SUD Counselor - Certified and/or Registered - Adolescent Program
Job Type

Position Title: SUD Counselor (Certified or Registered) 

Program: Adolescent Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program 

Classification: Non-exempt, Full Time 

Salary Range: $19-$25 per hour

Summary and Range of Authority: Under the supervision of the Lead Counselor, the Adolescent SUD Counselor functions as a member of adolescent alcohol and drug treatment team and provides age appropriate outpatient substance abuse treatment and recovery services to targeted adolescent clients. Services sites include assigned schools within San Diego Unified School District.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

• Conduct initial intake screening and assessment evaluations with adolescents who seek alcohol and drug treatment. 

• Collect, complete, and file all the necessary documentation necessary at admission. 

• Provide comprehensive assessment using assessment tools assigned by the funding source including ASAM and ASI Lite as required. 

Provide initial orientation, and develop individualized treatment plan as required. 

• Facilitate ODF and/or IOP day treatment group sessions covering topics including relapse prevention, sober living skills, alcohol and drug pharmacology, stress/anger management, family violence, job readiness and related issues 

• Conduct individual sessions and collateral services to assist clients’ recovery process. 

• Provide education and supportive services. 

• Provide appropriate referrals, linkages and case management to other resources and services. 

• Serve as a member of an interdisciplinary team, participate in program planning, treatment and goal development, discharge planning, and clinical meetings. 

• Utilize evidence-based practices including Motivational Interviewing techniques and relapse prevention model. 

• Work well with immigrants, refugees, and other culturally diverse adolescent clients and their families. 

• Prepare all the assigned written documentation including progress notes, treatment plan, and medical necessity notes. 

• Keep all the assigned documentation in compliance with the applicable standards and requirements. 

• Receive referrals from criminal justice system, Child Welfare Services, various providers and community members; may involve providing crisis intervention and case managements. 

• Provide translation and cultural mediation between clients/families, and referring personnel as needed. 

• Provide referral services according to the client’s level of care assessment as required. 

• Provide recovery services (after care) as assigned. 

• Meet contracted units of service and number of clients served within the fiscal year. 

• Attend staff meetings and other meetings as assigned, complete special projects in a timely manner, and able to maintain strict confidentiality with regard to sensitive or proprietary information or materials. 

• Conduct outreach to promote program services. 

• Conduct gender-specific, observed drug testing to clients as mandated by the referral source and/or the individual treatment plans followed by proper documentation and reporting. Alcohol and drug testing may include patch, urine analysis, and Breathalyzer. 

• Other duties as assigned 


Required Education, Certifications/Licenses and Language/Cultural Skills: 

• Certified by one of the DHCS-approved certifying organizations (OR) 

• Must be registered by one of DHCS approved certifying organization. Will receive formal supervision from an on-site qualified staff (OR)


Minimum Experience and Qualifications Required: 

• Must have successful completion and maintenance of the San Diego County credentialing, 

• If recovering, must be clean and sober and stable in the recovery process for at least 1 year. 

• Must be free of probation or parole supervision for a minimum of one year. 

• Knowledge and experience working with substance abusing individuals. 

• Ability to establish and maintain supportive relationship with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds. 

• Have knowledge and experience working with clients who have co-occurring disorders. 

• Ability to work effectively with various referral sources including probation officers. 

• Knowledge and experience in the principles of effective alcohol and drug treatment theories and approaches. 

• Ability to provide crisis intervention, outreach, education, advocacy, community organization and follow-up services. 

• Excellent organizational and time management skills as well as attention to detail; ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, prioritize, and successfully bring them to fruition. 

• Ability to effectively collaborate with PEI Mental Health Counselor for co-occurring mental health prevention and early intervention services. 

• Ability to function well as a member of an interdisciplinary team. 

• Ability to maintain strict confidentiality regarding sensitive or proprietary information or materials 

• Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Internet browsers, and Outlook. 

• Ability to work well under pressure. 

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 

• Must have flexibility to work some evening and weekend hours during scheduled client activities. 

• Must be drug tested prior to hire and drug test results shall be negative for illegal drug use, including marijuana. 

• Must have TB clearance. 

• COVID-19 Vaccination and booster required, unless exempted as a reasonable accommodation as allowed by the law. 

• Must have certified First Aid and CPR training (including infant CPR). 

• Will not be debarred or excluded from participation in Federal programs by the General Services Administration and/or the Department of Health and Human Services of the Inspector General 

• Must pass background check (Live Scan Fingerprint). 

• Must be able to drive (when needed) for business purposes to other program locations in San Diego County. If employee drives his/her personal automobile for UPAC business, employee must have valid California driver’s license and comprehensive automobile insurance coverage, as required by law. 


Additional Preferred Education or Qualifications: 

• Bilingual, bicultural in an Asian and/or Pacific Islander language. 

• Knowledge and experience of Drug Medi-Cal Title 22 and SanWITS data systems. 

• Change Agent Developing Recovery Excellence (CADRE) trained 

• If recovering, must be stable in the recovery process for 2 years


Physical Demands and Work Environment: 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Spends approximately 70% of work time sitting and meeting with others or working at a desk and/or computer. Spends approximately 30% of work time standing or walking within the work area or outside the office at meetings and events, also bends, twists, stoops and reaches. Ability to communicate in writing and verbally. Regularly required to sit and talk or hear. Frequently is required to use hands to touch, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms. Occasionally lifts and/or moves up to 25 pounds. Working conditions are normal for an office environment and event venues. The noise level is usually moderate. 

Salary Description
$19-$25 per hour