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Substance Abuse Counselor

If you are passionate about social justice, working with young people, ending the cycle of homelessness and have experience in the youth development and/or human services, we invite you to apply.

For more than 48 years, Bridge Over Troubled Waters has provided a comprehensive continuum of care for runaway, homeless, and high risk youth in Boston, and has been a national model in providing innovative youth services. Our mission is to transform the lives of youth through safe, supportive and encouraging relationships, counseling, housing, and skill-building, to guide them towards self-sufficiency and achieving their goals.

If you are looking for a career in a fast paced setting that is committed to collaborating with all youth who come through the door and finding creative solutions to difficult problems, we invite you to apply for one of our open positions.

Job Description: Substance Abuse Counselor
Hours: Full Time
Job Site: West Street
Reports To: Clinic Coordinator
Exemption Status: Exempt


The Substance Abuse Counselor at Bridge is responsible for providing outpatient substance abuse assessment, interventions and case management for youth 18-24 years old who are homeless and actively engaged in substance use. The goal is to build therapeutic rapport with young people who are largely pre-contemplative with regards to their substance use, to help motivate their engagement in healthier behaviors and connect them to further treatment. Great opportunity for a Masters level clinician working towards licensing hours, or a LADC or a clinician interested in pursuing a LADC in the future. 



  • Responsible for intakes, assessments, long and short term counseling, group work, family work, case management, advocacy, referral, crisis intervention, treatment and discharge planning with clients
  • Maintain an active case load of client’s through individual meetings with client and keeping client files updated
  • Share responsibility as a member of the counseling team by responding to drop–in clients, providing survival services to clients, filling in where needed, and any other short term task
  • Assess clients for appropriateness for referrals to other programs within the agency and outside of the agency 


  • Participate in regular meetings with other Bridge programs to provide clinical input on clients
  • Co-facilitate groups for clients with staff from other programs within Bridge
  • Act as a clinical liaison between the counseling program and other programs within Bridge 


  • Maintain on-going contact with outside collateral contacts of clients, and other outside agencies
  • Complete all paperwork in an efficient and timely manner including intake, diagnostic evaluations, progress notes, quarterly treatment plans, referrals, and any other paperwork required in client files
  • Compile statistical information on a monthly basis including data on new clients, ongoing counseling cases, terminations, referrals, phone calls, etc.
  • Conduct case consultations with other client caregivers/referral agencies or institutions as needed
  • Participate in weekly counseling staff meeting
  • Participate in monthly all staff meeting 


  • Ensure that all activities, services and programs through Bridge are conducted in a manner that is sensitive to and shows respect for the cultural and ethnic diversity for all Bridge clients 


  • Other related tasks as required/requested
  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling or related field
  • 3 to 5 years’ experience working with adolescents and young adults, substance abuse, high risk behaviors, and homelessness
  • Valid driver’s licenses
  • Continuous clean driver’s record
  • Weekly supervision with the Clinical Coordinator
  • Weekly group consultation with Clinical Consultant
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