Volunteer Opportunity Details

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Position Title:INTERN - Alcohol Diversion Program Counseling Intern
Department:Public Health
Category:Human Services and Public Health
Time Commitment or Project Date:15 - 20 hours per week for fall and spring semesters; possible volunteering during the summer in advance of the internship. Intern will help with one evening group.
Sundquist Building
3482 Broadway
Boulder, CO
Program Summary:
This internship position provides substance use and abuse assessments, individual counseling, and group counseling for adolescents and young adults (both court ordered and voluntary). 
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Conducts client drug and alcohol intakes and evaluations.
  • Facilitates Alcohol Diversion groups.
  • Provides brief assessment, treatment, and case management.
  • Utilizes evidenced-based practices, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, and crisis intervention.
  • Attends court, as needed, to represent the program and enroll clients.
  • Presents drug and alcohol prevention and intervention educational information to the public.
  • Networks with other agencies, including Mental Health Partners, Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley School Districts, and Boulder County courts.
  • Maintains and updates client data.
  • Complies with all policies and procedures of the program.
  • Performs related duties, as required.
Qualifications and Requirements:
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Work experience with teens and young adults.
  • Ability to work independently and maintain confidentiality.
  • Willingness to learn.
  • High level of communication skills.
  • Ability to work respectfully with people and families in crisis from various cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Must have some background or knowledge with substance use issues.
Special Requirements 
  • Master-level or post-graduate student.
  • Field of study:   social work, psychology, addictions counseling, or related field.
  • For those with substance abuse history, two full years of sobriety or discharge from a treatment program is required.
  • Must submit immunization history form and immunization documentation.  Some immunizations and/or TB tests may be required (at the expense of BCPH), and volunteer/intern must comply with these requirements prior to start date.
Application or Registration Deadline:
Application Process:
Submit an application along with a resume, cover letter, and three letters of reference.
Training Dates and Information:
  • Intern orientation and training will be provided at the beginning of the internship by Alcohol Diversion Program staff.
  • Education regarding the addiction process, evidenced-based counseling interventions, and mindfulness training.
  • Universal precautions and TB training will be provided by the BCPH employee infection control nurse before the volunteer/intern can begin.
  • Volunteers will be required to view BCPH new employee videos on DVD.
Additional Information:
  • Intern will be assigned to a primary task supervisor with a masters in social work (MSW) with the Alcohol Diversion Program, who will provide day-to-day supervision (as needed) and one hour of uninterrupted weekly individual supervision.
  • Intern will attend monthly group supervision with Alcohol Diversion Program staff facilitated by a licensed counselor in social work (LCSW) and certified addictions counselor (CAC) III.
  • Gain substance abuse and crisis counseling skills.
  • Learn skills in assessment and treatment plan development.
  • Acquire hours toward CAC certification.
  • Clinical supervision each week.
Volunteer/Intern Services Program
Boulder County Public Health
3450 Broadway, Boulder CO 80304

For more information on the Alcohol Diversion Program, visit www.BoulderCountyAlcoholDiversion.org.


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