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Job Title: PreventNet Alcohol and Drug Counselor I

Reports To: Schools-based Prevention & Treatment Program Manager and Clinical Supervisor CADC II

Classification: Non-Exempt

Position Time: Full-time 30-40 hours per week

Position Summary:

The A&D Counselor works as a member of a team providing evidence-based assessments, substance abuse treatment, case management and recovery support services in Clackamas County middle and high school settings (Oregon City/Milwaukie). The A&D counselor will work with individual adolescents, as well as involve their family in the treatment needs, including crisis management, substance abuse treatment, and recovery support, accessing employment, prevention and educational services.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Receive referals from appropriate school personnel, conduct the GAIN-SS and other behavioral health assessments, brief interventions, and referral to higher level of care as needed.
  • Ensure youth has an insurance and medical home.
  • Participate in direct treatment of clients as program policies and protocols dictate.
  • Provide education to groups of clients, including recovery, and prevention services when needed.
  • Will deliver or assist with delivery of evidence-based prevention curriculum in health classes during the school year.
  • Group and individual progress note-writing , treatment plan writing, monthly and quarterly report writing, and able to meet bi weekly and monthly timelines.
  • Provide a minimum cohort of youth with alcohol and drug screenings, SBIRT treatment, or full treatment during the course of one year.
  • Attend clinical staff meetings and case conferences in order to facilitate individual treatment plans for clients.
  • Maintain client records following HIPAA laws for the purpose of evaluation and program planning.
  • Administer client satisfaction surveys.
  • Work collaboratively with the school and collaborative partners to provide youth and families needing assistance with obtaining and navigating services.
  • Communicate and coordinate care with referents via status reports, in person, by phone, and through emails.
  • Bill insurance companies for all clients.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate and maintain positive relationships with school administration and staff as well as community members.
  • Provide positive role modeling for the students.
  • Represent Northwest Family Services in a professional manner. Effectively communicate about NWFS, its mission, and programs to community partners and participants.
  • Utilize NWFS communication plan. Document programs and activities for representation on behalf of Northwest Family Services to the broader community, including but not limited to the news media and social media.
  • Attend all staff meetings and development as required and must adhere to agency’s policies.
  • Accept the guidance and supervision of the Schools Department Manager, Clinical Supervisor and Executive Director in the spirit of establishing and maintaining an honest and professional working relationship.
  • Maintain a weekly log documenting hours and tasks, and will periodically review it with the supervisor and advisory committee to adjust focus if necessary.
  • Provide weekly report of activities to department manager.
  • Conduct outreach and community networking, coalition building.
  • Conduct other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a human services field preferred. Sufficient experience or QMHA status may substitute for education level.
  • A CADCI is required for this position. Must be willing to fulfill education and clinical requirements to acquire CADCI within one year of hire.
  • Must pass a pre-employment background check. In addition, candidate must be able to pass school districts’ criminal background checks.
  • Minimum two years’ experience providing case management and/or resource information, referral and advocacy services to at-risk populations.
  • Full understanding and experience using behavioral health assessments and linking of the multi demensions to an accurate DSM-5 daignosis and ASAM level of care.
  • Full understanding and experience in chemical dependency treatment and ability to demonstrate a working knowledge of evidence-based treatment. Must be able to work independently, facilitating both .5 and 1.0 level of care treatment (individual and group counseling) at five individual Clackamas schools.
  • Knowledge and skills in chemical dependency treatment and crisis intervention.
  • Experience providing case management and/or resource information, referral and advocacy services for at-risk youth populations experiencing a combination of challenges including chemical dependency and mental health issues.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of community and social service agencies.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and Microsoft Office skills.
  • Valid driver’s license, reliable car, and automobile insurance and ability to drive vehicle to home base and all treatment locations on a weekly basis.
  • High energy, self-directed, organized, ability to be flexible with job duties during summer months.
  • Proven ability to follow through on all required tasks. Ability to multi-task.
  • Bilingual, bi-cultural English and Spanish preferred, but not required.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Training and experience related to counseling/treatment principles for individual, family and group counseling; adolescent development; family systems theory, and treatment/intervention.
  • Knowledge of current best practice treatment for members and their family members needing addiction intervention and/or treatment services.
  • Knowledge of legal requirements for confidentiality and reporting abuse.                              
  • Working knowledge of accepted best practice protocols and ethical guidelines and behaviors for counselors, as identified by licensing and /or Certifying Boards.
  • Ability to discern appropriate expressions of feelings in group/individual sessions.
  • Facilitate a strengths-based atmosphere when working with students that is conducive to academic success and positive social skills, utilizing two or more evidence-based practices on a regular basis.
  • Understand adolescent brain development and the impact of family dynamics on the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of the adolescent.
  • Understand pharmacological effects on brain chemistry and development.
  • Understand difficulties and barriers individuals need to overcome for behavioral change.
  • Ability to apply ASAM/HIPAA & 42CFR policies to case management, charting, and release of information.
  • Ability to accept supervision and directives from both program manager and clinical supervisor as they pertain to job duties.
  • Ability to work well as a team as well as independently

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed typically in multiple workspaces and work environments. Office work involves moderate use of a computer and phones.
  • Must be able to lift up to 30 lbs.
  • Use of personal vehicle to drive to and from home base agency and five individual Clackamas schools throughout the work week.

Salary: Starting pay is $18 per hour plus benefits

Benefits: Benefit package includes paid vacation, holiday, sick time as well as individual health and dental insurance and matching 401K. 

Mail or email NWFS application, cover letter, and resume to:

Northwest Family Services

6200 SE King Rd.

Portland, OR 97222

No phone calls, please.