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  • Seattle Indian Health Board
SIHB Core Competencies

Core Competencies are foundational commitments and skills that all SIHB staff are expected to develop. These competencies define common measures for performance that are applied to every role in the organization.

Commitment to Indigenous and Organizational Values: Everything we do at SIHB is centered on Traditional Indian Medicine. It is our responsibility to maintain cultural integrity in all that we do.
Accountability: All employees of SIHB effectively manage their own work and the work of their teams. We take ownership of our actions and decisions. We all strive to deliver the highest quality work and care, while respecting our teammates and relatives.
Collaboration: SIHB is a team-oriented organization. As team members, we share the responsibility of working toward a common purpose. We collaborate with our colleagues across the organization to deliver the highest quality of care and results in alignment with our mission, vision, values, and Theory of Change.
Communication: We practice effective and clear communication with staff, relatives, teams, and community. We demonstrate empathy among each other and with those we serve, and transparency in our decision making.
Customer Service Orientation: All employees of SIHB recognize the needs of the diverse community we serve. We put the needs of our relatives first by delivering the highest quality, professional, responsive, and innovative care. Our relatives come first and deserve the best.

Position Summary

The Substance Use Disorder Professional (SUDP) is responsible for the delivery of effective SUD counseling services. The SUDP is responsible for ensuring clients are assessed and treated with the appropriate level of SUD Treatment. The SUDP Counselor will work under the direct supervision and clinical guidance of the SUD Clinical Supervisor and will work in close collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team to ensure we are meeting the overall needs of our relatives.

The philosophy at Seattle Indian Health Board (SIHB) is to offer ongoing trainings surrounding our approach and implementation of our “Indigenous Informed System of Care.” Our model aligns with a very humanistic approach, creating a trauma-informed atmosphere every step of the way. The Model of care currently being implemented at SIHB places “Traditional Indian Medicines” at the center of all our work. In our Behavioral Health Programs, we utilize evidence-based practices, but we weave Indigenous Psychology approaches and practices throughout.

Other duties and responsibilities are listed below.

Organizational Structure/Reporting Relationships: This position reports directly to the Substance Use Disorder Clinical Supervisor.

Organizational Responsibilities

Hold Indigenous values and practices with respect and integrity.
Hold yourself accountable to the highest standard by being resourceful, innovative, creative, and solutions-oriented.
Actively participate in organizational activities with the understanding that success is achieved through teamwork.
Recognize that communication is central to the organization’s success and actively champion your words and actions to maintain respect for others, encourage constructive feedback, be open to share laughter and acknowledge differences in skills and opinions, all while keeping others’ best intentions in mind.
At SIHB, we refer to our customers as relatives. Our relatives come first and deserve the best. Serve the needs of our relatives first by delivering the highest quality, professional, responsive, and innovative care.

Job Responsibilities

Provide ASAM assessments that shall include personal history; abuse history; physical, social, psychological, and spiritual evaluations as needed.
Develop and implement a culturally sensitive SUD individual service plan (ISP) for each assigned relative, based on determined needs. Perform case management services as needed.
Implement specific individual and group counseling sessions for the relatives and their family.
Utilize community resources to assist the relatives in plans for education, vocational training, employment, etc.
Assist relatives to schedule activities for personal, social, and emotional rehabilitation.
Coordinate and serve as a liaison with courts, probation officers, and/or social service agencies, as needed.
Maintain all patient records in accordance with the policies of SIHB and funding agencies.
Maintain current clinical records for each individual relative served. All clinical documentation must be completed in alignment with Washington Administrative Codes and SIHB’s Internal Policies.
Identify client health needs and refer to other SIHB and external services as needed.
Maintain strict confidentiality of client records in compliance with HIPAA and privacy laws, including 42 CFR part 2.
Maintain a current Washington State Substance Use Disorder Profession (SUDP) certification.
Actively participate in internal quality improvement teams and work with members proactively to drive quality improvement initiatives in accordance with the mission and strategic goals of the organization, federal and state laws and regulations, and accreditation standards, when assigned.
Other job-related duties as assigned

Background and Qualifications


Associate or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in addiction counseling or closely related field of study, or a minimum of five (5) years working as a SUDP counselor.
Maintenance of a current Substance Use Disorder Professional License in the State of Washington.
Ability to work effectively with colleagues, individual clients, and groups.
Ability to work effectively with a multi-disciplinary team.
Ability to work with Native American populations; knowledge of the Native American history and culture is preferred.
A general understanding of cultural differences.
Willingness to learn as it pertains to cultural differences.
Ability to independently prioritize tasks, manage time, and meet all reporting deadlines.
Punctual to appointments and meetings.
Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of Behavioral Health Records and adhere to the standards for health recordkeeping, 42 CFR Part 2, HIPAA, and Privacy Act requirements.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules or policy & procedure manuals.
Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
Ability to speak effectively with clients and employees of the organization.

Other Requirements:

Candidates must complete an acceptable Background Check as part of the hiring process.
No history of alcohol or other drug misuse for a period of two years prior to the time of employment and no misuse of alcohol or other drugs while employed.
Valid Washington State driver’s license, proof of car insurance and use of a personal vehicle preferred.
Familiarity with the health and social issues facing the AI/AN population and a desire to serve our population. Knowledge of recovery/substance abuse issues preferred.

Work Environment:

The Substance Use Disorder Professional will work in a clinical/office setting. The Substance Use Disorder Professional will work with both Outpatient and Residential Substance Use Disorder Programs.