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University of Colorado Substance Abuse Counselor in Aurora, Colorado


University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine/Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS)

Health Care Technician II - Substance Abuse Counselor

Position #00672473 – Requisition #19378

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  • The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The School of Medicine - ARTS has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Substance Abuse Counselor – Health Care Tech II position.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver—one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

The Haven is a residential Modified Therapeutic Community, located on the Ft. Logan campus in Southwest Denver, where women can recover from the disease of addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders in a safe and confidential environment. The program utilizes therapeutic approaches to assist individuals in learning healthy coping skills, acquiring life skills, and changing unhealthy behaviors in order to become self –sufficient, confident, and productive members of society. Treatment is also provided to pregnant and parenting mothers, allowing infants to reside with their mothers in treatment. Bonding and attachment is facilitated between mother and child and parenting groups focus on building positive parenting skills.

Because this position requires direct observation of females submitting specimens for urinalysis, pat downs of female clients, and nightly bed checks of female clients, being female has been determined to be a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification and only females will be considered for the position.

Examples of Work Performed:

  • Provide Modified Therapeutic Community substance abuse treatment to include facilitating group treatment and Individual 1×1’s as a Primary Phase counselor, and to assure client compliance with individual treatment plans.

  • Ensure that client’s follow TC program structure to facilitate client’s progress through treatment

  • Maintain all documentation and service provisions according to OBH, DCJ and ARTS clinical standards.

  • This position will observe, monitor, and intervene in drug/alcohol treatment through addressing client behaviors in the milieu

  • Assure compliance with individual treatment plans and program structure

  • Facilitate clients’ progress through treatment

  • Assure safety of staff and clients

  • Design consequences for negative behaviors, instruct clients in the TC tools

  • Complete and document medication for all clients

  • Perform routine inspections of residential premises both inside and out, including client room and bed checks

  • Assist the milieu supervisor in contraband searches, fire drills and safety inspections

  • Identify and respond to crisis and notify immediate supervisor/work leader of any unusual circumstances such as suicidal client, unauthorized client absence, and violation of program rules

  • Transport clients off site to medical appointments, court appearances, recreational activities, etc.

  • Attend staff meetings and individual and/or group supervision, and trainings; and perform other duties as assigned or required.

  • Direct observation of specimen collection for the purposes of UAS for female clients

  • Conduct Bed checks of female clients throughout the night assuring women are asleep and in their beds

  • Perform “pat” searches on female clients

  • Address gender specific issues in a trauma informed approach

  • Assist with crisis intervention related to mental health and trauma needs

Salary and Benefits:

The hiring salary range for this position is $38,340 - $42,174. This position is eligible for overtime compensation.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at .

Diversity and Equity:

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.


Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • One (1) year of experience appropriate to the assignment

  • Must presently be certified as a Certified Addiction Counselor Level II, III or master level counselor in the State of Colorado.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with an Electronic Medical Record

  • Experience working in a substance abuse treatment environment with a focus on women’s issues (i.e. trauma; domestic violence; mental health treatment; parenting and child development; barriers women experience in treatment such as childcare, employment, finding a job that pays enough to support their family; etc.)

  • Experience working with offender population

  • Experience documenting behaviors according to established policies and procedures

  • Experience observing, monitoring and/or intervening in drug/alcohol treatment

  • Experience providing group and individualized clinical care for adult clients


  • Ability to multi-task and pay attention to details

  • Ability to observe and evaluate behavior that is abnormal or concerning

  • Ability to develop healthy relationships with clients

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to establish boundaries with clients

  • Ability to manage difficult behaviors

  • Ability to comply with established rules, policies, and procedures

  • Ability to be open-minded and non-judgmental

  • Ability to track client progress through the development and updates of treatment plans

  • Ability to deliver individual and group counseling services

  • Ability to apply ethical guidelines of profession

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc)

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid State of Colorado Driver’s License or be able to obtain one within 30 days of hire.

  • Must agree to fingerprinting and criminal background check. Required background checks include a review with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI)

  • Subject to pre-employment, post-accident or incident or reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing per UCD Addiction Research and Treatment Services Department Policies.

  • Individuals in recovery from substance abuse must have one year’s abstinence from alcohol and drug problems.

  • In accordance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), ARTS cannot employ individuals (who may have contact with residents) who have (1) engaged in sexual abuse in a prison, jail, lockup, community confinement facility, juvenile facility, or other Institution (as defined in 42 U.S. C. § 1997); (2) been convicted of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force, or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse; or (3) been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described in (1-3) of this section. Material omissions regarding such misconduct, or the provision of materially false information, shall be grounds for termination

Job: Health Care

Primary Location: Aurora

Job Category Health Care


Schedule Full-time

Posting Date Oct 15, 2020

Unposting Date Ongoing

Posting Contact Name Sharon Hawkins

Posting Contact Email

Posting Number 00672473

Req ID: 19378

The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.