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AOD Counselor

Organization: Phoenix House of California

Posted On: December 2018

Pay / Hours: Starting $16 hr. DOE Full-Time

Location: Santa Ana, CA and Venice Beach, CA

Job Description:

At Phoenix House, change is something we embrace every day as part of our values to deliver exceptional care. Phoenix House provides individualized, holistic drug and alcohol addiction treatment, with a legacy spanning nearly 50 years. We are passionate about healing individuals, families and communities challenged by substance use disorders and related mental health conditions. Phoenix House supports the mission through a holistic approach that focuses on the distinct mental, physical, and social needs of every person; innovation of best-in-class and evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery programs; and, the promotion of greater understanding of addiction. Our devoted staff are committed to treating the whole person—and come from all fields.

We operate personalized, strength-based, gender-responsive programs while living the values and being accountable for our commitments. Being introspective and becoming part of the solution is integral to every interaction and person we touch. As ‘One Phoenix House’ we believe in having fun along the way – embracing ‘progress not perfection’ as our journey continues.
(Full-Time) Reporting to the Supervising Counselor, the Certified Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Counselor is responsible for the delivery of the face-to-face treatment activities to the Participants in FOTEP. This Counselor will also track progress and discuss Participant performance with the Supervising Counselor.


  • Tuesday-Saturday 3:30PM to 12AM


  • Oversees coordination of Initial Assessment, Service Authorization Requirements, and Treatment Plans.
  • Review and goals with other supportive service plans, including, general medical care, Group Counseling, Patient.                            
  • Education, Individual Counseling, Crisis Intervention, Family Counseling, Collateral Services and Discharge Services.
  • Prepares and presents seminars and workshops.
  • Facilitates Evidence-Based Treatments for assigned cohorts.
  • Participates in weekly case conferences and staff meetings, as scheduled.
  • Monitors and records all activities in patient charts in a timely manner.
  • Maintains appropriate records such as ongoing progress notes, reports to referring agencies, discharge summaries and clinical case records as required by external stakeholders.
  • Provides individual counseling services.
  • Communicates with approved family members with the goal of providing direct support to the entire unit of treatment.              
  • Encourages and facilitates family involvement in parent education, Sunday Family Group, and visitation.
  • Interfaces with referral agencies including the Substance Abuse Prevention and Control, County and Federal Probation Departments, and Department of Health Care Services.
  • Must maintain a valid CA Drivers’ License, have proof of automobile insurance and maintain a safe driving record based on Phoenix House policy.


  • An Associate Arts (AA) degree with an emphasis in the Social Sciences or related field AND a minimum of two (2) years full time experience working in a criminal justice position population of in a substance abuse treatment program, preferably with individuals with co-occurring disorders.
  • An additional two years of verified full time work experience (4 years total full time work experience) may be substituted for the education requirement.
  • The counselor shall have a high school diploma or equivalent and AOD Counselor Certification by an agency approved and recognized by the Department of Health Care Service (DHCS) Preferred 
  • Registered by a certifying body recognized by the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) as an alcohol and drug counselor prior to date of your hire (required)

Certifications / Requirements:

  • Phoenix House conducts as needed, job-related background checks, fingerprints, drug testing, physical exams, medical exams, TB testing, verification of employment history and/or reference checks prior to employment.

Application / Contact Information:

Phoenix House is an Equal Opportunity Employer providing equality of opportunity to all who are protected against discrimination by law, regulation or executive order, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.   

EEO is the Law: Applicants and employees are protected under Federal law from discrimination. Click to learn more.

Currently open to internal and external candidates website link:

Company Contact: Aaron Beohm
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 818-686-3000
Company Address: 11600 Eldridge Ave, Lake View Terrace, CA 91342