The Salvation Army

Residential Alcohol & Other Drug Therapist

Job Locations US-PA-Pittsburgh
Job ID
Social Services
Salaries are commensurate with experience.
Regular Full-Time


Responsible for all aspects of resident care throughout their treatment experience.  Successfully manage an active case load of (8) eight alcohol and other drug residents of the Harbor Light Center program.  Assist in all aspects of evaluation, assessment, intake, ongoing (individual and group) counseling, and transporting of clients to appointments when necessary. Strong verbal communication skills and written documentation skills required.  Utilize DDAP Licensing regulations for all documentation and treatment requirements.  Must meet the Pa. Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Staffing requirements, Act 33 and/or 34 clearances.  Valid PA driver’s license at time of hire.  Must have a valid driver’s license by the completion of (90) ninety-day probationary period.  Although this hourly position is (40) forty hours per week, the position may from time to time necessitate additional work (approved) hours.


  • Complete Drug and Alcohol assessments, Biopsychosocial assessments, and treatment plan of residents in the required time period according to licensing requirements.
  • Provide individual and group alcohol/drug and mental health therapy
  • Provide legible, timely, and appropriate written documentation service record for each resident as outlined by DDAP and CCBHO licensing requirements.
  • Search out training and education opportunities from community resources.
  • Provide instruction in social and other daily living skills to residents.
  • Assist resident in setting goals to attain independent, self-sufficient living situation.
  • Assist residents in searching for community supports such as Psychiatric Rehabilitation Supports, Certified Recovery Specialists/Peer Mentors, or Case management supports.
  • Assist resident in searching out permanent and stable housing.
  • Facilitate a minimum of three (3) psycho-educational, processing groups, and/or treatment/therapeutic groups per week using Evidence-Based curricula or a variety of Evidence-Based Practices.
  • Responsible for maintaining an on-going treatment model and philosophy for the Center. 
  • Responsible for ensuring state-mandated clinical standards to maintain state licensing of the facility.
    • This includes review of case documentation and staff training.
    • Responsible for correction of any non-compliance areas noted in the weekly chart audit.
  • Responsible for weekly Clinical Supervision meetings with Clinical Supervisor to review charts, documentation, case review, and ongoing professional development.

Additional Responsibilities:


    • Work a minimum of (1) one Saturday per month, taking the preceding Friday off as needed.  May be required to take residents on outing or activity.
    • Work a minimum of (1) one holidays/year.
    • Participates in weekly clinical meetings and scheduled weekly individual supervisory meetings.
    • Other duties as assigned by the Program Director or Clinical Supervisor as the program develops.
    • Supervise Counselor Assistants and Social Work/Counselor Interns clinical work when assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Individual and Group skills necessary.
  • Strong oral communication and written documentation skills.
  • All three PA Clearances required upon employment and thereafter upon renewal date: PA Child Abuse History Clearance, Request for Criminal Record, and Fingerprint based federal criminal history.
  • PA Mandated and Permissive Reporting


  • Master’s Degree in social work or related field with a minimum of one (1) years of related work experience post Master’s Degree
  • Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC) a plus
  • Experience in mental health and homelessness a plus
  • References required
  • Current PA Driver’s License preferred at time of hire.  Current Pa. Driver’s License required by completion of (90) ninety-day probationary period.


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