Date Posted: 8/10/2018

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Job Description


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Compensation Bonus (if applicable): 


Equal Opportunity Employer.

Abraxas Youth and Family Services is a national leader in the operation of residential treatment facilities and community-based programs for troubled youth and their families. We offer a wide array of services to include life skills, mental health services, cognitive behavioral therapy, family counseling, drug and alcohol treatment, case management services, recreational activities as well as vocational and educational services. Abraxas is a great place to start your career whether you have a high school diploma or GED, military experience, some college, or a bachelor or advanced degree.  If you are interested in counseling, juvenile justice, psychology, social work, teaching or just want to make a difference, we have a career path for you. Help change lives at Abraxas Youth and Family Services.



 This list represents a general summary of the duties that a D&A Counselor is required to fulfill in the performance of his/her job.  These statements do not reflect responsibilities and competencies necessary to describe the core function of the job. 

 Communicates Effectively

  • Uses communication systems effectively (i.e. Communication Log, E-Mail, Incident Reports)
  • Maintains regular communication with supervisor, and co-workers
  • Communicates effectively with clients
  • Provides verbal and written updates to supervisors
  • Communicates effectively with support services
  • Maintains confidentiality of information as it relates to client information
  • Support and promotes the Sanctuary Model and its Commitments.

 Demonstrates Professionalism in Performance of Job

  • Implements Abraxas policies on professional expectations, code of conduct and other practices and procedures
  • Serves as a role model for clients
  • Supports agency mission, goals and objectives
  • Demonstrates effort in professional development

 Effectively Supervises/Manages Clients

  • Interacts meaningfully with clients
  • Observes client behavior and intervenes appropriately
  • Uses Safe Crisis Management techniques and skills
  • Provides effective people security (headcounts, room checks, client movement.
  • Maintains knowledge of each client’s problem areas

 Participates as a Member of the Treatment Team

  • Supports co-workers
  • Requests and accepts feedback
  • Gives feedback
  • Attends and participates in staff meetings
  • Participates in the development of shift plans
  • Coordinates and communicates consistently with co-workers
  • Performs other duties as assigned

 Completes Shift Tasks

  • Processes intakes and screens clients
  • Implements clinical schedule and coordinates client activities (i.e. family night, recreation.
  • Facilitates and documents various groups/meetings (i.e. issues, theme, thinking, D&A, process.
  • Supervises self-administration of medication
  • Supervise daily and weekly clean-ups

 Maintains Safety & Security of Clients & Facility

  • Conducts fire and safety checks
  • Conducts frequent headcounts
  • Knows and implements emergency procedures (evacuation, CPR/First Aid.


Job Requirements


Minimum Education/Experience:

 A.C. II or C.A.C III Colorado, and;

  •  BA/BS Degree in chemical dependency, psychology, social work, counseling, or other related field and one (1) year of clinical experience, or
  •  MA/MS Degree in chemical dependency, psychology, social work, counseling, or other related field which includes a practicum in a health and human service agency, preferable in a drug and alcohol setting