full time substance abuse counselor

The Ranch at Dove Tree, in Lubbock, TX, is seeking a full time substance abuse counselor to join our team working with collegiate age young adults. Master’s degreed professional is preferred. (LMSW, LCSW, LPC, LPC-I with experience, LMFT, etc.)

About The Ranch at Dove Tree
The experience. The setting. The will to help.

The Ranch at Dove Tree, in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery at Texas Tech University, offers quality alcohol, drug, dual diagnosis addiction treatment programs (including trauma & co-occurring eating disorders) for collegiate and traditional adults.

The Ranch at Dove Tree is privately owned and licensed by Texas Department of State Health Services. We remain committed to providing affordable treatment and believe recovery works!

Services: Detoxification, Collegiate and Traditional Residential Treatment Programs, Partial Care Program, Intensive Outpatient (IOP), and gender specific Transitional Living homes (TreeHouse & TreeHaven)

We remain committed to providing affordable treatment and believe recovery works! (800) 218-6727; www.ranchatdovetree.com
Drug & Alcohol Treatment, Transitional Sober Living, Collegiate Recovery Program, Residential and Outpatient Services, Co-Occuring Substance Use & Eating Disorders, Co-Occuring Substance Use & Trauma, 12 Step Program, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


Counselor is responsible for providing direct therapeutic care, facilitating group process sessions as well as group educational/life skills sessions and case management for inpatient clients and their families in a residential chemical dependency treatment facility. Counselor will also carry a personal caseload of clients.


1. Education and Experience
All counselors are expected to have a minimum of a Master’s Degree in counseling or related field and hold the appropriate corresponding licensure OR be a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor with at least 2 (two) years experience. Counselors who have a Master’s Degree but are classified as Interns may be used in lieu of the above criteria with the approval of the Facility Administrator.
2. Skills
• Application—Ability to apply counseling theories, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment and relapse prevention of substance abuse/chemical dependency.
• Assessment and Treatment—Ability to assess and treat behavioral and affective disorders.
• Case management—ability to read, understand and effectively document all information necessary for treatment as well as other related clerical demands.
• Critical thinking—able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions and approaches to problems.
• Oral comprehension and expression—the ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words/sentences and the ability to communicate information effectively so they will understand.
• Social Perceptiveness—being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
• Problem Sensitivity—the ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
• Service Orientation—actively looking for ways to help people.
• Active Learning—understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem solving and decision making.
• Learning Strategies—Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
• Monitoring—Monitoring/assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective actions.
• Written Comprehension—the ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
• Documenting/Recording Information—Entering, transcribing, recording, storing or maintaining information in written or electronic form.
• Ability to deal with emotionally aggressive individuals as needed.
• Ability to work well with the public—representing The Ranch at Dove Tree to potential clients, their families, businesses and the general public.

3. Knowledge
• Therapy and Counseling—Knowledge of counseling theories, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment and relapse prevention of substance abuse/chemical dependency.
• Psychology—knowledge of the assessment and treatment processes for behavioral and affective disorders; knowledge of human behavior and performance, personality, learning and motivation.
• Education and Training—Knowledge of principles and methods of curriculum and training design and teaching and instruction for individuals and groups.
• Third-party Payment—Knowledge of insurance protocols related to inpatient/outpatient drug and alcohol treatment.


1. Tasks
• Provide individual and group counseling sessions for clients twice a week to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, making life changes and document clients’ progress.
• Participate in completion of biopsychosocial assessments in order to identify, diagnose, and treat effectively substance abuse/ chemical dependency, behavioral, and affective/mood disorders.
• Facilitate Process Groups at least one time a week.
• Facilitate Educational/Life Skills Groups at least one time a week.
• Facilitate Family Weekend Groups at least one time a month.
• Complete and maintain accurate records and reports regarding the clients’ histories and progress, services provided as well as other required information.
• Interview clients, review records, and confer with other professionals in order to evaluate individuals’ mental and physical condition and to determine their suitability for participation in the recovery program.
• Develop client treatment plans with client based on client histories, client progress and clinical experience.
• Review and evaluate clients’ progress in relation to measurable goals described in treatment plans.
• Modify treatment plans to comply with changes in client status.
• Plan and implement follow-up/aftercare programs for clients to be discharged from treatment facility.
• Provide clients and their family members with information about chemical dependency issues and about available services/programs, making appropriate referrals when necessary.
• Maintain availability for family members of clients including conducting family therapy sessions as needed.
• Be aware of and safeguard all clients’ rights.
• Other duties as assigned.

2. Work Activities
• Coordinate counseling efforts with other mental health professionals on staff during weekly treatment team meetings.
• Coordinate counseling efforts with other health professionals such as doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, and/or mental health professionals as needed.
• Participate in treatment team meetings and employee staffing meetings.
• Other duties as assigned.

Please send resume to:
Michael Vela LCSW, LCDC
Collegiate Clinical Coordinator