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Certified CADC Counselor - (Hollywood Veteran Center)

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 www.voala.org.

A sober–living residential facility for Veterans of OIF/OEF who suffer from severe levels of difficulty adjusting to civilian life. The goal is to help Veterans obtain permanent housing, financial security, and a personal support system. Transitional housing, Case management, Financial counseling.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist residents that are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical and social problems by utilizing individual, and group counseling skills
  • Maintains and manages a minimum client case load of 16 residents and performs duties such as; alcohol and drug counseling, screening, and continuous assessment of client needs and appropriate referrals to services required
  • Conduct ongoing assessments and case planning to determine needs of Veterans and help encourage residents to actively participate in their own treatment planning process
  • Formulate and implement treatment plans by identifying the individual's goals, strengths, coping skills and assistance needed
  • Provide wrap-around services and referrals to appropriate resources in order to help veteran stabilize and successfully transition to permanent and independent housing
  • Develop treatment plan and initiate methods of exposing clients to healthy lifestyle activities designed to alter former lifestyles, attitudes, images and other negative behavioral patterns
  •  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
  • Collaborate with VOA, VA, and other community agencies in order to ensure that successful discharge plans are executed in timely and appropriate manner
  • Follow-up after discharge to support long-term placement success
  • Timely and accurate entry of data tracking  progress of clients in the program.  Documentation may include web-based, electronic and/or paper documents
  • Attend and participate in scheduled supervision/training meetings, staff meetings, case conferences, collaborations, staff and other meetings that have to do with servicing clientele
  • 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
  • Assisting leadership with other program activities including community service, special events, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned by program manager

Required Background and Skills:

Education:

  • California Consortium of Addiction Program Professionals (CCAPP) credentials and/or equivalent substance abuse certification with the state of California is required for this position
  • High school diploma or equivalence

Experience:

  • At least 2 years of experience in mental health/substance use disorder treatment and/or working with homelessness
  • Effective written and oral communications skills with people from varied backgrounds
  • Proven working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Excel, and Outlook and/or the ability to learn and use program-specific software such as data base systems
  • Valid California driver's license and access to dependable transportation with adequate insurance
  • If recovering substance user, must have at least 3 years of sobriety

Preferred Skills/ Background for this Position:

  • U.S. Armed Forces Veteran or experience working with Veterans preferred
  • Coursework in substance use disorder counseling a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • At least 1 year in residential treatment setting preferred
  • Basic knowledge of psycho-social treatment modalities, especially cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy skills training (DBT), motivational interviewing (MI), relapse prevention (RP), and Seeking Safety preferred
  • Knowledge of substance use disorder and relationship dynamics related to substance abuse
  • Strong crisis management, conflict resolution and de-escalation skills
  • Ability to work with people from various backgrounds
  • Ability to collaborate as a team member, and also able to work independently

                                                         VOALA is an Equal Opportunity Employer