Gambling Treatment Therapist 703

LifeWorks NW provides free, individualized treatment for individuals with a gambling addiction and their families.

The Gambling Treatment Therapist provides treatment to problem gamblers and their significant others in an outpatient setting. Responsible for assessments, treatment planning, and provisions of support counseling (individual, couples, family, and group) for assigned client caseload. The Gambling Treatment Therapist also keeps accurate, timely records in adherence with the Department of Human Services' (DHS) Addiction and Mental Health (AMH) Division.

Location: Multi-service site in Beaverton, Oregon.

Schedule: This is a full-time position with some evening hours required.

Compensation: $48,653 - $52,866 annual salary and full comprehensive benefits.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for client evaluation including initial intake interview, formulating diagnosis, identifying appropriate treatment services.

  • Complete written narrative of evaluation and obtain necessary releases.

  • Responsible for client orientation including advising client and significant others of the services offered through the program; recommend services for client, including purpose and expected length of involvement and written contract outlining initial treatment agreements.

  • Utilize information obtained from client evaluation to identify specific problems in relation to abuse/addiction,  psychological/behavioral, legal, medical, family, social/relationships, and educational/occupational/financial.

  • Develop therapeutic treatment plans based on clients' interests, abilities, strengths, and needs.

  • Create treatment plans, which will be evidence based using clinical experience and knowledge; have measurable goals and objectives based on the diagnosis and will specify type, frequency, intensity, and duration of therapy; will be client driven; and include follow-ups completed on time, assessing the quantity and quality of services provided.

  • Provide referral services as indicated to clients and their significant others; e.g. health, mental health services, financial counseling services, etc.

  • Maintain awareness of relevant community referral resources.

  • Conduct individual, couples, family, significant others, and group therapy sessions.

  • Facilitate or co-facilitate group services which may include:  gambling addiction education insight and awareness groups, early-stage treatment groups, recovery-model groups, and continuing-care support services.

  • Utilization of evidence-based practices appropriate to the population being served.

  • Follow the golden thread of therapy by conducting on-going evaluation of treatment from initial intake through client discharge.

  • Case management including maintaining contact with referral sources and other staff regarding client and significant others involvement in treatment services; case coordination with other agencies; maintaining chart notes related to external contracts; obtaining pertinent records from other treatment agencies; and tracking clients involvement, follow-through, and progress in varied treatment activities.

  • Maintain awareness of community referral resources.

  • Records maintenance in electronic health record system within 24 hours of meeting with client. 

  • Provide appropriate opening data; maintain current treatment plan and up-to-date notes reflecting clients' attendance and progress in problem areas, contacts with referral source, other agencies, clinical consultations, etc.

  • Complete chart termination form within 30 days of final contact and provide agency support staff with appropriate closure information. Maintain monthly reporting to government entities as required.

  • Provide crisis intervention and serve as backup for other clinicians as needed.

  • Check e-mail and voicemail throughout the work day, responding as appropriate.

  • Continually increase level of cultural sensitivity, awareness, and competency.

  • Travel between sites or in the community.

  • Meet performance standards for productivity; documentation, including progress notes, assessments, treatment plans, 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.


  • Licensed practitioner or a Master's degree in area of specialization directly related to work performed, or a current certification as a Certified Gambling Addiction Counselor (CGAC). Expectation of obtaining CGAC 1 or 2 within time frame established by Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR's). 

  • At least one full year of experience in broad range of clinical interventions and mental health and/or addictions treatment specific to the client population. 

  • Demonstrated competence in treatment of problem gambling, including individual assessment and individual, group, family and other counseling techniques; program policies and procedures for service delivery and documentation; and identification, implementation, and coordination of services identified to facilitate desired outcomes. 

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain case management in accordance with federal, state and/or funding source requirements as well as LifeWorks NW' policies and procedures. 

  • Compliance with federal and state confidentiality rules and regulations for problem gambling treatment.

  • Knowledge of community resources and treatment agencies enabling appropriate referrals for specific client needs. 

  • Knowledge of medications commonly used by client population. 

  • Good computer skills including a functional knowledge of Microsoft Outlook and Word. 

  • Ability to master proprietary software including electronic health record system. 

  • Demonstrated effective communication skills and maintaining a cooperative working relationship with others in a culturally diverse environment.

  • Must be able to travel between sites. 

  • Must be able to work evening hours. 

  • Must be able to pass a DHS background check.

LifeWorks NW has over 60 years of experience providing holistic mental health and addiction services for all ages throughout the Portland metro area. We are a private, non-profit organization serving over 30,000 youth, adults, and older adults annually. We know that "life works" when people get the help they need and are dedicated to changing lives.

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