The Substance Use Counselor is responsible for providing comprehensive counseling services for children and families that address problems related to the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs. Assessing, facilitating, and documenting group and individual counseling sessions, addressing individual progress and outcomes, ensuring compliance with Agency, state licensing and other regulatory standards and guidelines. Ensuring a safe, nurturing environment for clients that fosters a sense of hope, dignity and direction.
This position is co-located between the Los Angeles Superior Court LAX and CENS Area Office.
- Conducts/facilitates individual and group substance abuse prevention education and awareness, and counseling sessions and provides routine case management including assessment, intake, crisis intervention, and exit interviews for adults or adolescents with a history of substance abuse
- Provides parent training
- Interfaces with such agencies as the Department of Mental Health, Department of Child and Family Services, criminal justice services, Public health and other related community agencies and resources to give and receive information relative to clients
- Maintains documentation of all counseling sessions, substance abuse services and other services; ensures compliance with Didi Hirsch policies and procedures, contracts and other regulatory agencies
- Supervises program participants with conflict resolution and medication compliance as needed
- Developing and refining program curricula and materials.
- Develops and maintains counselor skills through seminars, workshops, or other forms of training/education.
- Attends and actively participates in all team and staff meetings, community meetings and supervision/consultation
These specifications are general guidelines based upon the minimum, ordinarily considered essential, to satisfactory performance in this position. Individual skills and abilities may result in some deviation from these guidelines.
To perform effectively in this position, the employee in this position is required to:
- Certified in one of the state approved certification agencies for substance abuse.
- Experience working with youth and adults in group presentations and process. Sensitivity to ethnic and cultural differences. Experience with community organization, program planning and implementation. Knowledge of substance abuse prevention and community resources. Ability to work some evening hours and to arrange work schedule to the benefit of the program.
- Have a working knowledge of case management and conducting/facilitating individual and group counseling sessions for appropriate clients to be served.
- Support the values and mission of Didi Hirsch as related to employment.
- Know and comply with Didi Hirsch Agency policies and procedures, HIPAA, DMH, Child and Family Services, policies and documentation guidelines, and other state, federal regulations relating to program.
- Demonstrate current knowledge of all job specific skills: to include mental health programming, psychiatric crisis intervention; documentation; group/individual counseling; multi-cultural and socio-economic issues.
- Basic advocacy skills.
- Present ideas, information, and viewpoints clearly, both verbally and in writing.
- Efficiently use the personal computer including word processing and electronic chart system software
- Ability to work varied hours including evenings, nights and weekends.
- Utilize analysis, experience, and judgment to make decisions within policies and practice
- Demonstrate commitment to team objectives and Didi Hirsch philosophies
- Adapt to changing needs by acquiring new skills and knowledge.
- Current California driver’s license and a driving record acceptable to the Agency’s insurance carrier
- These requirements are typically met by a combination of education and experience that typically includes a high school diploma (or GED) or AA degree, with a minimum of one year experience in a related social service/mental health or substance use environment.
The employee in this position must be able to perform this job safely, without endangering the health or safety of him/herself or others.