As part of a multi-disciplinary team, the Chemical Dependency Counselor provides services to clients who are identified as impacted by alcohol or other drug use. This position works cooperatively with agency staff and community resources to provide a range of services to clients with drug and alcohol problems.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Perform alcohol and drug screenings, and assessments on selected clients; with the client’s participation, develop support and treatment plans; facilitate linkages to collaborative resources when appropriate.
- Plan, organize and facilitate treatment and support groups for clients, as appropriate.
- Provide substance abuse consultation to Crisis Solutions Center staff.
- Provide staff training on substance abuse issues as appropriate.
- Participate as a member of a multi‑disciplinary team providing ongoing advocacy and integration of services to mentally ill, homeless and formerly homeless adults.
- Advocate for client access to community resources and services, ensuring that client needs are met and rights maintained; consult and collaborate with community providers to ensure continuity of care.
- Participate in psychiatric consultation, supervision, program meetings and in‑service trainings; participate in clinical reviews and case conferences for clients admitted to the CSC.
- Comply with the agency's clinical accountability policies and procedures; maintain current and complete clinical records; participate in quality assurance reviews when assigned.
- Comply with data gathering/submission requirements.
- Comply with applicable program research and evaluation procedures.
- Promote and maintain positive relationships with the surrounding neighborhood.
- Participate in verbal de-escalation and physical interventions in emergent situations and be willing and able to assist other staff as needed to maintain a safe and secure environment.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Licensed by the State of Washington as a Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP).
- Be willing to seek to understand each client's unique circumstances and personal preferences and goals and incorporate them into the crisis response to help the client regain a sense of control.
- Assist clients in accessing internal resources to reinforce the client's ability to resolve crisis on their own.
- Assist clients in identifying unmet needs that may be causing them to have recurrent crisis.
- Have a strong understanding of recovery and resilience, the value of client partnerships and client choice, and the balance between protection from harm and personal dignity.
- Strong knowledge of relevant community resources and methods for accessing them.
- Possess strong communication and writing skills.
- Ability to work flexible hours as required by program and staffing needs.
- Interest or experience in working with clients who are difficult to engage and maintain in traditional mental health programs.
- Ability to work effectively with clients displaying a wide range of unpleasant and/or bizarre behaviors.
- Ability to communicate and work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
- Subscribe to the philosophy of cooperation and continuity across programs and of consideration and respect for clients.
- Associates degree in a relevant social science.
- Valid Washington State driver’s license and insurable driving record.
- Knowledge of de-escalation skills, crisis intervention & stabilization, and harm reduction strategies.
- Bicultural and/or bilingual background/experience.
- Experience working with adults who are homeless and/or disabled by mental illness.
Strong applicants are able to demonstrate the ability to be positive in their empathetic responses to all persons; understand the value of meaningful and deep client engagement; have the potential to acquire the necessary knowledge, attitudes and skills of an effective crisis worker; and value a non-judgmental response to sensitive issues. Candidates should be able to accept feedback and work in a highly collaborative and potentially stressful environment.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required sit for long periods of time, communicate with other persons by talking and hearing, required to lift and carry items weighing up to 40 pounds and to operate computer hardware systems. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
DESC is committed to diversity in the workplace, and promotes equal employment opportunities for all staff members and applicants. The Agency will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability in any employment practice, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.