Dual Diagnosis Residential Counselor

Compensation: DOE
Employment type: Full-Time

Bonita House Inc.'s Dual Diagnosis Residential Treatment Program is currently seeking a full-time Residential Counselor to join its clinical team. If you are passionate about our mission to build community, dignity and hope with people recovering from psychiatric and substance use disorders, we want to hear from you!

Weekly individual & group clinical supervision is provided to pre-licensed AMFT and BBS registrants.

Under the direction of the Program Director and Assistant Program Director, the Dual Diagnosis Residential Counselor is responsible for providing intensive group and individual counseling to adults diagnosed with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders within a beautiful, historic, Victorian, 15-bed residential treatment setting serving both men and women, ages 18 and older. As part of a multidisciplinary team, this position provides strength-based therapeutic care, facilitates a wide variety of recovery-oriented activities, and offers training and coaching in life skills within a 24/7 milieu setting. Bonita House, Inc. (BHI) strongly values diversity and encourages people from all backgrounds, including those who have lived experience with mental health and/or substance use recovery and/or with family members, to apply.


  • Must be able to pass community care licensing criteria for employees of residential care facilities, and pass the Federal Background check, including fingerprint check.

  • Must demonstrate an ability to work both independently and as an active and self-initiating member of a multi-disciplinary treatment team.

  • Must have strong communication and organizational skills with a keen attention to detail.

  • Must demonstrate excellent writing skills and be able to meet required standards of documentation.

  • Must demonstrate basic computer skills.

  • Must have a valid, current driver’s license with an insurable record and be willing to drive the agency van for outings when needed.

  • Must demonstrate a high-level of professionalism with the capacity to set boundaries kindly and consistently with a diverse population of residents in a milieu setting.

  • Must be able to effectively prioritize competing demands and meet weekly deadlines on an ongoing basis.

  • Must demonstrate enthusiasm, flexibility and be able to work amicably with multiple team members.

  • Must be able to assist in the evacuation of people from the house in the event of an emergency.


Candidates MUST qualify as a Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist (MHRS) by having fulfilled at least ONE of the following:


  • AA degree with six years’ experience working in mental health or substance use disorder treatment, or related social services.
  • BA degree with four years’ experience working in mental health, substance use disorder treatment, or related social services.

  • Master’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or related field and two years’ experience working in mental health or substance use disorder treatment, or related social services.

  • An AMFT or ASW registered with Board of Behavioral Sciences.


Key Performance Indicators:

1.       Improve ANSA scores by 1 step from intake to discharge.

2.       Utilizing on-call as outlined in program practices 100% of the time.

3.       95% of all Counselor Documentation Responsibilities are completed accurately and on time monthly.

(No more than 2 pieces of late documentation per calendar month)


  • As a member of the clinical team, provide treatment to up to 15 adults with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders within a milieu setting providing ongoing assessment and intervention.

  • Planning and facilitating a wide range of integrated treatment groups within a social rehabilitation treatment program, providing weekly individual counseling, and participating in weekly clinical team meetings and individual supervision.

  • Crisis intervention and crisis management as needed.

  • Facilitates residents' development of recovery and adult daily living skills including personal hygiene, cooking, and cleaning through modeling, coaching, teaching and working alongside them.

  • Collaboratively formulating treatment plans with residents, writing weekly progress notes, daily log assessments, discharge summaries, and maintaining resident charts in compliance with regulatory standards.

  • Assists residents in monitoring their own medications as prescribed by their physicians per agency policies and procedures.

  • Consulting with other treatment/service providers (i.e. case managers, psychiatrists, physicians, etc.) to support collaborative, multidisciplinary care, service brokerage, and advocacy and discharge planning.

  • Responsible for monitoring compliance with state licensing requirements and specific on-site program operations as assigned.

  • Assist in the management, maintenance, up-keep, and repair of the house.

  • The nature of this position requires that meal periods be taken "on duty".

  • Other duties as assigned by the Program Director.


Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to assist physically in the evacuation of people from the house in the event of an emergency.


  • Sun-Thur (DAY)
  • Tue-Sat (DAY)
  • Sun-Thur (EVEN)
  • Tues-Sat (EVEN)
  • AWW (Overnight)

How to Apply:

Mail/Email resume and cover letter detailing related experience to: 

Bonita House Inc. 
Attention: HR Department 
6333 Telegraph Avenue, #102 
Oakland, CA 94609 

Email: resumes@ (please include the resume in the body of your email, in addition to attaching). Please type job title in subject line.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Appropriate candidates will be contacted. 

 Bonita House is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diminishing the influence of privilege and discrimination in our field and our workplace, whether due to differences concerning age, citizenship, color, disability, marital or parental status, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.