Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor
Job Details
Out Here, Baldwin Hills - Los Angeles, CA
Full Time
High School
$23.92 - $35.82 Hourly
Up to 25%
Health Care


Under the direction of the Program Manager of Substance Abuse Programs, the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) is responsible for the facilitation of a behavioral group specific to gay men or MSM who use crystal methamphetamine. The CADC ensures that services provided are consistent with APLA Health & Wellness harm reduction philosophy and larger health education goals.



  • Assist in the coordination and delivery of group sessions that focus on substance use, harm reduction, treatment education, and behavior modification.
  • Assess whether an individual qualifies and is a good candidate for the group level intervention.
  • Makes referrals to the APLA Health & Wellness behavioral health team, Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) program, or other treatment centers.
  • Act as a liaison between the APLA Health substance use programs and supplementary services to ensure seamless and timely enrollment.
  • Assure client confidentiality as defined by APLA Health policy and procedures.
  • Remain abreast of changes and updates within the substance use field that would be of benefit to the substance use programs and its respective clients.
  • Ensure that client files remain in alignment with contractual standards.
  • Provide appropriate crisis intervention and emotional support to clients.
  • Respond aptly to emergencies and notify appropriate staff and supervisor(s) in a timely manner. Maintain open and accurate verbal and written communications with substance abuse program manager.
  • Provide program updates to department staff that share program findings
  • Assist the substance abuse program manager with the development and implementation of in person or virtual community forums and workshops.
  • Ensure culturally and linguistically appropriate services.
  • Serve as speaker/facilitator for trainings as needed.
  • Prepare quantitative and qualitative reports as assigned.




Training and Experience:

  • High School Diploma or GED required
  • Associate Degree or higher preferred.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
  • Certified as a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) counselor with a California certificate agency such as CAADE, CCAPP, or CADTP
  • Minimum two (2) years experience working with persons who use crystal methamphetamine.
  • Minimum two (2) years SUD counseling experience.
  • Training and/or experience working in HIV prevention and health education/health promotion.
  • Versed in counseling protocols and techniques associated with the facilitation of substance use interventions.
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Data management

Knowledge of:

  • Twelve-step programs and principles.
  • Health disparities spectrum of HIV and STD disease
  • Harm reduction and behavior modification theories
  • Health and social concerns of gay and non-gay identified MSM


Ability to:

  • Respect client boundaries and maintain professionalism in dress, speech and actions.
  • Coordinate multiple tasks.
  • Enforce program policies and procedures in a fair and firm manner.
  • React calmly and effectively in client crisis situations.
  • Communicate effectively with a diverse population.
  • Conduct group presentations, operate standard office equipment including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); and meet assigned deadlines.



This is primarily an office position that requires only occasional bending, reaching, stooping, lifting and moving of office materials weighing 25 pounds or less. The position requires daily use of a personal computer and requires entering, viewing, and revising text and graphics on the computer terminal and on paper.



Must possess a valid California drivers license; proof of auto liability insurance; and have the use of a personal vehicle for work related purposes. COVID-19 Vaccination or Medical/ Religious Exemption required.


Equal Opportunity Employer: minority/female/disability/veteran.