San Luis Obispo, CA

Amity Foundation, an internationally acclaimed Teaching and Therapeutic Community in Los Angeles, California is seeking compassionate and enthusiastic individuals with a desire to teach and learn at our community located in Los Angeles. This ground breaking opportunity will help the Los Angeles community but will also enhance your training and experience in the field. Amity is a safe place where people can change in an environment that fosters trust; where new values can be formed; responsibility developed and lasting relationships built. Amity is dedicated to the inclusion and habilitation of people marginalized by addiction, homelessness, trauma, criminality, incarceration, poverty, racism, sexism and violence. Amity is committed to research, development implementation and dissemination of information regarding community building.

Remembrance, Resolution, Reconciliation, Restoration, Renewal


This position is responsible for the delivery of face-to-face rehabilitative programming services provided in the Integrated Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program (ISUDTP).


Responsible for the following:

  • Deliver treatment services to participants;
  • Lead and participate in face-to-face group and individual meetings, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy and other therapeutic processes;
  • Work directly with participants to develop and implement treatment service plans and connect participants to supportive networks as they return to the community;
  • Review treatment plans, evaluate and record treatment progress, records visible changes in appearance, behavior and demeanor of program participants. Maintain accurate, timely, and confidential participant records;
  • Compile and evaluate assessments, comprehensive social, legal, and personal histories of program participants.
  • Summarize participants background, treatment plan, and recovery process.
  • Prepare reports as assigned;
  • Prepare accurate, concise, informative reports, records and plans that are consistent with Amity standards, and comply with applicable clinical and administrative rules;
  • Document treatment outcome using acceptable methods and tools;
  • Document the delivery of programming services to the participants;
  • Liaise with transition/reentry staff, plan and prepare transitional documents as directed by CDCR for continued community program activities;
  • Effective implementation of scheduled program curriculum;
  • Shall work collaboratively with CDCR/CCHMS and institution staff. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS


SUD/AOD Counselors must meet one (1) of the following minimum requirements:

  • A Master’s Degree in social service-related field and registered with an AOD certifying organization recognized by DHCS; OR
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in a social service-related field, AOD certified, and one (1) year of experience provided SUDT services as a certified AOD counselor; OR
  • An Associates’s Degree in a social service-related field, AOD certified, and three (3) years of experience providing SUDT services as a certified AOD Counselor; OR
  • AOD certified and more than five (5) years of experience providing SUDT services as a certified AOD counselor. CERTIFICATION
  • Be certified as an AOD counselor by a certifying organization approved by DHCS, OR
  • Provide monthly, documented proof of meaningful progress toward AOD certification and compliance with an approved individual training and development plan which does not exceed twenty-four (24) months to complete. KNOWLEDGE
  • Understanding of causes, symptoms, and effects of substance abuse; appreciation for the behavioral, psychological, physical and social effects of drug abuse.
  • Understanding or program curriculum, objectives, and best practices for implementation.
  • Knowledge of contractual requirements of ISUDTP is essential.
  • Operational knowledge of MS-Word, Excel, and Access. SKILLS and ABILITIES
  • Ability to maintain sensitivity and objectivity under pressures generated by association with substance abuse treatment participants;
  • Ability to provide genuine warmth, empathy and honest sensitive to program participants to facilitate positive change;
  • Ability to provide program participants with frequent acknowledgment and reinforcement for positive behaviors, as well as consistent and predictable feedback for negative behaviors, which may include reporting violations to CDCR staff;
  • Ability to develop a treatment alliance with participants;
  • Excellent interpersonal, written communications and typing skills. PROFESSIONAL and ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Ensure that excellence and integrity are applied to professional responsibilities in order to provide optimal services to participants;
  • Understand and appropriately apply Amity policies and procedure, and adhere to agency-wide practices and regulations;
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in order to maintain professional standards and safeguard the participant;
  • Protect and maintain program participants health, safety, welfare, and confidentiality of records and participant information;
  • Demonstrate proper attitudes and techniques towards faculty, institution staff, and program participants; and,
  • Model professional, effective work habits and responsible living. TRAINING and CONTINUING EDUCATION
  • Within specified contract time-frames, personnel file shall document evidence of participation in the following training’s:

§ Organizational and Institutional Employee Orientation (attend first available CDCR institutional orientation training)

§ CPR Certification, First Aid Certification and an annual Tuberculosis (TB) test

§ Motivational Interviewing (MI)

§ Trauma-Informed Care

§ Sexual Harassment Prevention

§ Emergency Procedures

§ Confidentiality (Title 42 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 2)

§ Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (Title 45 CFR Part 164)

§ Signed acknowledgement of Drug Free Workplace policy

§ Signed CDCR Prison Rape Elimination Policy (PREA) form

  • Maintain awareness of current training issues, needs, and opportunities.
  • Participate in monthly, block, cross-training, curriculum training, technical assistance training or other training as appropriate

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