Substance Use Disorder Counselor

  • Job Tracking ID: 512731-612001
  • Job Location: Auburn, CA
    Grass Valley
  • Job Level: Any
  • Level of Education: 2 year degree
  • Job Type: Part-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: August 03, 2018
  • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
  • Starting Date: ASAP

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Job Description:

Chapa-De Indian Health has an opportunity for a Substance Use Disorder Counselor. This will initially be a part-time position scheduled for 3 days per week with a potential of becoming full time.

As part of Chapa-DeMedication-Assisted Treatment(MAT) team and as part of Addiction Services, the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) counselor provides individual and group counseling services to patients participating in MAT program and patients identified as requiring care under the Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) program. The SUD counselor provides instruction to clients and to family members on theories and treatment of substance use disorders. The SUD counselor functions as community liaison for Chapa-De participating in outreach and serves in community coalitions and collaborative teams.


  1. Coordinates with MAT team, with intake, admission, treatment agreement, program adherence and group and individual sessions

  2. Conducts Brief Interventions and Referral to Treatment as part of SBIRT program.

  3. Conducts counseling sessions for individuals, groups and persons diagnosed with substance use disorders?

  4. Participates directly in case reviewsas needed?

  5. Provides information about the substance use program to individuals, the generalpublic and as outreach to community groups ?

  6. Provides psycho-therapeutic intervention, treatment, and other related mental health services to patients and their families ?


Experience and Skills:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma
  • Possess and maintain certification as an Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Counselor issued by a certifying agency approved by the California Department of Health Care Services such as CAADC/CATC II
  • Two year’s minimum experience counseling individuals with substance use challenges.
  • Knowledge and training in substance use disorders and related issues and understanding of recovery models including harm reduction.
  • Proficiency in Motivational Interviewing
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and ability to be culturally competent.
  • Competence with Electronic Medical Record Systems.
Preferred Experience/Skills:
  • AA or BS or MS/MA degree in a related field.
  • LCSW, LMFT with additional training in assessment and treating of substance use disorders.
  • Training in therapeutic modalities such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness for Addiction and Motivational Interviewing/Enhancement Therapy.
  • Understanding of concurrent management of co-occurring disorders of patients with mental health diagnoses and substance use disorders.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written skills.?
  • Ability to effectively work with people from diverse backgrounds and be culturally competent.
  • Experience with and commitment to working with an underserved, low income community.


Knowledge of/Skills and Abilities to:

  • Assess, diagnose and treat patient with substance use disorders 

  • Principles, procedures, techniques, trends and literature of individual and group counseling

  • Apply the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria to assess for appropriate level of care (LOC)

  • Understands and applies the DHCS Drug Medi-Cal- Organized Delivery System of Care guidelinesfor both Nevada and Placer Counties

  • Social aspects of psychological and emotional disturbances

  • Integrate care of substance use patients with Behavioral Health and Primary Care programs

  • Provide crisis intervention as needed

  • Work effectively with all recovery resource providers and all agencies in the community to provide seamless continuum of care for Chapa-De patients with substance use disorders.

  • Work effectively with a multicultural client and family population with diverse backgrounds and needs

Indian Preference. Preference in filling vacancies will be given to qualified Indian applicants in accordance with the Indian Preference Act (Title 25, U.S. Code, section 472 & 473). In other than the above, Chapa-De Indian Health Program, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The ability to distinguish letters and symbols as well as the ability to utilize telephones, computer terminals and copiers is required. The employee must occasionally be required to stoop. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

This position is contingent upon grand funding.


Job Benefits:

Benefits include Health Insurance, PTO, Holiday Pay, 403B retirement plan, EAP plus more.