2817 - Counselor III (Recovery Services)
Job Details
Clackamas Health Center - Milwaukie, OR
Full Time (30+ hrs. or more)
Qualified Mental Health Professional (QM
$44,500.00 - $49,496.50 Salary/year
Mental Health & SUD

This is a full time position, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm and is located at Cascadia's Clackamas health center.

The Counselor III provides and coordinates a wide range of supportive and therapeutic mental health services for a caseload of adults with severe mental illnesses and addiction issues, while supporting a Trauma Informed Care environment. With the high prevalence of trauma among individuals receiving mental health services, it is required that the Counselor III understand the effects of trauma on health, coping, and other aspects of the lives of those we serve. This position collaborates with internal and external resources to assure the best possible treatment for clients. This position involves participation and implementation of program goals and objectives to promote a strengths-based, client-centered approach in assisting clients achieve individual goals.

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.

  • Complete and implement mental health assessments and other assessments as clinically indicated.
  • Integrate best practices into the day to day operations, including Trauma Informed Care and Motivational Interviewing.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of accepted treatment practice along with the ability to implement and evaluate the effectiveness of treatment plans and recommend alternate strategies as necessary, with review minimum every 30 days or as clinically indicated.
  • Assess client behavior and diagnose appropriate DSM V criteria and create a service plan that effectively addresses these needs.
  • Develop or assist in the development of service plans tailored to each individual’s needs.
  • Provide crisis assessment and intervention services to clients to assist in minimizing or eliminating periods of crisis, severe dysfunction, and acute care utilization.
  • Facilitate both group and individual therapy utilizing illness management and recovery concepts, conduct family/support person sessions, and termination sessions. Model group facilitation skills for other staff members.
  • Provide advocacy services for clients including securing benefits and accessing appropriate housing, medical, and emergency services.
  • Continue to work directly with clients if hospitalized and actively collaborate with hospital personnel to affect client discharge as soon as possible.
  • Coach clients in setting their own goals and identifying realistic steps in order to achieve their goals.
  • Coordinate with other service providers internally and externally. Must be flexible and able to support fellow co-workers and also be able to ask for clinical support when needed.
  • Teach and model positive behaviors and helps client reestablish sense of self and personal aspirations.
  • Assist clients in developing and accessing natural community supports.
  • Coordinate with site medical services to assist clients in accessing medication services.
  • Perform Annual Assessments and complete paperwork in accordance with specific site procedures.
  • Document and maintain electronic health record (EHR) and ancillary records in a manner that assures compliance with all agency policies, program procedures and local, state, and federal regulations. Maintain accurate and up-to-date documentation associated with billing, assessment, treatment, client’s progress and other activities as required.
  • Provide strengths based counseling focused on minimizing illness and maximizing client’s strengths.
  • Work with others both inside and outside of Cascadia to assure that assigned clients are receiving the best possible treatment;
  • Adhere to generally accepted treatment standards, departmental rules, company policies and terms and conditions of contracts or grants.
  • Respect and honor client rights and responsibilities and demonstrate professional boundaries and ethics.
  • Assist in crisis situations as appropriate, following emergency protocols/procedures and coordinating with the treatment team with interventions which support a trauma informed environment for clients and staff.
  • Demonstrate responsibility for safety of consumers, staff and property; possess familiarity with fire regulations and evacuation procedures.
  • Adhere to mandatory abuse reporting laws and HIPAA requirements.
  • 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.
  • Participate in all scheduled staff meetings, supervision sessions, and other departmental and agency meetings.
  • Prepare paperwork and observe urine drug screens.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

This position is represented by a labor union.



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) as outlined in the Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR). Certification must be current and in compliance with the OAR’s. The CADC credential is preferred in addition to a Master’s Degree given the high occurrence of substance use/abuse. Note: All QMHP qualified positions in the state of Oregon will need to be filled by incumbents who are officially certified or who meet eligibility qualifications to register with MHACBO as a QMHP. If you are not currently registered, you will need to be registered if you become employed with Cascadia. For more details on QMHP certification and registration, contact MHACBO (www.mhacbo.org)


  • Clinical experience providing inpatient or outpatient services is preferred.  
  • Experience working with diverse populations preferred.

Specialized Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Able to conduct a Mental Status assessment and formulate a diagnosis according to the most current DSM
  • Understand recovery model, motivational interviewing, illness management and recovery
  • Thorough knowledge of evidence based practices, and strength based case management philosophies and strategies
  • Operate computer hardware and software (including EMR software) at a level needed to effectively perform job functions
  • Enter and retrieve data
  • Prepare reports


Ability to commute to various Cascadia sites and community locations as needed.

Physical demands:

Activities and structure support community integration assisting residents in continued growth for successful independent living. Employee must have the ability to assist residents to participate in a variety of activities, events, and excursions involving skills building and community integration. Employee 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.