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Substance Abuse Counselor

Department: Pencer House
Location: New York, NY

BASIC FUNCTION: The Substance Abuse Counselor is part of an inter-disciplinary team that will serve 40 single individuals with various needs and histories. Substance Abuse Counselor will be responsible for the coordination and services provision of substance and mental health counseling services. The incumbent will also maintain community based referral resources to assist with accessing treatment options for residents in conjunction with the inter-disciplinary team made up of the Project Coordinator, Case Managers and Social Worker.  The Substance Abuse Counselor will oversee recovery readiness, relapse prevention, and recovery planning services; provide individual counseling; coordinate referrals with treatment facilities; educate staff and tenants about approaches to managing substance use; and organize sober recreational activities. 


  • Performs initial substance abuse screening of all consumers to obtain background information and identifies preliminary substance abuse needs and develops a preliminary plan of services to meet these needs.
  • Conducts a comprehensive substance abuse assessment, which includes a complete history of substance abuse, treatment, history of detox/re-hab, drug of choice, and the evaluation of the consumer's capacity to function.
  • Provides on-going individual and group counseling to help consumers make appropriate decisions and assists them toward their established goals.
  • Functions as an integral member of the inter-disciplinary treatment team and participates in case conferences, team meetings and in-service workshops.
  • Develops and implements a formalized curriculum to train consumers in workshops and groups regarding relapse prevention, harm-reduction and effect of trauma etc.
  • Develops and maintains linkages with community based substance abuse programs and support service resources.
  • Refers consumers to appropriate substance abuse providers in the community.
  • Provides follow-up and post-placement support services to consumers who enter into treatment or attending a substance abuse program.
  • Provides training and consultation to treatment program staff in substance abuse principles and practices and helps to insure coordination and integration of substance abuse within the overall treatment process.
  • Maintains concise and accurate case records of consumer's status and progress. Prepares required report forms and keeps statistics on consumer contacts, referral and status.


  • CASAC or a Masters level degree in Social Work, Psychology, or an equivalent field, including Psychiatric Rehabilitation, or OT with a minimum of three years experience providing dual diagnosis services. The Substance Abuse Counselor should have a strong knowledge of homeless and housing services/resources. Applicant must be proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and be knowledgeable of Foothold Technology AWARDS case management software or comfortable with case management software. 

LOCATION: 630 East 6th Street, NY, NY 10009

SCHEDULE: Full-time, Monday-Friday

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