Outpatient Addictions Counselor – PT *$5,000 Sign-On Bonus*

Employment Status



Open Until Filled


Boone, IA

The Outpatient Addictions Counselor will address the needs of outpatient substance abuse clients who need assessment for chemical dependency and/or extended treatment for these and related issues while providing an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust. This person will be the primary counselor providing assessments as well as individual and group counseling for the youth.

  • Must have an Iowa Substance Abuse Counselor Certification, either a temporary-CADC or a CADC/IADC.
  • Two years of experience in individual, group, and family therapy, and formal training in the field of substance use disorders is required.

Relates to residents in a caring, supportive, and therapeutic manner.

  • Takes an active interest in each client as an individual and deals respectfully with his/her thoughts, feelings, and choices.
  • Leads groups and provides opportunities for group and individual feedback on the program and discusses problems and accomplishments.
  • Listens effectively to each client.
  • Respects the individual client's rights to make his/her own decisions and to deal with the consequences and reactions to those decisions.  Observes all federal and state confidentiality and privacy regulations.
  • Takes an active role in the development of each client's treatment plan and implements the treatment plan.
  • Provides crisis intervention for clients.
  • Makes timely, appropriate decisions for clients with regard to their overall treatment plans.
  • Consistently observes limits and consequences and sees that they are consistently carried out.  Enforces rules and procedures as established in the Handbook and Personal Contracts.
  • Networks within the area to solicit referrals for the outpatient program.  Markets program to known and/or potential referral sources.
  • Conducts Substance Abuse Awareness Group at Rosedale Shelter weekly.
  • Assists in the Substance Abuse Awareness groups with prevention branch monthly.
  • Does screenings of clients to assess treatment or therapy needs on clients referred by schools, parents, DHS, JCS, SAAG, Rosedale Shelter, or other sources.
  • Arranges for payment/funding for all clients including: Title XIX (Medicaid), private insurance, IMSACP Medicaid (assuring REVS line is checked), private funds, DHS, or court ordered services.

This position serves as the primary counselor on an hourly basis. Client caseload will vary depending on referrals. Acts as primary counselor, carrying out the following duties:

  • Meets individually with each client a minimum of once per week, and more often, as needed.  Arranges it so that appointments with client will normally NOT be during school hours.  This should be for a minimum of one hour per week.
  • Makes a brief presentation about each client in Continued Stay Review, weekly, and fills out the Continued Stay Review form (must be done once every month).
  • Arranges staffings as needed.  Invites the following, as appropriate:  client, parent(s), worker(s), Family Program Counselor, and Quality Assurance Coordinator.
  • Co-facilitates most or all group counseling sessions.
  • Makes proposals to the supervisor regarding each client's: graduation, graduation date, referrals elsewhere, probation contracts, etc.
  • Attends court, foster care hearings, school meetings, etc., for clients, as appropriate.  Acts as liaison for clients with schools, Chapter I classroom, summer job program, etc. (only acts as liaison at meetings involving his/her client).
  • Serves as an appropriate role model for clients.
  • Leads and supervises 12-step work.
  • Does intakes for new clients.  Gives new clients and their parent(s) informational materials about our program.  Assessments must be done within thirty days.
  • Provides information to newly admitted clients and parents, with regard to the outpatient program, policy and procedures, rules, counseling offered, costs, types, hours of services, schedule, confidentiality, family program, parent involvement, program guidelines and contract, and other treatment issues. Orients new clients to the program.
  • Informs the supervisor upon making or changing a discharge date for a client.
  • Will be held accountable to maintain all outpatient files in accordance with agency and state standards.
  • Appropriately utilizes outside treatment resources as needed, including psychological or psychiatric evaluation and counseling, tutoring, sexuality and sexual abuse counseling, etc.
  • Provides family counseling under the supervision of our Family Program Counselor, and refers the family to other resources, as appropriate. Co-facilitates/facilitates one Family Group.  Takes a role as the client's counselor while the Family Program Counselor acts as the parents' counselor.
  • Coordinates the graduations of his/her clients. Also, makes and coordinates referrals for each client as part of discharge planning.
  • Completes all paperwork on time
  • Contacts worker(s) and parent(s) regarding clients weekly or as needed if more frequently.
  • Makes Aftercare linkages for clients prior to discharge. Arranges visit of client and parent(s) to Aftercare/Continuing Care Program when possible.


For more information, please contact Jill Hill at

All applicants are required to complete an online application.
YSS hires nicotine-free staff only. EOE