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Kaiser Permanente Chemical Dependency Counselor - Residential & Detox in Clackamas, Oregon

Job Summary:

Addiction Medicine (AM) Counselors provide engagement, counseling, and case management services to members that are struggling with substance use disorders. AM Counselors are generalists who are flexible in their job duties serving a population that has a variety of needs including treatment for substance use disorders, co-occurring mental health disorders, and support and education for their family members. AM Counselors function within a multidisciplinary treatment team to support members that present in all phases of readiness for change.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Provide high quality clinical services (individual, group, and family) to our adult and adolescent members through screening, assessment, diagnosis, and formulation/implementation of service plan in outpatient or residential settings. Provide all care in accordance with accepted best practice standards and department protocols (including supervision). Provide case management through appropriate triaging and referrals, consultation with other providers, contact with members and their families, and coordinating with outside agencies. Coordinate care for patients receiving medications from the Addiction Medicine Medical Team.

  • Document all member care in the electronic medical record in accordance with accepted medical/legal standards.

  • Provide other member or department services, such as program development, in-service training, and participation in process improvement activities.

    Basic Qualifications:


  • Minimum one (1) year working in a setting that is specific to substance use disorder treatment within the last five (5) years OR completion of KP Addiction Medicine department internship before hire/transfer.


  • Masters level degree in counseling, social work, or closely related field (M.S.W., M.S., M.A., M.Ed.) required at time of hire/transfer.

    License, Certification, Registration

  • National Provider Identifier required at hire

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Oregon) required at hire OR Drug and Alcohol Counselor Certificate (Oregon) required at hire OR Substance Use Disorder Professional Trainee Certification (Washington) required at hire OR Professional Counselor License (Oregon) required at hire OR Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Oregon) required at hire OR Substance Use Disorder Professional License (Washington) required at hire

    Additional Requirements:

  • Thorough and working knowledge of current best practice treatment for; adolescents and adults and their family members needing substance use disorder treatment services; including treatment principles for individual, family, and group counseling; and treatment/intervention options for common co-occurring mental health disorders.

  • Thorough and working knowledge of legal requirements for reporting abuse and maintaining confidentiality.

  • Thorough and working knowledge of accepted best practice protocols and ethical guidelines and behaviors for counselors.

  • Thorough and working knowledge of best practices for delivering culturally aware services.

  • Ability to assess, diagnose, and treat members affected by substance use.

  • Ability to recognize, assess, and provide treatment for members with co-occurring mental health disorders.

  • Ability to effectively apply ASAM criteria to make placement decisions. Ability to use appropriate procedural/testing equipment and tools.

  • Ability to provide case management for patients with a variety of needs including legal issues and social determinants of health.

  • Ability to interface with large multidisciplinary systems.

  • Competency in computer skills including email, and other typical office applications.

  • Competency in computer skills including ability to access and utilize web-based resources.

  • Proficient in providing both face to face and virtual care.

  • Ability to learn and teach patients to use electronic recovery aids, apps, etc.

  • Oregon licensure/certification is required for Oregon positions. Washington licensure/certification is required for Washington positions.

  • Develops and documents full assessments, treatment planning, monitors patients- clinical progress in treatment, and discharge planning.

  • Demonstrated ability to provide crises intervention and milieu management.

  • Demonstrates ability to attend, support, and manage patients, their families and visitors in large group settings

  • Ability to utilize de-escalation skills and direct/support others in behavioral interventions.

  • Proficiency in using standardized comprehensive risk assessment tools and coordinating safety plans.

  • Ability to work effectively with complex patients, both independently and collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team. Ability to assess and treat adults across a wide age range (18-geriatric population), who have a combination of DSM Axis I and II disorders, along with a broad spectrum of co-occurring problems including those related to trauma, substance use disorders, chronic pain, complex medical problems, and eating disorders.

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum Two (2) years of post-masters experience working in a substance use disorder treatment setting within the last 5 years.

  • Experience working in an integrated healthcare setting including primary care services

  • Experience or specialized training in treating adolescents with substance use disorders

  • Experience or specialized training in family therapy and working with family members that have a family member with a substance use disorder

  • Experience or specialized training in treating trauma

  • Experience in applying Motivational Interviewing techniques to engage and triage new patients

  • Experience working with an interdisciplinary treatment team including medical providers

  • Experience working with patients that are receiving either prescribed or dispensed medications for substance use disorders

  • Experience using Feedback Informed Care tools in direct patient care

  • Experience providing crisis management services

  • Experience working with electronic health record systems

  • Certified Addiction Counselor in practicing state required at time of hire/transfer, and Current license to treat mental health disorders without restriction, LPC, LMFT, LCSW, LICSW, LMHC in practicing state required at time of hire/transfer.

  • Certified Addiction Counselor in both OR and WA state.

  • Masters level degree.

  • Minimum four (4) years of clinical experience, with four (4) of those years spent conducting co-occurring assessments and/or facilitating crisis stabilization interventions for high acuity patients in a state licensed setting (such as an inpatient residential addiction treatment, a community and addictions co-occurring program, or equivalent.

  • Minimum three (3) years of experience in the areas of milieu management, case management, and facilitating treatment groups (including family) within a program model, such as an IOP or Day Treatment program, or a residential setting, or equivalent.

  • Minimum one (1) years working within a mental health program, conducting comprehensive triage/crisis assessments and facilitating treatment


TITLE: Chemical Dependency Counselor - Residential & Detox

LOCATION: Clackamas, Oregon


External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.