AOD Clinician (Full-time) (RJD, San Diego, CA)


Reporting to the Supervising Counselor, the AOD Clinician is responsible for delivering programming services to the participants by  delivering face-to-face rehabilitative programming services provided in the Integrated Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program (ISUDTP).


  • Deliver programming services to the participants;
  • Conduct group and/or individual sessions by utilizing motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and other therapeutic processes;
  • Evaluate and document the progress of participants assigned to their groups;
  • Develop treatment plans with participants that are collaborative, individualized, and responsive to all parties changing needs.
  • Document treatment outcome using acceptable methods and tools;
  • Maintain accurate, timely, and confidential participant records by documenting the delivery of programming services in ARMS;
  • Engage participants daily, reinforce group rules and expectation for participations and completion;
  • Protect and maintain program participants' health, safety, welfare, and confidentiality of records and participant information.
  • Adhere to the scheduled program curriculum.
  • Work collaboratively with CDCR/CCHCS and institutional staff.
  • Demonstrates ethical behavior in order to maintain professional standards and adhere to professional, certification or license, organizational, and CDCR requirements.
  • Maintain appropriate and professional boundaries between staff and all participants.
  • Attends and actively participates in all required staff training sessions in accordance with Phoenix House, state licensing requirements, and CDCR requirements and completes all training on time.
  • Attends and participates in program and all staff meetings.
  • Adheres to and promotes the Phoenix House Mission, Vision, and Values while acting as a role model for others.
  • Understand and appropriately apply Phoenix House policies and procedures, and adhere to agency-wide practices and regulations.
  • Other duties as assigned.


The minimum qualifications for the AOD Counselor classifications are as follows:

Counselor III

Counselor III must meet one (1) of the following minimum requirements:

  • A Master's Degree in a social service-related field; and
    • Licensed by, or registered with, the Board of Behavioral Sciences; or
    • Registered with an AOD certifying organization recognized by DHCS; or
  • A Bachelor's Degree in a social service-related field, AOD certified, and six (6) months of experience providing SUDT services as a certified AOD Counselor; or
  • An Associate's Degree in social service-related field, AOD certified, and one (1) year of experience providing SUDT services as a certified AOD Counselor; or
  • AOD certified and more than two (2) years of experience providing SUDT services as a certified AOD Counselor.

Note: Social services degree such as Psychology, Sociology, Human Services, and Counseling as defined by the CSU, UC, and California Community Colleges. All closely related fields/degrees shall be considered on a case-by-case basis.


  • Demonstrated commitment and adherence to Phoenix House Mission, Vision, and Values: I CARE For Integrity, Collaboration Appreciation, Respect, Excellence, and Forward-Thinking.
  • Proficiency in MS Office systems.
  • Ability to utilize an electronic healthcare record.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Communicate effectively with others both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced changing environment.
  • Ability to establish and consistently enforce appropriate boundaries with patients.
  • Ability to model positive behavior and demeanor.
  • Understanding of addiction, co-occurring models, and treatment modalities.
  • Understanding of patient development and family systems.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to be flexible; problem solver, self-directed; customer service-oriented, and collaborative.
  • Skills and ability to engage and develop a rapport with patients and families of various backgrounds.
  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred.
Job location: San Diego, CA

Job number:362