Transitional Counselor-In-Custody

Job Overview

Our program at Folsom State Prison (FSP)  is an evidenced-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy treatment program within an incarcerated setting that will address substance use disorder, criminal thinking, anger management, and family relationships. The CBT program will encourage male offenders to adopt a pro-social, law abiding lifestyle that helps obtain skills necessary to function as productive members in society, generate alternative solutions, and make decisions about appropriate behavior. AOD Counselors and CBT Facilitators will facilitate a caseload of 12 male offenders during their participation in the program.

The Transitional Counselor is responsible for providing support to participants in transition to continuing care upon parole.  Provide guidance and advocate to access continuing care services in their home communities. Works with participants to develop a continuing care plan prior to parole date. Is a liaison between in custody programs and the Specialized Treatment for Optimized Programming (STOP) network.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provides information and guidance to participants on outpatient and residential treatment programs and services
  • Assists participants with the completion of forms on transitional care phase of the program services
  • Helps with the development of a community service and discharge plan
  • Evaluates participants continuing care needs
  • Attends and facilitates specialized groups, prepares lesson plans, teaches classes, workshops, and seminars, plans and executes clinical days related to continuing care
  • Maintains accurate records on all participants and files reports as required
  • Education and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    Must fulfill one of the following:

    Associates Degree in Human Services/Social Sciences and Substance Abuse Certification (certification recognized by DHCS), and minimum of 4 years' experience working in addiction


    Substance Abuse Certification (certification recognized by DHCS), and minimum of 6 years' experience working in addiction


    High School Diploma (or Equivalent) and 4 years as a certified counselor, providing CBT services.


    • Ability to work with diverse population
    • Ability to receive and maintain CDCR clearance
    • Experience working successfully with issues of substance abuse, mental health, criminal background, and other potential barriers


    • Specialized knowledge such as, mental health issues, life skills, vocational training, anger management, incest, criminal behavior, rape crisis, grief, etc.
    • Familiarity with penal codes and the criminal justice system
    • Knowledge of co-occurring disorders and trauma informed treatment and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Treatment 
    • Knowledge of Clinical documentation (treatment plans, progress notes etc.)
    • Bilingual
    Compensation: $23.00
    Type: Hourly/ Non-exempt
    Status: Full Time
    City: Represa
    Hours/wk: 40