Clinical Research Counselor
Yale University for Psychiatry VA Substance Abuse
United States

Position Focus:

Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment for Pain Management (SBIRT-PM) is a study intervention designed to reduce pain and risky substance use. This person will provide telephone-delivered SBIRT-PM counseling to Veterans applying for compensation for painful musculoskeletal conditions as part of a pragmatic clinical trial. This involves: 1. Within the context of a clinical research study, works with VA Medical Center Staff and PACT team to engage enrolled Veterans in early, multi-modal non-pharmacological pain treatment. 2. Uses motivational interviewing techniques to motivate those who misuse substances to change this problematic behavior. 3. Works with PACT team after the initial counseling session to support Veteran patient outcomes. 4. Document services delivered and assist with administrative reports concerning service delivery. 5. Prepare clinical summaries. 6. Plans and schedules own work based on broadly defined objectives and priorities. 7. Attends individual supervision meetings, group and individual training meetings, and completes continuing education.

Essential Duties

1. Must obtain informed consent from participants.
2. Counsels individuals, groups, or families to help them understand problems, define goals, and develop realistic action plans.
3. Collects information about clients through interviews, observation, and tests.
4. Guides clients in the development of skills and strategies for dealing with their problems.
5. Develops and implements treatment plans based on clinical experience and knowledge.
6. Maintains confidentiality of records relating to clients' treatment.
7. Completes and maintains client-related paperwork, including federal and state mandated forms, client diagnostic records, and progress notes.
8. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience
Master's Degree in Psychology, or relevant field or an equivalent combination of education and related experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Self-motivated and high level of initiative and comprehension.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Well developed communication and interpersonal skills with attention to detail.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Familiarity with VA healthcare system and the unique needs of veterans.

Preferred Licenses or Certifications:

Licensure in the State of Connecticut in relevant field (e.g. social work, counselor, mental health counselor, family therapist).

Weekend Hours Required?Yes
Evening Hours Required?

Drug ScreenNo
Health Screening

Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Additional Background or Health Screening Requirements

Selected incumbent must have successful completion of a federal and/or state background check investigation, in addition to the University background check.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email:

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