understood.
  • Demonstrate an ability to assess the need for additional professional and community support services and coordinate support services as indicated by the client’s problems and make referrals as appropriate.
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve-step recovery programs.
  • Demonstrate the ability to implement counseling approaches, techniques, and interventions that are effective with chemically dependent clients.
  • Demonstrate the ability to implement counseling approaches, techniques, and interventions that are effective in treating clients with mental health disorders.
  • Demonstrate the ability to direct client-initiated issues into the group process or defer them to individual sessions.
  • Demonstrate the ability to activate issues, process them in the group, and bring about closure at the end of the group sessions.
  • Demonstrate the ability to involve all members in the group and facilitate in a fashion that will be beneficial to all participants.
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal and communication skills in therapeutic and personal interactions.
  • Demonstrate the ability to request and benefit from professional consultation and/or clinical supervision regarding group counseling, individual counseling, and case management issues.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effect timely terminations of group and individual counseling and to effect transfers and referrals when indicated.
  • Present lectures as requested, demonstrating an active knowledge of the topic and material, presenting this information in an organized manner and at a level that is meaningful to the audience including manualized treatment protocols.
  • Demonstrate the ability to construct and coordinate a transition plan of care.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and competency of basic Motivational Interviewing skills, Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills, and experience treating trauma in both individual and group settings.


Administrative Duties:  Participate actively in the administration of Guest House’s program services.

  • Demonstrate active and consistent participation in clinical team meetings.
  • Demonstrate active participation in special groups, events, services, and other tasks as assigned by the Supervisor.
  • Demonstrate cooperation with Guest House’s administration.
  • Professional Growth and Development: Actively pursues ongoing in-service training sessions.
  • Document consistent participation in Guest House in-service training sessions.
  • Demonstrate progress in completing professional growth and development activities identified in the most recent performance review and evaluation.
  • Perform related duties as assigned, including special projects.


  • A current Michigan license or Michigan license eligibility, as a master’s or doctoral level Psychologist (MA LLP, Ph.D. LP), master’s prepared Professional Counselor (LPC), or master’s degree Social Worker (LMSW).
  • Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CAADC) certification preferred or eligibility for a developmental plan to complete CAADC certification.
  • Work experience with client populations diagnosed with Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders, Binge Eating Disorder, Behavioral Addictions, and Trauma.
  • Previous Therapist in a CARF or JCAHO facility is desirable.


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential.

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If interested, please complete the form and submit a resume and cover letter. We will contact ideal candidates after submission.