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Co-Occurring Counselor - CReW - Seattle, WA #7544683

Company: Catholic Community Services of

Date: 08/01/2020

City: Seattle, WA

Employment type: Full-time


Salary is DOE. This is a full-time position with excellent benefits and generous paid leave.

We have two positions available.


Catholic Community Services' Counseling, Recovery & Wellness (CReW) Program is a licensed community behavioral health treatment program and provider within the King County Integrated Care Network. Our program focuses on serving adults with mental illness or co-occurring disorders to help improve individuals' quality of life. We believe that individuals who experience complex behavioral and medical health care needs benefit from the promotion of safety, stability and supportive connections. Through a harm reduction and strengths-based recovery approach, our clinicians focus on building trust and rapport with individuals as a point of intervention and moving towards long term change. Individuals served are currently or formerly homeless, living in poverty, and have high barriers to participating in treatment. Services are provided in a variety of settings, including client's homes, permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, homeless shelters and the streets.POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Co-Occurring Counselor works independently and as part of a team to provide outreach, individual psychotherapy and ongoing case management services to adults who have co-occurring substance use disorders. Work occurs in a variety of settings, including housing sites, shelters, the streets and other community locations. Primary work locations are in various sites around Seattle and King County.



Clinical Assessment and Intervention:

  • Complete biopsychosocial assessments for individuals enrolling in CReW services to determine their current level of functioning and create diagnostic picture.
  • Provide and/or facilitate the provision of a range of therapeutic responses that support the overall direction for the individual, focusing on a non-judgmental and strengths-based approach.
  • Identify the needs, barriers, and strengths of residents to develop bi-annual treatment plans and document interactions in routine case notes that reflect progress in relation to the treatment plan.
  • Participate in psychiatric consultation, staffing and supervision.
  • Facilitate support groups that may include focus on activities of daily living skills, housing transitions, social skills, grief and loss support, concepts of recovery, education and health resources, or others.

Case Management:

  • Assess client needs and required level of services, identify community resources to meet those needs, facilitate individuals' access to services and advocate for them on a continuing basis. Such needs include but are not limited to accessing housing, financial and health benefits, primary health care, mental health treatment, chemical dependency counseling, chore service, protective payees, transportation, food access, and legal services.
  • Assist individuals with locating and applying for affordable housing, as well as offer assistance with move-in and transition process to include skills training and advocacy with landlords to promote long-term stability.
  • Provide and/or arrange necessary crisis response and stabilization services. Respond to crises in a prompt, effective and collaborative manner.
  • Provide crisis de-escalation and risk assessment for clients as needed. Advocate with Seattle Police Department, County Designated Mental Health Professionals, Detox and Drug and Alcohol Involuntary Treatment Services when more intensive services are needed.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Outreach and engage with women and men living in homelessness to identify individuals who are in need of services, but may not necessarily be willing to participate.
  • Communicate and enforce program, CCS and CHS policies and procedures with staff and consumers. Develop and support a positive team oriented work environment.
  • Maintain confidentiality, and maintain an atmosphere of safety and support for staff and residents.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Meet or exceed qualifications for Mental Health Professional (as defined by WAC 246-341: a person with a Master's in Social Work, Psychology or Counseling; OR with a Master's degree in one of the social sciences along with two years of experience in clinical services under the direct supervision of an MHP).
  • Substance Use Disorder Professional or Trainee (SUDP/T, formerly CDP/T) credential with Washington Department of Health, OR ability to obtain DOH credential within 60 days of hire.
  • One year direct services experience with vulnerable populations including people in homelessness, with mental illnesses or substance use disorders.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Basic computer skills with ability to maintain up to date and meticulous records.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment, allowing for flexibility in role development and working as part of a multidisciplinary program.
  • Support and uphold the mission, beliefs and values of Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services.
  • Responsible for upholding a culture of privacy and security in highly confidential work environment (HIPAA covered entity service area).
  • Complies with all CCSWW policies and procedures that involve access to and safeguarding of client Protected Health Information (all forms).
  • Demonstrate the necessary attitudes, knowledge and skills to deliver culturally competent services and work effectively in multi-cultural situations.
  • Criminal history background checks are required prior to employment.
  • Proof of negative TB test within past 12 months and ability or test within first six months of employment.

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