Providence Health & Services Outpatient Therapist - Chemical Dependency in Portland, Oregon


Providence is calling a full time Chemical Dependency Outpatient Behavioral Health Therapist to our Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland, OR.

The outpatient therapy provided for Chemical Dependency functions under a harm reduction model. Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing (MI), the Chemical Dependency Therapist will facilitate both group and individual sessions. This position will have a schedule of Monday - Friday. Two days out of the week, this position will be scheduled to facilitate the evening group and will work a schedule of 12pm - 8:30pm.


In this position, you will:

  • Perform duties independently and within the scope of licensure entitled by Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) and Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR).

  • Complete evaluation.

  • Diagnose and treat individuals with psychiatric and substance use disorders.

  • Perform diagnostic evaluations.

  • Determine Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) diagnosis

  • Develop written treatment plans meeting professional and regulatory requirements.

  • Provide direct clinical treatment services including individual, family, and group psychotherapy to patients in assigned patient care service location.

  • Provide these services to highly acute, severely compromised individuals and families across the continue of behavioral health treatment settings.

  • Develop detailed, comprehensive case management plans, that this high level of patient complexity requires, that include continuing psychiatric and substance use treatment, access to primary or specialty medical and dental care, connection with community agencies and support groups.

  • Use special skill to engage this complex population of patients to engage in case management and create motivation for patients and families to complete these plans and enter continuing treatment of their disorders.

  • Respond to psychiatric emergencies; including individuals with suicidal risk and risk of violence to others.

  • Evaluate these individuals, determine level of risk, provide crisis intervention therapy, facilitate disposition of patient to appropriate level of care; including recommendation for involuntary inpatient hospitalization to ensure life safety of patient and others.

  • Document and charge services provided following all coding and compliance requirements to obtain reimbursement for these services as a professional service eligible for reimbursement from payers.


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • One of the following set of qualifications and experience:

  • Master's -or- Doctor of Philosophy degree (PHD) from an accredited university -and- Oregon licensure as: Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

  • Master's -or- PHD degree from an accredited university -and- enrolled in an Oregon Board of Professional Licensure or Oregon Board of Clinical Social Work approved plan of supervision to achieve licensure within 2 years of hire. 1 year of experience in a psychiatric and/or chemical dependency treatment setting may be considered in lieu of licensure.

  • Master's or PHD Graduate internship and post graduate experience in a psychiatric and/or chemical dependency treatment setting qualifies toward this one year requirement for post graduate in a Board approved plan to complete licensure.

  • Oregon Licensure, or enrollment in plan of supervision for licensure.

  • 5 years of experience in a psychiatric and/or chemical dependency treatment setting. Master or PHD Graduate internship and post graduate experience in a psychiatric and/or chemical dependency treatment setting qualifies toward this requirement.

  • Therapists providing substance use treatment in a dedicated substance use treatment program must have 60 hours of continuing education; or the ability to achieve this education requirement within 6 months of hire or certification in treatment of chemically dependent individuals.

  • In compliance with company policy and state regulations, a Department of Human Services (DHS) criminal background check is required for this position.

  • All Therapists working in OR State certified OR PHS programs will receive clinical supervision, minimum 2 times per month with at least 1 session individually with their Supervisor.

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Clinical Psychologist

  • A Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor by the Addictions Counseling Certification Board of Oregon.

About Providence in Oregon

As the largest healthcare system and largest private employer in Oregon, Providence offers exceptional work environments and unparalleled career opportunities.

The Providence Experience begins each time our patients or their families have an encounter with a Providence team member and continues throughout their visit or stay. Whether you provide direct or indirect patient care, we want our patients to feel that they are in a welcoming place where they can be comfortable and free from anxiety. Our employees create the Providence Experience through simple, caring behaviors such as acknowledging and welcoming each visitor, introducing ourselves and Providence, addressing people by name, providing the duration of estimated wait times and updating frequently if timelines change, explaining situations in a way that puts patients at ease, carefully listening to their concerns, and always thanking people for trusting Providence for their healthcare needs. At Providence, our quality vision is simple,

"Providence will provide the best care and service to every person, every time."

Providence is consistently ranked among the top 100 companies to work for in Oregon. It is also home to two of our award-winning Magnet medical centers. Providence hospitals and clinics are located in numerous areas, ranging from the Columbia Gorge to the wine country to sunny southern Oregon to charming coastal communities to the urban setting of Portland. If you want a vibrant lifestyle while working with a team highly committed to the art of healing, choose from our many options in Oregon.

We offer a full comprehensive range of benefits - see our website for details

Our Mission

As people of Providence, we reveal God's love for all, especially the poor and vulnerable, through our compassionate service.

About Us

Providence Health & Services is the third largest not-for-profit health system in the United States. Providence employs more than 76,000 caregivers (employees) across a five-state area; AK, WA, MT, OR, and CA. Our facilities include 34 hospitals, 475 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and other health and educational services. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Evening

Job Category: Mental/Behavioral Health

Location: Oregon-Portland

Req ID: 141861