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Volunteers of America Oregon MRC

The Volunteers of America (VOA) Men’s Residential Center (MRC) seeks a full-time clinical counselor to join our collaborative treatment team.  Our program provides residential and outpatient substance use disorder treatment services and outpatient mental health treatment services.  Clinical counselors are responsible for delivering quality drug/alcohol and mental health treatment services to male identifying individuals involved in the corrections system. Clinical counselors participate in behavioral health assessments, individualized mental health and addiction treatment planning and implementation, group facilitation, case management, clinical team coordination, and chart maintenance.


This position is part of the bargaining unit that is represented by AFSCME Council 75.


Education, Training and Experience:

-It is recommended that those applying review our three clinical counselor position postings (Counselor II, Counselor III, and Counselor IV) closely and apply to the position that matches their credential/experience.  The details of each posting and its qualifications are on the VOA Oregon Website’s ‘Explore Careers’ page at

-Significant experience in most or all of the following areas: chemical dependency, non-SPMI mental health, dual-diagnosis, trauma, criminality, men’s issues, at-risk populations, diverse populations, and residential treatment.

-Experience using electronic health record system and other forms of electronic communication.



-Skills and abilities in all of the following areas: mental health and addictions assessment, clinical care provision, DSM-IV diagnosis, treatment and discharge planning, individual and group therapy

-Ability to provide gender-specific, culturally competent services.

-Skilled in evidence-based practices including Motivational Interviewing/Stages of Change, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Family Systems Theory and Mindfulness.

-Ability to engage in a productive, therapeutic relationship with clients.

-Compassionate and caring demeanor.

-Good communication skills, both oral and written.

-Effective documentation skills using an electronic medical record system.


Other Eligibility Requirements:

-If in recovery, able to demonstrate at least two years of continuous sobriety under nonresidential, independent living conditions for the immediate past two years at the time of hire and maintain sobriety for duration of employment in this role.

-Must be able to pass a criminal history check.

-Reliable form of transportation.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

-Perform mental health and psychiatric evaluations (Counselor II assists in gathering data, but does not complete mental health evaluations)

-Engage collaboratively with clients in assessment, diagnosis, treatment, behavioral intervention and discharge planning processes.

-Provide weekly individual counseling sessions to clients, using Motivational Interviewing and Stages of Change theory and practice.

-Use evidence-based curriculum to facilitate a variety of therapeutic and mental health educational groups for clients.

-Maintain treatment charts in accordance with Oregon Administrative Rules for Inpatient Drug and Alcohol and Outpatient Mental Health services. Respond to chart reviews in a timely manner.

-As appropriate, bill insurance for services provided.

-Engage collaboratively with collateral community providers including but not limited to probation officers, child welfare workers, mental health providers, and primary care physicians in the development of individualized treatment plans.

-Engage collaboratively with clients to evaluate progress in treatment on a regular basis and provide a monthly report detailing this progress with clients’ probation officers.

-Maintain the confidentiality of all clients and records according to HIPAA and 42-CFR rules.

-Support the program and agency’s continuous improvement, Client Proposal, Client Concern and Grievance processes.

-Provide services in accordance with professional ethical guidelines.

-Maintain highly ethical and professional boundaries with clients and co-workers at all times.


Other Responsibilities:

-Participate in weekly staff and treatment team meetings.

-May be asked to provide clinical supervision to clinicians in pursuit of certification, license, or a degree in a behavioral health field (Counselor IV only, when appropriate).

-May be asked to provide clinical supervision to student interns (Counselor III and IV only, when appropriate).

-Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.


Schedule: This is a full-time position. Extended hours may be necessary as needed.


Submit online application, resume and cover letter at

Benefits:  See online job posting for pay ranges (depends on credential/experience).  Full-time employment includes medical, dental, vision, short/long-term disability insurance; 403-b pension plan, generous paid leave/vacation


To apply for this job email your details to

☆ Dont forget to tell your interviewer that you heard about this opportunity from the Urban League of Portland ☆