Ohlhoff Recovery Programs are always open to reviewing resumes for counselors, interns and volunteers.  Please review the positions below and send resumes to aprince@ohlhoff.org.

Open Positions


Position: Ohlhoff Recovery Programs Primary Counselor
Reports To: Program Director
Requirements: Bachelors or Masters Degree with substance use/psychology emphasis or certification from CCAPP, CAADE or CADTP.

Working knowledge of 12-step and other peer based recovery programs. Knowledge of trauma informed care, cultural humility principles and best practices, community resources and family dynamics preferred.

Overview of the Position:
Ohlhoff Recovery Programs is a private non-profit that has been serving the Bay Area  recovery community since 1958. The Ohlhoff Outpatient Program provides outpatient  counseling services, at the group and individual level, to clients seeking treatment for substance use disorders. A Primary Staff Counselor is specifically responsible for all  clinical work and administrative responsibilities required in administering treatment and  maintaining client records. A Primary Staff Counselor represents the Ohlhoff Recovery  Programs Agency and the recovery community, while upholding the highest ethical  standards of the profession.  

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Conduct adult, individual counseling sessions and family group counseling sessions 
  • Conduct adult therapeutic process group, family group and psychoeducation counseling sessions. 
  • Provide crisis intervention as needed; stabilize clients in crisis including brief intervention, coordinate higher levels of care. 
  • Attend individual supervision sessions with Clinical Supervisor and Program Director on a weekly basis, including weekly staff meetings.
  • Conduct intake assessments with prospective clients including mental health status exam and formulation of DSM diagnoses. 
  • Coordinate treatment plans with all members of the treatment team; including  Clinical Supervisor and Medical Director, Program Director, other Staff Counselors, Case Managers and Intern Counselors. 
  • Prepare and complete BIRP and Narrative progress notes and records for all individual client sessions and groups. 
  • Manage clients’ insurance, healthcare records, admissions, discharges, prepare initial and concurrent reviews with accurate clinical information for insurance companies.
  • Coordinate care with outside providers
  • Additional duties supervisors may require.

Special Skills

Due to the nature of Substance Use Treatment, our team has a strong preference for clinicians with experience in 2 or more of the following areas:

  • Crisis management
  • Private insurance authorization and clinical reviews
  • Substance use treatment
  • Skill training and psychoeducation
  • Motivational Interviewing

Job Details: 

Our full-time staff counselors work as team with clinical interns, clinical supervisors, and  the program director to provide the highest quality of individual and group treatment to our  clients. Unlicensed clinicians are offered supervisory services (group and individual) on a  weekly basis, free of charge. Full-time counselors are eligible for vacation and sick-time  accrual, medical, vision, and dental benefits, as well as onsite job and career training.  

Staff Counselors must be able to sit for a minimum of 6 hours daily, perform rapid  repetitive motions of hands/wrists/arms for 1 hour daily, stand and walk for 1 hour daily.  Ability to lift and/or carry 20 lbs of charts, files, boxes occasionally. 


Ohlhoff Recovery Programs is proud to serve as a practicum and internship training site to students in psychology and counseling graduate programs throughout the Bay Area. We accept students pursuing MSW degrees, MFT degrees, Master’s degrees in Rehabilitation Counseling, CADC, or other drug and alcohol counseling certifications who wish to learn about dual diagnosis, the spiritual basis of recovery, the social model of reintegration into the community, and multicultural issues. Ohlhoff Recovery Programs serves a diverse client population with differing levels of treatment needs. We provide students with a specialized training program within  a variety of treatment components. These include our 6-month residential programs for working men, our 30-day primary residential program for adults, and our intensive outpatient treatment programs for adults and adolescents. In addition, we work closely with the Wellness Centers at a number of high schools in San Francisco.

Students will have the opportunity to work closely with staff in an interdisciplinary treatment setting, where they will attend weekly treatment team meetings. They will receive training on the interaction between substance use and mental health issues, information on psychiatric treatment of dual disorders, and the 12-Step approach to treatment of substance abuse. Please submit a CV/resume, a letter of intent, and three letters of recommendation to info@ohlhoff.org.

CV’s and resumes are accepted from students from December 15th through April 1st.

The practicum/internship begins in July and ends in June. Students spend twenty hours per week at their site providing individual, group, and family counseling. Students receive one hour per week of individual supervision by a licensed psychologist, two hours per week of group supervision and weekly didactic training in a variety of chemical dependency and mental health issues.

Thank you for taking an interest in our agency as a prospective field placement. Please download our brochure. 



If you are interested in volunteering, please call (877) 477-4543 or email aprince@ohlhoff.org with your resume and a cover letter describing how much time you can commit and why you are interested in our program.

Equal Opportunity

It is the policy of Ohlhoff Recovery Programs to provide equal opportunity in employment and advancement for all qualified persons without regard to race, color, creed, age, sex, national origin, ancestry, or physical disability, Veteran status (including Vietnam-era or disabled veteran status), marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, HIV/AIDS status, domestic partner status or any other non-job-related factors. This policy applies to every aspect of employment, advancement, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, compensation, benefits, training activities protected by Federal or State law, such as filing a complaint of discrimination, or assisting in a discrimination investigation.