Job Req ID:  111539

Substance Abuse Counselor

Cornerstone at Helping Up Mission is seeking a Substance Abuse Counselor to be responsible for providing counseling and coordinating counseling activities according to protocol for clients aged 18 and over.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide rehabilitation counseling to clients with a substance use disorder using multiple treatment modalities including Reinforcement-Based Treatment which is an evidence-based treatment approach that integrates motivational interviewing with structured involvement in work and social activities.
  • Create person-centered treatment plans, and maintain updated plans according to COMAR regulations, JHU policies and CARF standards.
  • Coordinate clients’ engagement in attending events consistent with treatment goals, including clinic appointments, NA/CA/AA meetings, employment appointments and recreational activities.
  • Initiate and maintain contact with the client’s family members and/or significant other.
  • Coordinate access to community resources including job training, housing, recreation, and drug-free social contacts.
  • Monitor caseload’s urine results and make adjustment to client’s treatment plan accordingly.
  • Enter client activity data.
  • Will complete other duties as assigned by the Director and/or Clinical Supervisor.
  • Serve as backup for other research and administrative duties.
  • Comply with reporting requirements of state and local agencies, and according to Department of Psychiatry, and Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
  • Inform appropriate staff member of supplies and equipment needs that relate to client services.

Special Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Experience providing counseling services to adult population desirable.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to interact effectively with clients, management, Helping Up Mission personnel and partners, in addition to individuals from diverse cultures.
  • Computer experience required.
  • Flexible hours required, including some evenings and weekends.
  • Excellent organizational skills to work effectively in an environment that requires balancing multiple assignments.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree required in Psychology, Social Work or another related field.
  • At the time of hire, qualified candidates must possess one or more of the following which are recognized by the MD Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists: Alcohol and Drug Trainee status, CSC-AD, CAC-AD, LGADC, LCADC, LGPC, LCPC, or LCSW. Must maintain credentials throughout employment.
  • Some experience working with substance abuse or related populations.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's Degree and 3 years-experience working with substance abuse or related populations. 



Classified Title: Substance Abuse Counselor 
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MA  
Starting Salary Range: Min $16.92 - Max $29.61 HRLY ($48,000 targeted; Commensurate with experience) 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F-f 8-5, Some evening hours possible 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt 
Location: Hybrid/Johns Hopkins Bayview 
Department name: SOM Psy Bay Cornerstone  
Personnel area: School of Medicine 

Total Rewards
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Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines: JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

**Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.

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