Drug and Alcohol Counselor – Youth Services (Morgan Hill)

Drug and Alcohol Counselor – Youth Services (Morgan Hill)

Classification: Non-Exempt

Accountable to: Director of Clinical Standards


Company Bio

Pathway Society (PSI) is a community-based nonprofit organization founded in 1964, and incorporated in 1968, that promotes individual, family, and community wellness in Santa Clara County. For over 50 years we’ve supported individuals in creating healthy lifestyles for themselves and their loved ones. We offer a wide range of substance abuse and counseling services to adults and families who suffer the consequences of alcohol and substance abuse.

Pathway Society’s legacy of compassionate treatment has helped thousands of individuals find their path to wellness—and often a new life. Our inpatient/residential and outpatient treatment programs are nurturing environments that foster hope and allow the space and time necessary to create lasting change. Our treatment programs feature individual and group counseling, healthy lifestyle skills development, and safe and supportive environments that enhance personal growth and health.

Pathway Society’s expert practitioners understand the journey of those whose lives have been disrupted by alcohol and substance abuse. All of our practitioners are licensed and/or credentialed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and California Certification Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors. Many hold advanced degrees in behavioral sciences, addiction studies, and additional certifications related to health and wellness.


Position Description

The Youth Services Counselor is responsible to counsel individual youth and facilitate in-patient psycho-educational groups within County of Santa Clara youth ranch setting(s). Provide individual and family drug and alcohol treatment services in accordance with established therapeutic models and evidence-based practices and techniques. Collaborate with community based organizations and Santa Clara County Probation Department. Provide aftercare services in the community to clients identified as high need. Attend and contribute in multi-disciplinary meetings. Attend regular staff meetings and trainings. Build alliances between community members and key partners including law enforcement, health directors, clergy, school staff, parents and youth. Must exhibit professionalism, be organized, and be self-motivated in a highly structured environment. Ability to process treatment plans and paperwork in a timely manner is necessary and essential to success. The ideal candidate will be able to manage a high volume of clientele; work well and have experience with at-risk youth; demonstrate knowledge of DSM-IV/V and standard substance abuse treatment and youth development practices; and effectively communicate, problem-solve, and successfully function in individual and group settings. Must be able to travel on occasion to meet with the families of clients.



Masters degree in Social Services, Psychology, or related disciplines (e.g. MFTI, ASW, MSW, LMFT, LCSW, MS); or a Bachelors degree in combination with a CADC or LAADC; or a CADC and substantial demonstrated experience working with youth. Must have experience and passion for working with youth. Familiarity with The Seven Challenges and other SAMHSA evidence-based models is a plus. Bilingual Spanish is a plus but not required. Must be able to pass LIVE-SCAN. Clinical supervision hours are available for MFTI and MSW interns.


Physical Requirements

Climbing; ascending or descending ladders, stairs, ramps, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Kneeling; bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees. Crouching; bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine. Reaching; extending hand (s) and arms above head in any direction. Hearing; perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction, ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discriminations in sound. Lifting; able to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects up to 40 pounds. Visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading.



Pathway Society, Inc. is a vibrant and dynamic work environment that values diversity of experience, thought, and perspective. We provide a competitive and generous compensation package for qualified candidates which includes fully paid health, dental, vision, life, and long term disability insurances for the employee.  In addition to health insurance, the position includes a generous PTO package, starting at 19 days accrual per year, 12 paid holidays annually, 401K contribution and an employee assistance program.


Equal Employment Opportunity

It is the policy of Pathway Society to provide equal employment opportunity to all people without regard to race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, disability, medical condition, gender, age, sexual orientation or marital status.

Qualified candidates should download and complete the Pathway Society employment application and email it, along with a cover letter and resume to Melissa@pathwaysociety.org