Phoenix House Senior Counselor - South Burlington, VT in South Burlngton, Vermont

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.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Senior Counselor is responsible to deliver services to groups of moderate to high-risk offenders in the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility (CRCF). The goal of this position is to use specific curricula designed to address anti-social thinking and behaviors in order to reduce the risk of recidivism upon re-entry into or within the community. Working in a prison program within a substance use treatment milieu, the Counselor is responsible, as needed, to advocate, coordinate, collaborate and develop plans in a proactive array of comprehensive and individualized recommendations for services with the Department of Corrections staff.



•High School diploma, Bachelor Degree or higher preferred from an accredited institution or equivalent combination of knowledge and experience.

  • Attainment of certification as required by funding/licensing sources (demonstrable pursuit of certification with timetable for achievement is acceptable.)

  • Must be available to work Weekdays 1st and 2nd shift (T/B/D)


  • Demonstrated proficiency in Electronic Health Record OMS system sufficient to fulfill the duties required by this position is expected within 30 days of employment.

  • Demonstrated empathy and compassion for clients in group, individual counseling, and daily interactions.

  • Experience maintaining objectivity towards all clients and make clinical decisions based on accurate information.

  • Demonstrated ability to form and maintain appropriate boundaries between self and clients.

  • Experience promoting self-help concept within program. Encouragement of clients to create their own solutions and to use each other for support.

  • Play appropriate interventionist role, serving as guide in the self-help recovery process.


  • Ability to perform the core functions of a risk reduction interventionist.

  • Ability to develop rapport with substance-abusing populations.

  • Ability to apply organizational management skills and maintain self and client accountability.

  • Ability to prepare and maintain required documentation.

  • Ability to comply with internal, local, state, and federal regulations and policies.

  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively communicate with others.

  • Ability to work within the confines of a corrections facility and/or its community.

This position is located in South Burlington, VT

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