Phoenix House Primary Counselor in Arlington, Virginia

At Phoenix House, change is something we embrace every day as part of our values to deliver exceptional care. Phoenix House provides individualized, holistic drug and alcohol addiction treatment, with a legacy spanning nearly 50 years. We are passionate about healing individuals, families and communities challenged by substance use disorders and related mental health conditions. Phoenix House supports the mission through a holistic approach that focuses on the distinct mental, physical, and social needs of every person; innovation of best-in-class and evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery programs; and, the promotion of greater understanding of addiction. Our devoted staff are committed to treating the whole person—and come from all fields.

We operate personalized, strength-based, gender-responsive programs while living the values and being accountable for our commitments. Being introspective and becoming part of the solution is integral to every interaction and person we touch. As ‘One Phoenix House’ we believe in having fun along the way – embracing ‘progress not perfection’ as our journey continues.

The Primary Counselor is responsible for case management responsibilities of our adult male clients in the Residential Program. The Counselor will assist clients to break the cycle of addiction and return to their families and communities from a place of strength. Responsibilities of the Primary Counselor include the completion of intake after pre-assessment, developing individualized services plans and treatment plans, presenting clients in staffing, maintaining contact with appropriate individuals, discharge and referral development and planning. The Primary Counselor will conduct education lectures, client groups and activities. This position is full-time: Sunday-Thursday, 9am to 5pm



  • Bachelor’s degree in human services field or equivalent years working in addiction treatment

  • Certification required: CSAC (or under supervision)

  • License preferred: CSAC, LCP, LCSW

  • Certification in CPR and First Aid


  • Minimum of one year experience working in a human service/substance abuse treatment setting

  • Familiarity with 12-step recovery programs


  • Experience with an electronic medical record system, Welligent is preferred


  • FT- 40 Hours per week: Sunday-Thursday: 9:00am to 5:00pm

Phoenix House conducts as needed, job-related background checks, fingerprints, drug testing, physical exams, medical exams, TB testing, verification of employment history and/or reference checks prior to employment.

Phoenix House is an Equal Opportunity Employer providing equality of opportunity to all who are protected against discrimination by law, regulation or executive order, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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EOE Minorities / Females / Protected Veterans / Disabled