Job Description

BP – Residential Counselor SUD Focus (Ferguson 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.


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. Required for Ferguson Place: Certified or registered CADDE, CADTP or CCAPP.

This Residential Mental Health Counselor position will be supporting our clients at our Ferguson Place location. This Residential Counselor position will be supporting our clients at Ferguson Place. Ferguson Place is a 12 bed licensed and certified residential treatment program which was first of its kind to address HIV/AIDS issues in people with co-occurring substance use and mental health issues in a community based, residential treatment setting. Treatment is provided using a social rehabilitation recovery and wellness approach that uses staff, peers and community support to enhance self-esteem and community participation. Individual treatment planning and counseling, groups and structure are provided using a client-centered approach in order to address the diverse needs of participants.



Sunday: OFF

Monday: OFF

Tuesday: 2:30pm-8:30pm

Wednesday: 3:30pm-11:30pm

Thursday: 9am-11:00am (staff meeting) & 3:30pm-11:30pm

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.