TDCJ Outpatient Program Counselor

Job Title: TDCJ Outpatient Counselor or Counselor Intern

Position Type: Full-time

Salary Range: $30,000 to $35,000/year DOQ

Duties & Responsibilties

    • Perform designed alcohol and drug education, information, intervention, assessment, referral, group, and individual counseling services as well as client information and intake.
    • Conduct all appropriate services within substance abuse treatment program.
    • Access needed ancillary services for clients when possible and/or needed.
    • Maintain client files in accordance with Federal Confidentiality laws and BVCASA Policies and Procedures.
    • Maintain client confidentiality in accordance with Federal Confidentiality laws and BVCASA’s Policies and Procedures.
    • Provide structured program and activities for clients and family members.
    • Demonstrate and model appropriate living skills and healthy lifestyles for clients, including 12-Step recovery if appropriate.
    • Observe and report inappropriate client behavior to the counseling staff.
    • Coordinate with the other staff to assure clients’ needs are met and that clients are in compliance with program expectations.
    • Assure that safety policies are carried out and report any concerns to the Director or designee.
    • Coordinate with other service providers, medical services, transportation services, etc., as directed by staff.
    • Manage any emergency situation or crisis according to Policies and Procedures and Treatment Coordinator’s instructions.
    • Maintain high standard of care for all clients consistent with DSHS and TDCJ Contract and Counselor Code of Ethics.
    • Maintain strict compliance with BVCASA, TDCJ, and DSHS policies, procedures, rules, directives, standards, and contractual requirement.
    • Meet all deadlines required for trainings, billing, documentation, and other deadlines as directed by supervisory staff in order to maintain compliance.
    • Respond to all communication from both internal and external sources in a timely manner.
    • Participate in agency wide activities as needed in order to meet the goals and objectives of the organization in furthering its mission.
    • Perform any other duties as assigned by supervisory staff.


Graduation from an accredited senior high school (or GED Equivalent) required. Preferred qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in a related field and/or two (2) years’ work experience in substance abuse and counseling or related area.

Counselor Interns must have a current letter of registration as a Counselor Intern with the Department of State Health Services, and must be supervised and receive weekly progress reports by QCC to maintain registration. Counselor Interns must complete 4000 hours of a practicum prior to licensure.

Licensed Counselors must be currently licensed in the State of Texas as an LPC, LPC-I, LCSW, LCDC, CI, CCJP, or CCJP-A.  The employee is responsible for meeting all continuing education requirements, paying any required fees, and submitting paperwork in a timely manner as needed for maintaining their license.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to represent BVCASA with a positive image.
  • Must have a high standard of professional ethics and integrity with all clients, within the community and with BVCASA personnel.
  • Must have and maintain a general level of good health; physical, mental and emotional.
  • Ability to enforce policy and procedures of BVCASA.
  • In-depth knowledge of community resources, assessments, interventions, and referrals sources.
  • Experience with clients in a treatment setting is desirable.
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and relate well to individuals and groups.
  • Must demonstrate proficiency in typing, use of Microsoft Word/Excel, and entering data into an internet-based database.
  • Must be able to manage a caseload, meet deadlines, and maintain current and accurate client charts.
  • Ability to establish rapport with clients, their children and family members.
  • Skills in facilitating group counseling and individual sessions.
  • Must have good case management skills and after care follow-up techniques.
  • Must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, organizations, and general public.
  • Willingness to receive and to respond positively to supervision.
  • Bilingual (Spanish and English) capabilities are preferred, but not required.

For more information on these or other open positions, please contact BVCASA’s Human Resources Department at (979) 846-3560. BVCASA is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome all applicants.  You can email your application to


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Job descriptions are an outline of general duties needed to fulfill the requirements of the job and may be modified as services and funding needs change.

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