Counselor Job Description

High Level Description:

Aquila Recovery Clinic (ARC) is a Washington DC based Intensive Outpatient clinic for the treatment of addiction to alcohol and other drugs.  We intentionally offer our breadth of clinical services to function within the health care universe, working in close partnership with primary care physicians making every effort for early identification of heavy use or misuse of alcohol and other drugs by professionals who witness early symptoms.

Aquila Recovery’s clinical team delivers evidence-based, client-centered and non-confrontational therapies for individuals afflicted and affected by addition disease in any stage or phase.   With a respect for and knowledge of brain disease – particularly substance use disorder – at all stages of risk and dependence, the counseling team at Aquila Recovery uses a broad scope of modalities to provide a safe and positive environment as clients follow the path to wellness.


  • Provide high quality, compassionate and ethical outpatient mental health therapy to clients as assigned.
  • Provide thorough orientation of Aquila Recovery's program offerings and how they provide benefits / support on an individual level
  • Facilitate and/or lead psycho-educational group sessions with clients, which support program objectives
  • Facilitate and/or lead family and couples supportive counseling sessions with the families of clients in treatment for substance use disorders
  • Provide clinical impressions in regard to substance use disorders
  • Be an advocate for clients within the community
  • Provide information or referral services for individuals, families and other concerned persons
  • Perform all activities while following HIPPA standards and Aquila Recovery policies
  • Stay current with industry applicable research and best practices
  • Stay aware of changes and availability of community referral resources and share insights with peers
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Clinical Supervisor and/or Clinical Director
  • Maintain all appropriate client records according to jurisdictional standards (e.g. 42CFR), ensuring that records of clients on their caseload are complete and accurate
  • Prepare and present cases with a multi-disciplinary clinical team
  • Manage an individual case load under close supervision
  • Must obtain licensing within one year of hire date (e.g. LPC, LGSW, LFT, or LGPC)
  • Lead at least three group sessions per week

Required Skills and Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of diagnostic intake procedures, instruments and interviewing techniques
  • Knowledge of addictive disorders and their treatment
  • Knowledge of substance use prevention and treatment methods / techniques
  • Knowledge of clinical case management
  • Ability to demonstrate positive team interactions with other clinical staff
  • Awareness of personal strengths and opportunities for improvement
  • Ability to work independently and manage their time appropriately and meet scheduled and agreed upon objectives
  • Ability to establish rapport and maintain effective relationships with clients
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, co-workers, private and public organizations, community groups and the general public
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to maintain records and prepare reports (e.g. unusual incident reports, discharge summaries and clinical updates when appropriate)
  • Ability to identify need and enact necessary self-care

Required Experience / Education / Credentials:

  • Masters degree in clinical discipline (counseling social work)
  • First Aid and CPR Certification within 90 days of appointment and maintained throughout employment with Aquila Recovery
  • TB screening upon hire and annually thereafter
  • Criminal background record check, as required by the jurisdiction

How to Apply

Send current resume in .doc or .pdf format to; with the subject title including the position you are applying for and your name.  "Counselor Application: Last Name, First Name".

In the body of the email,

A. Answer the following three questions (minimum of three sentences each):

1. What skills or previous experience do you think makes you a great candidate for this role?

2. What one work activity would you say you enjoy doing the most (e.g. interacting with people, streamlining a process, coaching a junior person) - in other words, what "gets you into the zone"?

3. What responsibility / skill in this Counselor role description would you say you have the least experience with - and what sort of support do you think would help you get up to speed as quickly as possible?

B. Provide any working time limitations / considerations you would like to have included in the interview process (e.g. child care responsibilities, early / late start preferences).

C. Provide two professional references: name, contact info (phone number or email) and relationship description (e.g. boss at job from 3 years ago).