Job Description: Senior Substance Abuse Counselor – Social Detox Program

Supervised by: Residential Director

Hours: Full-time; Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

FLSA Status:  Non-exempt from the pay provisions of the Fair Labor and Standards Act.



  1. Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LADC) within 3 months of hire.  Training plan will require pursuing certification as a Certified Clinical Supervisor.
  2. Demonstrated management ability.
  3. Training, education and/or experience in counseling individuals with substance abuse and addiction with co-occurring mental health symptoms.
  4. Basic computer skills in word processing, e-mail, and Internet use.


General Description:  Wellspring utilizes the Sanctuary Model, which is a trauma-informed client treatment organizational change model.  The Sanctuary Model organizes both our treatment and the way we run our organization.  Sanctuary is an inclusive model that guides leaders, staff, clients, and families to share the same language.  Substance abuse counselors assist clients in their recovery from substance use and co-occurring disorders through counseling, education, role modeling, and empathetic trauma-informed support using Sanctuary framework. 

JOB PURPOSE:  To assist the Program Director in managing detoxification treatment services and to assist clients in recovery from substance abuse and co-occurring disorders through counseling, education, role modeling, and empathetic support.



  1. Provides management support services to Program Director.
  2. Under direction from the Program Director, provide residents and clinical team with guidance and support through the therapeutic community process.
  3. In the absence of the Program Director, serve as the on-site clinical and administrative authority for the residential program.
  4. Rotates on-call coverage.
  5. Assesses and evaluates clients in conjunction with the other treatment staff.
  6. Assists with orientation of new personnel.
  7. Facilitates team staff meetings in the absence of the program director.
  8. Acts as a positive role model, providing clients and staff with guidance and support.
  9. Maintains a caseload of two clients.
  10. Intake – Conducts initial assessment and completes required documentation at admission.
  11. Orientation – Describes the detoxification program and treatment to new clients.
  12. Assessment – Gathers data from the client and other sources; analyze and interpret the data to identify client strengths, weaknesses, and needs.
  13. Treatment Planning – Collaborates with the client to develop treatment plans, identifying and prioritizing problems, goals, and treatment methods.
  14. Counseling – Provides individual, and group counseling.
  15. Education – Provides clients and their families with information about substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, treatment, recovery, and resources.
  16. Crisis management – Responds to client needs during extreme distress or emergencies including after hours on-call coverage.
  17. Case Management – Coordinate with clients and resources to focus on identified needs and goals.
  18. Referral – Identifies client needs that can’t be met at Wellspring and assist client to use community resources and support systems.
  19. Consultation – Connects with professionals on client treatment and services to assure comprehensive care.
  20. Record Keeping – Maintains accurate and up-to-date counseling records.
  21. Monitors the safety and security of clients and the facility.
  22. Prepares for and participates in individual and group supervision, case review, and clinical staff meetings.
  23. Provides group supervision and individual supervision as necessary to the RCAs when Program Director is not available.
  24. Facilitates the maintenance of the group living atmosphere conducive to rehabilitation.
  25. Meets continuing education and other requirements to maintain professional licenses related to the position, including training requirements for the CCS exam and certification



Performs other duties as required by the Program Director and Executive Director.



Attendance and Dependability: Reports to work promptly at assigned hours and is seldom absent from work; submits accurate time sheets to the supervisor.  Employee can be depended upon to complete work in a timely, accurate, and thorough manner and is conscientious, about assignments.

Communication and Contact: The employee communicates effectively both verbally and in writing with clients, colleagues, and other individuals inside and outside the company while maintaining confidentiality of all client related information.

Relationships with Others:  Conveys a welcoming, empathic, hopeful attitude towards people with co-occurring conditions and supports a philosophy of dual recovery.  Engages and welcomes people in ways that convey respect for diversity in a culturally appropriate way.  Demonstrates high professional/ethical standards and works well with others as part of the treatment team.  Has a therapeutic approach of being empathetic, respectful, and motivational, while encouraging clients to take responsibility for their lives.

Participates in the Sanctuary Model and incorporates Sanctuary values, principles, and tools in building a trauma informed treatment program.


This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee.


This position is classified as non-exempt from the pay provisions of the Fair Labor and Standards Act.