Chemical Dependency Counselor, REAL Program 949

LifeWorks NW's REAL (Recovery, Empowerment, Achievement in Life) program provides culturally responsive alcohol and drug treatment for adolescent African American youth 12 to 18 years of age. The program includes outpatient, community-based treatment and mentoring.

The Chemical Dependency Counselor position provides substance abuse treatment services in an outpatient setting. This position is 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.

This position is located in NE Portland. 

Days/Hours: Mainly working daytime hours, Monday through Friday. Must be able to work some evenings periodically.

Pay/Benefits: $17.37 to $18.68 per hour. Full benefits. 


  • Requires a current CADC 1 or a submitted application for CADC 1 with a formal plan to obtain certification within two years of hire.
  • Must be able to drive clients in both a LifeWorks NW and personal vehicle. Must have a current driver's license (out of state is fine), access to a personal vehicle, current auto insurance, and be able to meet LifeWorks NW's driving requirements. 
  • Have 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 prevention.
  • 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 inter-cultural communication skills in order to advocate for culturally diverse clients.
  • 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.
  • Must be able to pass a DHS background check. 

LifeWorks NW believes that diversity strengthens our workforce and empowers our community.

LifeWorks NW is an EEO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other status in accordance with law.

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