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Substance Abuse Counselor (The People Concern)

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Position: Substance Abuse Counselor

Location: Village Shelter

With the support of and in partnership with the E6 team, the Substance Abuse Counselor performs a
variety of tasks to assist the most vulnerable and chronically homeless individuals in their
recovery from substances and in regaining control over their lives. The Counselor provides
information and support for program members and assists members in gaining admission to inpatient
or more intensive substance abuse treatment settings as needed. The Counselor will model competence
in wellness, recovery, and coping, and is responsible for maintaining the highest quality services
and efficiency of operations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

1. Utilize harm reduction, social, environmental, and motivational, strategies to support
members, in collaboration with licensed clinicians, other counselors, case managers, and support
2. Encourage and promote an environment that is strength based to assist clients in meeting their
individual goals
3. Street outreach to identified homeless persons working with the team to engage in services and
accept treatment from the program staff assist with enrollment process as needed
4. Conduct and document individual counseling sessions with clients at regular intervals
determined by the individual’s needs
5. Coach clients individually on problems with transition from streets to home, supportive
independent living skills, sobriety, and accessing needed recourses in the community
6. Provide referrals to allied critical healthy living services for clients on caseload
7. Document and account for time spent on client contacts and activities in client record in
accordance with agency and funder standards
8. Attend and actively participate in team meetings and program-wide meetings daily
9. Maintain a current, thorough knowledge of ongoing developments and new techniques in the
fields of substance abuse, mental health, and behavioral health community resources and utilize
these to provide comprehensive, wrap-around services to clients


1. Certification in substance abuse counseling (CAADE and/or CAADAC required)
2. High School diploma or GED; Associates or Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred
3. Minimum two years’ experience as a substance abuse counselor and/or case manager, in a
licensed and/or accredited substance abuse treatment facility (experience in a dual-diagnosis
setting preferred)
4. Able to work in a high tolerance Harm Reduction model with clients who have multiple barriers
5. Current, valid California Driver’s with an acceptable driving record and reliable vehicle
6. Able to transport members in your vehicle
7. Computer literacy, including knowledge of Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel
8. Detail oriented with excellent time management, organizational, written, verbal, and computer
9. Able to learn quickly and work effectively with a wide range of constituencies and with
minimal supervision
10. Able to obtain and maintain CPR/1st Aid certification

Preferred Qualifications

1. Knowledge of 12-Step organizations, culture, terminology, and literature
2. Working knowledge of criminal justice system

3. Certification as an Anger Management and/or Domestic Violence Facilitator
4. Bilingual in English/Spanish a plus
5. Minimum 30 WPM typing speed

Apply OR
Mail salary expectations, cover letter, and resume to
The People Concern Human Resources 2116 Arlington Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90018

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