First Responder - BA level Counselor

Why Work For Us?

Columbia Wellness is proud to be a company of real people committed to quality. We are focused on building a better future in mental health and behavioral healthcare. We have established a strong referral base in the community and we are invested in our clinical growth. We offer generous training opportunities, free supervision, and a large spectrum of programs in which you can work. Columbia Wellness is located in-between two major cities, Seattle and Portland. By working with us you get the best of both small town and big city life. You're close to the beach, the mountains, the quiet and the city life. If you're looking for a place to call home and build a career, join our team at Columbia Wellness. If you want to make a difference that matters then we want to hear from you. Together we can do more.

Position Overview 

This position provides clinically appropriate outreach and engagement services to individuals with identified or suspected Behavioral Health needs.  This Counselor will function as an adjunct intervention specialist with the Sherriff's Department.  Engagements are provided to address a broad array of behavioral health needs, including facilitation to a supportive Medical Home.  Services are provided with a context of multi-agency collaboration with an emphasis on effective, recovery-based outcomes.  Natural and formal supports are actively involved in treatment as appropriate.  The First Responder MH Counselor will be a member of the Columbia Wellness Outpatient Department. 

Summary of the Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Direct Services to, or on behalf of, behavioral health clients:

  • Access individuals of all ages to determine diagnoses, needs & culturally relevant issues impacting behavioral health needs
  • Identify and develop an appropriate course of care delivery that includes immediate referral to crisis intervention / stabilization services as deemed medically necessary and appropriate
  • Engage with community service providers to ensure appropriate assessments and treatment courses are identified and pursued
  • Provide case-management services as necessary
  • Consult with relevant community agencies, the coordination of multi-agency services, and participation in multi-agency support teams on behalf of consumers
  • Provide trauma-informed interventions as needed with the inclusion of Mobile Crisis Team stabilization services as deemed medically appropriate and necessary
  • Participate in regular supervision from clinical manager
  • Display a professional image to the community
  • Ability to be flexible and manage schedule appropriately to address workload demands and trends
  • Ability to motivate staff and develop a working team around individual cases
  • Effective time management including but not limited to: planning ahead where possible and be punctual in person and work performed
  • Build strong working relationships and a positive work environment
  • Be receptive to feedback, willing to learn, and embrace continuous improvement.
  • Complete all documentation, reporting, and other paperwork per agency standards
  • Attend all appropriate staff, organizational, and external meetings (as assigned)
  • Work efficiently both independently and as part of a team.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in social work from an accredited college or university required.
  • Two years' experience* in providing direct treatment to individuals with behavioral health needs required. 

  *Recent graduates are not subject to the required two years' experience.  Recent graduates shall receive a higher level of supervision.

  • Agency Affiliated Registration in Washington State is required.
  • State of Washington mental health specialty in child, disability (developmental disability/serious physical handicap or sensory impairment), and/or older adult populations preferred.
  • Clinical competence in providing assessment, supportive services, and education to consumers and their natural supports.
  • Clinical competence in the provision of individual, family and group treatment desired.

Preferred Experience: Proficiency providing services to a variety of populations, which may include people experiencing homelessness, underserved or marginalized populations, formally incarcerated individuals, Veterans, people with disabilities (both physical and emotional / behavioral), and individuals who identify as LGBTQ.

Salary: $20.72/hr. 

This position is a part of a union (OPEIU Local 11)

We are proud to be able to not only offer competitive compensations but also a benefit package that our employees love.

We offer all permanent full-time employees:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision paid in full for the employee and their family
  • Long term disability and life insurance paid for by the employer
  • 5% of gross pay put into a retirement plan by the employer. Immediately vested, no match requirement.
  • 9 paid holidays and 1 paid floater per year.
  • 6.5 sick days per year.
  • 3 weeks of paid vacation in the 1st year of employment, 4 weeks after the first year and 5 weeks after 4 years.
  • Revenue Share Opportunities


  • Completion of a COVID-19 vaccine/exemption form is required for employment.

Columbia Wellness is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Columbia Wellness is a private nonprofit organization that has been serving the community for over 70 years!