Behavioral Health Counselor (Full-time) (Kern, CA)


Reporting to the Program Director, the Behavioral Health Counselor is responsible for providing screening and assessment, follow-up and testing for clients and assist in the supervision of assigned substance abuse treatment activities while maintaining a trauma-informed and gender-responsive treatment approach.


  • Oversees coordination of Initial Assessment, Service Authorization Requirements, Treatment Plan, Treatment Plan 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
  • Provides individual counseling services
  • Facilitates Evidence-Based Treatment groups for assigned cohorts
  • Provides crisis intervention as needed by clients, residents, and families.
  • Identifies and responds to crises that may negatively impact treatment and, where possible, uses negative events to enhance treatment efforts.
  • Complies with productivity standards of the Agency and maintains an appropriate caseload to reach the budgeted daily expectation of billable hours.
  • Submits timely documentation (progress notes, assessments, treatment plans, notes to chart) as outlined in policy and measured via productivity reports.
  • Maintains appropriate records such as ongoing progress notes, reports to referring agencies, discharge summaries and clinical case records as required by external stakeholders
  • Completes and maintains all documentation of services delivered, which includes individual records, group notes, and general communication logs. Provide clinical consultation to referral resources, family members, and others to help support clients in their recovery
  • Attends and participates in weekly staff meetings, case conferences, community meetings, and program and family gatherings.
  • Monitor client access to and involvement with treatment and other providers to help address barriers to treatment and the recovery process
  • Determines a client's appropriateness for services using the ASAM criteria for substance abuse and/or dependence.
  • Collaborates with members of the multi-disciplinary treatment team for the delivery of a full spectrum of clinical 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
  • Model and support health and wellness activities and healthy coping skills for clients
  • Effectively orients clients to the facility as needed by explaining issues including, but not limited to: rule infractions that may result in termination, the hours of service availability, clients' rights and the grievance procedure, and costs for which they may be responsible.
  • Uses the appropriate forms and instrumentation to assess clients' strengths and weaknesses. Develops, with the clients' participation, treatment plans to address identified problems.
  • With clients, ranks problems identified in the assessment process establishes immediate and long-term goals and determines the treatment process and resources to be utilized.
  • Identifies and explores problems and their ramifications with attention to the clients' associated attitudes and feelings. With the clients' participation, examines alternative solutions and develops plans of action.
  • Coordinates the delivery of service provisions and acts as an advocate in accessing other needed services.
  • Interfaces with referral agencies including the Substance Abuse Prevention and Control, County and Federal Probation Departments, and Department of Health Care Services
  • Communicates with the Nursing Department and consulting physicians to ensure quality medical services are provided to the client in a timely and as-needed basis.
  • Identifies program needs and suggests improvements to the Clinical Manager and/or VP, Clinical Director
  • Complies with local, state and federal confidentiality laws and regulations
  • Attends all required staff training sessions in accordance with Phoenix House and state licensing requirements, 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
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Must be currently enrolled in a Master's program in Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, or related field required
  • AMFT or ACSW with current California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) Registration preferred
  • Spanish Bilingual Required
  • Experience with Kern County Licensing, and other governing bodies preferred
  • Evidenced-Based Trained/Certified in MAP, TF-CBT, SS Preferred


  • Demonstrated commitment and adherence to Phoenix House Mission, Vision, and Values: I CARE For Integrity, Collaboration Appreciation, Respect, Excellence, and Forward-Thinking
  • Ability to utilize an electronic medical record
  • Proficiency with Kern County licensing, and other governing bodies
  • Knowledge of the dynamics of alcohol/drug-related problems and their impact upon patients and their families;
  • The social factors involved in substance abuse;
  • The principles and techniques of rehabilitation counseling and their application to individuals possessing chemical dependencies;
  • Community resources available to persons with alcohol/drug-related problems;
  • The physiological and psychological effects of chemical dependency;
  • General social, economic and health problems;
  • Ability to interview and counsel;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others;
  • Communicate effectively with others, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to speak before large groups;
  • Ability to treat the chemically dependent using group and individual therapy and to evaluate new treatment methods;
  • The knowledge of up-to-date theories, principles, and techniques of addiction, mental health counseling and managed behavioral health care;
  • Ability is required to conduct screening, assessment, treatment planning, and intervention;
  • Knowledge of current methods and techniques used in effective prevention and treatment programs;
  • Interact with chemically dependent persons;
  • Community organization and resource development;
  • The functions of municipal, government, industry and service organizations;
  • Modern principles of training and education;
  • Program evaluation methods and report writing;
  • Ability is required to conduct several projects simultaneously;
  • Analyze complex problems and adopt an effective course of action;
  • Effectively supervise the work of others;
  • Bilingual Spanish Preferred
Job location: Kern, CA

Job number: 388