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Job Title: Youth Alcohol and Drug Counselor I in East Multnomah County (Gresham-Barlow School District)

Reports To: NWFS Program Development and Systems Manager /Clinical Supervision with CADC II

Classification: Exempt, Program

Position Time: 1.0 FTE

Position Summary:

The Youth A&D Counselor I works as a member of a team providing evidence-based outreach, engagement, prevention, assessments, substance abuse treatment, case management and recovery support services (family navigation) in East Multnomah County and Gresham-Barlow School District. 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. Culturally appropriate strategies will be incorporated.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Receive referals from appropriate school personnel and community partners, conduct alcohol and drug screenings (GAIN-SS) and other behavioral health screening, A&D assessments, brief interventions, and referral to higher level of care as needed.
  • Maintain an active caseload of 15-20 students receiving treatment services.
  • Conduct outreach and engagement for students prior to treatment.
  • Decrease drug and alcohol use by instituting the Teen Intervene curriculum with students and family members.
  • Ensure youth has an insurance and medical home.
  • Participate in direct culturally appropriate treatment of clients as program policies and protocols dictate including the completion alcohol and drug assessments and develop culturally appropriate, strengths-based individual service and support plans (ISSP) with clients.                              
  • Provide education to groups of clients, including recovery, and prevention services when needed including the Family Empowerment workshops
  • Conduct group and individual progress note-writing, treatment plan writing, monthly report writing, and able to meet bi weekly and monthly timelines including submission of cases on MOTS and insurance billing and all other reports as required.
  • Conduct case management and family navigation services to increase protective factors and remove barriers.
  • Attend clinical staff meetings, case conferences, and individual supervision with the clinical supervisor in order to facilitate individual treatment plans for clients.
  • 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.

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 and skills in chemical dependency treatment methods.
  • Demonstrate ability to utlize culturally appropriate treatment interventions and know of resources in the Latino community.
  • Knowledge of current best practice treatment for members and their family members needing addiction intervention and/or treatment services.                      
  • Knowledge of legal requirements for reporting abuse and maintaining confidentiality.                                                                                                          
  • 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 and 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; pharmacological effects on brain chemistry and development; and the difficulties and barriers individuals need to overcome for behavioral change.
  • Experience in de-escalation methods.
  • Experience applying 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.


  • 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 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) in schools.
  • Knowledge and skills in chemical dependency treatment methods and crisis intervention.
  • Experience providing case management and/or resource information, referral and advocacy services for at-risk youth populations who are 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 experience with Microsoft Office.
  • 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.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • 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.
  • Must adhere to agency’s policies.
  • Accept the guidance and supervision of the NWFS Program Development and Systems Manager, Clinical Supervisor and Executive Director in the spirit of establishing and maintaining an honest and professional working relationship.
  • Conduct other duties as assigned.

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed typically in an office environment and involves periodic use of a computer and phones. May work some evenings and weekends. Travel between schools is necessary. Must be able to lift up to 30 lbs.

Send in an application (NWFS Application), cover letter, and resume to or Northwest Family Services, 6200 SE King Rd., Portland, OR 97222.

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

Salary range: $2900 to $3100 per month