Substance Use Counselor 

Position Title Substance Use Counselor
Reports To Director of Substance Use Treatment
FLSA Status Exempt
Summary This individual will provide substance use treatment services to individuals and groups at A Safe Haven’s main campus.



Other duties may be assigned. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these duties.

  • Develop and maintain supportive relationships with clients and provide general support and encouragement.
  • Respond to client personal and interpersonal issues in a professional manner using approved de-escalation techniques.
  • Alert relevant Case Managers and Program Managers about clients who are struggling or in distress.
  • Complete intakes and assessments utilizing the ASAM Criteria to determine the appropriate level of care.
  • Develop and review treatment plans, goals, and objectives with clients.
  • Enter all required client data into the agency electronic health record system (AWARDS).
  • Facilitate substance abuse education and treatment groups.
  • Provide individual substance abuse counseling.
  • Document all provided services and maintain thorough and accurate records in accordance with DAD Rule 2060 and agency policies.
  • Complete discharge summaries for clients.
  • Conduct comprehensive chart reviews in preparation for annual audits.
  • Maintain client confidentiality according to HIPAA and organization requirements.
  • Complete all assigned staff trainings and courses.



To perform the job successfully, applicants should demonstrate the following skills.

  • Knowledge of general principles and approaches for providing services to clients experiencing housing insecurity, substance addiction, interpersonal trauma, and criminal justice involvement.
  • Comfortable using Microsoft Office applications, including Word and Excel.
  • Comfortable using patient health databases and completing basic data entry.
  • Ability to:
    • Maintain professional composure in emotional and complex situations.
    • Maintain organized workspace and documentation.
    • Communicate information and ideas clearly in writing.
    • Perform work duties with limited supervision.
    • Work in an environment with frequent periods of moderate to loud noise.
    • Stand and sit for long periods of time.
    • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds.


Education Bachelor’s degree (BA) from four-year college or university in social work, psychology, or criminal justice related field preferred.
Certificates/Licenses CADC or MISA preferred. Otherwise, CADC or MISA must be obtained within two years of employment.
Experience 1+ years of experience in substance use treatment. Experience with criminal justice-involved men and women preferred.