Counselor II Job Opening

Counselor II

The Salvation Army Western USA

Anchorage, Alaska
Category: Guidance Counselor

JOB TITLE: Men's Residential Counselor II

SUPERVISOR: Men's Residential Clinical Manager


JOB CLOSES: 07 03 2019


The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love for God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.


Under general supervision of the Men’s Residential Clinical Manager, the Counselor II is a recovery focused mental health clinician that serves as support and assists clients with complex mental health and substance dependence diagnoses, their families, and significant others in developing skills to support a sober, emotionally stable lifestyle by providing and implementing the treatment process from admission to discharge from residential treatment. The position works with the Counselor I, other agencies, and partners to assure coordinated continuity of care via technology (electronic health records) and through referrals to and from other agencies. This role contributes to the development and evaluation of additions and revisions to the program curriculum.


  • Conduct individual and group counseling sessions for clients.
  • Provide crisis intervention services to clients.
  • Provides Trauma-Responsive and trauma-informed Care, Recovery oriented systems of care, and arranges for peer support that is person-centered and builds on the strengths and resilience of individuals, families, and communities to achieve abstinence and improved health, wellness, and quality of life for those with or at risk of alcohol and drug problems and mental health challenges.
  • Develops or oversees the development of the treatment plan; Periodically reviews and revises treatment plan as needed; Signs treatment plan each time a change is made to the plan; and Monitors and directs the delivery of all services identified in the treatment plan.
  • Provides substance use disorder, integrated, and mental health assessments and assessment addendums as requested.
  • Monitor client activities and progress and provide high quality client care.
  • Participate in case consultations, treatment team meetings and unit staff meetings; initiate consultation as needed with Management Staff; document all pertinent interaction regarding clientele in client’s chart; coordinate with Probation Officers, Social Workers, and other Agencies and professionals; and maintain a client census to track a record of client caseload.
  • Adhere to Federal confidentiality regulations governing drug and alcohol treatment agencies (42 CFR part 2 and 45 CFR parts 160 & 162 HIPAA); maintain treatment files according to established procedures; assure that all client data is accurate and current; and ensure clients remain compliant with treatment services.
  • Learn and use the Intergy electronic health records system for client information and charting.
  • Participate in continuing education and training programs as established by the Salvation Army Clitheroe Center.
  • Assists in the continuous development of the treatment programs as well as the policies and procedures of the program, and requirements.
  • Attend staff meetings and complete required trainings.
  • Proficient in using a computer, printer, fax machine, and telephone.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Master's Degree or more advanced degree in psychology, counseling, child guidance, community mental health, marriage and family therapy, social work, or nursing (per DBH regulations for mental health clinician.)
  • Two years’ experience in direct service delivery in substance use disorder treatment and co-occurring disorders, as well as knowledge of the criminal justice system and the Clitheroe Center Residential programs.
  • Alaska Certification CDC I or be able to obtain within one year of date of hire.
  • Knowledge of strength-based, holistic, evidenced-based and individualized recovery that is based on the SAMHSA Working Definition of Recovery.
  • Knowledge of cross-cultural issues and experience working with a diverse population
  • Knowledge of peer support mentorship, advocacy, and recovery support.
  • Experience and skills in Trauma-Responsive and trauma-informed Care, Recovery oriented systems of care, and peer support that is person-centered and builds on the strengths and resilience of individuals, families, and communities to achieve abstinence and improved health, wellness, and quality of life for those with or at risk of alcohol and drug problems.
  • Alaska driver’s license with acceptable criminal history and driving records.
  • Ability to maintain a collaborative and cooperative work environment and to work with a minimum of supervision.
  • Excellent verbal and written interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to facilitate group, individual, and family counseling; life skills presentations, didactic presentations; case management; treatment planning; discharge planning; crisis intervention; and client assessment and evaluation.
  • Must be computer literate and willing to learn The Salvation Army’s electronic health records system Intergy EHR.
  • Ability to complete multiple tasks, meet deadlines, observe confidentiality, remain self-motivated, and work with a minimum of supervision.


The work environment is located in a Residential treatment setting. Noise level is moderate.


Ability to sit, walk, stand, bend, squat, climb, kneel and twist on intermittent or continuous basis. Ability to grasp, push, pull, and reach overhead. Ability to operate a telephone. Ability to lift up to 25 pounds. Ability to access and produce information from a computer. Ability to understand written information. Ability to operate a motor vehicle in darkness and during periods of inclement weather. Qualified individuals must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without accommodation. A qualified person with a disability may request a modification or adjustment to the job or work environment in order to meet the physical requirements of the position. The Salvation Army will attempt to satisfy requests as long as the accommodation needed is reasonable and no undue hardship would result.


  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Life Insurance
  • 403 B


Contact Judith Young, Human Resources Generalist, 907 339-3435.