Substance Use Disorder Professional Trainee

Website Grant County - Grant Integrated Services

Salary Range: $4,076.80 – $4,321.20 Monthly

The Substance Use Disorder Professional Trainee is responsible for providing comprehensive counseling services (under the supervision of an Approved Supervisor per WAC 388-805-005) for those who voluntarily seek assistance or are directed through area courts to participate in a chemical dependency education or recovery program. The SUDPT provides information, counseling, and referral services in an individual and/or group setting, for assigned clients and families to contribute to their rehabilitation and to the physical and mental health of Grant County’s citizens.

Grant Integrated Services (GrIS) SUD program provides comprehensive countywide programs for treatment and prevention of abuse and dependency on drugs and alcohol. GrIS SUD program provides counseling services, supports and facilitates medical treatment and conducts outreach programs to schools, children and other citizens for prevention of substance addiction and abuse. Counseling services may include the counseling of persons who have no chemical dependency problems but are affected or concerned by/with another individual’s problems. This position may also include participating conducting chemical dependency education programs in the various communities in Grant County. This position is designed to allow for and promote the development of interested persons in becoming a Certified Substance Use Disorder Professional who has not yet completed the requirements of a SUDP as defined in WAC 246-811. This position will be required to work various hours/days of the week, including evenings.

The following examples of duties and accountabilities illustrate the general range of tasks assigned to the position but are not intended to define the limits of required duties.  Other essential duties may be assigned consistent with the general scope of the position. Employee must comply with all County and department policies, procedures, WAC’s, or other regulatory bodies.

  1. Provides individual and/or group counseling services under the supervision of an Approved Supervisor.
  2. All Substance Use Disorder Professionals are responsible for knowledge of WAC 246-811; WAC 388-877, and WAC 388-877B, 42 CFR Part 2; RCW 18.205; NAADAC Ethical Standards, Standards and should conduct their relationships with clients accordingly.
  3. Completes and maintains documentation and records to meet all applicable laws, WACs, RCWs, regional contracts, and all other applicable Agency requirements.
  4. Meets competency level for service coding, billing requirements, and other direct service standards as established by the Agency.
  5. Advocates on behalf of individuals to coordinate care internally and externally with appropriate services related to treatment goals and outcomes.
  6. Develops and maintains strong working relationships with medical community, courts, probation departments, schools, and other county agencies, as appropriate.
  7. Assures services are provided which support the individual’s rights and are compatible with the particular culture and primary language of the individual.
  8. Actively participates in training and other meetings, whether in or out of office, as requested.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Any combination of education and experience may be substituted as long as it provides the desired skills, knowledge and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Associate Degree in a related field or enrolled in a qualified college;
  • Meet the minimum requirements for Substance Use Dependency Professional Trainee as defined in WAC 246-811;
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy;
  • Strong written and spoken communication skills;
  • Personal computer operations experience;
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License: Must have a safe reliable vehicle with proof of automobile insurance;
  • Background Check: Must have an acceptable background report, at time of hire and every three years afterward;
  • Driving Abstract: Must have an acceptable driving report; and
  • Washington State Substance Use Disorder Professional Trainee Certification: Must maintain an active certification.


  • Spanish Bilingual/Bicultural
  • Previous experience in a Chemical Dependency or Mental Health facility
  • Knowledge of County and Agency policies and procedures

These skills and abilities typically are acquired through a combination of experience and training. Experience may be substituted for education.

Physical Abilities:

The physical abilities described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, sit, write, hear, speak and lift up to 50 lbs. of unequal weight.   Specific vision abilities required by this job include close and distance vision, peripheral, depth perception.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands:

  • Personal safety – daily.
  • Tasks that involve exposure to bodily fluids.
  • Typing on keyboard – daily.
  • Operation of office equipment, including, but not limited to phone, copy machine, fax machine – daily.

Mental Demands:

  • Concentration required during client assessment/treatment and subsequent documentation.
  • Concentration required meeting and managing time, documentation, and productivity requirements.
  • Respond to telephone calls from professionals or clients which means that work plans need to be changed.
  • The ability to act expediently and appropriately when responding to crisis situations.
  • On-going requirement for continual updating and learning of techniques and practices including Information Technology skills.
  • Working with clients with complex and diverse care needs.

Emotional Demands:

  • Communicating and dealing with vulnerable/distressed/anxious clients on a daily basis.
  • Discussion with clients about prognosis, treatments and implications of illness.
  • Frequently dealing with situations involving domestic violence, abuse, family breakdown, conflict, and aggression.
  • Participating within a team and dealing with any issues of conflict that arise
  • Acting as advocate for clients.
  • Management/dealing with aggressive behavior and situations.

Working Conditions:

  • Work is primarily performed inside but can be performed in varying temperatures.
  • Employee may be exposed to office supply odors or vapors.
  • Work may be performed in other environments where the employee may be exposed to sub-sanitary environments, pets, and passive smoking.
  • Daily exposure to potential verbal and physical aggression with risk of personal safety issues.
  • Employee may be exposed to road traffic conditions and inclement weather

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