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SUD Counselor

Bakersfield, California
USD18.75 to USD24.68 Per Hour
Job Type
19 May 2023
Turning Point of Central California, Inc.


Turning Point of Central California, Inc. was founded in 1970. For over 50 years now, we have been transforming lives across the state of California. From Mental Health to Community Corrections, Children's Services, Housing Programs, Recovery Services, Substance Abuse Disorders & more; we serve people in need. Our desire is to see individuals reach their full potential, and create lasting change that will stand the test of time.


Substance Use Disorder Counselor


Kennemer Center - STOP


The Kennemer Facility is a contract provider of services for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. We focus on aiding recovering residents to become economically and personally adjusted to employment of their choice and to a life free of substance abuse.

The Specialized Treatment for Optimized Programming (STOP) at the Ken Kennemer Center is a long term (90-180 day), intensive inpatient, residential drug treatment program instituted through California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The focus is to assist male parolees on active supervision, whose lives have become negatively impacted by a cycle of (AOD) alcohol and/or drug-related addictions as well as assessing the criminal history of recidivism through cognitive behavioral therapy and evidence-based counseling & treatment. The goals, objectives, and action steps in treatment are to provide comprehensive, pervasive, and personalized behavioral healthcare, that leads residents to a life free of substance abuse, while assisting each resident in breaking the cycle of institutional recidivism in their personal lives. We strive to provide a compassionate, structured, and supportive living environment for our residents. The ultimate goal is for the individual to achieve long lasting sobriety while enjoying a life of integrity, spirituality, dignity and purpose.


1100 Union Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93307


Precy Metz, Program Director



Class 120 ($18.75 - $24.68/hour)


Full Time, Hourly, Non-Exempt


Until Filled



Company Benefits:

Competitive compensation package
Company paid benefits package including medical, dental and vision and many other voluntary benefits
403b Tax Deferred Annuity Retirement fund
401a Pension Plan fund
Term life insurance
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
On the job training including paid professional development and career development
Rewarding work environment with excellent opportunities for career growth
Excellent work/life balance including generous vacation and holiday pay
Meaningful relationships with your co-workers and the individuals we serve

We are a diverse, inclusive and equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, age (40+), disability status, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, protected military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


The SUD Counselor reports to the Counseling Supervisor and is responsible for providing direct services to Participants including but not limited to individual case management and groups.


Must be able to maintain a caseload.
Make written case notes regarding client behavior, noting significant intervention and changes in accordance with contract requirements.
Assure that the Participants understand and follow program rules and procedures.
Develop Individual treatment plans for Participants.
Provide individual and group counseling geared toward the client's specified goals and objectives in their Treatment Plan.
Plan, organize, and implement special groups and seminars for residents.
Assist the Participants in appropriate utilization of referral services.
Document progress and all services in the parolees file (including employment effort/status, case conference results).
Serve as a resource person with regard to education, training, and employment opportunities available in the community for Participants.
Assist the Participant in completing non-work/education related passes when needed.
Verify the accuracy, completeness, confirmation of appointment, and verify the path of travel to and from the MCRP site on non-work/education passes.
Provide input for Participant's pass request to attend an event.
Track and collect Participant's paychecks, and forward to accounting for Participant's restitution and savings purposes.
Serve as backup staff as needed for Kennemer Center Facility.
Thinks and acts quickly and efficiently in emergencies.
Comply with all Turning Point Safety policies and procedures, including but not limited to: workplace safety, reporting work related injuries, Infection Control and preventing potential safety risks for staff, Participants and others.
Will drive on Agency business as needed.
Comply with all Turning Point Safety policies and procedures, including but not limited to: workplace safety, reporting work related injuries, Infection Control and preventing potential safety risks for staff, Participants and others.
Punctual and regular attendance is an essential responsibility of each employee at Turning Point. Employees are expected to report to work as scheduled, on time and prepared to start working. Employees also are expected to remain at work for their entire work schedule. Late arrival, early departure or other absences from scheduled hours are disruptive and must be avoided.
Other duties as assigned by the Program Director. Please note this job description is not designated to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required for the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, shifts and activities may change at any time with or without notice


Must have a current AOD certification/license from a certifying body approved by the State of California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), and maintain good standing OR
Must be currently registered to provide AOD counseling services from a certifying body approved by the State of California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and maintain good standing, and obtain certification within six months of hire.
CPR and First Aid Certification Preferred.
Knowledge of substance abuse, addictions, and related disorders, and ability to effectively provide educational groups regarding the treatment of these disorders.
Ability to work effectively and professionally with program clients.
Ability to manage priorities and workflow.
Must have experience in group counseling.
Must have experience in counseling utilizing the cognitive behavior modification modality.
Ability to write substantive and grammatically correct treatment plans, case/clinical notes and discharge summaries.
Basic computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint, Office 365, Teams, Zoom and other communication/meeting platforms.
Possess a valid driver's license and have access to a dependable means of transportation that is properly insured and operated in accordance with all laws. Agency insurer authorization is required.
Ability to pass a criminal background check.
Ability to pass a pre-employment physical, drug screen, general physical, and TB test.
Must maintain good relationships with current, future and past employees, co-workers, vendors, third party administrators, and others with whom the Agency is transacting business, and relate to them in a professional manner.
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  • Job Reference: 1010171456-2
  • Date Posted: 19 May 2023
  • Recruiter: Turning Point of Central California Inc
  • Location: Bakersfield, California
  • Salary: USD18.75 to USD24.68 Per Hour
  • Sector: Healthcare & Medical
  • Job Type: Permanent