Substance Abuse Counselor

Gardnerville, United States

Position Title

Substance Abuse Counselor

Job Type





E6 (40954.0 - 61432.0)


Clinic Healing Center


Position Summary

This position is responsible for developing and conducting drug and alcohol assessments and treatment plans, provided ongoing individual and group counseling and support for adolescent and adult clients with drug and/or alcohol dependence, and their families, as well as responsible for managing and coordinating client care.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, social work, and human services

  • Two years’ experience in addictive disorders.

  • Must possess an Alcohol and Drug Counselor License (LADC) or Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certificate (CADC). Must possess and maintain a valid California or Nevada driver’s license or capable of obtaining one within thirty-days (30) of employment.

  • Must be able to be insurable by the Tribe’s Driving Policy.

  • Must be HIPAA certified annually.

  • Preference will be given to Qualified Native American Indians.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
  • Facilitates meetings with clients to obtain personal, family, medical, psychological and legal information to complete a drug and alcohol assessment.

  • Consults with other professional and or family members (with signed release of information) to get a clear picture, of the client’s problems.

  • Develops a treatment plan and recommends a level of care within American Society Addiction Medicine (ASAM) PPC-2R and DSM-V guidelines, and Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Abuse approved requirements.

  • Designs a program of treatment and rehabilitation tailored to the client needs using an assessment model such at the 6 Dimensions: Dimension 1: Acute Intoxication and/or Withdrawal, Dimension 2: Biomedical Conditions and Complications, Dimension 3: Emotional/Behavioral Conditions and Complications, Dimension 4: Treatment Acceptance/Resistance, Dimension 5: Relapse/Continued Use Potential, Dimension 6: Recovery Environment.

  • Works with family members of client to provide education and therapy to address recovery and treatment for all family members on an as-needed basis.

  • Maintains a confidential case file on all clients with whom contact is made.

  • Charts and documents client progress in electronic health record.

  • Conducts group and individual counseling sessions and educational classes.

  • Schedules sessions and classes as deemed appropriate to meet clients needs outlined in the treatment plan.

  • Works with Washoe Tribal Behavioral Health treatment team (Substance Abuse, Therapist and Psychriatrist) to develop plan and/or referral to appropriate agencies.

  • Meets with Patient Care Committee to coordinate services for clients as needed.

  • Maintains communication with coordinating agencies, such as court, probation, or social services

  • Meets with other Nevada Native American counselors in order to network common areas of concern, clients, causes and possible approaches for solving problems.

  • Participates with other Washoe Tribal departments in providing drug and alcohol program coordination.

  • Assists in planning, coordinating and scheduling special events and community outreach.

  • Understands and has knowledge of twelve-step recovery program. Educates patients about community-based organizations such as AA, NA, etc.

  • Serves as a member of the behavioral health treatment team in providing culturally competent services.

  • Adheres to all healthcare standards as related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

  • Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge, Abilities, Skills, and Certifications
  • Skills in operating personal computer using a variety of computer software.

  • Ability to communicate both written and verbally using business English, proper spelling, grammar, punctuation, and basic arithmetic.

  • Knowledge of records management procedures. Ability to maintain confidentiality.

  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state and local regulatory laws and regulations including established professional standards.

  • Knowledge of medical and behavioral rehabilitation terminology.

  • Knowledge of physical, emotional and social needs of substance abusers.

  • Knowledge of community resources for substance abusers.

  • Ability to assess and diagnose using DSM-V criteria along with ASAM PPC-2R, and assessment tools of Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI), Michigan Alcohol Screening Test (MAST) and Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST).

  • Ability to be self motivated, responsible and reliable.

  • Ability to apply the principles and concepts of addictive rehabilitation counseling.

  • Ability to interview and secure personal and social information, as well as information needed for determining client’s needs and barriers.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective psychiatric counseling relationships and work effectively with staff and others.

  • Ability to utilize other community resources and health care agencies.

  • Ability to plan, organize, and express ideas clearly and effectively.

  • Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds and with patients, medical staff, co-workers and other personnel at all levels.

  • Ability to represent the organization in a professional manner, building respect and confidence.

  • Ability to analyze and problem-solve.

  • Ability to demonstrate interpersonal sensitivity.

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.

Physical Demands
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk. The employee occasionally is required to operate a motor vehicle; stand, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment
  • Work is generally performed in an office setting with a moderate noise level.