Substance Abuse Counselor

The Substance Abuse Counselor performs comprehensive assessments, service planning, and service coordination to address multiple aspects of a client’s life, develops client treatment plans based on practice standards, clinical experience, and client histories and educates clients on substance abuse services.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Provide counseling and case management services to participants admitted or seeking admission to the program
  • Complete intakes and assessments utilizing the ASAM Criteria which includes assessing across the six dimensions to determine the appropriate level of care
  • Facilitate education/treatment groups and individual counseling
  • Document all services and maintain thorough and accurate records in accordance with DASA Rule 2060 and A Safe Haven policies
  • Complete discharges summaries for clients
  • Develop treatment plan goals and objectives with the client in order to provide best individualized treatment options
  • Conduct treatment plan reviews within the required timeframe in order to evaluate progress and/or modification of goals
  • Develop a continued care plan with the client prior to discharge
  • Develop curriculum and lesson plans based on the needs of the client population and review with Supervisor
  • Administer tests and quizzes to the clients as needed
  • Develop client treatment plans based on practice standards, clinical experience, and client histories
  • Provide case management services such as coordinating with probation officers, case managers, etc. regarding the needs of the clients and providing referrals based on those needs
  • Review and evaluate clients’ progress in relation to goals described in treatment and care plans
  • Review all charts in preparation for annual audits
  • Coordinate case management with appropriate support staff
  • Attend clinical staff meetings
  • Maintain knowledge of A Safe Haven’s cultural competencies in order to better serve clients needs as well as the organization as a whole
  • Participate in staff meetings
  • Participate in trainings associated with job responsibilities
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor



  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university preferred in social work, psychology, or criminal justice related field; or two years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience with male and/or female offender populations preferred

Certificates/Licenses Required

  • CADC required

Computer Skills

  • In order to successfully perform the essential responsibilities of the job, one must possess the following computer and program skills; knowledge of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel , general ledger, , order processing, inventory software, e-mail, and internet.
  • MIS Software experience  a plus


If interested, please fill out the application form on our Careers page.