Certified Addictions Counselor

Pathways DC is looking for Certified Addictions Counselors (CAC) to work as an Addictions Specialist on our Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams. The ACT team provides flexible, community based services that are designed to promote the stability, recovery and community reintegration of formerly homeless individuals who have a mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders.

The Addictions Counselor works in collaboration with the trans- disciplinary team (including Psychiatrist, nurses, social workers, and peers) and provides ACT services for all clients on the team in a compassionate and responsible manner. Integrated dual disorder treatment is provided using a harm reduction approach. Interventions include both group and individual therapy, relapse prevention, and education.

Successful Addictions Counselors are flexible and patience, work well in a fast-paced environment, and are independent thinkers.


• Collaborate with client in the formulation of an Individual Recovery Plan (IRP) that is reviewed and modified with client on a regular basis;

• Provide outreach, case management, counseling, advocacy, and other needed services to clients in any environment including: the streets, shelters, jails, hospitals, apartments, office, etc; 80% of contact with clients is conducted in the field;

• Provide individually tailored services to each client in the following areas: housing, school, training & work opportunities, activities of daily living, health, wellness self-management, relapse prevention, money management & entitlements, medication support, self help & empowerment, problem solving, family life & social relationships and integrated treatment for substance abuse;

• Maintain written and computerized records compile reports and complete other program documentation (e;g;, progress notes, incident reports, on-call logs, letters, psychosocial  assessments);

• Generate 4.5 hours of Medicaid billable services each work day;

• Coordinate and monitor referrals to community services and advocate client participation;

• Lead groups, workshops, and in-service meetings on topics relevant to identified areas of client need;

• 80% of time will be spent in the field/community, directly providing services to persons living with serious mental illnesses.

• Participate in on-call rotation;

• Perform related work as assigned;


• Licensed as a CAC in the District of Columbia.

• Minimum of one  year experience in social services, supported housing, or with persons with disabilities;

• Patience, creativity, flexibility, compassion, and sensitivity to persons with disabilities and other minority populations;

• Demonstrated knowledge of harm reduction theory/applications;

• Excellent communication, writing, and computer skills;

• Bilingual English/Spanish a plus;

• Driver's license and vehicle required.

How to Apply: 

To apply, send an email with cover letter and resume to hr@pathwaysdc.org. Please indicate the position in your email's subject line.