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Outpatient Substance Use Disorder Counselor

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Homeward Pikes Peak
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Pikes Peak Region
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Health & Mental Health
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This position is responsible for providing outpatient substance abuse counseling with the primary focus on pregnant women, women with dependent children, intravenous drug users, and individuals justice-involved persons. Maintain an active caseload of 10-20 clients depending on the frequency of client treatment plan and size of groups. The position reports to the Clinical Director.  This clinician will work within a Special Connections program framework that is a gender-responsive program maximizing the chance of a healthy birth to provide postpartum services to maintain gains made during pregnancy. Special Connections providers offer pregnancy risk assessments, care coordination services, group counseling sessions, individual counseling sessions, health education groups, and residential substance use disorder treatment in a women-only setting.


  • Provide clinical interventions that address women-specific issues, substance-using pregnant women, and women with dependent children and their families.
  • Conduct evaluations, assessments, individual counseling support and education and treatment groups for diverse populations, and provide care coordination with multiple providers
  • Identify client’s needs for prenatal care, mental health care/evaluation, substance abuse counseling, housing, domestic violence shelter, prevention, and/or counseling, TANF, and make appropriate referrals.
  • Aid in the process of child protection in substance-abusing homes. Assist with family reunification.
  • Identify client’s needs for mental health care/evaluation, substance abuse counseling, and making appropriate referrals when necessary
  • Reduce barriers for the clients and improve access to services and recovery.
  • Utilize treatment approaches that implement ethical, culturally competent, evidence-based practices.
  • Identify strategies or methods to aid clients in the reduction of substance use or ideally abstinence from AOD and increase their self-sufficiency and self-empowerment. 
  • Collaborate with clients to Identify strategies and methods to reduce recidivism.
Areas of Responsibility

In addition, this job requires service coordination that includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Document all client encounters and filing of such documentation in a timely manner.  Maintain accurate records, which include client charts as well as internal and external reports; maintain confidentiality and privacy per standards with records
  • Create & maintain monthly correspondence and reports regarding client progress, UA results, and attendance
  • Work on a highly collaborative team, integrate with overall organization and collaborate with the community
  • Ensure clients have access to appropriate professional staffing within the agencies
  • Attend client staffing with other agencies and entities with which clients are involved when indicated


Community Outreach

  • Attend and participate in bi-monthly Clinical Advisory Committee meetings with Dept. of Human Services
  • Connect with other service providers and actively pursue collaborations in the community.
  • Attend meetings including other providers and agencies with whom we work with  to provide client services.
  • • Minimum of a Masters in Social Work or Psychology with a professional license (LCSW, or LPC)
  • • Certified Addictions Technician CAT (CAC 1) certification required with additional levels preferred.
  • • Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in a human service field providing direct client supportive services

Salary range:  $68-72,000 depending on experience and qualifications.


The position includes medical insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, short-term disability insurance, EAP Program, Basic Term Life Insurance, Paid Vacation Time, Paid Sick Time.

How To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter and a copy of your license with DORA.


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