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Substance Use Counselor

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Substance Use Counselor in *Multiple Locations

  • UCSF Alliance Health Project
  • Full time
  • Email
  • *Multiple Locations
  • 11/03/2019
  • Report

The Substance Use Counselor / Case Manager position is part of the Behavioral Health Services team at the 1930 Market Street Service Center and is responsible for providing substance use services and case management to individuals and groups who have severe mental illness 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 and case management services to individuals living with co-occurring diagnoses of substance abuse 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. This position will involve providing case management services consisting mainly of assisting clients with appropriate referrals, including for housing, vocational and other mental health services.

AHP / PSYCHIATRY
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.

ABOUT UCSF
The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.

 

Required Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in a related field of Social Service, Counseling, Psychology, 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)] / or equivalent combination of training / experience
• Within one year of employment, successful completion of San Francisco Department of Public Health Involuntary Hold 5150 certification training, and maintaining continuous certification
• Minimum one years’ professional experience in substance use counseling work
• 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 in 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

• Certified, or registered, as Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATC) or other addiction-related certification through the California Association of DUI Treatment Programs (CADTP) or California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP)
• Bilingual in English and Spanish – written, reading, and oral proficiency
• 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

• Bachelor’s degree in a related field of Social Service, Counseling, Psychology, 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)]
• Within one year of employment, successful completion of San Francisco Department of Public Health Involuntary Hold 5150 certification training, and maintaining continuous certification

 

If interested, please apply through the UCSF Careers portal link which is located below:

https://bit.ly/2Hevbpp

 



UCSF Alliance Health Project

The mission of the UCSF Alliance Health Project is to support the mental health and wellness of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected communities in constructing healthy and meaningful lives.

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