Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Counselor

    Job Locations US-CA-SAN MARCOS
    Req No.
    Regular Full-Time
  • Program/Department Description

    About Teen Recovery Center

    MHS Teen Recovery Center (TRC) provides outpatient substance abuse services to adolescents, offering counseling, education and support. All our services are appropriate to the level of care necessary for our young clients to successfully address their issues. We partner with San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) Juvenile Court and Community School to provide an integrated school and treatment program. This Day Care Habilitative (DCH) program allows school and intensive outpatient treatment to take place in one setting. We also have an outpatient drug free program that provides a lower level of care when appropriate. We recognize that drugs and alcohol affect the entire family. Our program is designed to offer young adults the opportunity to learn and to make the changes needed to survive drug abuse, as well as to support the entire family and assist them in learning new directions and happier lifestyles.


    About Mental Health Systems

    Mental Health Systems is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to delivering innovative mental health, substance abuse, supportive housing, veteran, and recovery services. MHS provides over 75 broad-ranging programs that offer safety-net services and employs over 800 dedicated individuals across 6 California counties; Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Kings, San Bernardino, and San Diego.   Since 1978, Mental Health System’s client-centered, strengths-based solutions have been designed to offer comprehensive, culturally competent programs that embody our core values of Excellence, Hope, Action, Innovation, Integrity, and Dignity. MHS has a commitment toward reducing stigma and improving access to care using the principle of “whatever it takes”. MHS offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision, company sponsored retirement plan, employee assistance program, generous holidays, vacation, and sick for eligible employees.


    Position Description

    The Substance Abuse Counselors interact with residents on a day-to-day basis providing individual and group counseling. The Substance Abuse Counselors provide residents with orientation, training, substance abuse recovery skills and information, and leadership necessary to provide them with the ability to recover from substance abuse addiction.




    • Works directly with the resident to:
      • a. provide orientation to the treatment program and the concept of sobriety,
      • b. develop and implement treatment plans,
      • c. provide counseling and recovery services, information and education, vocational training, and relapse prevention,
      • d. develop community resources for continued community treatment, and,
    • Develops a comprehensive treatment plan for each assigned resident and evaluates the progress of the individual residents according to the treatment plan.
    • Assists other staff in dealing with problematic resident behavior.
    • Maintains a caseload as prescribed by the Program Manager. Provides a variety of interventions including individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, collateral services, and other relevant sobriety-related services to clients.
    • Documents, reviews and charts client progress and completes all required paper work, on time.
    • Attends treatment meetings and provides input to treatment plan. Prepares treatment and discharge plans and discharge summaries.
    • Designates new target goals for clients consistent with overall treatment goals.
    • Initiates appropriate and timely interventions.
    • Integrates the clinical concept with sound theoretical and practical applications of rehabilitative and individual group and milieu counseling principles.
    • Provides input to develop and improve program servicing and delivery.
    • Setting daily goals.
    • Assures clients are informed of inappropriate behavior.
    • Assists other staff in dealing with problematic client behavior.
    • Schedules daily activity and recreational activities and short-term special groups.
    • Acts as co-leader in assigned groups.

    Education/Experience Requirements

    • Actively working toward a recognized alcohol and drug certification plus two years experience working with alcohol and drug related issues/addictions.
    • Certification through a recognized alcohol and drug certification entity plus two years experience working with alcohol and drug related issues/addictions.
    • B.A./B.S. degree in human service field plus one year experience working with alcohol and drug related issues/addictions.


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