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Substance Abuse Counselor

Van Nuys, CA 91406

Posted: 01/04/2024 Job Number: 16365228

Job Description

Local nonprofit serving the San Fernando Valley is seeking a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor for our specialized outpatient program in the Van Nuys, CA area. Our program partners with clients to encourage and promote recovery using case management techniques, group/individual counseling, and community reintegration.

Key Responsibilities/Qualifications
  • Familiarity with Harm Reduction, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational interviewing techniques required in order to promote wellness and recovery for all individuals served.
  • Provide linkage and referral to treatment, residential placement, detoxification services and sober living placement.
  • Provide community referrals to address additional issues as they arise unique to each client.
  • Participate in multidisciplinary team meetings to discuss each case, treatment and level of care.
  • Conduct comprehensive assessments, using the ASAM triage and assessment tool for all participants enrolled in the program.
  • Collaborate with clinical treatment staff to determine what supportive service would best meet the presenting needs of the client.
  • Providing on-going assessment and service plan development to address substance use/dependence and relapse prevention with the goal of self-sufficiency and decreased substance use.
  • Follow-up services to participants who have been referred to a treatment agency.
  • Document on a daily basis all available slots in the SBAT (SAPC Tool).
  • Conduct weekly psychoeducational groups related to various substance use disorder topics.
  • Determine level of treatment compliance and mental health stability.
  • Provide referrals for detoxification, treatment and sober living availability.
  • Attend all Program specific meetings including weekly all staff meetings, treatment team meetings, Center Co-occurring meetings and other meetings in the community necessary to job duties.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Program Director.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Certification with either CADDE or CADAAC
  • Current and valid driver's license
  • 1-2 years of experience in a substance abuse treatment setting (inpatient or outpatient)
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Proficiency in MS Office Programs
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish is a huge plus, but not required


Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $52, 000.00 - $54, 000.00 per year


  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off


  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift

Application Question(s):

  • What is your desired hourly pay rate?


  • Substance Use Counseling: 1 year (Required)


  • Certification with either CADDE or CADAAC (Required)
  • Driver's License (Required)

Shift availability:

  • Day Shift (Required)

Work Location: In person
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