JOB TITLE: S.A. Residential Counselor (CSAC-A)

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Director of Services/Clinician


This position involves the provision of an array of training, support, and IADL’s services with a minimum amount of psycho-educational interventions provided within the community and residential settings. Certified Substance Abuse Counselor Assistants (CSACs) are responsible for client related documentation and reports as well as the development and implementation of treatment goals and objectives. Facilitating parent and peer support training groups as needed.  On a monthly basis, 95.0% of the services provided are to be in the form of direct involvement and training with client’ and/or their family members. Remaining hours will consist of conducting service coordination and administrative duties. Position reports directly to DOS.


  • Screening clients to determine eligibility and appropriateness for admission to a particular program;
  • Intake of clients by performing the administrative and initial assessment tasks necessary for admission to a program;
  • Orientation of new clients to program’s rules, goals, procedures, services, costs, and the rights of the client;
  • Assessment of client’s strengths, weaknesses, problems, and needs for the development of a treatment plan;
  • Treatment planning with the client to identify and rank problems to be addressed, establish goals, and agree on treatment processes;
  • Counseling the client utilizing specialized skills in both individual and group approaches to achieve treatment goals and objectives;
  • Case management activities that bring services, agencies, people, and resources together in a planned framework of action to achieve established goals;
  • Crisis intervention responses to a client’s needs during acute mental, emotional, or physical distress;
  • Education of clients by providing information about drug abuse and available services and resources;
  • Referral of clients in order to meet identified needs unable to be met by the counselor and assisting the client in effectively utilizing those resources;
  • Reporting and charting information about a client’s assessment, treatment plan, progress, discharge summaries, and other client-related data; and
  • Consultation with other professionals to assure comprehensive quality care for the client.



  • Case management
  • Client documentation
  • Oral and written communication
  • Family counseling
  • Human development
  • Service plan development and implementation
  • Group dynamics
  • Report writing and other client documentation

Knowledge of

  • Community resources
  • Counseling interventions
  • Computer software
  • Program planning and coordination
  • Crisis intervention


  • CPR/First Aid
  • Medication training
  • Restraint techniques


  • Home telephone
  • DMV license
  • Cellphone

Minimum Qualification:

Applicant must meet at least the criteria of CSAC-A as established by the designated regulatory agency in the Commonwealth of Virginia. A Substance Abuse Counselor Assistant must have, at minimum, a high school diploma or GED. The candidate will need 300 hours of substance abuse education, comprised of 120 hours of didactic training and 180 hours of experiential training.


S.A. Residential Counselor (CSAC-A) – Job Description