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Substance Counselor

Substance Counselor

Do you feel passionate about working with young men of color, especially Latino and African American Youth? Do you want to be part of a change in service delivery that is relationally-based and trauma informed? Do you want an opportunity to be trained by nationally recognized experts in trauma? Do you want to impact the greater community? Do you want to do all this in a beautiful setting, with a friendly team and good food?

Hanna Boys Center is a private non-profit which provides a residential treatment center/ boarding school that helps under-resourced adolescent boys who come to us voluntarily. Each client has recognized his life needs help and has taken the initiative to change his course. Many are struggling at home, in their community and/or school. Additionally, Hanna provides training and consultative services, in the area of childhood trauma, to other youth serving organizations. We work collaboratively with these organizations to help them improve care and enhance program outcomes.

Hanna transforms the lives of youth, families and communities impacted by trauma and adversity through resilience, connection and spiritual wellness.

Job Title: Substance Counselor
Department: Clinical
Supervisor: Chief Clinical Officer
Status: Exempt

Description: The Clinician – Substance Abuse is responsible for overseeing and coordinating a trauma- and culturally- informed Substance/Vaping Program as well as providing and coordinating the therapeutic needs of clients on their assigned caseload.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Respect the Center’s faith, education and caring Catholic values
  • Provide safe environment for client.
  • Work directly with the Chief Clinical Officer to develop, evaluate and modify when necessary the trauma-informed, culturally responsive HBC Drug policy and program.
  • Run Substance Abuse Groups.
  • Maintain a caseload of 10-12 clients for weekly individual therapy/counseling sessions.
  • Develop a clear understanding of the impact of ACEs and Urban ACEs of each client.
  • Incorporate appropriate evidence-based practices into client sessions.
  • Maintain positive communications with parents/guardians.
  • Provide parenting and family therapy sessions.
  • Manifest willingness to learn and share clinical skills and provide consultation to colleagues throughout milieu.
  • Provide or supervise HBC Staff training on drug related issues on a regular basis and as needed.
  • Disseminate the Policy and related procedures to students, parents and staff.
  • Coordinate drug testing.
  • Provide Center wide consultation.
  • Work with Admissions to determine suitability of applicant / level of substance intervention needed.
  • Participate in intervention meetings that involve drug, or related behavior.
  • Participate in ongoing education to stay current in the field of drug education.
  • Develop alternatives to nicotine, alcohol and other drug use by supporting extra-curricular programs and activities.
  • Liaison with school personnel to address appropriate drug education curriculum.
  • Participate in weekly internal department meetings and group supervision, as well as meetings with the residential and teaching staff.
  • Co-facilitate regular check-in groups with residents in the cottages and/or schools.
  • Lead multi-disciplinary treatment team meetings regarding residents.
  • Work with families as needed.
  • Establish with each client a clinically comprehensive psychotherapy individualized treatment plan, using the CANS-Trauma Comprehensive Assessment.
  • Re-assess client and revise treatment plan every 6 months.
  • Maintain weekly progress notes, quarterly and closing summaries.
  • Create after-care plans, including possible referrals and/or resources.
  • Maintain positive communications with parents/guardians.
  • Incorporate appropriate evidence-based practices into client sessions.
  • Manifest willingness to learn and share clinical skills and provide consultation to colleagues throughout milieu.
  • Demonstrate willingness to continue ongoing professional development.
  • Participate in weekly in-service and regularly trainings.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Certified Drug Abuse Counselor
  • Knowledge of and ability to use trauma-specific clinical techniques and therapies.
  • Demonstrates cultural humility and openness. Experience working cross-culturally. Knowledge of culturally responsive therapy a plus.
  • Experience with adolescent males.
  • Ability to provide trauma informed or trauma-specific services.
  • Strong communication skills that demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally. Ability to communicate in a direct and constructive manner with colleagues.
  • Knowledge of conflict resolution strategies.
  • Bilingual (Spanish/ English) a plus.

Comments: 

  • Must clear background check for a Community Care Licensed facility, including physical, tb and drug test.
  • Sit for extended periods of time and the ability to manage repetitive hand/wrist movements while using a computer keyboard and/or the phone.
  • Bend, squat, stoop, and walk up flight of stairs.
  • Lift and/or carry up to 20 lbs., occasionally. Duties are primarily performed in an office environment at a desk or computer terminal.

Please submit resume, cover letter and appropriate college transcripts to: jobs@hannacenter.org