Supervising Counselor High Desert State Prison (Susanville, CA)

Supervising Counselor - Compensation $26.00 to $28.75 hr.

(Full-Time) Phoenix House California is currently seeking a Supervising Counselor to work in our California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) program. The CDCR program has established a Single-Level Substance Use and Disorder Treatment (SUDT) program. The SUDT program is designed for offenders who demonstrate the willingness to maintain appropriate behavior to take advantage of such programming and for offenders who have been referred to the program based upon substance use or possession infractions.

The Supervising Counselor shall:

  • Provide oversight and monitor program record keeping (i.e. Participant files, staff training files, rosters, etc.);
  • Track all Participants (i.e. names of all Participants in the program, counselors assigned to Participants, stage of program participation, etc.);
  • Provide input on employee evaluations;
  • Provide training to counseling staff;
  • Monitor and schedule Participants to individual and group activities;
  • Debrief counselors on treatment process;
  • Monitor treatment plan development;
  • Supervise seminar scheduling;
  • Implement and monitor program educational activities;
  • Direct the Entry and Journey Level Counselors in the implementation of the plan for provision of services;
  • Participate in inmate classification hearings, as needed;
  • Supervise the administration of the introduction and assessment processes of all Participants arriving at the Program;
  • Supervise, the Entry and Journey Level Counselor activities;
  • Be responsible for the secure storage of Participant records and Participant treatment files;
  • Work collaboratively with the CDCR and institution staff.



The Supervising Counselor shall meet on of the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral Sciences or related field and one (1) year of experience providing Single-Level Substance Use and Disorder Treatment (SUDT) services to the offender population at a responsibility no less than a journey level counselor; or
  • Associates Degree and three (3) years of experience providing SUDT services to the offender population at a responsibility no less than a journey level counselor.


  • The Supervising Counselor shall be certified as an Alcohol and Drug (AOD) counselor, with an certifying organization recognized by The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), have a working knowledge of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) programs, and a minimum of one (1) year of documented verifiable supervisory experience that includes supervision of Entry Level and Journey Level Counselors.

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  • 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;
  • 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.


Job Location: Susanville, CA

Job ID: 3