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Supportive Housing Substance Use Disorder Counselor

Job Summary

The Substance Use Disorder Counselor works as a direct clinical services provider. They are responsible for individual sessions, life skills classes, group sessions, and case management services for clients suffering from substance abuse and co-occurring disorders within their scope of practice as defined by DOPL. Duties are performed under the clinical supervision of their assigned clinical training supervisor, and other appropriately licensed supervisors. In addition, duties are performed under the management direction of the clinical services manager with the input, direction, and collaboration of the director of clinical services and other senior management.

Core Competencies

  • Responsible for understanding and demonstrating outward mindset in work duties and interactions.
  • Acts as a liaison between Permanent Supportive Housing residents and the respective teams at First Step House, Housing Connect and the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Coordinates case management and related activities for residents
  • Helps oversee compliance with all building and program rules
  • Ensures enrollment in and compliance with treatment or community support groups when appropriate
  • May provide residents education to individuals and groups concerning alcohol/drug abuse and addiction and Life Skills to support development of client skills, strengths and well-being
  • May assist residents with some activities of daily living
  • Knowledge of different modalities (REBT, MRT, CBT)
  • Must have working knowledge of their field’s ethical codes and behaviors
  • Provides primary support to client; identifies and describes available treatment services within and outside of FSH agency and provides access to resources that may assist client needs
  • Participates with others on the clinical team and FSH staff to develop competency in client treatment planning to identify and rank problems needing resolution
  • Coordinates treatment planning progress with members of the FSH and VA clinical teams
  • Data management and systems (KIPU, excel tracking system)
  • Mediation/ Conflict Resolution skills/ Crisis Management skills (MI, de-escalation tactics, etc.)
  • Population specific knowledge (SUD, Criminogenic, and Mental Illness)

Essential Responsibilities

  • Assigned as client’s secondary counselor, reviews all assessments available and initial treatment plan. As client’s counselor, this person has the responsibility to coordinate some aspects of client’s treatment and recovery efforts during residency. The counselor is responsible for reviewing admission to First Step House (FSH) informed consent, client fee agreement, and other relevant information.  Counselor is familiar with and can convey to clients the process of intake, including paperwork and orientation; describing general philosophy and goals of FSH program; addressing housing costs to be borne by client and support goals to assist client with plan for payment; explains and reviews expectations governing client conduct and the rights of client.
  • Provides substance abuse counseling and coordinates services to establish support of client’s family members and other entities, such as; DCFS, AP&P, Courts, Vocational Rehabilitation, DWS, etc., as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.
  • Responsible for timely and correct Documentation in KIPU and paper file; includes Progress, miscellaneous interventions, crisis interventions, and circumstances that pertain to or provide support for client to accomplish treatment plans goals.  Responsible for written and verbal reports, progress notes, client referrals and pertinent data.
  • Consults with other professionals, both internally and externally, regarding client treatment and services to assure comprehensive quality care for the client.
  • Attends clinical training classes, staff meetings and workshops as determined for job performance improvement.
  • Performs related duties as assigned by Training Supervisor, Director of Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services.
  • Responsible for appropriate documentation of clinical and supervised hours as per professional, DOPL, scholastic institution, special training, or service provided.

Other duties may be assigned.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duty functions.

Requirements: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duty functions.

  • Must be a team player
  • Ability to work independently and accurately.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal communication skills (oral and written).
  • Must possess excellent problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to handle confidential situations and information by legal and ethical requirements and for the best outcome possible.
  • Ability to respond to inquiries or complaints from clients, fellow employees, or members of management.
  • Ability to effectively read and write business letters, procedures, reports etc.
  • Ability to effectively present information to top management and employees.
  • Must be a self-starter and internally motivated to achieve department and personal objectives.
  • Must have an understanding of relevant legal and ethical codes.
  • Ability to use computer equipment and use related software MS Office Suite & Excel.
  • Ability to use office equipment: copiers, calculators, switchboard/phone system, etc.

Education and Experience

  • Experience in the substance-abuse field and in permanent supportive housing is preferred.


  • Substance Use Disorder Counselor licensure required.

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Last Updated: 1/31/24