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Chemical Dependency Counselor

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Chemical Dependency Counselor in Los Angeles County

  • Passages
  • Full time
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  • Los Angeles County
  • 10/06/2019
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Passages is recruiting for a Chemical Dependency Counselor (CDC) for our beautiful Malibu facility.  Passages offers our clients a holistic approach to treatment that assists our clients in maintaining sobriety. CDC’s are an essential part of that treatment. We are looking for motivated, compassionate individuals to join our team. You must have and maintain Chemical Dependency certification in good standing from a program accredited by the State of California (e.g., CCAPP).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assess clients for substance abuse, dependence, and other addictive behaviors
  • Assess barriers to learning
  • Demonstrat the ability to establish rapport with clients, families, and other caregivers, i.e. outside therapists etc.
  • Reassess clients throughout their stay to determine the clients’ response to care and when there are significant changes in the clients’ condition
  • Demonstrates the ability to identify clients’ level of honesty and self-motivation
  • Demonstrates the ability to identify clients’ obstacles to utilizing resources outside the facility
  • Assesses clients’ needs regarding referrals to community resources
  • Demonstrates the ability to assess for abuse and neglect
  • Assesses clients for relevant cultural and spiritual issues and incorporates these findings into the treatment plan
  • Provides individual chemical dependency counseling
  • Provides group therapy; demonstrates competency as a group facilitator utilizing a variety of treatment modalities
  • Provides educational and other didactic groups for clients
  • Documents clients’ responses to group sessions in the clients’ records
  • Conducts individual counseling sessions with clients as assigned
  • Documents clients’ responses to individual sessions in the clients records
  • Participates in the development and implementation of an individualized plan of treatment in conjunction with the other members of the treatment team within one week of admission; effectively incorporates information from assessments into treatment goals and interventions
  • Participates in the development of weekly treatment plan updates in conjunction with the other members of the treatment team
  • Demonstrates the ability to therapeutically confront clients and their family members as indicated.
  • Communicates with outside therapists and other appropriate parties as indicated within the bounds of confidentiality
  • Assesses need for and provides education related to the clients’ chemical dependency and psychological disorders
  • Conducts group and individual educational activities and indicated
  • Demonstrates awareness of each client’s barriers to learning and tailors educational activities to those barriers
  • Documents education provided in the clients records
  • Reevaluates clients’ educational needs throughout their stay
  • Demonstrates the ability to educate clients and their families regarding community resources.
  • Addresses discharge planning needs and assists the clients with discharge planning; documents discharge summaries in the clients records
  • Reports incidents of suspected/known abuse/neglect, using prescribed forms and protocols from the relevant community, state, and federal agencies
  • Complies with the mandatory reporting laws, policies, and procedures
  • Documents discharge plans, including community referrals and follow-up appointments with therapists and other necessary professionals
  • Individualizes discharge plans according to the clients’ ability to utilize resources.
  • Assists with the coordination of client’s discharge plans
  • Protects client confidentiality when interfacing with internal and external resources.
  • Provides all necessary information to receiving facilities, local agencies, caregivers, therapists, physicians, and/or family members
  • Demonstrates skill in establishing rapport with a variety of referral sources, services, and community resources resulting in an effective transition from one level of care to another
  • Maintains contact as necessary after discharge with receiving facilities, caregivers, and/or family members within the bounds of patient confidentiality and in accordance with facilities policies and procedures

Qualification Guidelines:

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Skills in case management, time management and crisis intervention
  • Extensive knowledge of chemical dependency and psychological disorders
  • Ability to conduct group therapy
  • Ability to conduct individual counseling
  • Ability to summarize pertinent clinical information via written correspondence and records documentation in accordance with facility policies
  • Must be able to concentrate on work amid distractions from noise, conversations, and foot traffic; must be flexible in work hours in order to meet facility needs
  • Must maintain self-control in volatile or hostile situations, such as when verbally or physically confronted
  • Must be able to set therapeutic limits and maintain therapeutic distance with clients and maintain therapeutic boundaries with clients during treatment and after discharge
  • Must be able to address and prioritize multiple task demands within established time frame

Physical Demands:

  • Normal demands associated with an office environment
  • Ability to sit for long periods of time
  • Ability to speak and hear for communication
  • Ability to communicate with others by telephone, email, and face to face


Education, Experience, Licensure, and Other Requirements

  • AA degree or Bachelor’s preferred

  • Chemical Dependency certification from a program accredited by the State of California (Do not apply if you do not have this)

  • Extensive experience in behavioral health field

  • Extensive experience delivering chemical dependency services in a behavioral health/ chemical dependency setting

  • Must have a California Driver License with a good driving record (as determined by the Company )
  • Passages is maintains a drug-free workplace and requires post-offer, pre-employment drug screening. Passages does not accommodate the use of illegal drugs.


Passages has a deep desire to save the lives of people who are suffering from alcohol and drug dependency. Passages believes that addiction is not an incurable disease, but a symptom of deeper issues such as depression, anxiety, or past trauma. We utilize a non-12 step approach based upon a positiv...

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