Substance Use Counselor

Full time University of California San Francisco in Substance Use Disorder Email Job
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Job Detail

  • Experience 2 Years
  • Industry Substance use disorder treatment
  • Qualifications Certificate

Job Description

Job Summary

The Substance Use Counselor position is part of the Behavioral Health Services
team at the 1930 Market Street Service Center and is responsible for providing
substance use counseling services to individuals and groups who have substance
use disorders, potential co-occurring mental health disorders and/or are living with
HIV/AIDS. This position is part of a larger multidisciplinary behavioral health
services team that includes psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, therapists,
substance use counselors, case managers and psychologists.

This position provides substance use counseling services to individuals living with
co-occurring diagnoses of substance use issues and severe mental illness, within a
Harm Reduction philosophy. Motivational Interviewing, among other interventions, is
utilized to help clients explore their relationship to their drug(s) of choice, address
their ambivalent feelings about making changes to their use and creating client-centered,
realistic and meaningful treatment plan goals for change. This position
works under the clinical supervision of a certified substance use counselor and in
conjunction with other teammates.

Department Description

The Alliance Health Project (AHP) provides a wide range of mental health services
to persons living with HIV/AIDS, as well as members of the LGBTQ community
living with serious mental health challenges. AHP also provides publications and
trainings for health care professionals and volunteers. Since AHP’s founding in
1984, AHP has served thousands of clients, counselors and clinicians, justifying its
reputation as one of the leading HIV and LGBTQ mental health agencies in San
Francisco — a reputation achieved by anticipating and addressing the challenges of
the communities AHP serves.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field of Social Service, Counseling, or
    Psychology (or 4-year equivalent combination of education and experience),
    and/or a Drug and Alcohol Counseling certification or current registration in
    an accredited certification program [e.g., California Association of DUI
    Treatment Programs (CADTP) or California Consortium of Addiction
    Programs and Professionals (CCAPP)]
  • Minimum 1 year of professional experience in substance use counseling work
  • Within 1 year of employment, successful completion of San Francisco
    Department of Public Health Involuntary Hold 5150 certification training, and
    maintaining continuous certification
  • One year of experience in providing individual and group substance use
    counseling in licensed Substance Use Disorder programs
  • One year of experience working within a multidisciplinary team
  • One year of experience facilitating groups with multiply diagnosed clients
    Experience working with persons with HIV/AIDS and with persons identifying
    as LGBTQ
  • A preliminary job offer and assignment may be extended pending successful
    background clearance

Note: Physical/health screening required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish – written, reading, and oral proficiency
  • One year of professional experience providing substance use counseling
    services to Black/African American clients
  • Bicultural experience, working collaboratively with Spanish-speaking service
    providers
  • Familiar with Avatar, ARIES and Mental Health and Drug Medi-Cal systems of
    care
  • Experience with documenting according to Medi-Cal standards in Avatar, both
    Mental Health and Drug Medi-Cal systems
  • Understanding of psychosocial issues facing the LGBTQ and HIV-affected
    communities
  • Experience working within Harm Reduction treatment models, utilizing
    Motivational Interviewing interventions
  • Familiarity with evidence-based substance use treatment modalities
  • Sensitivity to working with cultural, ethnic, and racial issues
  • Understanding and experience working with severe mental illness
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated excellence in reliability and attendance

License/Certification

  • Drug and Alcohol Counseling certification, or current registration in an
    accredited certification program [e.g., California Association of DUI Treatment
    Programs (CADTP) or California Consortium of Addiction Programs and
    Professionals (CCAPP)], or equivalent
  • Within 1 year of employment, successful completion of San Francisco
    Department of Public Health Involuntary Hold 5150 certification training, and
    maintaining continuous certification

Required skills

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