Post Date:  May 19, 2024

Daytona Beach, FL, US, 32124

Position Type:  Full Time
Requisition Number:  31702
Work Schedule:  Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM

Are you looking to find personal and professional fulfillment, and align your career with your values? 


At Gateway Foundation, our employees have an opportunity to make a difference every day by helping people with substance abuse issues gain control of their lives.


Gateway Foundation is a recognized non-profit leader in evidence-based treatment proven to get results. Our experts in Addiction Medicine—including highly educated clinical and medical professionals and expert psychiatrists and nurses—deliver care that never stops. Throughout Gateway’s proud history of helping others, dedicated and professional employees have been vital to accomplishing our life-saving mission. Read more about the incredible recognition that we recieved!


If you are a collaborative professional who shares our commitment to helping people with substance abuse and mental health issues turn their lives around – GATEWAY IS THE PLACE FOR YOU! 



Cognitive Counselors are responsible for:

  • Prepares appropriate cognitive intervention plans, in accordance with established standards and deadlines.  Prepares and conducts group educational sessions with clients in accordance with intervention programming plan; facilitates discussion and interaction; and enables group members to understand and accept responsibility for the process of change, and acquire necessary coping and behavior management skills.
  • Documents cognitive intervention programming plans, evaluations, weekly progress notes and discharge summaries.  Updates and maintains client records which include recording direct service hours, activity or group participation ensuring they are complete and accurate in accordance with organizational, regulatory, accreditation and contractual standards. 
  • Prepares and conducts educational programs and lectures on scheduled topics related to thinking for change, cognitive intervention, life skills, problem solving, behavior modification, anger management to assist clients with basic education on these topics. Develops client discharge plans.
  • Contributes to client care monitoring by regularly reporting to supervisor client observations, incidents, unusual occurrences and caseload activities and results.  Participates in staff meetings to review client progress, intervention programming and recommend continuation or modification of programing.  Assists team in maintaining consistent setting for program, planning and coordinating client interaction events.
  • Maintains regular communications with onsite parole officers to relay reports on clients’ progress in cognitive programming.  Prepares written reports and correspondence.
  • Provide effective support, intervention, direction, and conflict resolution; interact effectively with family members; and maintain effective contacts with outside agencies and referral sources or services.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Job Requirements:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in a Human Service (Psychology, Social Work, Mental Health or Substance Abuse counseling, or closely related field) from an accredited college
  • 2 – 5 years of experience with cognitive intervention substance use treatment/counseling and/or mental health counseling.
  • Experience in forensic counseling preferred
  • Current Certified Addictions Professional (CAP) or Masters Certified Addictions Counselor (MCAP) or Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) preferred
  • Must be able to obtain Florida Department of Corrections clearance to work in the correctional institution.
  • Basic knowledge of the principles of human growth and psychosocial development
  • Basic knowledge of group and individual dynamics, conflict resolution and intervention techniques based on client maturation level
  • Basic understanding of mental health disorders requiring referrals
  • Basic communication skills to exchange information and interact with various internal and external audiences regarding client care
  • Active listening skills and social perceptiveness
  • Ability to read and interpret policies and instructions
  • Ability to understand side effects and impact of medications on client
  • Adaptability / flexibility: ability to shift priorities

Compensation (based on experience and credentials):

  • Range begins at $27.34
  • Gateway Foundation conducts annual reviews including merit increases.


Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to walk and move about the facilities for up to two hours at a time, to monitor and interact with clients
  • Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.
  • Ability to record, proofread and check documents and files for accuracy, to prepare and analyze data and figures, transcribe, read
  • Ability to use a keyboard and video display terminal to receive, retrieve, and/or audit information and data
  • Ability to respond to telephones, and to hear and detect alarms and unusual noises


Competitive Compensation and Benefits: 


Gateway Foundation values its employees and provides an inclusive and diverse work environment where dedicated employees can make a difference. We are committed to engaging and rewarding our employees in meaningful ways. For eligible employees, we provide a Total Rewards Package that includes:

  • Health Insurance - Including a wellness premium incentive opportunity
  • Dental & Vision Insurance
  •  Paid Time Off - Including 18 days of PTO and 9 paid holidays in the first year
  • Catastrophic Absence Time (CAT) - Accrue up to seven days annually, to be used during an extended personal illness
  • Flexible Spending Accounts 
  • Commuter Accounts
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan with company match 
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability (LTD)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Gateway is a qualified employer for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Training & Development Programs


Gateway Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Race/Color/Sex/Sexual Orientation/ Gender Identity/Religion/National Origin/Disability/Vets. Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here.

Nearest Major Market: Daytona Beach