Substance Use Disorder Professional Trainee (SUDPT)
Posted on: August 6, 2022
Job Title: Substance Use Disorder Professional Trainee/Intern (Must
have WA State SUDPT license)
Pay Range: $19.63 - $21.68 per hour
Days Off: Saturday, Sunday
Insurance Benefits: Dental, Life, Long-term Disability, Medical (no
premiums/payroll deductions for employee coverage)
Other Benefits: Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Flexible
Spending Account (FSA), ORCA card subsidy, Generous Paid Time Off
(34 days per year), Retirement Plan
DESC (Downtown Emergency Service Center) is a nonprofit
organization working to help people with the complex needs of
homelessness, substance use disorders, and serious mental illness
achieve their highest potential for health and well-being through
comprehensive services, treatment, and housing. Our vision is a
community where no person is abandoned, ignored, or experiencing
As the region's leading provider of services to multiply disabled
adults who have experienced chronic homelessness, DESC serves
almost 2,000 people each day. Our integrated service model is
designed to help people secure and maintain appropriate, safe and
affordable housing. DESC is recognized nationally and regionally as
an innovator in developing solutions to homelessness.
As part of a multi-disciplinary team, the Substance Use Disorder
Professional Trainee/Intern provides services to clients who are
identified as impacted by alcohol or other drug use. This position
works cooperatively with agency staff and community resources to
provide a range of services to clients with drug and alcohol
Substance Use Disorder Professional Trainee/Intern is a position
available to qualified individuals who have not yet obtained
licensing as a Substance Use Disorder Professional (SUDP) through
the Washington State Department of Health. The goal for each
individual hired into this position is to complete the required
supervision hours and take & pass the Washington State SUD exam for
full licensure (SUDP)
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Perform substance use screenings and assessments develop
Individual Service Plans; facilitate linkages to collaborative
resources when appropriate.
- Plan, organize and facilitate treatment and support groups for
clients, as appropriate.
- Provide staff training on substance abuse issues as
- Participate as a member of a multi-disciplinary team providing
ongoing advocacy and integration of services to mentally ill,
homeless and formerly homeless adults.
- Advocate for client access to community resources and services,
ensuring that client needs are met and rights maintained; consult
and collaborate with community providers to ensure continuity of
- Participate in psychiatric consultation, supervision, program
meetings and in-service trainings; participate in clinical reviews
and case conferences for clients admitted to the CSC.
- Comply with the agency's clinical accountability policies and
procedures; maintain current and complete clinical records;
participate in quality assurance reviews when assigned.
- Comply with data gathering/submission requirements.
- Comply with applicable program research and evaluation
- Promote and maintain positive relationships with the
- Participate in verbal de-escalation and physical interventions
in emergent situations and be willing and able to assist other
staff as needed to maintain a safe and secure environment.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Licensed by the State of Washington as a Substance Use Disorder
Professional - Trainee (SUDPT).
- Be willing to seek to understand each client's unique
circumstances and personal preferences and goals and incorporate
them into the crisis response to help the client regain a sense of
- Assist clients in accessing internal resources to reinforce the
client's ability to resolve crisis on their own.
- Assist clients in identifying unmet needs that may be causing
them to have recurrent crisis.
- Have a strong understanding of recovery and resilience, the
value of client partnerships and client choice, and the balance
between protection from harm and personal dignity.
- Strong knowledge of relevant community resources and methods
for accessing them.
- Possess strong communication and writing skills.
- Ability to work flexible hours as required by program and
- Interest or experience in working with clients who are
difficult to engage and maintain in traditional mental health
- Ability to work effectively with clients displaying a wide
range of unpleasant and/or bizarre behaviors.
- Ability to communicate and work effectively with individuals
from diverse backgrounds.
- Subscribe to the philosophy of cooperation and continuity
across programs and of consideration and respect for clients.
- Associates degree in a relevant social science.
- Valid Washington State driver's license and insurable driving
- Knowledge of de-escalation skills, crisis intervention &
stabilization, and harm reduction strategies.
- Bicultural and/or bilingual background/experience.
- Experience working with adults who are homeless and/or disabled
by mental illness.
Strong applicants are able to demonstrate the ability to be
positive in their empathetic responses to all persons; understand
the value of meaningful and deep client engagement; have the
potential to acquire the necessary knowledge, attitudes and skills
of an effective crisis worker; and value a non-judgmental response
to sensitive issues. Candidates should be able to accept feedback
and work in a highly collaborative and potentially stressful
The physical demands described here are representative of those
that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the
essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the
employee will be required sit for long periods of time, communicate
with other persons by talking and hearing, required to lift and
carry items weighing up to 40 pounds and to operate computer
hardware systems. Specific vision abilities required by the job
include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral
vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
DESC is committed to diversity in the workplace, and promotes equal
employment opportunities for all staff members and applicants. The
Agency will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for
employment on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual
orientation, age, national origin, marital status, or the presence
of any sensory, mental or physical disability in any employment
practice, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification.
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
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