AOD / MH Counselor - AARS Women's Outpatient

Job Overview

Are you passionate about working with women and diverse communities?  Do you envision yourself practicing trauma-informed care? Do you have a passion for motivational interviewing? If so, HealthRIGHT 360 is currently seeking a AOD/MH Counselor. The ideal candidate has experience working with substance use and mental health, experience with facilitating group counseling sessions, and experience with trauma-informed care. In the position, you will gain experience with evidence-based practices, further develop your clinical and documentation skills, and work with electronic health record systems and documentation.

Lee Woodward Counseling Center for Women (LWCC) is an outpatient treatment program that provides integrated substance use and mental health services to women who reside in San Francisco.  We believe that behavioral health is a fundamental part of overall wellness for all families and communities. As a community, we can learn to recognize and address both mental health and alcohol and other drug problems. Our counseling approach is trauma-informed, strength-based, valuing and accepting people for who they are, who they have become and who they can be. Together we can grow stronger and work towards healing. Our goals are to provide a safe and respectful counseling space for people from all walks of life and to reduce and eliminate substance misuse and mental health conditions that lead to healthy, meaningful lives.  

Key Responsibilities

Individual Treatment Responsibilities: 

  • Conducts comprehensive client needs assessment
  • Facilitates individual counseling sessions with each caseload client
  • Carries a client caseload and provides substance abuse and mental health treatment and meets productivity goals
  • Assists clients in developing individualized treatment plans with specific goals, measurable objectives, and interventions
  • Collaborates closely with drug court caseworkers, CPS, probation and parole officers to support individuals in fulfilling court mandates -Provides case management to coordinate community linkages with other providers including psychiatric evaluation, medication, housing, education, medical resources, financial assistance, legal advocacy, and other linkages
  • Provides crisis intervention as needed

Treatment Setting Responsibilities: 

  • Facilitates and conducts group counseling sessions
  • Attends weekly supervision, clinical case conferences, department, agency-wide and other meetings, training and development opportunities as determined appropriate by supervisor
  • Develop and implement curricula as needed to meet the changing client needs in the program
  • Utilizes community resources and programs as available
  • Ensures appropriate safety measures, standards and mandates are implemented

Documentation Responsibilities: 

  • Monitors and documents client progress in accurate and timely manner in the electronic data systems
  • Assists in developing and maintaining of confidential client charts/information
  • Collaborates with each caseload client and other available internal and external resources to develop/maintain treatment plans, transition plans, progress notes and appropriate updates in support of the health and recovery needs of the client
  • Properly documents all individual and group counseling sessions and completes the discharge paperwork/process and required agency assessments in a timely manner
  • Maintains accurate records by data entering documentation into various electronic systems for all caseload clients in accordance with guidelines established by HealthRIGHT 360 to satisfy internal and external evaluating requirements
  • And other duties as assigned

Education and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Education and Experience

  • Alcohol and Drug Counseling Registration recognized by DHCS (e.g. CCAPP)
  • At least 2 years’ experience working with substance use disorders and mental health
  • Familiarity and experience with group dynamics and counseling
  • Knowledge of clinical documentation (treatment plans, progress notes etc.)
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, specifically Word, Outlook and internet applications
  • First Aid Certified within 30 days of employment 
  • CPR Certified within 30 days of employment
  • Valid TB test clearance


  • Current and valid Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certification recognized by DHCS (e.g. CCAPP) OR Master’s Degree in related field and registered with BBS as MSW or MFT intern.
  • Experience working with diverse communities and criminal justice population 
  • Experience with evidenced-based practices such as Motivational Interviewing, Seeking Safety, DBT, CBT
  • Knowledge of co-occurring disorders and trauma-informed care

Background Clearance 

  • Must not be on active parole or probation  
Compensation: TBD
Type: Hourly/ Non-exempt
Benefits: HealthRIGHT 360 offers a comprehensive benefit package
City: San Francisco
Hours/wk: 40

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