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Substance Abuse Counselor Trainee/I/II - Behavorial Health Branch

Company: Humboldt County, CA
Location: Eureka
Posted on: May 15, 2024

Job Description:

Salary: $17.46 - $28.76 Hourly

Location : Eureka, CA

Job Type: Full-time

Job Number: 24-00114

Department: Department of Health and Human Services

Division: 425 - Alcohol & Other Drugs

Opening Date: 04/26/2024

Closing Date: Continuous


Substance Abuse Counselor Trainee/I/II

Department of Health & Human Services

Are you interested in making a difference? If so, please consider joining our dedicated team at the Department of Health & Human Services!

What You'll Do:
This position is responsible for a variety of duties, including;

  • Providing substance use disorder assessments and treatment to individuals, groups and families in an out-patient setting with individuals involved in the justice system
  • Facilitating treatment and support groups
  • Participating in substance use disorder prevention and education Where You'll Do It:
    This position is located in Eureka, California.

    A typical work schedule for this position in Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm.

    This is a continuous recruitment and Human Resources reserves the right to close this recruitment at any time.

    Under general supervision, provides substance abuse counseling to individuals, groups and families in an out-patient setting; facilitates support groups; participates in substance abuse prevention and education programs; performs related work as assigned.


    Substance Abuse Counselor Trainee is the trainee level in this class series. Incumbents initially work under immediate supervision and learn about the department's treatment programs and counseling and treatment methods. This class is alternately staffed with Substance Abuse Counselor I and II.

    Substance Abuse Counselor I is the entry level class in this class. Initially under close supervision, incumbents learn departmental and treatment policies and procedures. This class is alternately staffed with Substance Abuse Counselor II and incumbents may advance to the higher level after gaining experience and demonstrating proficiency which meet the qualifications of the higher level class.

    Substance Abuse Counselor II is an experienced class responsible for providing substance abuse services to clients in an outpatient setting. Responsibilities include group facilitation, individual and family counseling, and community education and
    outreach. This class is distinguished from Mental Health Clinician and Psychiatric Technician classes in that the latter are licensed classes providing professional clinical patient support.


    • Provides individual, group and family counseling focused on rehabilitating drug and alcohol abusers; facilitates support groups.
    • Performs intake interviews, assessments, information and referral, treatment planning, and develops counseling programs for clients designed to aid in social adjustment.
    • Assists clients in solving problems of housing, unemployment, education and other conditions which may be retarding clients' rehabilitation progress.
    • Develops curriculum and facilitates educational groups for identified groups and the community, relating to substance abuse and early intervention.
    • Participates in community groups and stimulates community interest in identifying and eliminating conditions which contribute to substance abuse problems.
    • Participates in evaluation and staff meetings for cooperative planning and treatment.
    • Maintains appropriate records and prepares written reports.
    • May serve as case coordinator for assigned patients or clients. QUALIFICATIONS

      Knowledge of:
      • Methods and techniques of individual, group and family counseling.
      • Psychological, physiological and sociological aspects of drug or alcohol abuse.
      • Needs, problems, attitudes and behavior patterns of individuals involved in drug or alcohol abuse.
      • Cultural issues which may impact effective treatment.
      • Applicable County, state, and federal guidelines and laws affecting substance abuse prevention programs, including drug Medi-Cal regulations.
      • Community service agencies and resources.
        Skill in:
        • Providing substance abuse counseling.
        • Leading and facilitating group counseling and activities.
        • Listening and communicating effectively.
        • Performing crisis intervention and responding promptly to patient emergency situations.
        • Developing educational materials and curriculum.
        • Observing and accurately describing client behavior and activities.
        • Maintaining accurate records and preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials.
        • Exercising sound independent judgment within established guidelines.
        • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
          Other Requirements:
          • Specified positions may require the possession of a valid California driver's license.
          • Substance Abuse Counselor Trainees must be registered to obtain certification as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
          • At the Substance Abuse Counselor I and Substance Abuse Counselor II level, two years of experience providing drug and alcohol counseling and education services and certification as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor with an organization approved by the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs are required. Desirable Education and Experience:

            A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills outlined above is:
            • Substance Abuse Counselor Trainee: One year of experience in a mental health or human services field and some college coursework relating to chemical dependency or completion of a four year degree in a related field.
            • Substance Abuse Counselor I: College or university level coursework in health services, education, social services or a related field.
            • Substance Abuse Counselor II: In addition to the above, two years of experience providing counseling in a substance abuse program in a position comparable to Substance Abuse Counselor I.

