Substance Abuse Counselor

Job description

* 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

Substance Abuse Counselor (Health Care Technician I)

Position #00664918 - Posting #11970

This class series describes technical health care work. Positions in this series provide support in delivering psychiatric, developmentally disabled, special education, or nursing care and therapeutic treatment to an assigned client population. Duties include supervising clients in a variety of settings; observing and reporting client behavior, physical condition, reactions to medications; participating as a team member in group therapy sessions; performing preventative and practical nursing procedures, such as taking and recording client's vital signs; teaching basic living skills, hygiene, and social skills and explaining various routines and expectations; providing immediate crisis intervention when required; and maintaining a safe, therapeutic environment. Those positions with required licensure may administer prescribed treatments and medications under the supervision of a registered nurse. Some positions may work in security settings where the positions follow policies and procedures to ensure the safety of themselves and others.

Job Summary

The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus is seeking applications for a Substance Abuse Counselor (Health Care Technician I). This full-time, University Staff (non-classified) position will provide clinical services to adult men involved in a long-term residential substance abuse treatment program, many of whom are involved in the criminal justice system. In addition, services may be provided to children, spouses, family members, and significant others.

Examples of Work:

  • Maintain an ongoing caseload and complete corresponding documentation of client's behavior, progress, problems, etc. in a timely manner. Documentation will be maintained in an Electronic Health Record and some paperwork will be kept in client's central file. Record keeping must be in accordance with all licensing standards as directed by the Office of Behavioral Health, Division of Criminal Justice, Signal Behavior Health and Department of Corrections.
  • Conduct weekly cognitive behavioral group sessions such as Strategies of Self Improvement and Change, Seeking Safety (trauma informed care), Relapse Prevention, and Anger Management.
  • Conduct weekly and monthly individual sessions to monitor client's progress.
  • Assist, develop and maintain an ongoing treatment plan for each client on the counselor's caseload.
  • Observe and monitor client behaviors and initiate prescribed interventions when needed.
  • This position will attend ongoing supervision meetings with immediate supervisor as well as other treatment meetings that are scheduled throughout the month.
  • Maintain continuing education requirements for profession growth and development in accordance with licensing standards.
  • Maintain confidentiality of clientele, personal health information.
  • Provide professional customer service to clientele and outside agencies.
  • Proficient use of Microsoft systems, including Word and Outlook
  • Data entry utilizing Access and CareLogic systems.

Position may also provide assistance and/or coverage for the following duties:
  • Conduct random head counts to document client whereabouts.
  • Observe and document same sex urinalysis.
  • Monitor breathalyzer samples, document completion of the service, and report any concerning behavior.
  • Complete same sex pat searches.
  • Monitor and document client ingestion of antabuse, naltrexone and other medications as needed.
  • Authorize client to leave the facility for work, pass, and job search activities.
  • Verify clients off-site whereabouts.
  • Report escape information to state agencies.
  • Property inventory of client property and screening for contraband.
  • Drive clients to meetings, recreational activities, appointments, etc.
  • Miscellaneous duties that would be needed for any kind of project that supports the mission of the program.

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 $34,260/annual and is negotiable and 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:
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • One year of experience working in the behavioral health field.

Conditions of Employment
  • Must presently be certified as a Certified Addiction Counselor Level II or higher in the State of Colorado. A Master's degree in human services, social work, or in a closely related field or a mental health license (MA, MSW, Med, LP, LCSW) can substitute for the CAC II requirement.
  • Must agree to fingerprinting and criminal background check. Required background checks include a review with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) AND the Central Registry of Child Protection (Trails).
  • Subject to pre-employment, post-accident or incident or reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing per UCD Addiction Research and Treatment Services Department Policies
  • In accordance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), ARTS cannot employ individuals (who may have contact with residents) who have (1) engaged in sexual abuse in a prison, jail, lockup, community confinement facility, juvenile facility, or other Institution (as defined in 42 U.S. C. § 1997); (2) been convicted of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force, or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse; or (3) been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described in (1-3) of this section. Material omissions regarding such misconduct, or the provision of materially false information, shall be grounds for termination

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience working in a substance abuse treatment environment
  • Experience working with offender population
  • Experience documenting behaviors according to established policies and procedures
  • Experience observing, monitoring and/or intervening in drug/alcohol treatment
  • Experience providing group and individualized clinical care for adult clients

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.
  • Outstanding customer service skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs and ability to learn software programs
  • Experience using an Electronic Health Record
  • Ability to establish boundaries with clients
  • Ability to manage difficult behaviors
  • Ability to track client progress through the development and updates of treatment plans
  • Ability to deliver individual and group counseling services
  • Ability to apply ethical guidelines of profession
  • Ability to be nonjudgmental and respectful of others beliefs, values, and culture

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 Ken Gaipa at [email protected]

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 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: Aurora

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

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Dec 5, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Ken Gaipa

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00664918





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Posted: 2/28/2018
Application Due: 4/29/2018
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