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Certified Substance Abuse Counselor

at La Maestra Community Health Centers

Posted: 11/20/2020
Job Status: Full Time

Job Description


The Substance Abuse Counselor provides substance abuse screenings, brief interventions, and therapy for individuals and groups. The Counselor also coordinates referrals for patients that need comprehensive in-patient treatment services. The Counselor will work closely with the Addiction Psychiatrist. The Counselor will provide leadership and training to other behavioral health staff related to substance abuse and chemical dependency. The Counselor will work with high-risk patients with substance abuse problems that may also suffer from mental illness and/or homelessness and will provide counseling and therapy for those substance abuse patients going through onsite Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) under the guidance the Psychiatrist (MD).


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Conduct screenings, assess and evaluate a patient’s mental and physical health, addiction or substance abuse problem, and readiness to enter into Harm Reduction and/or MAT
  • Help patients develop treatment goals and plans; review and recommend different treatment options with patients and their families
  • Educate families about addiction or mental health disorders and develop strategies to help families cope with these problems
  • Participates in the design and implementation of behavioral health integration into primary care and substance abuse service delivery, working closely with a multi-disciplinary team including the PA/Substance Abuse Program Coordinator within primary care, Behavioral Health Services Director and Addiction Psychiatrist (MD).
  • Provides direct substance abuse counseling services to patients displaying a substance abuse disorder and in need of MAT or other treatment. As necessary, services will include in-depth screenings and assessments, crisis intervention, individual, group and family counseling.
  • Provides education on substance abuse and facilitates referral information to patients, families, and other staff members if patients are in need of additional community resources and services such as support groups, specialty medical care, self-help programs, residential facilities, and/or more intensive outpatient MAT services, i.e. methadone clinic or inpatient psychiatric care.


Position Qualifications

Education: Certification from a California State Substance Use Disorders (SUD) Services certifying agency such as the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC) required. High School Diploma (or GED equivalent) required. Experience: A minimum of two years of experience providing counseling to high-risk patients with co-occurring mental or behavioral health disorders. Verbal and Written Skills: Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills and demonstrated ability to work with diverse individuals and groups, knowledge and experience working in medical settings and interacting collaboratively with various staff and ability to exercise conflict management skills.

La Maestra Community Health Centers is an equal opportunity employer and does not
discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender, disability or any other legally protected status.