Substance Abuse Counselor

Location: Detroit, MI

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced


The Substance Abuse Counselor is a support system for children and their families with drug and alcohol problems and other behavioral issues.  They teach individuals how to modify their behavior with the intention of full recovery.  The Substance Abuse Counselor acts as an advocate for the children and their families by providing clinical assessment and professional case management services as needed; formulates and assesses treatment plans; provides individual, group and family therapy and training; appears in court when necessary, attends case conferences and FTM’s as scheduled.


  • Understands and has knowledge of the twelve-step recovery program.
  • Educates individuals about community-based organizations such as AA, NA, etc.
  • Utilize Motivational Interviewing techniques to facilitate change in substance abuse behavior.
  • Develop treatment plans based upon assessments, research and clinical experience.
  • Review and evaluate individuals’ progress in relation to measurable goals outlined in treatment plans.
  • Intervene as an advocate for individuals to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations.
  • Coordinate counseling efforts with other health professionals such as doctors, nurses or social workers.
  • Provide individuals and their family members with therapy, education and information about addiction issues and about available services or programs and makes appropriate referrals when necessary.
  • Responsible for maintaining accurate and complete records of the individual’s progress.
  • Responsible for compiling, organizing, and preparing written reports and other written documents.
  • Responsible for presenting case materials at internal meetings, court hearings, foster care reviews, and other assigned meetings
  • Operate within the guidelines of the Employee Handbook and DHHS Policies and Procedures.
  • Perform administrative duties to meet objectives set by the Director of Community Programs-Detroit and senior management; create and maintain records and reports; recommend new approaches, policies, and procedures for continual improvement of program services; participate in developing department goals and objectives.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Director of Community Programs-Detroit.


Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling or Psychology required.
  • One (1) year of experience in substance abuse and/or serious mental health disorders with adults and at-risk youth preferred.
  • Possession of a certified full license for the State of Michigan, or eligibility for the license within two (2) years of hire.
  • Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor (CADC) or a Certified Advanced Alcohol Drug Counselor (CAADC).

Knowledge Requirements:

  • Computer and software applications (Windows, MS Office, Internet applications, etc.) necessary to perform the duties of the position.
  • Clinical assessment and child therapy.
  • Principles and practices of social work or counseling, including the NASW Code of Ethics.
  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services policies and procedures.
  • Family, child and group dynamics.
  • Motivational Interviewing Practice and techniques.
  • Understands and has knowledge of the twelve-step recovery program.

Skills and Abilities Needed:

  • Effectively engage with children and adults.
  • Relate to youth and gain their respect and confidence.
  • Manage time and multiple priorities; meet deadlines.
  • Effectively communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies, and the public.
  • Exercise professional judgment in making decisions.
  • Handle sensitive and confidential situations and documentation.
  • Attend training and maintain necessary certifications and licenses.
  • Demonstrate commitment to the social sector with a passion for MCHS’s mission and vision.
  • Maintain a Michigan driver’s license and driving record that allows the operation of an agency or personal vehicle for agency business or to transport clients as needed.

A current resume and cover letter must be included as part of your online application.

Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/D/V

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