Job Description

BP – Residential Counselor SUD Focus (Acceptance Place) (Union Position)


The Residential Counselor provides 24-hour support and counseling services to an adult population with psychiatric, substance abuse and/or HIV-AIDS related disabilities.  Residential counselors advocate for and respond to clients’ treatment and rehabilitation needs.  All agency services are provided from the philosophy of social rehabilitation, which integrates teaching daily living skills in a safe and healthy environment.


  • Perform intake interviews and assist with client treatment plan development, implementation and discharge planning.
  • Assess the clinical needs of resident clients.
  • Evaluate clients for potential crisis situations and determine appropriate intervention.
  • Conduct individual and group counseling sessions as assigned.
  • Monitor and document clients’ progress toward achievement of individual goals.
  • Record clinical notes and hourly rounds to meet Medi-Cal standards and licensure requirements.
  • Maintain shift coverage and primary supervision and support of residential clients.
  • Act as a role model – guiding clients and facilitating appropriate behavior about daily living skills, self-care, personal interaction, social relationships and constructive time management.
  • Facilitate and supervise clients with residential house chores, meal preparation, and group activities.
  • Ensure that clients are linked with a primary care provider and assist with identifying and accessing community resources.
  • Participate in staff and shift change meetings.
  • Maintain professional boundaries with clients and staff.
  • Maintain agency 30 hour per year staff development training requirement.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Must be able to navigate several flights of stairs many times a day.   Must be able to carry a regular size grocery bag from the car into the house.   Responsible to physically respond to client needs in the event of a crisis situation. All AP Employees must be registered for or Certified in Substance Use Disorder Counseling (CATC, CAODC, CADC).


AA degree preferred but not required.  At least one year experience working with adults who have mental health or substance abuse problems. Must be able to attend weekly staff meeting from 9am-11am every Thursday The following Baker Places, Inc. treatment programs require a DOJ clearance:  Jo Ruffin Place, Grove Street, Odyssey House, Robertson Place, and Baker Street House.

This Residential Substance Use Disoder Counselor position will be supporting our clients at our Acceptance Place location. About Acceptance Place: Acceptance Place (AP) was founded as Acceptance House, originally on Golden Gate Avenue in San Francisco. It was one of the first residential recovery homes started by and for gay and bisexual men in the United States. AP became part of Baker Places, Inc. in the late 1980’s when it became clear that it could no longer sustain itself as a stand-alone program due to the destruction of the AIDS epidemic. Acceptance Place has successfully treated thousands of gay and bisexual men in San Francisco.



Sunday: OFF

Monday: OFF

Tuesday: OFF

Wednesday: 2:30pm-10:30pm

Thursday: 9:00am-11:00am & 2:30pm-10:30pm

Friday: 2:30pm-10:30pm

Saturday: 2:30pm-10:30pm

If interested in this employment opportunity please e-mail your resume and cover letter to or fax to 415-864-4089. If sending your resume/cover letter via e-mail, please send it as a Microsoft Word document or in PDF form.