Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor

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  • Full-Time
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Job Type Details: Full-Time-Regular

Job Purpose: Within the Social Development Commission-Youth and Family Development Program’s Counseling and Wellness Clinic, the position will provide screening, clinical assessment, intake, referrals, education, and/or counseling services for program clients who present mental health and/or substance abuse concerns.  This position will also assist in developing workshops and presentations on Substance Abuse and/or Emotional/Behavioral Health issues. The role requires application of critical thinking to assess, diagnose, plan, implement and evaluate client’s status and the effectiveness of the substance abuse treatment to create an individualized plan of care that includes cultural diversity and Special needs appropriate to the consumer population served.

Essential Duties:

  • Using Screening, Intake, Client Orientation, Assessment, Counseling (Individual, Group) & Family), Treatment Planning, Case Management, Client Education Crisis Intervention, Consultation with other Professionals, Report and Recordkeeping, and Referral) provide ongoing consumer substance abuse/mental health outpatient counseling.
  • Orient clients to the program’s counseling process and program expectations. Provide individual, group, and/or family counseling.
  • Recognizes consumer and or family education needs with regard to the treatment plan, assesses consumer and family readiness for change, and organizes and executes individualized culturally relevant treatment plans.
  • Maintain Clinical Report & Record-Keeping and Documentation as outlined for clinic State of WI certification. Documenting through progress notes, case staffing, treatment planning, AODA client and family education.
  • Completes record-keeping and documentation in a timely and accurate manner using current technology and databases.
  • Utilizes evidence-based practice to anticipate expected client outcomes that support the substance abuse diagnosis and is able to verbalize and demonstrate clinical and organizational policies and standards.
  • Be well-informed about trauma Informed Services and explore with consumers their experience and support these individuals in getting appropriate resources to facilitate positive recovery outcomes.
  • Assist in conducting and or planning for AODA Education prevention/education workshops and presentations for clients, or other consumers, at sports leagues, in schools, or in other community settings.


  • Must have the ability to conduct presentations with youth, parents, in-schools, and community organizations.
  • Demonstrate effective verbal, written and presentation communication skills and ability to work in a multicultural environment.
  • Must have a Valid Wisconsin Driver’s License. SDC’s insurance company requires that any employee who drives a personal vehicle for agency business must carry personal liability insurance, liability for bodily injury for one person, liability for all injuries in one accident, and property damage liability for one accident.  Proof of this must be supplied at the time of offer.
  • Ability to write reports, gather critical information, and manage communication regarding client records both at times of crisis intervention and as a part of regular program activities, via phone, traditional mail, and email.
  • Knowledge of community resources, excellent problem-solving, communication, and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to work both cooperatively with other staff in a team as well as progress on identified tasks independently.
  • Flexibility to work some evenings and weekend hours and experience in crisis management and response coordination where appropriate.
  • Ability to work both autonomously where appropriate but also engage effectively with other staff and clinical treatment team as needed.
  • Intermediate skills/knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power-point.
  • Intermediate skills/knowledge of group facilitation or co-facilitation training and or experience.
  • Working knowledge of motivational interviewing and other Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) counseling theories.
  • Working knowledge of how to assist high-risk youth and their families with locating local community resources (employment, housing, health, peer-delivered services, etc…).


  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, Human Services, Education or Sociology from an accredited US Department of Education School required OR an Associate Degree in Human Services AND 3-5 years of work experience.
  • At least 2-3 years of direct work experience in a substance use treatment setting.
  • Must have Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) or Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC) from the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS).
  • Must be able to work come evenings and weekends on a rotating basis.

Physical Demands:

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
  • While performing the duties and responsibilities of this position, the employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The incumbent will regularly sit and will frequently talk and listen and use hands to finger, handle or touch.  Specific vision requirements for this position include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. During the performance of his/her duties, the incumbent will regularly lift up to 5 pounds and occasionally up to 10

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounter while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. The employee works regularly in an office environment where the noise level is moderate.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by staff assigned to this position.  They are not construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required.  All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

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