Bilingual Mental Health Therapist, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center 314 - HIRING BONUS

LifeWorks NW partners with Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center. Virginia Garcia is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Oregon's Washington and Yamhill Counties that serves a large Medicaid population. They have a special focus on providing care to the migrant farm worker community. 

As a FQHC, Virginia Garcia offers a loan repayment program for qualified candidates.

This position is based out of Virginia Garcia's Primary Care Clinic in Beaverton, Oregon. This position will continue to focus on telehealth services until Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidelines change and we transition back into face-to-face services. 

This Bilingual Mental Health Therapist position assess and diagnose adults experiencing mental health issues and behavioral problems in an outpatient setting within the Latinx community.  Provide appropriate treatment and/or consultation with care providers about treatment options.

Days/Hours: This is a full-time position. Virginia Garcia requests that all staff work one later shift past 5:00 pm each week (the clinic closes at 7:00 pm). 

Pay/Benefits: $55,556 to $60,070 per year. Full benefits

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for client evaluation including initial intake interview, formulating diagnosis, identifying appropriate treatment services.  Notify client, significant other(s), care givers and care providers of diagnosis and initial recommendations, complete written narrative of evaluation, obtain necessary releases.
  • Collect information about individuals or clients, using interviews, case histories, observational techniques, and other assessment methods.  Observe and evaluate client's performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  • Analyze data such as interview notes, test results, and reference manuals to identify symptoms and to diagnose the nature of clients' problems.
  • Identify psychological, emotional, or behavioral issues and diagnose disorders, using information obtained from interviews, tests, records, and reference materials.  Address legal issues, such as child abuse and discipline, assisting with hearings and providing testimony to inform custody arrangements.
  • Provide referral services to clients and their families, e.g., institutional living, health, mental health services, employment services, etc.  Maintain awareness of community referral resources.
  • Develops therapeutic treatment plans based on clients' interests, abilities, strengths and needs. Treatment plans will be evidence based using clinical experience and knowledge and will have measurable goals and objectives based on the diagnosis and will specify type, frequency, intensity, and duration of therapy. Treatment plans will client driven and follow-ups will be completed on time, assessing the quantity and quality of services provided.
  • Confer with clients, significant others and treatment team to develop plans for post treatment activities.
  • Counsel individuals, groups, or families to help them understand problems, define goals, and develop realistic action plans. Guide clients in the development of skills and strategies for dealing with their problems.
  • May be responsible for service coordination.  Coordinate/collaborate with physicians, staff, families, caregivers, etc.  Maintain chart notes related to external contracts, obtaining pertinent records from other treatment and tracking clients involvement, follow-through and progress in varied treatment activities.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of counseling or treatments and the accuracy and completeness of diagnoses, modifying plans and diagnoses as necessary.
  • Document and maintain client records in electronic healthcare system within 24 hours of meeting with client to ensure compliance with agency and contract guidelines and confidentiality. May conduct Resident Reviews and more detailed mental health evaluations for residents of long-term facilities.
  • Provides appropriate resources and support linkage, culturally appropriate advocacy and community collaboration and culturally appropriate client evaluation and treatment for primarily Latinx clients.
  • Provide training to staff, caregivers, and family regarding issues of mental health, addiction and behavior management as it relates to clients.
  • Provide crisis intervention. May serve as Clinician of the Day.
  • Serve as back-up for other staff when needed.
  • Check e-mail/voice mail throughout the day when working responding appropriately.
  • Continually increase level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency.
  • May need to travel between sites or in the community.
  • Meets performance standards for productivity, documentation (including progress notes, assessments, treatment plans and authorization requests) proficiency in clinical model and evidence based practices, quality of care (including engagement and retention) and teamwork as defined in the Performance Review.
  • Participate in regular individual and team meetings with supervisor.  Attend informational and clinical meetings which may include all staff and team meetings, consultation with other staff and required trainings.

Qualifications:

  • Fluency in Spanish and experience within the Latinx community required.
  • Master's Degree in Psychology, Social Work or Mental Health Counseling or related mental health field (QMHP) required. 
  • Requires a QMHP credential either through the Mental Health & Addiction Certification Board of Oregon (MHACBOor by obtaining and maintaining active internship or licensed with an eligible state licensing board. All prospective candidates must either have a valid MHACBO registration number or licensing intern number upon hire.
  • Experience in broad range of clinical interventions and mental health assessment specific to the client population.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct an assessment, including identifying precipitating events, gathering histories of mental and physical health, alcohol and other drug use, past mental health services and criminal justice contacts, assessing family, social and working relationships and conducting a mental status examination; complete a five-axis DSM diagnosis; write and supervise the implementation of an Individual Service and Support Plan; and provide individual, family and/or group therapy within the scope of their training.
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of resources and appropriate support linkage available within the community. Sensitivity and understanding of specific barriers which may lead to lack of access and engagement.
  • Effective inner-cultural communication skills in order to advocate for culturally diverse clients.
  • Demonstrated understanding of behavioral health interventions in support of medical diagnoses. Understanding of the difference between behavioral health and mental health models and ability to determine most appropriate model to use.
  • Proficient in or have a functional knowledge of Microsoft Outlook and Word. Must be able to master proprietary software including electronic health record system.


LifeWorks NW is a private, non-profit organization providing prevention, mental health, substance use treatment, and related social services to over 30,000 youths, adults, and older adults in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties. LifeWorks NW promotes a healthy community by providing quality and culturally responsive mental health and addiction services across the lifespan. Core values include Recovery and Relationships, Resilience, and Results. The four pillars of the strategic vision include Compassionate, Impactful Care, Holistic Health, Passionate Team, and Thriving Organization. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are critical to successfully achieving the mission. LifeWorks NW is committed to advancing our equity and inclusion work with an emphasis on ensuring an anti-racist organizational culture and practice.  We strive to continuously improve the cultural competence and cultural humility of LifeWorks NW, its staff, and its services to clients and consumers in all aspects including race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, socio-economic background and status, age, religion, veteran status, citizen status, and ability. LifeWorks NW creates and upholds a work environment that is respectful and inclusive for all. LifeWorks NW services are effective across cultural groups.

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