Dual Diagnosis Residential Counselor

Full-Time Dual Diagnosis Residential Counselor
(Berkeley north / hills)
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!
Agency History:
Bonita House, Inc. (BHI) is a well-respected nonprofit mental health agency with multiple sites in Alameda County and an operating budget of $7.5 million. Founded in 1971, we offer a range of services for people diagnosed with co-occurring psychiatric disabilities and substance abuse disorders
Weekly individual & group clinical supervision is provided to pre-licensed MFTI and ACSW BBS registrants.
Program Summary:
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.


Prospective candidates must meet the criteria of a Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist (MHRS) by having fulfilled AT LEAST ONE of the following:

• 8 YEARS of experience working in mental health or substance use disorder treatment, or related social services.
• AA degree with 6 YEARS of experience working in mental health or substance use disorder treatment, or related social services.
• BA degree experience with 4 YEARS of experience working in mental health, substance use disorder treatment, or related social services.
• MA in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or related field with 2 YEARS of experience working in mental health or substance use disorder treatment, or related social services
• Registered with the BBS as an MFTI or ACSW


- Provides weekly, individual counseling.
- Responsible for planning and co-facilitating a variety of integrated, dual diagnosis counseling groups on an ongoing basis.
- Formulating treatment plans, weekly progress notes, daily log assessments and discharge summaries in compliance with regulatory standards.
- Participating in a weekly clinical group, individual supervision meeting and staff meeting.
- Consulting with other treatment/service providers (i.e. case managers, psychiatrists, physicians, etc.) to support collaborative, multidisciplinary care, service brokerage, advocacy and discharge planning.
- Facilitates residents' recovery skill-building opportunities and increased attention to their activities of daily living, house chores, cleaning and cooking tasks through modeling, coaching, teaching and working alongside them.
- Assists residents in monitoring their own medications as prescribed by their physicians.

In addition, candidates must meet the following qualifications to be considered for the position:

• Community Care Licensing (CCL) criteria for employees of residential care facilities (Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist / MHRS status).
• Pass the Federal Background fingerprint check (Live Scan).
• Must have the ability to work both independently and as an active and self-initiating member of a multi-disciplinary treatment team.
• Must evidence leadership skills and an assertive, direct communication style.
• Must demonstrate a high-level of professionalism with the capacity to empathetically and consistently set boundaries with a diverse, co-occurring disorders population.
• Must demonstrate excellent writing skills (i.e. knowledge of appropriate clinical language)
• Must be able to effectively prioritize competing demands and meet weekly deadlines on an ongoing basis.
• Must have strong communication and organizational skills with a keen attention to detail.
• Must be proficient in Microsoft applications.
• Must have a valid, current driver's license with an insurable record.
• Must be willing to drive the agency van for outings when needed.
• Must be able to physically assist in the evacuation of people from the house in the event of an emergency.
• Must demonstrate enthusiasm, flexibility and be able to work amicably with multiple team members.
Compensation: $19.23/hour with competitive benefits package
employment type: full-time
non-profit organization

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 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. - See more at: