Substance Treatment Counselor

Denver, CO
Sep 23, 2017
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Counseling
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at *

University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine/Department of Psychiatry/Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS)

Substance Treatment Counselor

Position #00698012- Requisition 11231

The University of Colorado Denver seeks a full-time, University Staff (non-classified) Substance Treatment Counselor within the Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS) Adult Outpatient Program, with clinic locations in Denver, Aurora and Arvada. This position is located in central Denver and is grant funded. The ARTS Adult Outpatient Program is within the School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. ARTS Adult Outpatient clinics provide drug and alcohol assessment, psychosocial and pharmacological treatment for adults. Programs in various clinic locations include traditional outpatient, intensive outpatient and may contain specialty services for clients referred by the criminal justice system, county departments of human services, and services for pregnant women, individuals who are HIV positive and gender responsive services.

This position provides drug and alcohol assessment, psychosocial, and pharmacological treatment for adult clients who are living with, or at high risk for, HIV or Hepatitis C. This is a full-time, grant-funded, University Staff (non-classified) position. This position is responsible for determining appropriate level of care for individuals, working with an integrated care team including a Medical Case Manager and Peer Specialist, providing evidenced based therapeutic services, such as group and individual therapy, with an expectation of timely documentation of activities. This position may require that the staff member be off-site at times to increase community engagement and provide off-site client services. This position will provide prevention and education to clients regarding the risk of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, and IV substance use, as well as to client family members/caregivers. The Adult Outpatient Program is a part of the Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS) within the School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.

This position is made possible by SAMHSA Minority AIDS Initiative-Continuum of Care funds. It is a full time position supported by grant funds, whose funds will be reviewed on a periodic basis. Accordingly, the position's status may be affected over time by any applicable variations in the grant and/or funding amounts. The specified end date of this grant is September 30, 2018.

Job Responsibilities:

This clinical position is responsible for performing counseling duties and will be supervised by the Project Coordinator. Duties include: providing assessments of clients for admission to treatment; performing substance abuse evaluations; completing intakes; performing group, individual and family counseling using evidence based practices for offender population; maintaining documentation in patient charts; developing and carrying out individualized treatment plans and case management duties as needed to meet the needs of external sources as well as linking client's treatment progress to referral sources; completing monthly billing report and statistics; assessing and collecting fees from client; and performing related work as assigned or required.

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

Salary and Benefits:

The hiring salary for this position is $39,360 and is commensurate with skills and experience. This position is eligible for overtime compensation.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with an associate's degree in psychology, social work, counseling, human services, or related field; AND
  • Minimum of two years of experience providing mental health, behavioral health, or substance abuse treatment to clients of diverse backgrounds

  • Professional work experience that provided the same kind and level of knowledge acquired in the required education may substitute for the associate's degree on a year-for-year equivalent basis.

Conditions of Employment:
  • Possess current registration with Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA)
  • Must agree to fingerprinting, criminal background check and a CRCP child registry check
  • Subject to pre-employment, post-accident, post-incident or reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing per UCD Addiction Research and Treatment Services Department Policies.
  • Must be willing and able to work weekdays from 6:00 am or until 7:00 pm, or from 5:30 am on some Saturdays
  • At times, must be willing and able to be available to respond to on-call queries and requests on a 24-hour basis

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) II license or higher.
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's degree in psychology, social work, counseling, human services, or related field.
  • Experience working in a counselor role with clients who are involved with probation, human services, and/or other referral sources.
  • Experience conducting, leading, or co-leading group counseling sessions.
  • Experience working in a counselor role with adult clients who have an opioid use disorder
  • Experience conducting individual and/or family counseling
  • Experience creating individualized treatment plans and other clinical documentation (for example, DAP notes)
  • Experience with therapeutic confrontation and structures
  • Experience observing, monitoring and intervening in drug/alcohol treatment
  • Experience working with individuals facing chronic environmental instability
  • Experience working with individuals who are living with, or at high risk for HIV or HCV
  • Experience using bilingual English/Spanish skills in a behavioral health setting
  • Experience working with projects that are funded through Federal grant money

  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written communication skills, both paper and computer based.
  • Ability to manage difficult behaviors
  • Ability to engage clients with substance use disorders in treatment
  • Ability to comply with established rules, policies and procedures and meet deadlines
  • Ability to be open-minded and nonjudgmental
  • Ability to develop healthy relationships with clients
  • Ability to establish boundaries with clients
  • Ability to exercise discretion (e.g. patient confidentiality)
  • Ability to communicate effectively in written form, which includes the ability to check for typographical, grammatical and spelling errors.
  • Ability to organize and manage time to support productivity standards

Special Instructions to Applicants:*Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at * REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS: 1). A cover letter/letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 2) A current resume/CV. 3) List of 3-5 professional references. Questions should be directed to Ann Henderson at

Reference checks are a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including e-mail addresses, for up to 3-5 references if you are referred to the Hiring Authority for an interview. We will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Job Category: Health Care

Primary Location: Denver

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20280 - SOM-PSYCH-ARTS SP/G

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Sep 22, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Ann Henderson

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00698012