State of Washington Class Specification
Class Series Concept
Alcoholism therapists provide treatment for clients experiencing a broad range of emotional, psychological and/or physical problems directly or indirectly related to alcohol use. Alcoholism Therapists utilize a variety of therapeutic modalities in the treatment of clients.
Under general supervision, provide professional alcohol treatment to individuals, families and/or groups, and participate in preventive health care activities.
First-level class of series. These positions are distinguished by functioning under general supervision of a higher-level qualified professional.
Conduct diagnostic evaluations;
Develop treatment plan; provide individual, family and/or group therapy counseling;
Provide crises intervention services to clients and/or family members;
Provide consultation and education to individuals, community groups, agencies or institutions and participate in community activities;
Plan and implement training programs for other health care professionals regarding diagnosis, treatment and prevention of alcohol-related health problems;
Serve as Alcoholism Therapist and/or case manager on health care team advising physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers and others regarding appropriate treatment for clients;
Prepare reports, summaries, progress notes, etc., as part of the medical record;
Participate in research projects, grant writing or other special projects;
Recommend and monitor use of medications used in alcoholism treatment;
May participate in the design and management of preventive health care and alcoholism prevention programs;
May assist in supervision of volunteers, students and support staff;
Perform related duties as required.
There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.
Bachelor's Degree, and two years of experience in the direct delivery of professional alcohol therapy; OR Master's Degree in a social or behavioral science, public health, nursing, or related field to include training in alcoholism counseling/therapy. Completion of a college/university alcohol studies program can be substituted for one year of experience. Additional professional-level experience may be substituted for education on an equal basis.
Class Specification History
New Class: 2-19-81New class code, formerly 6118, effective July 1, 2007.