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Primary Counselor/Therapist (CDP/CDPT)
Title:Primary Counselor/Therapist (CDP/CDPT)
Job Type:Full Time
Salary Range:TBD
Job Location:Spokane Outpatient


Daybreak Youth Services promotes involved, healthy communities by offering hope and recovery solutions to youth and their families struggling with addiction and mental health problems.


We Value

  • Our clients, their families and our staff
  • Diversity of all kinds
  • Well being
  • Families as active participants in their child’s recovery
  • Compassion
  • Fiscal stewardship
  • Our donors, community partners and volunteers
  • Safe environment
  • Unlimited access to treatment that works
  • Quality outcomes that lead to community support


The Primary Counselor is responsible for case management, individual counseling, family counseling, and group counseling for their assigned clients.


  • Establishes individual client treatment plans which include treatment and discharge planning, and monitoring progress toward treatment goals through discharge.
  • Provides case management, individual, group and family therapy to assigned clients as indicated by their need and state and federal regulations.
  • Maintains case records in compliance with agency standards and federal and state regulations.
  • Assists with community resource and referral development as assigned.
  • Supervises and trains trainees and volunteers as assigned.
  • Maintains professional certification and continuing education as required by agency standards and state regulations.
  • Makes many decisions and interventions based upon an appraisal of the behavior and emotional processes occurring in the client-staff system.
  • Interviews clients in order to obtain information and insight regarding client’s condition and needs. 
  • Runs groups with individuals, groups, and families to teach clients in regards to substance abuse, parenting, and adolescent development..
  • Other duties as assigned


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Ethics – treats all people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity; upholds organizational values; maintains the confidentiality of all client/co-worker/organizational organization.
  • Problem Solving - identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Team Work - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
  • Oral Communication - speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; demonstrates group presentation skills; participates in meetings.
  • Written Communication - writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; varies writing style to meet needs; presents numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information.
  • Interpersonal - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.  Demonstrates strong supervisory skills.
  • Quality Management - looks for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Diversity - demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; educates others on the value of diversity; promotes a harassment-free environment; builds a diverse workforce.
  • Judgment - displays willingness to make decisions; exhibits sound and accurate judgment; supports and explains reasoning for decisions; includes appropriate people in decision-making process; makes timely decisions.
  • Motivation - sets and achieves challenging goals; demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; measures self against standard of excellence; takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.
  • Planning/Organizing - prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives; organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; develops realistic action plans.
  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values.
  • Professionalism - approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments; represents the business in all actions, dress and conduct in accordance with the Mission and Vision.
  • Attendance/Punctuality - Assures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.
  • Dependability -Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
  • Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.    



To perform this job successfully, an individual must meet the minimum qualifications listed below.  These qualifications are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required to perform this job. 

Education/Experience: Must have an Associate’s Degree. Bachelor’s degree preferred.

Certificates/LicensesCertification as a Chemical Dependency Professional or Chemical Dependency Professional Trainee with more than 100 hours towards CDP. Must have current TB test. Current Driver’s License required.

Physical Abilities:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to:

  • Regularly:  sit, grasp, reach, talk, and hear
  • Occasionallystand, walk, lift up to 50 pounds, carry up to 20 pounds, and stoop/crouch
  • Clearly see 20+ feet, with or without corrective lenses and differentiate between colors (no color blindness)

Mental & Other Skills/Abilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the:

  • Computer/Technical Ability:  in-depth knowledge of:
  1. Office Suite
  1. software
  • Language Ability:  ability to read, analyze, and interpret general periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations; ability to write reports, organization correspondence, and marketing/outreach materials; ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of staff, clients, guardians, and the general public.
  • Mathematical Ability: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals; ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
  • Motor Coordination: the ability to coordinate eyes, hands, fingers, and feet accurately and handle precise movements.
  • Problem Solving Ability:  ability to identify and/or prevent problems before they occur; ability to formulate alternative solutions to problems when necessary; ability to transfer learning from past experiences to new experiences of similar nature; ability to see big picture while focusing on the details.
  • Reasoning Ability ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Multi-Tasking Ability: ability to handle many diverse tasks/projects at one time; ability to prioritize and complete them on time.


Work Environment:   While performing the essential duties/responsibilities of this job, the employee will not be exposed to any extreme noise, heat, cold, or atmospheric conditions or to any workplace hazards or potential injuries that are any more frequent than normal.  Multi-tasking in a face paced environment is an integral part of this position, as is the ability to work with high-stress situations based on the nature of DYS mission and daily work.

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