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Requisition Number 18-10179
Post Date 10/11/2018
Title Substance Use Counselor (Certified)
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Division Clinical
Pay Frequency Semi-Monthly
City Culver City
State CA


The Substance Use COunselor is responsible for providing comprehensive counseling services for children and families that address problems related to the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs. Assessing, facilitating, and documenting group and individual counseling sessions, addressing individual progress and outcomes, ensuring compliance with Agency, state licensing and other regulatory standards and guidelines. Ensuring a safe, nurturing environment for clients that fosters a sense of hope, dignity and direction.

This position is located at Project 50, on Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles. 



Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm


Essential Functions

  • Conducts/facilitates individual and group substance abuse prevention education and awareness, and counseling sessions and provides routine case management including assessment, intake, crisis intervention, and exit interviews for adults or adolescents with a history of substance abuse.
  • Provides parent training.
  • Interfaces with such agencies as the Department of Mental Health, Department of Child and Family Services, criminal justice services, Public health and other related community agencies and resources to give and receive information relative to clients.
  • Maintains documentation of all counseling sessions, substance abuse services and other services; ensures compliance with Didi Hirsch policies and procedures, contracts and other regulatory agencies.
  • Supervises program participants with conflict resolution and medication compliance as needed.
  • Developing and refining program curricula and materials.
  • Develops and maintains counselor skills through seminars, workshops, or other forms of training/education.
  • Attends and actively participates in all team and staff meetings, community meetings and supervision/consultation.

Required Qualifications

  • Registered or Certified in one of the state approved certification agencies for substance use.
  • Knowledge of Drug Medi-Cal regulations, ASAM Multi-dimensional assessment, Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy model preferred
  • Experience working with youth and adults in group presentations and process.  Sensitivity to ethnic and cultural differences.  Experience with community organization, program planning and implementation.  Knowledge of substance abuse prevention and community resources.  Ability to work some evening hours and to arrange work schedule to the benefit of the program.
  • Have a working knowledge of case management and conducting/facilitating individual and group counseling sessions for appropriate clients to be served.
  • Support the values and mission of Didi Hirsch as related to employment.
  • Know and comply with Didi Hirsch Agency policies and procedures, HIPAA, DMH, Child and Family Services, policies and documentation guidelines, and other state, federal regulations relating to program.
  • Demonstrate current knowledge of all job specific skills: to include mental health programming, psychiatric crisis intervention; documentation; group/individual counseling; multi-cultural and socio-economic issues.
  • Basic advocacy skills.
  • Present ideas, information, and viewpoints clearly, both verbally and in writing.
  • Efficiently use the personal computer including word processing and electronic chart system software.
  • Ability to work varied hours including evenings, nights and weekends.
  • Utilize analysis, experience, and judgment to make decisions within policies and practices.
  • Demonstrate commitment to team objectives and Didi Hirsch philosophies
  • Adapt to changing needs by acquiring new skills and knowledge.
  • Current California driver’s license and a driving record acceptable to the Agency’s insurance carrier.

These requirements are typically met by a combination of education and experience that typically includes a high school diploma (or GED) or AA degree, with a minimum of one year experience in a related social service/mental health or substance use environment. 

Candidates must be able to successfully pass our pre-employment screening, including a background check and finger print scan



  • Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.
  • Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here.
  • The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)
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