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.
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
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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
*Recent graduates are
not subject to the required two years' experience. Recent graduates shall receive a higher level
- 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
- 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.
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
Visit our website: www.columbiawell.org to learn more about our organization.
Columbia Wellness is a private nonprofit organization that has been serving the community for over 70 years!