University of Colorado Substance Abuse Counselor in Denver, Colorado

Applications are accepted electronically ONLY

University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine/Department of Psychiatry/ARTS

Substance Abuse Counselor

Position #00689809 – Requisition #14519

This full-time, University Staff (non-classified) position will provide clinical services to adult men involved in a long-term residential substance abuse treatment program, many of whom are involved in the criminal justice system. In addition, services may be provided to children, spouses, family members, and significant others. Duties include:

  • Maintain an ongoing caseload and complete corresponding documentation of client’s behavior, progress, problems, etc. in a timely manner. Documentation will be maintained in an Electronic Health Record and some paperwork will be kept in client’s central file. Record keeping must be in accordance with all licensing standards as directed by the Office of Behavioral Health, Division of Criminal Justice, Signal Behavior Health and Department of Corrections.

  • Conduct weekly cognitive behavioral group sessions such as Strategies of Self Improvement and Change, Seeking Safety (trauma informed care), Relapse Prevention, and Anger Management.

  • Conduct weekly and monthly individual sessions to monitor client’s progress.

  • Assist, develop and maintain an ongoing treatment plan for each client on the counselor’s caseload.

  • Observe and monitor client behaviors and initiate prescribed interventions when needed.

  • This position will attend ongoing supervision meetings with immediate supervisor as well as other treatment meetings that are scheduled throughout the month.

  • Maintain continuing education requirements for profession growth and development in accordance with licensing standards.

  • Maintain confidentiality of clientele, personal health information.

  • Provide professional customer service to clientele and outside agencies.

  • Proficient use of Microsoft systems, including Word and Outlook

  • Data entry utilizing Access and CareLogic systems.

Position may also provide assistance and/or coverage for the following duties:

  • Conduct random head counts to document client whereabouts.

  • Observe and document same sex urinalysis.

  • Monitor breathalyzer samples, document completion of the service, and report any concerning behavior.

  • Complete same sex pat searches.

  • Monitor and document client ingestion of antabuse, naltrexone and other medications as needed.

  • Authorize client to leave the facility for work, pass, and job search activities.

  • Verify clients off-site whereabouts.

  • Report escape information to state agencies.

  • Property inventory of client property and screening for contraband.

  • Drive clients to meetings, recreational activities, appointments, etc.

  • Miscellaneous duties that would be needed for any kind of project that supports the mission of the program.

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

Salary and Benefits:

The hiring salary for this position is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience. This position is eligible for overtime compensation.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at



_Diversity and Equity _

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Office of Equity by email at or by phone at (303) 315-2567.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

_Minimum Qualifications_:

  1. High School Diploma or GED

  2. One year of experience working in the behavioral health field.

_Conditions of Employment_

  • Must presently be certified as a Certified Addiction Counselor Level II in the State of Colorado.

  • Must agree to fingerprinting and criminal background check. Required background checks include a review with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) AND the Central Registry of Child Protection (Trails).

  • Subject to pre-employment, post-accident or incident or reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing per UCD Addiction Research and Treatment Services Department Policies

_Preferred Qualifications:_

  • Experience working in a substance abuse treatment environment

  • Experience working with offender population

  • Experience documenting behaviors according to established policies and procedures

  • Experience observing, monitoring and/or intervening in drug/alcohol treatment

  • Experience providing group and individualized clinical care for adult clients


  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.

  • Outstanding customer service skills.

  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs and ability to learn software programs

  • Experience using an Electronic Health Record

  • Ability to establish boundaries with clients

  • Ability to manage difficult behaviors

  • Ability to track client progress through the development and updates of treatment plans

  • Ability to deliver individual and group counseling services

  • Ability to apply ethical guidelines of profession

  • Ability to be nonjudgmental and respectful of others beliefs, values, and culture

Job: *Health Care

Organization: *H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus

Title: Substance Abuse Counselor

Location: Denver

Requisition ID: 14519