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Alcohol & Other Drugs Counselor (Certified) - (CCRecovery)

Adult Services | Los Angeles, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:

Volunteers of America of Greater Los Angeles is a large, national not-for-profit organization founded in 1896. We provide a variety of social services to Los Angeles area communities such as Head Start programs, Upward Bound college prep programs, veterans’ services, homeless shelters, low-income housing program as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Learn more at

Central City Recovery is a six (6) month co-ed program offering substance abuse disorder/co-occurring mental health issues treatment for those who are at risk for HIV or HIV positive, LGBT, and ex-offenders with wrap-around services including assessments, individual counseling, group counseling, treatment planning, case management & referrals, and mental health therapy as needed. We assist at risk and/or HIV positive clients in achieving and maintaining sobriety thru evidence-based services; linkage with medical care and services for optimal health, case management, discharge planning and aftercare are strongly encouraged for continued support.


  • Performs primary alcohol and drug counseling functions for clients including screening, assessment, and intake; collaborate with case manager and LPHA; crisis intervention; group, individual, and educational sessions; discharge and transition planning; discharge summary and coordination of treatment services with members of the multidisciplinary team. 
  • Provides one on one, mentoring, support, assistance, problem solving and advocacy to clients.
  • Undergoes training and demonstrate knowledge of the requirements of the ASAM Levels of Care, Trauma Informed Services using Motivational Interviewing and other evidenced based programs utilized by the agency.
  • Support Culturally Sensitive, Gender Responsive and Trauma informed milieu.
  • Timely and accurate entry of electronic health records that reflects treatment and progress of clients in the program.  Documentation may include web-based, electronic and/or paper documents.
  • Attend and participate in scheduled supervision meetings with assigned supervisor; attend and participate in shift exchange meetings, case conferences, staff meetings and other treatment team meetings in accordance with program needs and as assigned;
  • Meet regularly with team members concerning client and program issues; assists in development or modification of procedures or improvement of services.
  • Ensure the implementation of the prescribed treatment protocol of the program in which he or she is employed, including manualized and evidence-based practices.
  • Develop, plan and initiate methods of exposing clients to healthy lifestyle activities designed to alter former lifestyles, attitudes, images and other negative behavioral patterns.
  • Adhere 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.
  • Assisting with other program activities including community service, special events, etc.
  • Provide customer oriented telephone coverage.


  • Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certification by an approved accrediting organization
  • High school diploma or equivalence
  • 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 experience
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends

Additional Preferred:

  • AA or higher degree in Behavioral Science (highly desired)
  • Computer literate; demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office and web-based applications
  • Strong crisis management, conflict resolution and de-escalation skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize an electronic clinical management system
  • Good organization skills
  • Bilingual Spanish preferred
Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law