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Perinatal Counselor Public Health Clinic

Website Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

Perinatal Alcohol and Drug Counselor Public Health Clinic


The right candidate will work as part of a collaborative treatment team between the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (CADA), a private non-profit alcohol and drug treatment provider and Public Health. This position is co-located at Public Health OB/GYN clinic for the purpose of helping to screen and identify clients who may be in need of substance abuse treatment and/or education. Work as part of the team with nurses, physicians and behavioral health counselors to engage patients to participate in treatment and assist them in attaining successful outcomes for pregnant and parenting women and their families.

ORGANIZATION: Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse

REPORTS TO: Clinical Director, & Coordinator of Perinatal Services

STATUS: Non-exempt with a rich and competitive benefit package includes medical, dental, vision and life insurance plans.

LOCATION: Project Recovery and Public Health Clinics (PHC) Santa Barbara


Spanish/English bi-lingual, bi-cultural preferred.
College degree in helping profession (Counseling, Psychology, Sociology, etc.).
MFT or AMFT, or Certified or registered Alcohol Drug Counselor.
Minimum one year experience in the field of alcohol/drug counseling.
Knowledge of individual and group counseling principles and techniques, and of substance abuse assessment and case management.

Knowledge in substance abuse issues affecting families and children prenatally exposed.
Knowledge of issues affecting pregnant and parenting women including pre-natal care, employment, child care, domestic violence, housing concerns, parenting, anger management and communication skills.
Knowledge of basic pharmacology and specific withdrawal symptoms from all major categories of psychoactive drugs
Knowledge of resources in the community for treatment, recovery, and resources to address the above noted areas of concern.
Ability to communicate and work collaboratively with community partners and write professional letters and reports, when appropriate. Public speaking skills for purposes of in-service training, orientations, and other speaking engagements to promote services.
Ability to communicate verbally with clients from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds.
Ability to recognize own professional limitations and seek supervision and assistance and have high standards of professional ethics.
Willingness to obtain Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP) training and interest in becoming a CPSP provider (4-5 hours to complete)
Upholding a professional image of the CADA at all times. Maintaining a clean environment in all space used by the program and of the clinic and office space between cleaning service visits.


Attend staff administrative, clinical, and assessment meetings as necessary to assure optimum program operation and client service. Participate in team meetings as required by Public Health Department (PHD) and CADA.
Provide individual and group substance abuse counseling, education, and relapse prevention sessions and provide treatment planning for the treatment of chemical dependency.
Write appropriate professional letters and reports; communicate verbally with; physicians, clinical staff, and other professionals as well as clients from a wide range of socio–economic and cultural backgrounds.
Become familiar and proficient in electronic record systems for both Behavioral Wellness and Public Health.
Timely and appropriate Client File Documentation, Case Notes, and File Examination
Maintaining files and case notes properly documenting client’s progress and attendance. Case notes are to include the complete date (month, day and year), the type of session (admission/intake, treatment planning/review, crisis intervention, collateral service, discharge planning, etc.), within Title 22 Guidelines.
Keep abreast of the current literature and research in the field of alcoholism and drug addiction/abuse.
Assuring that all clinic administrative records are properly maintained and routed.

If you would like to apply for this position, please send your resume and a cover letter to [email protected]

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