The Healing Lodge Team

As a tribal program, preference in hiring Native American employees at The Healing Lodge is strongly supported, with nearly 50% of staff being Native American or descendants.  As a whole, employees at The Healing Lodge are representative of other minorities including African American, Asian, Pacific Islander, and Hispanic cultures.

Above all, the employees at The Healing Lodge play an important role in maintaining and supporting the unique organizational culture that allows for innovative and empowering treatment. All team members are encouraged to engage with residents and to have fun. According to our staff members, the best part about their job is working with the kids.

Workplace Policy

In accordance with “The Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988,” The Healing Lodge prohibits the unlawful manufacturing, distribution, possession, or use of a controlled substance (except when medically prescribed) in the workplace while working on behalf of The Healing Lodge.

The dangers and costs associated with drug and alcohol abuse (substance abuse) are significant and are manifested in a number of ways. Substance abuse not only leads to decreased productivity, it also leads to increased accidents, tardiness, absenteeism, property damage, workers’ compensation costs, health insurance costs, employee turnover, and employee theft. With this policy, The Healing Lodge intends to provide a working environment free of substance abuse and its attendant dangers and costs. This policy applies to all employees of The Healing Lodge and all those applying for such employment. Violation of any portion of this policy may result in disciplinary action including immediate termination of employment, even for the first offense.

Employment Opportunities & How to Apply

Employment applications are accepted for open positions at The Healing Lodge.  All applicants need to review our full Drug Free Workplace Policy above, and submit the Acknowledgement Form (the last page) with the application.  Note that employment applications are only accepted for current openings. For information on current openings, contact HR at (509) 795-8324 or email at

The Healing Lodge is an Equal Opportunity Employer, which is reflected in our American Indian/Alaska Native preference policy. However, any and all qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. With each candidate, we will look into and consider criminal background, drug testing, education and previous employment history.

To apply for employment at The Healing Lodge, you will need to complete the application below and provide any additional attachments that may be required. You may include a resume, but it will not be considered as a replacement for the application. Your application will remain active for 6 months, so if you wish to apply for another job within that 6-month period please call us to have your application re-considered. We will notify all applicants about the position by phone, mail or email.

Positions & Job Descriptions

The following are brief summaries of the types of positions we have at The Healing Lodge.

Counselors, Coaches & Specialists

Chemical Dependency Professionals (CDPs) – CDPs are counselors who are licensed by the State of Washington. Their responsibilities include developing individualized treatment plans for residents, individual counseling, group counseling, and aftercare planning for when the residents complete their stay at The Healing Lodge. CDPs are hired for their knowledge and experience in providing chemical dependency counseling, as well as their personal caring nature and ability to relate to and connect with adolescents. When appropriate, Chemical Dependency Professional Trainees (CDPTs) are employed under the supervision of CDPs.

Mental Health Counselors – Mental Health Counselors are licensed by the State of Washington, and they support residents with pre-existing mental health needs to help the resident to focus on their rehabilitation.  Counselors at The Healing Lodge include Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHCs) or Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LICSWs). Because many of our young residents come to us with a mental health diagnosis or are under the care of mental health professionals at home, these counselors focus on treatment of co-occurring chemical dependency issues.  Mental Health Counselors are also licensed by the State of Washington.

Skills Coaches – Skills Coaches at The Healing Lodge have a High School diploma or GED, valid driver’s license and clean driving history, and a desire to work with our youth. Usually Skills Coaches are 25 years of age or older, and they hold full-time, part-time or on-call positions. Skills Coaches are responsible for monitoring residents 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They work directly with the youth to help them develop strong daily living skills and to practice coping techniques like Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT) throughout residency.

Family Education Specialist – These counselors work with the residents and their own unique family dynamics.  When appropriate, the counselor works with the resident’s family members to help them work through issues, and create a healthier environment for the resident to return to after their stay. Family Education Specialists are Masters level counselors.

Culture Specialists – Two full-time Culture Specialists (one male and one female) work closely with the residents to explore their cultural heritage and arrange activities to introducing residents to Native American culture.  Cultural activities include Sweat Lodge, Drumming, Singing, arts and crafts, and a Rite of Passage ceremony towards the end of treatment.

Training & Support – Our staff members work with residents to identify the resources and supporting adults that can help them effectively use their aftercare plan.


Executive Director – The Executive Director is appointed by the Board of Directors and supervises the Executive Management Team at The Healing Lodge. The Executive Director is also responsible for all aspects of operating the treatment facility, implementing the Strategic Plan, and overseeing budgets, funding, contracts, and public relations.

Financial Director – The Financial Director supervises the Administrative Accounting Assistant, Admissions Coordinator, Food Services Manager, and Facility Coordinator. The Financial Director also oversees all financial controls for The Healing Lodge such as budget development, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable and investments.

Administrative Accounting Assistant – Supports financial functions including accounts payable, payroll, employee benefits and purchasing.

Special Projects Manager/Human Resources Generalist – This position supports the hiring and management of all staff, provides education and support for supervisors, and works on special projects under the direction of the Executive Director.

Other Positions

Program Managers – Program Managers supervise Counselors and Skills Coaches, establish program curriculums, and coordinate staff. They are also CDPs who may step in to help with youth.

Admissions Coordinator – Works with referral sources and parents, and oversees the screening process to determine placement for youth.

Food Service – Staff that help provide 3 meals a day and snacks to residents all year.  The Food Services Manager and three full-time Food Service Workers make sure that the food is both nutritious and delicious, meeting federal and state food service guidelines.

Maintenance & Housekeeping – The Facility Coordinator works with a Facility Technician and Housekeepers to keep the facility clean and in good working order.

Current & Job Openings

Clan Manager

Ensure that there is consistent coordination of the overall clinical program and that all patients receive the services they require and have a right to expect. Coordinate services provided by the clinical team. Support, mentor and supervise clinical staff in the continuing development of their skills, knowledge and attitudes. Work closely with Skills Coaches in the development of a therapeutic environment. Work with the Interim Clinic Director to assure adherence to agency, county, state and CARF standards.

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Program Manager – Mental Health

Manage and supervise Mental Health staff. Work as a member of the treatment team to provide mental health support and counseling to adolescents involved in an intensive inpatient/outpatient chemical dependency treatment program.

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Executive Director

Provides overall direction for all activities related to administration and treatment within the agency. Works closely with all department heads and others to ensure that all policies and procedures and current federal, state and local standards, guidelines and regulations that govern treatment facilities are carried out. Responsible for providing strategic leadership for the agency by working with the Board of Director and the Executive Management Team to establish long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies.

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