Travis County Texas Chemical Dependency Counselor in Austin, Texas

Job Summary

Provides screening, assessment, intake and treatment, and discharge planning for clients. Screens and assesses the substance abuse, psychosocial and environmental status of clients. Provides individual and group counseling, assists in developing counseling programs and intervention techniques, coordinates and monitors referral of clients to clinical and other resources and services and assists in providing related training for staff.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is the first in a series of two chemical dependency counselor-related job classifications within the Social Services job family. This classification is responsible for assessing the substance abuse, psychosocial and environmental status of clients, developing treatment and discharge plans, coordinating referral to resources and services and conducting related counseling programs. This classification is distinguished from the higher level by assisting in, rather than full development of counseling programs and related training. This classification typically does not function in a lead capacity. This classification may require work in secure facilities. This classification may require a flexible work schedule in order to meet the needs of the department.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Licensed counselor to provide screening, assessment, case management, referrals and discharge planning for clients who have been arrested for family violence, assault and alcohol/drug offenses.
  • Makes recommendations based on clients' needs for substance abuse and/or battering intervention, prevention programs and any other service/resource needed. Uses the DVI assessment for family violence counseling recommendations and the ASI in conjunction with the DSW-V-TR to determine presence or absence of substance abuse and/or dependence.
  • This job requires accurate, detailed documentation skills and computer skills.
  • Facilitates alcohol/drug classes and/or groups for persons who have been referred by the legal system.
  • Coordinates referral of clients to clinical resources and other services and monitors client progress. Resolves obstacles to service delivery.
  • Maintains primary responsibility for coordinating client services provided by clinical and social service professionals and community outreach service providers. Initiates and sustains ongoing advocacy for client.
  • Prepares progress reports of client treatment, documents interviews, observations and evaluations for case file. Conducts and maintains analysis of treatment and service provider usage. Develops discharge plans, including referrals to counseling and social service programs in the community.
  • Assists in planning, developing and conducting training sessions for staff and volunteers.
  • Serves as liaison with advocacy groups, clinical and other service providers, community outreach services and law enforcement personnel. Conducts presentations related to substance abuse treatment and counseling for outside groups, agencies and organizations.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned. Minimum Requirements

Education and Experience: Bachelor's degree in Social or Behavioral Sciences or a directly related field AND two (2) years experience in substance abuse counseling, social services or criminal justice work;


Any combination of education and experience that has been achieved and is equivalent to the stated education and experience and required knowledge, skills, and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this job.

Licenses, Registrations, Certifications, or Special Requirements: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) OR Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) OR Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) OR Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).

Valid Texas Driver's License.

Preferred: Spanish language skills preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Procedures for assessing the substance abuse, psychosocial and environmental status of clients.
  • Counseling theory techniques and resources.
  • Substance abuse and crisis intervention techniques and resources.
  • Policies, practices, procedures and standards within area of assignment.
  • Advocacy groups, clinical and other service providers and community outreach services.
  • Principles and procedures of case file documentation.
  • Computer equipment to include word processing, spreadsheets, databases and a variety of software packages. Skill in:

  • Counseling and providing crisis and other assistance to clients.

  • Screening and assessing the substance abuse, psychosocial and environmental status of clients.
  • Administering various clinical and other screening tests.
  • Determining types of counseling, social service provider and other services indicated for clients.
  • Obtaining information from clients and other sources.
  • Developing treatment, intervention and discharge plans for clients.
  • Developing and conducting training sessions.
  • Problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Both verbal and written communication. Ability to:

  • Apply counseling theory, practice and procedures.

  • Develop client advocacy programs.
  • Work efficiently, both independently and as a team member.
  • Manage time well and meet timelines.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Maintain clear and legible documentation.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental clientele, other County employees and officials, community outreach and other organizations, clinical service providers, law enforcement personnel and the general public. Work Environment & Other Information

Physical requirements include the ability to lift/carry up to 25 pounds occasionally, visual acuity, speech and hearing, hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer and office equipment. Subject to standing, sitting, walking, climbing stairs, bending, stooping, crouching, kneeling, pushing, pulling, reaching, twisting, balancing, repetitive motion, driving, client/customer contact, and squatting to perform the essential functions.

This job description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The essential duties, functions and responsibilities and overtime eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.

Work Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM or 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Works some nights from 12:00 PM to 9:30 PM.

Department: Counseling and Education Services

Location: 5501 Airport Blvd. Austin

Criminal Background Check Required

Salary: $19.05 - $23.81 Hourly

Job Number: 15-03169

Location: Austin, TX

Closing: 3/2/2017 11:59 PM Central

Job Type: Full Time

Department: TCCES

Agency: Travis County

Address: 700 Lavaca Street, Suite 420 Austin, Texas, 78701.

Phone: 512-854-9165