SUD/AOD Entry Counselor- Correctional Institutions (Northern California)
Sacramento, CA  / San Quentin, CA  / Vacaville, CA 
Posted 11 months ago
Position No Longer Available
Position No Longer Available
Job Description
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SUD/AOD Entry Counselor- Correctional Institutions (Northern California)
Center Point, Inc.

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For more than four decades Center Point has provided the foundation for change for many families and individuals by assisting them to become responsible members of our communities.
Center Point’s mission is to provide comprehensive social, educational, vocational, medical, psychological, housing and rehabilitation services to combat social problems such as substance abuse, poverty, unemployment and homelessness.

Center Point offers rehabilitation and treatment services that interrupt the abusive cycles of psychological, social and economic dislocation by providing critical training and support so that individuals and families can claim self-worth and dignity.

Center Point is seeking compassionate and enthusiastic individuals with a desire to teach to join one of our exciting teams as a Certified SUD/AOD Entry Counselor at California State Prison, Sacramento (SAC), California State Prison, San Quentin (SQ), California State Prison, Solano (SOL), California Medical Facility (CMF), and other institutions in Northern California.

About the Position:

As Certified SUD/AOD Entry Counselor you will support the community by delivering face-to-face rehabilitative programming services provided in the Integrated Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program (ISUDT Program).

  • Maintain a consistent and supportive environment for both staff participants.
  • Maintain appropriate and professional boundaries between staff and the participants.
  • Develop a treatment alliance with participants that is mutual, collaborative, individualized, and responsive to all parties changing needs.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Comply at all times with ethical and moral standards of any social service, profession, certification or license, organizational, and CDCR requirements.
  • Deliver programming and treatment services to the participants.
  • Lead and participate in face-to-face group and individual meetings, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy and other therapeutic processes.
  • Work directly with participants to develop and implement treatment service plans and connect participants to supportive networks as they return to the community.
  • Review treatment plans, evaluate and record treatment progress, records visible changes in appearance, behavior and demeanor of program participants.
  • Maintain accurate, timely, and confidential participant records.
  • Compile and evaluate assessments, comprehensive social, legal, and personal histories of program participants.
  • Prepare reports as assigned. Prepare accurate, concise, informative reports, records and plans that are consistent with Center Point standards, and comply with applicable clinical and administrative rules.
  • Document treatment outcome using acceptable methods and tools; the delivery of programming services to the participants.
  • Work collaboratively with CDCR/CCHMS and institutional staff.
  • Understand and appropriately apply Center Point policies and procedure, and adhere to agency-wide practices and regulations.

SUD/AOD Entry Counselors must meet one (1) of the following minimum requirements:
  • A Master's Degree or above in social service-related field; AND
    • Licensed by, or registered with, Board of Behavioral Sciences; OR
    • Registered with an AOD certifying organization recognized by DHCS; OR
  • A Bachelor's Degree in a social service-related field, AOD certified, OR
  • An Associate’s Degree in social service-related field, AOD certified, and two (2) years of experience providing SUDT services as a certified AOD Counselor; OR
  • AOD certified and four (4) to five (5) years of experience providing SUDT services as a certified AOD Counselor.
  • Counseling and other skills necessary to develop and maintain a treatment community within a prison setting.
  • Understanding of causes, symptoms, and effects of substance abuse; appreciation for the behavioral, psychological, physical and social effects of drug abuse.
  • Possess and maintain the skills necessary to provide process therapy.
  • Understanding or program curriculum, objectives, and best practices for implementation.
  • Knowledge of contractual requirements of ISUDTP is essential.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written communications and typing skills. Operational knowledge of MS-Word, Outlook, Excel, and Access.
  • Ability to maintain sensitivity and objectivity under pressures generated by association with substance abuse treatment participants.
  • Ability to provide genuine warmth, empathy and honest sensitive to program participants to facilitate positive change.
  • Ability to provide program participants with frequent acknowledgment and reinforcement for positive behaviors, as well as consistent and predictable feedback for negative behaviors, which may include reporting violations to CDCR staff.
  • Demonstrate proper attitudes and techniques towards faculty, institution staff, and program participants; and model professional, effective work habit and responsible living.
  • Ability to type 35+ words per minute.
  • Pass background clearance.
  • Highly competitive compensation, competitive salary $23-$28 hourly depending on education and experience 
  • Medical, Dental, Vision.
  • 15 days off (PTO/Sick time) increasing with tenure. Paid holidays.
  • 401K with matching contribution & Life insurance programs
  • Organization committed to community action
  • Team oriented workplace
  • High school or equivalent (Required)
Work Location:
  • One location
Pay Frequency:
  • Twice monthly
  • Monday to Friday
  • No weekends

Center Point is an equal opportunity employer.


Position No Longer Available
Job Summary
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Hours per Week
Required Education
Certification or Vocational
Required Experience
1+ years
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