Certified AOD Counselor

Reports To:  Operations Manager

About the CLARE Foundation: CLARE Foundation is a nonprofit organization providing compassionate treatment and recovery services for alcoholism and substance abuse to individuals, families, and the community.

Summary: The Counselor II supports the activities of the department, which provides high quality substance abuse recovery services for people who are struggling with the addictions to alcohol and other drugs by assisting them in achieving identified goals.

Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Work in collaboration with Behavioral Health Clinician on treatment plan goals
  • Group Facilitation
  • Provide weekly case management sessions related to treatment plan in collaboration with Behavioral Health Clinician
  • File compliance ensuring contractual guidelines and CLARE standards are upheld
  • Crisis Management when appropriate
  • Collaborative team work

Primary Objectives:

  • Maintain a good knowledge and understanding of CLARE’s mission, vision, & philosophy
  • Contribute to a healthy work environment
  • Actively participate in meetings and team-building activities.
  • Communicate on a direct and timely basis about needs and problems as they arise.
  • Ensure standards of conduct are upheld to CLARE standards
  • Ensure a community environment is maintained
  • Ensure health and safety regulations are upheld to CLARE standards
  • Maximize learning opportunities by remaining receptive to constructive feedback and utilizing support available from your supervisor and others.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Ensure client files are upheld and managed to contractual and CLARE standards
  • Conduct goal oriented case management sessions with caseload clients
  • Conduct group counseling and educational sessions
  • Act as a client advocate and assist clients with problem solving
  • Provide appropriate referrals, following up on all referrals and interventions to ensure that the client has access to designated services.
  • Provide crisis intervention and emotional support to clients when appropriate
  • Maintain contact with each client as required by contract and program guidelines
  • Maintain accurate and up to date information in each client’s chart and document client contact by using the EHR system
  • Advocate with primary care providers to ensure access to quality treatment and/or care in collaboration with Behavioral Health Clinician
  • Maintain appropriate professional boundaries with clients and staff; Respond to client requests in a professional and courteous manner; Observe and adhere to client confidentiality standards.
  • Supervise residents in coordination of daily program activities
  • Assure that all emergency needs of residents are met and these incidents are reported as required
  • Respond appropriately to emergencies including contacting appropriate staff and supervisor(s), interacting with police, fire, and medical personnel as needed.
  • Assure adherence to all safety rules and regulations
  • Answer phones and provide information, referrals, and assistance to callers
  • Provide client transportation, if applicable
  • Ensure the safety of participants by limiting access to facility to participants, staff, and authorized visitors and service providers; help to ensure adequate health and safety standards are maintained throughout the facility.
  • Maintain open, complete, and accurate verbal and written communications with all staff and residents
    Attend and actively participate in case conferences, related training, and collaborative relationships between CLARE and established partners
  • Represent CLARE at community meetings, collaborate with other social services agencies as a part of continuum of care, and serve as an advocate for CLARE constituents, if applicable
  • Other tasks as assigned by the program management

Knowledge, Experience & Skills:

The ideal candidate will have counseling experience in a substance abuse treatment center setting. Certified AOD Counselor required. In addition, the following are strongly desired/required:

  • Experience and ability to work well with diverse populations.
  • Possess an understanding of issues of substance use and mental health.
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Excellent organizational, verbal, written, and counseling skills

Physical Demands:

While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is often required to sit and use their hands and fingers, to handle or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions.

Work Environment:

This job will be primarily located at the CLARE Foundation’s offices in Santa Monica, CA. While performing the responsibilities of the job, these work environment characteristics are representative of the environment the job holder will encounter. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to hr@clarefoundation.org and list “Certified Counselor” in the subject line.