Virginia Mason Medical Center Chemical Dependency Counselor - Bailey Boushay House in Seattle, Washington

Job Number: 182776

Department: BBH Outpatient Care

Hours: 8am-4:30pm, some open and close shifts

The Chemical Dependency Counselor provides intensive outpatient treatment to patients through evaluating them for chemical dependency, making recommendations for their treatment, and providing active individualized treatment. This is accomplished through referral to treatment programs, individual therapy sessions, group therapy, lectures and education for both the patient and his or her support systems. This professional will be meeting patients at different locations throughout King County.

Bailey-Boushay House is a nationally recognized model for HIV care. Bailey-Boushay House opened in 1992 as America's first skilled nursing facility that was planned, funded, built and staffed to meet the needs of people living with AIDS. Virginia Mason — a nationally-recognized health care provider — has operated Bailey-Boushay House since the day they opened, ensuring those who come here receive the highest quality care available.


You will contribute to the strength of our Team Medicine approach to collaborative medicine and benefit from the changes enacted through our Virginia Mason Production System, a model that has transformed health care by providing patients with easier access to care, reducing errors, and continuously innovating patient safety and quality that has been adopted by other organizations here and abroad. Join us, and find out how many ways Virginia Mason offers you the chance to focus on what really matters… your patients.


Associates degree in Counseling or a related field and 3+ years' experience in a chemical dependency counseling capacity required. Washington State Certification as a Chemical Dependency Professional is also required.

Must understand, or be able to learn, how chemical dependency treatment programs are reimbursed. Must understand, or be able to learn, the resources available in the local community, and out of state, for an individual seeking chemical dependency treatment. Must be educated in the Harm Reduction Model of chemical dependency counseling, in addition to the Abstinence Model. Able to build trust with clients who have multiple challenges, including: homelessness, acute chemical dependency, untreated mental health symptoms and behavior issues. Able to negotiate with numerous providers on the client’s behalf to obtain or maintain services. Must be self-directed since most of hours worked will be out in the community operating independently.

Also required are: a thorough understanding of chemical dependency; a broad knowledge of mental health issues; excellent case management and time management skills; excellent communication skills; and strong interpersonal skills.

Fluency in Spanish strongly preferred

Just as Virginia Mason is dedicated to improving the lives of our patients and our community, we are equally dedicated to your professional and personal success. With a wide range of perks that includes a comprehensive compensation and benefits package, and the opportunity to live in one of the most livable cities in the nation, you will find that an opportunity with Team Medicine is one worth taking.  


We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Virginia Mason Medical Center is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Virginia Mason provides healthcare without regard to race, color, religion (creed), sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin (ancestry) or disability. Disability Accommodation: To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Recruiting Offices at 866-422-2275 (voice) or 206-515-5891 (fax). Virginia Mason makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance as possible.