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AOD Counselor II SAMHSA Family Tree

Adult Services | Compton, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:


Helping Our Most Vulnerable Change Their Life Stories

Volunteers of America is a non-profit human services organization committed to serving people in need, strengthening families, and building communities.  VOALA provides 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


SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Youth and Family Tree Program, a comprehensive and multisystem family approach to provide assessments, evidence-based SUD/COD education, early intervention and treatment, peer recovery support, and coordination of case management and wraparound supportive services to youth, transitional aged youth and their families/primary caregivers, with a SUD or COD who reside in LA County CA.

VOALA will serve adolescents (ages 12-18), transitional-aged youth (16-25) and their families/caregivers with a SUD or COD who reside in LA County CA with a focus on SPAs 3 and 6. The project will target minority and underserved populations as the service area has a high rate of poverty, socioeconomic, economic and healthcare disparities .

Using a comprehensive and multisystem service approach, VOALA will utilize the EBPs of Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and SBIRT while incorporating Motivational Interviewing and trauma-informed care. While providing SUD and COD treatment to youth as well as SBIRT for participating families, the project will also integrate peer supports, tobacco counseling, mental health and primary health care, youth and family recovery and wraparound services, case/care management and benefits advocacy to promote increased access to care, service use and improved outcomes.


The AOD Counselor II will provide an adequate array of evidence-based substance use disorders/co-occurring disorders treatment services which may include but are not limited to: individual and group therapy, gender/LGBTQ-responsive and trauma-informed care (e.g. Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, SBIRT), and tobacco counseling.


  • As -part of a multi-disciplinary Case Management team, performs primary alcohol and drug counseling functions including screening, assessment, and intake;
    • Provides one on one mentoring and support to clients
    • Teaches clients independent living and problem-solving skills – develop, plan and initiate methods of exposing clients to healthy lifestyle activities designed to alter former lifestyles, attitudes, images and other negative behavioral patterns.
    • Acts as advocate for client before outside social service and legal organizations
  • Collaborate with Case Manager and therapist to ensure that critical linkages to support services meeting the medical, mental health, housing and education needs of the participant are consistently and effectively delivered;
    • As part of the Case Management Team, conducts crisis intervention
    • Leads or coordinates group, individual, and educational sessions
    • Coordinates treatment services with members of the multidisciplinary Case Management team
    • Conducts discharge and transition planning; drafts discharge summary
  • Meets regularly with supervisor and multidisciplinary Case Management Team to ensure the implementation of prescribed treatment protocol, the success of the client in the execution of the treatment/case plan.
    • 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
  • Ensures timely and accurate records are kept, both hard (paper) copy and electronic health records.  These records shall document all treatments and client progress, including records of client self-administration of prescribed medication.  
    • The Counselor shall monitor Self-administration of medication, and shall monitor and collect drug screens as may be required.
    • All record-keeping shall support client’s privacy rights under HIPPA, be in accord with State and Federal law, and SCADP policy and procedure.
    • Prepare reports as required by funder.
  • Adheres to professional standards of care and conduct, as set forth by licensure/certification and SCADP policy, including ongoing professional education and organizational training sessions as may be required.
  • Transports program participants to scheduled appointments, events and meetings as may be required and as assigned.
  • Assist with program and outreach events as may be required.
  • Participates in coverage of telephone hotline, pursuant to organization training and procedure.
  • Other duties as may be required to support SCADP mission and goals.



  • Must be able to pass a fingerprint clearance, background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment and education verifications


  • Bachelor's degree in behavioral science or related field; or equivalent combination of education and work experience (4 years total)
  • Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate by an approved accrediting organization (CCAPP, CADTP or CADEE)


  • 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
  • Understanding and experience working with recovering individuals and their impacted family members;
  • Knowledge of/experience with substance abuse services in L.A. County;
  • Knowledge of rules, regulations, and laws pertaining to the care of addicted, mentally ill, and/or co-occurring individuals


  • Basic Microsoft operating system navigation, including Outlook, MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
  • Familiar with Database use/entry including HMIS


  • The ability to work autonomously while utilizing the supervision of the Project Director;
  • Ability to relate with a wide variety of professionals and clientele;
  • Demonstrated ability to perform under circumstances of possible emotional stress and conflict, including dealing with un-cooperative clients;
  • Strong Communication Skills in oral and written English language;
  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, including meeting qualitative and quantitative productivity standards;
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards


  • Client- focused, with leadership qualities: Dependable, collaborative, prompt, positive mindset, flexible organized, and comfortable with conflict resolution/mediation 


  • Demonstrated ability with EHR
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (written and verbal)
  • Strong crisis management skills
  • Conflict resolution & de-escalation skills


  • Choice of 3 medical insurance plans
  • Choice of 2 dental insurance plans (one plan for employee only; has no premium)
  • Vision insurance plan
  • Voluntary Supplemental Coverage
  • Accidental Injury Coverage
  • Hospital Care Coverage
  • Critical Illness Coverage
  • Pet Insurance
  • Paid vacation time
  • Paid sick time
  • 10 company paid holidays
  • Company funded 401a retirement pension plan
  • Optional employee contribution to 403b retirement savings plan
  • Life and AD&D insurance
  • Programs to maintain your health and well-being
  • Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) – (No cost to employee and 100% confidential)
  • Company funded Short-term Disability Insurance (STDI) Insurance
  • Company funded Long-term Disability Insurance (LTD)

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

This employer participates in E-Verify as required by the federal government and will provide the federal government with your Form 1-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.

If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (OHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment.