Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • SUD Counselor

    Job Locations US-CA-SAN DIEGO
    Req No.
    2018-3497
    Category
    Counselor/Therapist
    Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • About our Program and Organization

    San Diego Center for Change is the case management and treatment provider for San Diego’s Central Division Adult Drug Court. We work collaboratively with other members of the Drug Court Team, who include the Judge, court support staff, District Attorney, Public Defender, and law enforcement liaison officers. As the treatment provider on the Drug Court Team, San Diego Center for Change helps our clients achieve success in living a productive life that is free of criminal activity. Our treatment services offer group and individual counseling, and our case management services provide for mental health, education, employment and community referral needs.

     

    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.

    Job Summary and Responsibilities


    The Substance Abuse Counselor provides drug and alcohol counseling to adult clients authorized to receive substance abuse treatment under a non-residential substance abuse or mental health program. Counselors interact with clients on a day-to-day basis providing individual and group counseling, as well as engaging in rehabilitation activities. The Substance Abuse Counselor provides clients with orientation, training, substance abuse recovery skills and information, and leadership necessary to provide clients with the ability to recover from substance abuse addiction. The Substance Abuse Counselor may be assigned additional counseling duties.

    • Group therapy Individual therapy
    • Case management
    • Regular and random urinalysis drug testing
    • Placement in detox, residential treatment, sober living, and mental health programs when appropriate and available
    • Job training, employment assistance, and education
    • Community referrals as needed
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Performs drug testing urinalysis specimen collections and screening as required.

     

    Qualifications

    QUALIFICATIONS: 

     

    Substance Abuse Counselors must meet one of the following:

     

    • 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; and either actively working toward a recognized alcohol and drug certification or certification through a recognized alcohol and drug certification entity.

     

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