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Providence Health & Services Chemical Dependency Counseling Professional in Olympia, Washington


Providence is calling a Chemical Dependency Counselor (1.0 FTE, Variable Shift) to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, WA.

We are seeking a Chemical Dependency Counseling Professional who will implement, maintain and coordinate the case management of assigned patients. Chemical Dependency Professionals deliver treatment services including individual and family sessions, lectures and group therapy.

In this position you will:

  • Performs comprehensive clinical screening (Inquiry call) and initiates admission process if appropriate. Demonstrates knowledge, skills, and ability to:

  • Obtain adequate clinical data from caller in order to assess chemical dependency symptoms.

  • Identify appropriate level of care utilizing A.S.A.M. (American Society of Addiction Medicine) criteria and insurance medical necessity scales.

  • Knowledge of the full continuum of treatment services at PSPCDC.

  • Completes a comprehensive Biopsychosocial assessment:

  • Communicate comprehensive information to MD and Coordinator on-call to obtain admission clearance.

  • Initiate appropriate referrals for patients not admitted to PSPCDC services, if appropriate.

  • Interact with payor sources and managed care for pre-authorization of admission and treatment.

  • Assess the biological, psychological and sociological symptoms of addiction utilizing the A.S.A.M. and DSM - 5 criteria.

  • Interpret toxicology information.

  • Initiates, periodically evaluates and revises a treatment plan specific to the age appropriate individual patient’s problems identified in the BPS assessment:

  • Evaluate impact of co-existing medical or psychiatric conditions.

  • Develop a diagnostic summary after reviewing and evaluating relevant patient information from all members of the multi-disciplinary team.

  • Initiate a master problem list per A.S.A.M. dimensions.

  • Demonstrates knowledge of chemical dependency treatment modalities and the ability to perform related functions consistent with the patient’s age, gender, cultural and spiritual influences, and ability to participate and benefit from the activity. Create a treatment plan for each identified problem with appropriate, measurable, and time-linked interventions


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Two (2) years counseling experience with persons with the primary problem of chemical dependency.

  • Washington State Certification as a Chemical Dependency Professional.

  • AHA BLS.

  • Driver License.

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Counseling or a related area.

  • Master's Degree in Counseling or a related area.

  • Working with dual diagnosis patients.

About the facility you will serve.

Providence St. Peter Chemical Dependency Center (PSPCDC) is part of Providence Behavioral Health Services, coordinating care with Providence St. Peter Hospital Psychiatry Services and Providence Sexual Assault Clinic. We offer programs for adults and adolescents, for Substance Use Disorder, Problem Gambling and Tobacco Cessation. Our treatment model incorporates the

nationally recognized American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) patient placement criteria, family involvement and community-based recovery support groups.

We offer a full comprehensive range of benefits - see our website for details

Our Mission

As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

About Us

Providence Health & Services is a not-for-profit Catholic network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services guided by a Mission of caring the Sisters of Providence began over 160 years ago. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Variable

Job Category: Counseling

Location: Washington-Olympia

Req ID: 250710