Substance Use Counselor

Boston, MA | Temporary

Post Date: 05/17/2017 Job ID: 105168 Industry: Pay Rate: $17.00 - $19.00

ACE Employment Services, Inc. Is working with a human service agency in Boston looking to hire a temporary Substance Use Counselor.  You will be responsible for the delivery of substance use disorder counseling and case management services to the residents of the Women’ s program. The main focus will be psycho-educational groups 5 to 6 times per day with group size of 32 women.  The shift is Monday – Friday, 3pm-11pm.   


Essential Functions:                                                            
  • Ensure that all services are delivered in compliance with agency standards and contractual requirements.
  • Obtain signed consent to coordinate all aspects of client treatment.
  • Provide supportive and empathic individual counseling/case management sessions to a case load of up to 10 clients on a weekly basis, throughout their stay at the program.
  • In a thorough and timely manner maintain effective documentation and record keeping systems, including but not limited to:    Adult Comprehensive Assessment, treatment planning, re-assessment; progress notes; case management; appointments; consent forms; data collection
  • Conduct outreach to referral sources in an effort to create and maintain linkages.
  • Close files within 1 week of client discharge.
  • Complete any additional agency or funder reports, as requested by your supervisor or the Program Director.
  • Maintain current working knowledge of referral sources such as housing, medical, outpatient counseling, dental, legal, AIDS client services, self-help groups and others to provide comprehensive services to the program clients and their families.
  • Provide information and referral services to clients that must include linking clients to primary care, mental health, Family and other support services.
  • Develop, implement, and facilitate/co-facilitate a minimum of 4 groups per week and complete required documentation.
  • Conduct intake, screening, and admission of new clients upon request of a supervisor.
  • Discuss treatment plans with clients and review in clinical meetings weekly.
  • Communicate effectively with the treatment team and any other individuals or agencies involved in the client’ s treatment.
  • Provide milieu coverage as needed, including:  monitoring and assessing the integrity of the program’ s therapeutic milieu; empowering clients to act in accordance with the guidelines of the program; assisting clients in self-administration of medications; conducting controlled substance counts; take clients on fresh air breaks; answering phones and the front door.
  • Attend weekly supervision, staff meetings, clinical meeting, monthly in-service trainings, and agency workshops.
  • Attend additional trainings as requested by your supervisor or the Program Director, to enhance skills.

  • Bachelor’ s degree
  • Maintaining professional ethics, boundaries and client confidentiality and working from a strength based perspective using evidence base practices (MI, CBT, Harm Reduction etc.)
  • Experience working with priority populations (substance use disorder, HIV/AIDS and/or mental health).
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively as a member of the treatment team.
  • Ability to relate to clients in an instructive, supportive, and compassionate manner.
  • Proficient computer skills, including the use of Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Strong organizational, writing, and communication skills.
  • Current TB assessment and current CPR certification.
About ACE Employment Services, Inc.: In 1989, ACE Employment Services, Inc. was founded to give companies in Massachusetts a personal and consultative approach to staffing. With a small internal staff and dedication, honestly and hard work we landed on the Boston Business Journal’ s Largest Temp Placement Firms in Massachusetts at #11. ACE Employment Services, Inc. is your partner for direct, temporary and temp-to-hire solutions. Learn more at

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