San Marcos, CA 92069
$25 - $26 an hour - Full-time
Mental Health Systems, Inc

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$25 - $26 an hour
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The Substance Abuse Counselors interact with residents on a day-to-day basis providing individual and group counseling. The Substance Abuse Counselors provide residents with orientation, training, substance abuse recovery skills and information, and leadership necessary to provide them with the ability to recover from substance abuse addiction.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
  • Works directly with the resident to:
o a. provide orientation to the treatment program and the concept of sobriety,
o b. develops and implement treatment plans,
o c. provides counseling and recovery services, information and education, vocational training, and relapse prevention,
o d. develops community resources for continued community treatment, and,
  • Develops a comprehensive treatment plan for each assigned resident and evaluates the progress of the individual residents according to the treatment plan.
  • Assists other staff in dealing with problematic resident behavior.
  • Maintains a caseload as prescribed by the Program Manager. Provides a variety of interventions including individual and
group counseling, crisis intervention, collateral services, and other relevant sobriety-related services to clients.
  • Documents, reviews, and charts client progress and completes all required paperwork, on time.
  • Attends treatment meetings and provides input to treatment plan. Prepares treatment and discharge plans and
discharge summaries.
  • Designates new target goals for clients consistent with overall treatment goals.
  • Initiates appropriate and timely interventions.
  • Knowledge of Cognitive therapy techniques, substance-abuse programs and treatment, relapse prevention, 12-Step programs and transference and countertransference and understands the concept of co-dependent behavior.
  • Integrates the clinical concept with sound theoretical and practical applications of rehabilitative and individual group and
milieu counseling principles.
  • Provides input to develop and improve program servicing and delivery.
  • Setting daily goals.
  • Assures clients are informed of inappropriate behavior.
  • Assists other staff in dealing with problematic client behavior.
  • Schedules daily activity and recreational activities and short-term special groups.
  • Acts as co-leader in assigned groups
  • Comply with all MHS and program rules, policies and procedures including HIPAA standards.
  • Substance Abuse Counselors must meet one of the following:
o Actively working toward a recognized alcohol and drug certification plus two years’ experience working with alcohol and drug related issues/addictions.
o Certification through a recognized alcohol and drug certification entity plus two years’ experience working with alcohol and drug related issues/addictions.
o B.A./B.S. degree in human service field plus one-year experience working with alcohol and drug related issues/addictions.
  • Proficient user of Microsoft Office Suite and EHR software.
  • Ability to problem solve and react appropriately to emergency situations.
  • Ability to work independently and effectively collaborate with a team.

PAY RANGE: $25 - $26 / HOURLY



  • High School or better

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Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

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)

Mental Health Systems, Inc