Certified CADC Counselor - (Hollywood Veteran Center)

Volunteers of America - Greater Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
About Us:

Volunteers of America of Greater Los Angeles is a large, national not-for-profit organization founded in 1896. We provide a variety of social services to Los Angeles area communities such as Head Start programs, Upward Bound college prep programs, veterans' services, homeless shelters, low-income housing program as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Learn more at www.voala.org.

A sober–living residential facility for Veterans of OIF/OEF who suffer from severe levels of difficulty adjusting to civilian life. The goal is to help Veterans obtain permanent housing, financial security, and a personal support system. Transitional housing, Case management, Financial counseling.

Responsibilities:

* Assist residents that are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical and social problems by utilizing individual, and group counseling skills

* Maintains and manages a minimum client case load of 16 residents and performs duties such as; alcohol and drug counseling, screening, and continuous assessment of client needs and appropriate referrals to services required

* Conduct ongoing assessments and case planning to determine needs of Veterans and help encourage residents to actively participate in their own treatment planning process

* Formulate and implement treatment plans by identifying the individual's goals, strengths, coping skills and assistance needed

* Provide wrap-around services and referrals to appropriate resources in order to help veteran stabilize and successfully transition to permanent and independent housing

* Develop treatment plan and initiate methods of exposing clients to healthy lifestyle activities designed to alter former lifestyles, attitudes, images and other negative behavioral patterns

* Monitor and records client self-administration of medication in accordance with organization Policies and Procedures and collects specimen from clients for drug screens in accord with organization Policy and Procedures

* Collaborate with VOA, VA, and other community agencies in order to ensure that successful discharge plans are executed in timely and appropriate manner

* Follow-up after discharge to support long-term placement success

* Timely and accurate entry of data tracking progress of clients in the program. Documentation may include web-based, electronic and/or paper documents

* Attend and participate in scheduled supervision/training meetings, staff meetings, case conferences, collaborations, staff and other meetings that have to do with servicing clientele

* Adhere to the professional ethics and conduct of standards as established by professional licensure and/or certification and to the policies of the organization, and legal, funding and regulatory requirements

* Assisting leadership with other program activities including community service, special events, etc.

* Other duties as assigned by program manager

Required Background and Skills:

Education:

* California Consortium of Addiction Program Professionals (CCAPP) credentials and/or equivalent substance abuse certification with the state of California is required for this position

* High school diploma or equivalence

Experience:

* At least 2 years of experience in mental health/substance use disorder treatment and/or working with homelessness

* Effective written and oral communications skills with people from varied backgrounds

* Proven working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Excel, and Outlook and/or the ability to learn and use program-specific software such as data base systems

* Valid California driver's license and access to dependable transportation with adequate insurance

* If recovering substance user, must have at least 3 years of sobriety

Preferred Skills/ Background for this Position:

* U.S. Armed Forces Veteran or experience working with Veterans preferred

* Coursework in substance use disorder counseling a plus

* Bachelor's degree preferred

* At least 1 year in residential treatment setting preferred

* Basic knowledge of psycho-social treatment modalities, especially cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy skills training (DBT), motivational interviewing (MI), relapse prevention (RP), and Seeking Safety preferred

* Knowledge of substance use disorder and relationship dynamics related to substance abuse

* Strong crisis management, conflict resolution and de-escalation skills

* Ability to work with people from various backgrounds

* Ability to collaborate as a team member, and also able to work independently

VOALA is an Equal Opportunity Employer