2450 - Counselor III (USPO)
Job Details
Plaza Health Center - Portland, OR
Full Time (30+ hrs. per week)
QMHP Certification
$44,500.00 - $51,175.00 Salary/year
Mental Health & SUD

This is a full time position at 40 hours per week, working out of two of Cascadia's Health Centers in SE Portland and in Milwaukie, OR. The schedule is Monday through Friday, 11:00 am to 7:30 pm. 

Essential Function:

The Counselor III provides and coordinates integrated mental health and addiction services to referred by US Federal Pretrial and Probation, including assessment, development of treatment plans tailored to each client’s needs, and individual and group therapy while supporting a Trauma Informed Care environment. With the high prevalence of trauma among individuals receiving services, it is required the Counselor III understand the effects of trauma on health, coping, and other aspects of the lives of those we serve. This position involves a high degree of collaboration with US Federal Probation and Pretrial services.

Essential Responsibilities:

This position description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, skills, or working conditions associated with the position.  Management reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties as necessary. 

  • Assess client needs and participate in the development and implementation of treatment plans utilizing established treatment models.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of treatment plans and recommend alternate strategies as necessary, and review the plan a minimum of every 30 days or as clinically indicated.
  • Provide individual and group therapy to clients, conduct family/support person sessions, and create relapse prevention and discharge plans.
  • Provide crisis assessment and intervention services to clients to assist in minimizing periods of crisis, severe dysfunction, and acute care utilization
  • Respect and honor client rights and responsibilities, and demonstrate professional boundaries and ethics at all times.
  • Document and maintain clinical records in a manner that assures compliance with all agency policies and procedures and local, state, and federal regulations.
  • Continue to work directly with clients if hospitalized and actively collaborate with hospital personnel to affect client discharge as soon as possible.
  • Coordinate with site medical services to assist clients in accessing medication services.
  • Collaborate with internal and external resources to assure the best possible treatment for clients.
  • Adhere to Cascadia’s and the US Federal Probation (USPO) procedures, policies, and practices.  
  • Demonstrate responsibility for safety of clients, staff and property
  • Understand and abide by federal regulation of Alcohol and Drug information, 42CFR Part 2 and HIPAA regulations for client confidentiality.
  • Participate in regular supervision, attend clinical case conferences and staff meetings to gain knowledge and communicate program and client needs
  • Participate in all scheduled staff meetings, supervision sessions, and other departmental and agency meetings.
  • Provide input on all relevant documentation and procedural requirements
  • Coordinate with other service providers (internally and externally) to coordinate continuity of care.
  • Adhere to mandatory abuse reporting laws and understand and abide by federal regulation of Alcohol and Drug information, 42CFR Part 2 and HIPAA regulations.
  • Complete annual employee training requirements on a timely basis as indicated in the licensing requirements for the facility as well as agency requirements. Attend seminars, training and other educational opportunities in order to develop professional skills and abilities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

This position is represented by a labor union. 



Must possess a Master’s Degree in a behavioral science field from an accredited college or university. Demonstrate the competencies to become credentialed as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP). Note: All QMHP qualified positions in the state of Oregon will need to be filled by candidates who are officially QMHP certified through MHACBO. For more details, contact MHACBO (www.mhacbo.org)

Must be a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC).


Experience working with adults with co-occurring disorders and a history of involvement in the criminal justice system is preferred.

Specialized Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Understanding of strength based case management philosophies and strategies
  • Able to conduct a Mental Status assessment and formulate a diagnosis according to the most current DSM
  • Understanding of trauma informed services
  • Ability to implement recovery model, motivational interviewing, and stages of change
  • Ability to operate computer hardware and software at a level needed to effectively perform job functions
  • Knowledge of accepted treatment practice
  • Ability to enter data and retrieve data and to prepare simple reports


  • Trained Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) facilitator preferred.
  • Ability to commute to various Cascadia sites and community locations as needed.

Physical Demands:

The Counselor III must have the ability to assist the team in providing safety to all clients and staff in potentially volatile situations. 

  • Occasionally stooping, lifting 20 to 50 lbs, climbing (stairs), crouching, reaching and running
  • Regular sitting, Standing, walking, and Keyboarding
  • Constant visual and auditory

Cascadia is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to status as a protected veteran or a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected status such as race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin or age.