Youth Substance Use Treatment Counselor

Job Type

Full Time




208 West 13th Street
New York
United States


Reports To: Director of Youth Counseling and Support

Classification: Full Time, Non-Exempt

Schedule: Generally Monday through Friday. Work days and hours may shift depending on scheduling needs; typical schedule will be 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; flexibility required.

Position Summary: The Youth Substance Use Treatment Counselor will implement The Center’s programming to reduce, cease and/or prevent substance use and/or relapse, as well as decrease substance-related health and social disparities including reducing emergency room and inpatient hospitalizations with a focus on LGBT youth and young adults.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Director of Youth Counseling and Support in meeting program service and revenue goals.
  • Develop and provide direct individual and couples treatment interventions including intake, assessment, engagement, counseling, and crisis-intervention, elements of case management and advocacy, referral and follow-up encounters in-person or by telephone (approximate caseload of 15-20 clients).
  • Develop and provide direct group treatment and group family counseling interventions including therapeutic and psycho-educational groups, carrying a proportional group caseload and maintaining group records (up to 5 groups).
  • Develop and provide daily living skills education and information and works with staff members from referring agencies and with representatives of community organizations and entities.
  • Respond to telephone inquiries, screen potential clients and make appropriate referrals to programs within and outside the Center.
  • Document all client sessions and follow-up encounters using the appropriate forms, case file format, and computer database(s), and provide other written documentation of program activities and proposals, as necessary ensuring compliance with licensing and funding source requirements.
  • Participate in the weekly Substance Use Treatment Team Program Meeting and all other relevant Center staff and grant funding related meetings, along with regular meetings with the Director of Youth Counseling and Support for supervisory and program planning purposes.
  • Provide cross coverage for all other programs tasks, duties and populations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements:

  • CASAC or advanced clinical degree, LMSW or similar, required; field certification to supervise students a plus.
  • One (1) to three (3) years minimum clinical experience in the provision of behavioral and/or substance abuse treatment services, including conducting biopsychosocial intake assessments.
  • Knowledge of behavioral health resources in the greater New York City area and treatment regulations and programs; knowledge of electronic medical recordkeeping a plus.
  • Good leadership, administrative, organization, and written/verbal communication skills; bilingual a plus.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work with a wide range of personalities.
  • Commitment to inclusive, multi-cultural programming; prior experience working within coalitions with diverse communities and an understanding of intersectional oppressions.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the issues, needs and interests of LGBT youth, adults, families and community, including knowledge of the spectrum of gender identity and transgender issues.
  • A strong commitment to the mission of The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement