LifeWorks NW is a private, non-profit
organization providing prevention, mental health, substance use treatment, and
related social services to youths, adults, and older adults in over fifteen
locations throughout Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties. LifeWorks
NW promotes a healthy community by providing quality and culturally responsive
mental health and addiction services across the lifespan.
Our core values-Recovery and Relationships,
Resilience, and Results-inform the work we do. The four pillars of the
strategic vision include Compassionate, Impactful Care, Holistic Health,
Passionate Team, and Thriving Organization. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
are critical to successfully achieving the mission. We know that "life
works" when people get the help they need and are dedicated to changing
The Chemical Dependency Counselor II provides substance abuse treatment services in
outpatient or residential setting. Responsible
for assessment, treatment planning, provision of counseling (individual,
family, and group) services, urinalysis, consultation with care providers and
coordination of multiple service providers for his/her assigned client
caseload; and for keeping accurate, timely records.
As a behavioral health organization, LifeWorks NW
employees are required to have had their COVID 19 vaccination (or have an
approved medical/religious exemption) per State of Oregon rules. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required upon
position is based out of LifeWorks NW's Rockwood site.
NEWLY INCREASED PAY RATE!
Pay/Benefits: $19.95 to $21.80 per hour. This position is 40 hours a week. Full benefits.
RESPONSIBILITIES: (These responsibilities must be able to be performed
with or without reasonable accommodation.)
- Responsible for client evaluation including initial
intake interview, formulating a substance abuse diagnosis, identifying
appropriate treatment services. Notify
client, significant other(s), care givers and care providers of diagnosis and
initial treatment recommendations in a timely manner, complete written
narrative of evaluation, obtain necessary authorizations for disclosure.
- Collect information about
individuals or clients, using interviews, case histories, observational
techniques, urinalysis, and other assessment methods. Observe and evaluate client's performance,
behavior, social development, and physical health.
- Analyze data such as interview
notes, test results, and reference manuals to identify symptoms, diagnose the
nature of clients' substance abuse problems and determine an ASAM PPC-2R level
- Identify and diagnose substance
abuse disorders, using information obtained from interviews, tests, records,
and reference materials. Address legal
issues, such as child abuse and discipline, assisting with hearings and
providing testimony to inform custody arrangements. Provide accurate screenings
for mental health, health, gambling, trauma and domestic violence issues, and
make referrals to appropriate services providers as necessary.
- Provide referral services to clients and their
families, e.g., residential services, health care, mental health services,
employment services, housing, recovery support services, etc. Maintain awareness of community referral
- Develop therapeutic Individual
Service and Support Plans (ISSP), based on clients' interests, abilities,
strengths and clinical needs. ISSP's will be evidence-based using clinical
experience and knowledge, and will have measurable goals and objectives based
on the diagnosis and will specify type, frequency, intensity, and duration of
services. Treatment plans will client-driven and follow-ups will be completed
on time, assessing the quantity and quality of services provided.
- Confer with clients,
significant others and treatment team to develop plans for post-treatment
activities to maintain recovery.
- Counsel individuals or
families, using evidence-based treatment practices, to help them understand
problems, define goals, and develop realistic action plans. Guide clients in
the development of skills and strategies for resolving substance abuse problems.
or co-facilitate group treatment services, using evidence-based/manualized
treatment models with demonstrated effectiveness for the population served. Demonstrate proficiency in using evidence-based
practices, as evidenced by observation, fidelity rating scales, client report,
and client outcomes.
- May be responsible for service coordination. Coordinate/collaborate with physicians,
staff, families, caregivers, referents, etc.
Maintain chart notes related to external contracts, obtaining pertinent
records from other treatment and tracking clients' involvement, follow-through
and progress in varied treatment activities. Provides regular and timely progress reports
to referents when appropriate.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of
counseling or treatments and the accuracy and completeness of diagnoses, ASAM
PPC-2R dimensions modifying plans and diagnoses as necessary. ISSP's must be updated at least every three
months. Behavioral Health Assessments must be updated at least annually.
- Document and maintain client records in electronic
healthcare system within 24 hours of meeting with client to ensure compliance
with agency and contract guidelines and confidentiality.
- Provide training to staff, caregivers, and family
regarding issues of substance abuse as it relates to clients.
- Provide crisis intervention. May serve as Clinician
of the Day.
- Serve as back-up for other staff when needed.
- Administer and submit urinalyses with minimal
errors. Evaluate and communicate results
within agency guidelines.
- Check e-mail/voice mail throughout the day when
working responding appropriately.
- Provides culturally appropriate resources and
support linkage, advocacy and community collaboration as well as evaluation and
treatment for clients.
- May need to travel between sites or in the
- May need to work evenings and/or weekends,
depending on job assignment.
- Meets performance standards for direct service,
documentation (including progress notes, assessments, ISSP's, status reports,
and authorization requests) proficiency in clinical model and evidence based
practices, quality of care (including engagement and retention) and teamwork as
defined in the Performance Review.
- Participate in regular individual and team meetings
with supervisor. Attend informational
and clinical meetings which may include all staff and team meetings,
consultation with other staff and required trainings.
education and/or experience may be substituted for qualifications. Requirements are representative of minimum
levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities.
To perform this job successfully, the employee will possess the
abilities or aptitudes to perform each task proficiently.)
recovering from a substance abuse related disorder, must be able to demonstrate
continuous sobriety under nonresidential, independent living conditions for the
immediate past two years.
- Have a
Bachelors degree or equivalency as defined by MHACBO.
- Requires a current CADC 2 or equivalent national
certification, or a submitted application for CADC upon hire, with a formal
plan to obtain certification within two years of hire.
knowledge, skills, and abilities demonstrating competence in: treatment of substance-related disorders
including client evaluation and individual, group, family, and other counseling
techniques; program policies and procedures for client case management and
record keeping; and accountability for recording information in the client
files assigned to them consistent with those policies and procedures. Should be familiar with theory or concepts of
working in a culturally focused program must have: demonstrated understanding of cultural values and
norms, acculturation and generational issues within a culture; extensive knowledge and understanding of resources
and appropriate support linkage available within the community; effective
inner-cultural communication skills in order to advocate for culturally diverse
- If working with youth courses in child development
and experience working with youth strongly preferred
- Sensitivity and understanding of specific barriers
which may lead to lack of access and engagement.
- Good computer skills including a functional
knowledge of Microsoft Outlook and Word. Ability to master proprietary
software including electronic health record system.
- Requires ability to work some evenings and/or
- May require access to a car and valid driver's
to perform essential functions of job without creating a direct threat to the
safety of self or others.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Drug Free/Tobacco Free Site 01/09