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Counselor Alcohol and Other Drug Services

Alcohol & Drug Treatment Programs | Downey, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:

Southern California Alcohol and Drug Programs, Inc. (SCADP) was established in 1972 in a grassroots effort by community volunteers seeking alternatives for individuals with substance use disorder (SUD). SCADP is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization providing more than 500 residential treatment beds and outpatient counseling to over 1,500 individuals.


Counselor Alcohol and Other Drug Services


SCOPE OF DUTIES:             Under the supervision of the Program Manager will be responsible for the providing alcohol and drug treatment services to clients and their families, and for developing treatment plans and ongoing clinical documentation to support the clinical management of the client

• Performs primary alcohol and drug counseling functions for clients including screening, assessment, and intake, bio-psychosocial assessments; client and family orientation, development of treatment plans in collaboration with case manager and LPHA; crisis intervention; group, individual, and didactic educational sessions; discharge and transition planning in collaboration with case manager and LPHA; discharge summary and coordination of treatment services with members of the multidisciplinary team.
• Support Culturally Sensitive, Gender Responsive and Trauma informed milieu.
• Timely and accurate completion of client notes, charts, reports, and other documentation related to the treatment and progress of clients in the program. These reports include but are not limited to individual and weekly progress notes, documentation of attendance and participation in-group, and family sessions. Documentation may include web-based, electronic and/or paper documents.
• Maintain the dignity and personal rights by deploying clear and skilled crisis communication and evasion techniques when program participants display hostile or volatile behaviors which may cause bodily harm to self.
• Develop positive workplace relationships with all members of the multidisciplinary team by offering appropriate support within a nurturing environment while maintaining a high level of professionalism
• Operate with a mindset / framework of a trauma informed environment by maintaining emotional and physical safety for all staff and clients using the facility's logistics, supervision of client activities, and monitoring of visitors / family members.
• Attend and participate in scheduled supervision meetings with assigned supervisor to discuss and review individualized development plans and pressing concerns or knowledge and skill development needs. Attends and participates in shift exchange meetings, case conferences, staff meetings and other treatment team meetings in accordance with program needs and as assigned.
• Ensures the implementation of the prescribed treatment protocol of the program in which he or she is employed, including manualized and evidence-based practices.
• Adheres to the professional ethics and conduct of standards as established by professional licensure and/or certification and to the policies of the organization, and legal, funding and regulatory requirements.
• Attends all required training sessions in accordance with organization, state licensing, and regulatory requirements.

•Transports program participants in the company vehicle to scheduled appointments, other off site appointments, and events as assigned.

• Monitor and records client self-administration of medication in accordance with organization Policies and Procedures and collects specimen from clients for drug screens in accord with organization Policy and Procedures.


Applicants must meet at least one of the following qualifications:

• Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certification by an approved accrediting organization
• AA or higher degree in Behavioral Science (highly desired)
• High school diploma or equivalence (required)
• A minimum of three years experience in the provision of SUD treatment services working with the target population;
• Knowledge of substance use disorder and family dynamics related to substance abuse;
• Culturally sensitive and competent, with bi-lingual skills preferred;
• Computer skills required and data reporting experiencepplicants must meet at least one of the following qualifications:


• Ability and willingness to report to work on time and ready for work on each scheduled day.
• Ability to work in a fast paced environment and to make decisions independently and communicate
effectively when dealing with clients, families, other staff members, department heads, visitors, external agencies and community members
• Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with appropriate documentation skills to
complete reports, utilize data and communicate ideas constructively
• Ability to establish and consistently enforce appropriate boundaries with client/patients
• Strong crisis management, conflict resolution and de-escalation skills.
• Aptitude for working as part of a team
• Computer literate; demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office and web-based applications
• Demonstrated ability to utilize an electronic clinical management system
• Good organization skills
• Demonstrated ability to learn
• Ability to work evenings and weekends
• Bilingual Spanish preferred

• At least two (2) years of continuous sobriety if in recovery.

Lines of Authority:               This position reports to the Program Manager, who will supervise the duties and job performance.