              EMPLOYEE PERKS
              For information about County benefits, visit our benefits webpage:

              For details about employee perks, see our Employee Perks flyer:


              How long does it take to fill out the application?
              • You should allow 30 - 45 minutes to fill out your application. Can I change my application after submitting it?
                • You may only submit one application per day.
                • You may submit an edited application after waiting at least one day from your initial submission.
                • Only the most recent application submitted will be considered. All other applications will be archived. How long until I hear back from you?
                  • You can expect to hear back from Human Resources about 3 - 4 weeks after the closing date listed on the job posting. How can I check for updates on my application?
                    • You can log into your Government Jobs account and review current information regarding any application you have submitted. Will I be informed if I am not selected for an interview?
                      • Yes, you will be informed if you are not selected for an interview. The County of Humboldt's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

                        Research indicates that individuals in protected classes can be less likely to submit a job application. The County of Humboldt is dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace where our employees are free to bring their full selves to work each day in an environment that allows them to reach their full potential. The County Board of Supervisors has made organizational commitments to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and the County is working to ensure that these commitments are reflected in all we do. The County recognizes that certain populations (BIPOC, Disabled Persons, Veterans, LGBTQIA+ community members, etc.) face systemic and structural challenges which may inhibit their ability to satisfy every requirement of the position. In recognition of these structural and systemic factors, the Human Resources Department understands that experience can be gained in many ways - oftentimes, outside of formal institutions - and strives to take a holistic approach to in assessing an applicant's qualifications for a position.

                        If you're excited about this role but your past work experience doesn't align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we strongly encourage you to apply.

                        HOW TO APPLY

                        A complete, original application must be filed for each position you are interested in applying for. Applications must be submitted online through the County's automated application system at no later than the final filing date listed on the job flyer. All applications are screened by both Human Resources staff and may be screened by additional subject matter experts. The most qualified candidates may then be invited for further testing.

                        It is important that your application shows all the relevant experience and education you possess. Human Resources staff does not consider or review resumes or attachments.

                        Please read the job requirements section of the announcement. Be sure you meet these requirements since they will be carefully evaluated during the selection process. Your performance in any employment examinations will be compared with the performance of others who take the tests. All candidates who pass will be ranked according to their scores. The examination results will be emailed to you as quickly as possible.

                        CalPERS RETIREMENT PROGRAM

                        Employees fall into one of the following tiers based on the date you first start working for the County or any other employer that uses CalPERS for retirement.
                        • Tier I - Prior to 7/5/2012: 2.7% @ 55
                        • Tier II - Post 7/6/2012: 2% @ 55
                        • Tier III - Post 1/1/2013: 2% @ 62 If this is your first job with a CalPERS employer, you'd be in Tier III.
                          • 2.0 means that for every year you work for the County, you will receive 2% of your maximum annual pay rate for every year that you work for us (or other CalPERS employers) if you work the required minimum number of years (that's called vesting) and retire after the age following the @.
                          • If you work 20 years and retire at 62 years of age, you will receive 20 x 2% or 40% of your maximum annual pay rate every year in retirement payments.

                            SELECTION PROCEDURE

                            The County runs its hiring on a set of rules to ensure that it is fair. Hiring and promotion are based on performance and having the best qualifications for the job. "Examination" doesn't always mean taking a test, sometimes it just means how we compare your application to others who have applied, and an "oral examination" means a scored and structured interview.

                            POLICY OF NONDISCRIMINATION

                            The County of Humboldt does not discriminate based on mental or physical disability in the admission or access to, treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. The Human Resources Department is located in the Humboldt County Courthouse, which has an accessible entrance on 4th Street. Accessible parking is available adjacent to the 4th Street entrance and on the 4th Street side of the K Street lot. Special testing arrangements may be made to accommodate disabilities or religious convictions. Contact the Human Resources Department at (707) 476-2349 well in advance of the examination to request an accommodation.

                            The County is an equal opportunity employer. We enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religion or religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, medical condition, mental or physical disability, military service, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws or ordinances.

                            MEDICAL EXAMINATION

                            A pre-employment medical examination provided by the County may be required upon offer of employment.

                            OTHER EXAMINATIONS

                            Some positions also require psychological evaluation and/or extensive background investigation.


                            Some classifications require possession of valid professional and/or technical licenses. Some classifications may require the possession of a valid California driver's license.

                            PROBATIONARY PERIOD

                            Persons appointed to regular County positions serve a probationary period. This is normally six (6) months but could be up to one (1) year. All designated safety employees serve a one-year probationary period.

                            EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY

                            It is the County's intention to hire only those workers who are authorized to work in the United States, pursuant to the Immigration Act of 1990. If you are offered employment, you will be required to verify your eligibility to work in the United States. For law enforcement positions you will be required to verify your U.S. citizenship or legalized status.

                            DISASTER SERVICE WORKERS

                            All County of Humboldt employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.



                            This position requires driving on behalf of the County of Humboldt. Do you possess a current and valid U.S. driver's license?
                            • Yes
                            • No


                              Please indicate your status to work as a Substance Abuse Counselor.
                              • I possess a valid registration to obtain certification as a Substance Use Disorder Counselor with the California Association of DUI Treatment Programs (CADTP)
                              • I possess a valid registration to obtain certification as an Alcohol Drug Counselor with the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP)
                              • I possess a valid registration to obtain certification as an Addiction Treatment Counselor with the California Association for Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE)
                              • Certification as a Substance Use Disorder Counselor with the California Association of DUI Treatment Programs (CADTP)
                              • Certification as an Alcohol Drug Counselor with the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP)
                              • Certification as an Addiction Treatment Counselor with the California Association for Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE)
                              • I am not registered nor certified through an organization approved by the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs.


                                Any other coursework, training or experience you would like to add that directly relates to this position.

                                Required Question

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