Substance Use Disorder Counselor - Outpatient (Temporary) - FSC-OP


Substance Use Disorder Counselor-Outpatient (Temporary)-Position #1414


First Street Center - OP


3636 North 1st Street, Suite #135  Fresno, CA 93726


Ryan Banks, Deputy Regional Director


(559) 225-1464


 Class 96 ($14.77-$19.44/hour)


Temporary, Part-Time, Hourly, Non-Exempt


Until Filled



We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


The Substance Use Disorder Counselor reports to the Program Director/Supervising Case Manager and will provide direct services to program participants.  The Substance Use Disorder Counselor is responsible for the Substance Abuse Treatment Services in accordance with program contract requirements and ADP licensing.


  1.  Make decisions regarding counseling/case management services.

  2.  Refer to the Supervising Case Manager issues that are not resolved at the Substance Use Disorder Counselor's level.

  3.  Participate in all staff meetings.

  4.  Provide services to caseload of clients assigned by the Supervising Case Manager.

  5.  Participate in the screening and placement of clients using ASAM criteria.

  6.  Conduct assessment and develop Client-Center Treatment Plan based on the client's current status, strengths, needs, abilities and preferences, using current Electronic Health Record (EHR) System.

  7.  Update client treatment plans as needed and review monthly.

  8.  Consult with other agencies to coordinate client services.

  9.  Conduct individual counseling sessions with clients.

  10.  Prepare and facilitate large and small groups for counseling and education.

  11.  Review and discuss treatment plans and discharge plans with the Supervising Case Manager.

  12.  Always use all available referral sources during the discharge planning and completion process to establish a continuum of care for the client (Aftercare, Sober Living, Outpatient, etc.).

  13.  Coordinate with supervisors pertaining to important matters such as medical and treatment progress, and always notify Fresno County Probation regarding admissions, no-shows and discharges.

  14.  Ability to accurately document all services rendered during the course of treatment for each individual client.

  15.  Notify the Supervising Case Manager when the client refuses to participate in treatment or causes any disruption to the program.

  16.  Ensure that services provided meet standards and are in compliance with Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), contracting agency, and Turning Point of Central California, Inc.

  17.  Bring programmatic problems to the attention of the Supervising Case Manager.

  18.  Serves as a member of the case managing/counseling team.

  19.  Will drive on Agency business.

  20.  Will think and act quickly and efficiently in emergencies. 

  21.  Comply with all Turning Point Safety policies and procedures, including but not limited to: workplace safety, reporting work related injuries, Infection Control and preventing potential safety risks for staff, clients and others.

  22.  Other duties as assigned by the Supervising Case Manager.  Please note this job description is not designated to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required for the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


  1.  Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Science (Social Sciences, Human Services, or Psychology) with a minimum of one (1) year experience in the field of substance use disorder, OR

  2.  Associate's degree in Behavioral Science (Social Sciences, Human Services, or Psychology) with a minimum of two (2) year experience in the field of substance use disorder.

  3.  Must have a current AOD certification/license from a certifying body approved by the State of California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) or must be enrolled in a program to obtain AOD Counselor certification in compliance with State DHCS regulations. 

  4.  Current certified training in emergency first aid procedures and CPR.

  5.  Knowledge of substance abuse, addictions, and related disorders, and ability to effectively provide educational groups regarding the treatment of these disorders.

  6.  Ability to work effectively and professionally with program clients.

  7.  Ability to manage priorities and workflow.

  8.  Must have experience in group counseling.

  9.  Must have experience in counseling utilizing the cognitive behavior modification modality.

  10.  Ability to write substantive and grammatically correct treatment plans, case/clinical notes and discharge summaries.

  11.  Intermediate computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.

  12.  Ability to operate within Electronic Health Records (EHR) system. 

  13.  Possess a valid driver's license and have access to a dependable means of transportation that is properly insured and operated in accordance with all laws.  Agency insurer authorization is required. 

  14.  Ability to pass a criminal background check.

  15.  Ability to pass a pre-employment physical, drug screen, and TB test.

  16.  Must maintain good relationships with consumers, co-workers, government and civic representatives, as well as community members within whom the Agency is transacting business, and relate to them in a professional manner.