Drug Addiction Treatment Counselor I

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

Healthy People in Healthy Communities

Use your knowledge and experience with drug addiction treatment counseling to make a difference in the health of residents of Pierce County. Join our team as a Drug Addiction Treatment Counselor I in our Substance Abuse Services Program.

The usual work schedule for this position is four ten-hour days, M-Th , typically from 5 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

*****This position is open until filled; however, to ensure consideration applications should be received by August 11, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.*****

Some of what you’ll do:Development, implementation and monitoring of individualized  service plans that reflect thoughtful, appropriate professional interventions consistent with elements of Washington Administrative Code (WAC) and Registered Code of Washington (RCW) and federal statutes relating to medication assisted treatment for substance use disorders.
Perform ongoing monitoring and progress reviews to formulate, assess, identify and address clinically sound diagnostic impressions.
Conduct detailed charting and individual client electronic file maintenance.
Provide educational consultation and individualized evidence based psychosocial and group therapy services for treatment of substance use disorders as defined by Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) V.

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What you bring to the table:
Knowledge of DSM-5, client assessment, intervention, and consultation principles and practices affecting substance abuse, addiction, and treatment (Drugs & Alcohol, etc.)
Knowledge of public health issues as they relate to specific social science disciplines.
Knowledge of pharmacology for commonly abused drugs and treatment modalities for drug addiction.
Skill in applying interviewing and assessment methods to a culturally and socio-economically diverse population of clients.
Skill in communicating effectively within a sometimes stressful environment utilizing professionalism, diplomacy and tact.
Skill in recording, compiling, and analyzing data for case histories, medical records, reports, and other general correspondence.
Ability to communicate verbally and in writing with efficiency and effectiveness.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, community-based agencies, departmental personnel, etc.
Ability to identify relative community-based agencies and departmental programs involving health care and social services for client referral.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
Possession of a current State of Washington Chemical Dependency Professional certification.
Ability to successfully pass a background investigation.

This position is required to participate in the Title XIX Medicaid Administrative Claiming Program (MAC).  MAC Responsibilities include:Respond to Random Moment Time Survey (RMTS) before they expire.
Complete all required training within allowable time frame.

Who should apply:
An Associate Degree in Chemical Dependency, Substance Abuse, the Social Sciences, or its academic equivalent; and two years of work experience at facilities approved by the Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse affording familiarity with client assessment, intervention, and counseling in drug addiction treatment as a chemical dependency counselor. (In accordance with Washington Administrative Code 440-22-220.) Additional education may substitute for one year of work experience.

Working Conditions & Physical Requirements:
Work Setting:

Work is performed almost exclusively indoors in an office environment. Exposure to hazards is limited to those commonly found in government office environments.
The potential for dealing with dissatisfied or angry customers exists, requiring skills in conflict resolution.
Work is stressful due to the nature of the job, i.e. counseling, handling of biohazards, blood, etc.
Working with bodily fluids where exposure to disease and illness requires proper safety precautions.
Physical Demands: None
Tools and Equipment: Duties require the use of standard office furniture and equipment (e.g., desk, filing cabinet, computer, printer, telephone, fax machine, copy machine, etc.)
Travel: Driving a vehicle requiring a license.
Some travel is required, and is typically local or regional, to meet with clients, conduct business, or attend or provide training.
Extensive local travel may be required.

When public health responds to an emergency you may be assigned duties that are outside your regular job description. This may involve responding at any time, including nights and weekends, with possible deployment to locations other than the department.

3629 South D St.
Tacoma, WA 98418

An Equal Opportunity Employer
Job #19-00069

To apply for this job please visit www.tpchd.org.

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