COD Clinician


Provide outpatient chemical dependency treatment and support services to MH/SA Co-Occurring Disordered clients in the BHR Recovery Services Adult/Adolescent COD programs.  Participates in training and supervision leading to CDP/MHP status as required. 

RESPONSIBLE TO:  Recovery Services COD Supervisor &  Recovery Services Clinical Manager


  • Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP) or CDP Trainee with the State of Washington Department of Health
  • Mental Health Professional (MHP) preferred, or Minimum of 50 hours of specialized training in treatment and case management of clients with COD diagnoses. 
  • Bachelor?s degree in human services or related field required and in an MA program or candidate for MA pending internship and graduation. (Training and experience may be evaluated for substitution for MA requirements.)
  • A minimum of 1 year experience  in delivery of Co-Occurring services providing  which included working as part of a multi-disciplinary team providing both chemical dependency and mental health treatment. (Completed MA may substitute for experience.)
  • Knowledge of chemical dependency and mental health diagnosis and treatment, including DSM-IV diagnostic criteria.


The basic tasks and responsibilities that constitute the work of a COD services addiction counselor.

  • Clinical Evaluation / Screening / Assessment


The process through which counselor, client and available significant others determine the most appropriate initial course of action, given the client's needs and characteristics, and the available resources within the community.


An ongoing process through which the counselor collaborates with the client and others to gather and interpret information necessary for planning treatment and evaluating client progress.

  • Treatment Planning

A collaborative process through which the counselor and client develop desired treatment outcomes and identify the strategies for achieving them.

At a minimum the treatment plan addresses the identified substance use disorder(s)and mental health disorders, as well as issues related to treatment progress, including relationships with family and significant others, employment, education, spirituality, health concerns, and legal needs.

  1. Implementing the Treatment Plan

Establish accurate treatment and recovery expectations with the client and involved significant others including, but not limited to:

- nature of services,

- program goals,

- program procedures,

- rules regarding client conduct,

- schedule of treatment activities,

- factors affecting duration of care,

- client rights and responsibilities.

  1. Continuing Assessment and Treatment Planning

Assess treatment and recovery progress and, in consultation with the client and significant others, make appropriate changes to the treatment plan to ensure progress toward treatment goals.

  • Referral

The process of facilitating the client?s utilization of available support systems and community resources to meet needs identified in clinical evaluation and/or treatment planning.

  • Service Coordination

The administrative, clinical, and evaluative activities that bring the client, treatment services, community agencies, and other resources together to focus on issues and needs identified in the treatment plan. Service coordination, which includes case management and client advocacy, establishes a framework of action for the client to achieve specified goals. It involves collaboration with the client and significant others, coordination of treatment and referral services, liaison activities with community resources and managed care systems, client advocacy, and ongoing evaluation of treatment progress and client needs.

  • Counseling

A collaborative process that facilitates the client?s progress toward mutually determined treatment goals and objectives. Counseling includes methods that are sensitive to individual client characteristics and to the influence of significant others, as well as the client?s cultural and social context. Competence in counseling is built upon an understanding of, appreciation of, and ability to appropriately use the contributions of various addiction counseling models as they apply to modalities of care for individuals, groups, families, couples, andsignificant others.

  • Client, Family, and Community Education

The process of providing clients, families, significant others, and community groups with information on risks related to psychoactive substance use, as well as available prevention, treatment and recovery resources.

  • Documentation

The recording of the screening and intake process, assessment, treatment plan, clinical reports, clinical progress notes, discharge summaries, and other client-related data.

  • Professional and Ethical Responsibilities

The obligations of an addiction counselor to adhere to accepted ethical and behavioral standards of conduct and continuing professional development.


Under Appropriate CDP/LMHC Supervision

  • Provide outpatient and intensive outpatient COD chemical dependency treatment consisting of counseling, educational, and case management services, per BHR standards.
  • Conduct chemical dependency assessments per BHR standards, including screening for mental illness.
  • Develop and implement individualized treatment plans addressing the client?s chemical dependency and mental health problems per BHR standards utilizing American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria.
  • Maintain client records in accordance with BHR standards.
  • Adhere to all federal confidentiality regulations.
  • Adhere to all state and federal confidentiality regulations.
  • Write timely and accurate reports to the courts, Child Protective Services (CPS), and other involved parties as required.
  • Participate in staff meetings, clinical supervision, and scheduled training as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.


 Ability to perform essential duties of the position.