Part-Time Counselor I - Addiction Treatment and HIV Prevention

Clinical Professionals
McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston
23000098 Requisition #


What we do here changes the world. UTHealth Houston is Texas’ resource for healthcare education, innovation, scientific discovery, and excellence in patient care. That’s where you come in.

UTHealth Houston Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences is hiring a Counselor I for the HEARTS Program for Addiction Treatment and HIV Prevention. The Counselor will assist in providing professional assessment and referral services to clients who have problematic substance use or substance use disorder and/or co-occurring mental health conditions by assisting in developing, maintaining, and evaluating a local referral network of treatment resources in the community, monitor and coordinate client care, conduct screening and assessment of potential clients to determine appropriateness for ongoing studies and provide therapy to clients enrolled in one or more protocols.

In the Counselor position, previous experience working with addiction including delivering evidence-based interventions to adults seeking treatment for substance use disorders is essential. Counselors will be trained in HIV prevention counseling.

Location: Behavioral and Biomedical Services @ 1941 East Road, Houston, TX 77054

Once you join us you won't want to leave. It’s because we reward our team for the excellent service they provide. Our total rewards package includes the benefits you’d expect from a top healthcare organization (benefits, insurance, etc.), plus:  

  • 100% paid medical premiums for our full-time employees  
  • Generous time off (holidays, preventative leave day, both vacation and sick time – all of which equates to around 37-38 days per year) 
  • The longer you stay, the more vacation you’ll accrue! 
  • Longevity Pay (Monthly payments after two years of service) 
  • Build your future with our awesome retirement/pension plan! 

We take care of our employees! As a world-renowned institution, our employees’ wellbeing is important to us. We offer work/life services such as... 

  • Free financial and legal counseling 
  • Free mental health counseling services 
  • Gym membership discounts and access to wellness programs 
  • Other employee discounts including entertainment, car rentals, cell phones, etc. 
  • Resources for child and elder care 
  • Plus many more! 

Position Summary:

Assists in providing professional assessment and referral services to clients by assisting in developing, maintaining, and evaluating a local referral network of treatment resources in the community. Monitors and coordinates client care.

Position Key Accountabilities:

1.  Assists in obtaining client and family historical medical data and interprets data obtained to determine possible problem area.
2.  Assists clients in understanding the situation in order to provide professional counseling services
3.  Assesses patient needs and primary problems and overall situation.
4.  Provides short-term problem resolution to clients.
5.  Makes proper referral recommendations and motivates clients to seek assistance with appropriate community agency.
6.  Interviews and evaluates service of agencies and may participate in training programs and seminars for client companies.
7.  Documents and updates client records and keeps client companies appraised of client problems.
8.  Monitors results of treatment and reviews cases for further evaluation to assure continuity of client care and education of client/family.
9.  Performs other duties as assigned.



Minimum Education:

Bachelor’s degree in relevant field.

Minimum Experience:

Two years of experience. May substitute required experience with equivalent years of education beyond the minimum education requirement.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds frequently and/or a negligible amount constantly to move objects.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

Residency Requirement:

Employees must permanently reside and work in the State of Texas.

If you are looking for a great healthcare career in Houston, visit!

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth Houston is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth Houston includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

UTHealth Houston offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. For more information on our benefits programs please refer to the UTHealth Houston Office of Benefits Website.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

UTHealth Houston is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment-related activities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law or university policy. Reasonable accommodation, based on disability or religious observances, will be considered in accordance with applicable law and UTHealth Houston policy. The University maintains affirmative action programs with respect to women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and eligible veterans in accordance with applicable law.

UTHealth Houston has adopted a policy consistent with CMS regulations to protect our patients and university community from exposure to COVID-19. This policy affects all employees, residents, fellows, students, contractors, new hires, visiting scholars program participants, adjunct faculty, and volunteers who work, train, or collaborate at the John S. Dunn Behavioral Science Center.
In addition, all UTHealth Houston ​​​​​​​employees who are assigned to work at a location that is subject to the affiliated partner’s hospital, clinical offices, or agency are required to abide by UTHealth’s Houston rules and regulations, as well as the affiliate’s rules and regulations, including COVID-19 vaccination and safety requirements. 

Work location is based on the needs of the department and may be adjusted.

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