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Substance Abuse Counselor II

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Substance Abuse Counselor II in Kings County

  • Champions
  • Full time
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  • Kings County
  • 28/06/2018
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Under the supervision and direction of Director of Clinical Services, the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Counselor II will provide a variety of alcohol and drug treatment services. The SUD Counselor II will ensure proper and ethical documentation for the alcohol and drug treatment program. Facilitate client's treatment issues and progress while guiding them through each phase of treatment which includes conducting process groups, education, behavioral interventions, work in coordination with shared agencies, i.e. medical, mental health, Kings County probation and parole, etc. 

The Counselor II will be in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, in addition to the Policies & Procedures set-forth by Champions. Ensure compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, in addition to the Policies & Procedures set-forth by Champions and maintain appropriate documentation within the electronic client records; which includes the use of an EHR system. Furthermore, work collaboratively with all divisions and provide integrative treatment services, as well as individual and Psychoeducational groups and classes as deemed appropriate.

Summary of essential job functions:

  • Complies with all program policies and procedures; including State/Federal or Certification/Licensure requirements.
  • Actively maintain Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Counselor certification.
  • Maintains a caseload of clientele and provide active and comprehensive case management services.  Ensuring all area needs are attended to (mental, substance abuse, social, physical, and family).
  • Ensures appropriate and comprehensive documentation within an EHR system. 
  • Participates in staff meetings, in order to address client needs, program issues, and assist in the integration of services for clientele.
  • Facilitate Psychoeducational groups and classes, as deemed appropriate by management.
  • Comply with Drug Medi-Cal requirements in documentations and services.
  • Ability to get along with diverse personalities; understanding, mature, and flexible.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Clinical Services and/or Executive Leadership Team. 

Minimum requirements:

  • Possession of a valid Certification in Alcohol and Drug Counseling or Addiction Services as recognized by the State of California.
  • Drug and Alcohol or related certification and American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Trained.
  • BA in social work, psychology, or related field + 2 years’ mental health experience; or AA in social work, psychology, or related field + 3 years’ mental health experience and/or other relevant degree(s) and related experience may be substituted.
  • Two (2) years of advanced education (60 units of college credit) in psychology, sociology, or a closely related field is preferred.
  • Must have valid California Class C Driver’s License; maintain a good safety record (verified by DMV at hire and periodically) and a reliable vehicle; proof of liability insurance if driving personal vehicle. 
  • First Aid and CPR certifications, obtain within 90 days of employment and maintain current thereafter.
  • Experience must be in the provision of case management services for persons living with mental illness.
  • Substance Abuse counseling/support experience desired.



Champions is a nonprofit organization that has served Kings County and the surrounding areas since 2000. Initially specializing in substance abuse treatment and recovery, Champions has grown to become one of the main providers for social and community based programs within Kings County.

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