Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Counselor

San Rafael, California, United States Part-time

The Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Program is designed to serve up to 24 Full Service Partner clients and 75 or more partial, drop-in clients annually.  These youth have been diagnosed with serious emotional disturbance and/or mental illness.  These TAY may be aging out of the children’s mental health and/or juvenile justices system or experiencing a first psychotic break and are at risk for incarceration and/or homelessness.  They often have co-occurring disorders, such as substance use. 

Co-occurring services will be provided through recognition that TAY have a more disadvantaged health and social profile with concurrent mental health and substance use challenges.  The TAY AOD Counselor will use outreach and engagement to establish relationships with TAY.  This may include use of Motivational Interviewing (MI), an evidence-based treatment that addresses ambivalence to change, and/or Motivation and Readiness Scales (CMR) for Substance Abuse Treatment or the Addiction Severity Index (ASI) with TAY clients. 

The AOD Counselor will provide substance use services utilizing a harm reduction model, to both Full Service Partner and approximately 75 drop-in clients annually.  The position will be responsible for substance use outreach, screening/ assessment, treatment planning/case monitoring, substance use/abuse curriculum, individual counseling, and drop-in groups.  Groups may include multi-family, addiction/recovery education.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conducting outreach to clients around substance issues and to potential TAY clients in the community
  • Engaging with TAY clients around substance use choices and consequences, including helping them attend local AA/NA meetings
  • Utilizing evidence-based practices for substance use assessment, including surveys, assessment tools/measurements
  • Conducting educational and/or process groups with TAY and/or their family members around substance use issues
  • Acting as the Liaison with Marin County Mental Health and Substance Use Services on substance use work in the TAY Program
  • Active participation in running the TAY drop-in center with other TAY staff
  • Collaboration with treatment and/or service teams, and attendance/active participation in team meetings
  • Meeting with participants in the community or in the home to facilitate engagement and provide support in achieving goals
  • Completing all required documentation and outcome data in a timely manner
  • Administrative tasks associated with the TAY Program including electronic health record systems and other record keeping requirements.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Drug and Alcohol Certification (such as Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS), CADAC) required
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred;
  • Experience working with transitional age youth preferred
  • Bilingual Spanish/bicultural applicants preferred
  • A valid California driver’s license, personal automobile for the job, insurable by SHS’ insurance policy based on DMV record and personal vehicle insurance
  • Available afternoons, early evenings and occasional weekend hours