Have a positive effect in the world

If you are looking to work for a well-respected organization that has been positively impacting the lives of adolescents and families for the past 45 years, then PDAP may be the place for you! Since PDAP is a peer-driven program, you will not only get a chance to serve teens in their path to sobriety but you will also have an opportunity to build relationships with them. Over the years, there have been countless friendships developed between PDAP members that continue well after their time at PDAP.

If you are a recovered addict or have experienced drug and alcohol abuse with your friends and family, then you may be uniquely qualified to join PDAP. Many of the counselors at PDAP have some form of substance abuse in their past, which makes them better counselors because they can relate to what the teens in PDAP are going thru. These past experiences not only make your advice more powerful but it also enable you to develop a special bond with PDAP members.


Program Coordinator – Full Time

A PDAP Program Coordinator will be expected to develop and/or maintain an adolescent substance abuse counseling office, otherwise known as a Satellite. This PDAP Center will service the needs of adolescents ages 12-17 in the Younger Group Program, 18-25 in the Older Group Program, and the parents in the Parent Group.  Supervision over counselors working with the youth (Youth Group Coordinators) is required.  All counseling approaches and methodologies will follow PDAP Policies and Procedures as specified by the PDAP President/CEO.

Minimum Requirements

Education: Associates Degree (standards set by DSHS)
Credentials: Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC)
Experience: Experience in adolescent substance abuse and family counseling using a 12-step model is recommended. Staff supervision is preferred.
Note: Must pass a drug/alcohol and background check

Youth Group Coordinator – Full or Part-time

A Palmer Drug Abuse Program (PDAP) Youth Group Coordinator (YGC) shall work together with and for the PDAP Program Coordinator of their assigned satellite location.  The PDAP YGC shall act as a healthy “role model” to all PDAP participants and to provide a safe and professional PDAP environment.

Minimum Requirements:

Age: 18 years or older
Education: High School Diploma or GED
Credentials: None required, Counselor Intern preferred
Other: If in recovery a minimum of 2 years sobriety and active involvement in a 12-step program is preferred
Skills: Extensive skills in the following areas:

  • 12-step education
  •  Role modeling and use of the 12-steps
  •  Organizing and managing large groups of teenagers

Note: Pass a drug/alcohol and background test

School Facilitator- Part-time

PDAP offers services to multiple age groups in a variety of school districts throughout the Houston Metropolitan area . PDAP School Facilitators must enjoy working with school-aged children and have experience with group management. School facilitators are responsible for providing drug education, prevention and intervention information to students; interacting with youth and their families; working independently and creating an enriching, fun, and safe environment. PDAP curriculum and training will be provided. The candidate must have a positive attitude and serve as a role model to participants in the program.

Minimum Requirements:

Applicants must :

  • Have experience working with youth
  • Be 18 years or older
  • Pass background check