LifeLong Medical Care

  • Substance Use Disorder Counselor

    Job Locations US-CA-Oakland
    Posted Date 2 months ago(1/23/2019 11:53 PM)
  • Overview

    Supporting Community Healthcare is a rewarding role. LifeLong Medical Care is looking for a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Counselor. The Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Counselor will counsel individuals requiring assistance dealing with substance use, criminal justice and/or other life difficulties by performing group and individual counseling, and case management in the Project Pride residential program for women and children. The SUD Counselor will report directly to the Clinical Program Supervisor. This is full time, benefit eligible, non-exempt position, working evening hours. 


    LifeLong Medical Care is a large, multi-site, Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with a rich history of providing innovative healthcare and social services to a wonderfully diverse patient community. Our patient-centered health home is a dynamic place to work, practice, and grow. We have 16 primary care health centers and deliver integrated services including psychosocial, referrals, chronic disease management, dental, health education, home visits, and much, much more. LifeLong is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



    We offer competitive salaries and excellent benefits including: medical, dental, vision (including dependent and domestic partner coverage), generous leave benefits including nine paid holidays, Flexible Spending Accounts, 403(b) retirement savings plan.


    • Provide individual and group substance use counseling
    • Conduct a variety of groups (such as, but not limited to): healthy living, relapse prevention, etc., with the use of approved curriculums
    • Provide crisis intervention and crisis management services as needed
    • Develop comprehensive service plans and help coordinate services for/with resident within the program and outside referrals services
    • Maintain accurate and timely documentation of service objectives and outcomes in accordance with County and program guidelines
    • Facilitate, observe, and document resident administering their own or their child’s medication as prescribed by their physicians per agency policies and procedures.
    • Participate in staff meetings and case conferences
    • Participating in in-service trainings as appropriate
    • Assist with program development
    • Participate in trainings and staff meetings as directed.
    • Ability to work with children and populations of women with mental health or criminal justice issues.
    • Other duties as assigned.


    • Registered or Certified SUD Counselor with one of the two certifying organizations in California or AMFT Status, and actively pursuing Certification/Licensure
    • BA in psychology, social work counseling or a related field a plus
    • One or more years of professional experience working with clients in a substance use treatment program
    • Ability to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
    • Sensitivity to HIV/AIDS, substance use, gender issues and mental health issues.
    • Knowledgeable about community resources and referrals.
    • Demonstrate professional and positive relationships with clients and staff
    • Solution oriented
    • Excellent judgement and decision making abilities
    • Excellent reading, writing and verbal skills.
    • Proficient computer skills.
    • Ability and willingness to establish effective working relationships with individuals of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientation.
    • Ability to do multiple tasks.
    • Strong interpersonal skills
    • Engages residents in a welcoming, hopeful and empathic manner
    • TB test and health screen required
    • CPR/First Aid certificate required
    • Pre-employment drug screen and clearance required.
    • Qualified to drive agency vehicle with a valid driver’s license.


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