Substance Abuse Counselor Position at Nova Recovery Center


The Substance Abuse Counselor position will be responsible for milieu management under the direction of the Clinical Director. Responsibilities for the Substance Abuse Counselor position include facilitating program services, participating in individual sessions and facilitating group therapy sessions.


  • Facilitating groups as assigned and documenting client participation.
  • Providing crisis and/or supportive counseling, as needed.
  • Greeting new clients and orienting them to campus as requested by Management.
  • Assist with ASA (against staff advice) prevention and intervention, identifying early warning signs and accessing all resources.
  • Completing all chart notes within 72 hours of service delivery, utilizing DAP format, as appropriate.
  • Charting all process groups, didactic groups, individual counseling sessions, significant client interactions, and collateral contacts, as required.
  • Completing incident reports as required and notifying appropriate administration when necessary.
  • Notifying Leadership team of exceptional client situations.
  • Working with the Clinical Director to assure adequate staffing is maintained during the week to effectively handle work demand.
  • Effectively and promptly reporting potential disciplinary issues to the Leadership team.
  • Creating an atmosphere of trust.
  • Utilizing group structure to focus on addiction issues and promote change.


  • Must be fully licensed as an LCDC, LPC, or other Qualified Credentialed Counselor.
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a related field preferred
  • Experience in the field of chemical dependency required
  • Daring Way certification preferred
  • Prior family counseling experience preferred
  • Basic knowledge is required in the following areas: relapsing nature of substance disorders, family dynamics, DSM criteria for psychiatric disorders commonly occurring with substance use disorders; basic pharmacology and neurophysiology of addiction and dual disorders and twelve step programs