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LCSW - (Clinical Oversight)

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, and low-income housing as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation.  Learn more at

VOALA Harm Reduction programs provide transitional housing to single Veterans who suffer from substance abuse, mental disorders, and chronic homelessness. Participants are referred to the VA where they receive mental health counseling and access to various benefits. The goal of this program is to establish permanent housing for clients and to help them attain any benefits they may qualify for through the VA and other organizations.


 Under supervision of licensed Program Manager, the Clinical LCSW:

  • Provides psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diverse backgrounds
  • Formulates and implements treatment plans identifying individual's goals, strengths, coping skills, and assistance needed
  • Basic knowledge of psychosocial treatment modalities, and ability to implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups to achieve treatment goals
  • Ability to utilize behavior therapy through harm reduction in maximizing gains through positive reinforcement and applying aversive consequences in non-punishing manner with unwanted behavior and using the therapeutic relationship as the major reinforcement to behavioral change
  • Knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disability, and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic, and traumatic illnesses/injuries; common medications and their effects/side effects; and medical terminology
  • Basic skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking. Ability to learn and utilize software program in use by VHA


  • Must have a master's degree in social work (MSW) from a school fully accredited by the governing body
  • 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; ability to learn and use program-specific software
  • Valid California drivers license and access to dependable transportation with adequate insurance

Additional Requirements:

  • Coursework in substance use disorder counseling a plus
  • U.S. Armed Forces Veteran or experience working with Veterans preferred
  • At least 1 year in residential treatment setting preferred
  • Basic knowledge of psychosocial treatment modalities, especially cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy skills training (DBT), motivational interviewing (MI), relapse prevention (RP), Seeking Safety preferred
  • If recovering substance user, must have at least 3 years of sobriety

VOALA is an Equal Opportunity Employer