Southern California
Position Id

Substance Use Disorder Counselor***

Excellent Benefits+++

$69,400. +++++ DOE

Southern California

Basic Information
Department Clinical Services
Division Clinical and Recovery Services
Reports to Supervisor/Manager Addiction Program

Position Summary

Provide clinical services in coordination with the treatment team consistent with our Standards of Care. Provide clinical coaching, as assigned, to students and interns to facilitate the development of clinical competency and ethical practice.

This position has been defined as a firewall position, which means it has been identified as needing access to PHI that is otherwise restricted in the functional department under HIPAA regulations. Firewall jobs are supervised by staff that have less access to PHI than the person in the firewall job. Employees are expected to:

  • Know what protected health information cannot be shared openly within the department
  • Ensure the integrity of the job function understand the significance of HIPAA
  • Not undermine the process
  • Report to either the Corporate Privacy Officer or Human Resources any attempts to compromise these positions

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Provide substance use disorder treatment services to patients according to our standards of care, policies, and procedures.

  • Pre-entry/Intake
    • Conducts and documents Introductory and Initial Counselor interview in a way that helps informs patients of our treatment, their responsibilities, and engages them in the process.
    • Designs Initial Treatment plan that addresses both programmatic and individual issues.
    • Correctly identifies Vulnerable Adult (VA) issues and a corresponding VA plan.
  • Care Planning
    • Creates individualized care and continuing care plans that include treatment team input as well as involvement of the patient, referent, family, and other appropriate collateral resources.
    • Utilizes principles and guidelines from our Guide for Facilitating the Twelve Steps in care plans.
  • Care
    • Utilizes and conducts 1:1 and group counseling consistent with Twelve Step facilitation principles, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy and principles of recovery management to facilitate patient awareness, understanding, and motivation to change related to addiction and recovery issues
    • Family Counseling – can facilitate family’s/significant other’s need for Family Program/Al-Anon or other appropriate services. Facilitates family conferences consistent with our philosophy and requests supervision when required.
    • Initiates and requests supervision at appropriate times to provide conflict resolution services in order to prevent, reduce or avert emergencies.
    • Provides accurate education to patients, family members and other collateral sources as appropriate on the disease of addiction, recovery, and Twelve Step philosophy.
  • Continuing Care
    • Consults with the treatment team, patient, family and referent (consistent with CFR 42 and CFR 45) to address clinical issues both verbally and in writing related to continuing care, including types of care, level of care, and intensity of services across biopsychosocial spiritual issues and the rationale for each.
    • Knowledge of specific resources that may best meet the patient’s needs.
    • Consistently involves and communicates with clinical/financial case managers, and other disciplines and departments as necessary, to facilitate continuing care planning.
  • Clinical Supervision
    • Actively participates in and utilizes clinical standards within our standards to enhance clinical competence and clinical care.
  • Student Supervision
    • Uses principles of clinical supervision in work with students and interns.
    • Understands and demonstrates principles of coaching with guidance from the appropriate faculty and unit manager for students and interns.
  1. To represent our services to various audiences to ensure consistent knowledge about services, processes, and participation.

Always Applicable

Assure a safe and secure environment for patients, staff, guests, and visitors to include:

  • Maintain privacy, security, and confidentiality for all patients, past and present, based of federal and state regulations as well as our policies
  • Apply and adhere to standards and regulations for fire, weather, emergency, and environmental hazards
  • Work safely, using procedures and techniques that apply to work area and equipment, including ergonomics
  • Assure that doors, windows, and files are closed and/or locked based on department standards and expectations

Additional Duties & Responsibilities

  • Serve on internal and external teams. Participate in related meetings.
  • Additional duties requested by supervisor/manager/director
  • Practice skills and behaviors that support our standards of behavior

Minimum/Essential Qualifications

Education, training, licensure, experience, etc.

  • Associate’s Degree
  • Completed certificate/degree program in addiction counseling or equivalent
  • Active Substance Use Disorder certification or license in state you will be working:
  • Proficiency with technology and computer skills to document in an electronic health record system, attend virtual meetings, and manage outlook emails and calendars
  • CPR certification or attain within 30 days
  • Minimum 2 years freedom from chemical use problems (MN, OR, and CA only)
  • Must be 18+ years of age

To learn more, please contact Rene at or call (602) 788-5890 Ext 116.