Substance Abuse Counselor

By February 1, 2023Careers


The Substance Abuse Counselor will provide substance abuse counseling for clients referred for substance abuse counseling across all mental health programs. Provides substance abuse counseling, training and education.

 Primary Substance Abuse Duties:

  • Provides group substance abuse counseling for youth ages 12 to 18 years old who abuse substances or are at risk.
  • Provides substance abuse education to youth at risk for using substances.
  • Provides individual substance abuse counseling to children and youth ages 5-18 across all mental health programs.
  • Educates staff about substance abuse. Assists them in identifying signs and behaviors of a person abusing substance.
  • Counsels clients, individually and in group sessions to assist in overcoming or preventing dependencies, adjusting to life, and making changes.
  • Counsels caregivers to assist them in understanding, dealing with, and supporting clients with substance abuse issues.
  • Provides clients or caregivers with information about addiction issues and available services and programs, making appropriate referrals when necessary.
  • Documents in an accurate and timely fashion all services that are reimbursable through MHSA funding.
  • Proactively ensuring that any type of intervention utilized is in accordance with the agency’s policies and treatment philosophy that seeks to create a supportive, nurturing, and appropriately challenging interpersonal environment.
  • Maintains frequent, regular contact with clients’ therapists, family members, community agency representatives, and educational and client service providers.


  • High School graduate required and have previously been employed as a staff or volunteer at a group home or short-term residential therapeutic center for at least one year or have a Bachelor of Art or Sciences Degree. Other education/experience may qualify.
  • Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor
  • Obtain, within 30 days of employment, Pro-ACT, Red Cross CPR and First Aid Certification and maintain such certification current through the term of employment with SGCC.
  • Maintain a valid driver’s license and provide proof of insurance if transporting clients/families. Must have held a valid driver’s license for a minimum of 5 years.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain Live Scan clearance, pre-employment physical, TB test and drug test.

Pay Scale: $20 -22 an hour

San Gabriel Children’s Center reserves the right to close the application period, without notice, when a significant number of applications/resumes have been received or the position becomes filled.

San Gabriel Children’s Center has embarked upon implementing and embedding Trauma Informed Care (TIC) principles throughout the organization. Candidates should be aware that all employees are involved in the implementation and the practice of Trauma Informed Care within the organization