Bilingual Mental Health Therapist, Virginia Garcia School-based Program 330 - HIRING BONUS

LifeWorks NW partners with Virginia Garcia. Virginia Garcia is a Federally Qualified Health Center in Washington and Yamhill Counties that serves a large Medicaid population. They have a special focus on providing care to the migrant farm worker community. A large majority of their patients are monolingual Spanish speaking. 

This position is located at the school-based health clinic at Forest Grove High School.

Supervisor may be able to provide licensed clinical supervision for candidate hired for this specific position. 

The Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Clinics are federally-qualified health clinics (FQHCs) and offer a loan repayment program for qualified candidates.

This Bilingual (English/Spanish) Mental Health Therapist position assesses and diagnoses children and adolescents ages 3 to 18 experiencing mental health issues and behavioral problems in school-based programs as well as the Virginia Garcia medical clinics. Provides appropriate treatment and/or consultation with families, care providers, and community partners about treatment options. This position will work with English and Spanish speaking children and families. 

Pay/Benefits: $1,000 sign-on bonus for this position. $55,556 to $60,070 per year. Full benefits

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Provides appropriate resources and support linkage and evaluation/treatment to clients.
  • Performs client evaluation including; initial intake interviews, formulating diagnoses, and identifying appropriate treatment services. Notifies client and significant other(s) of diagnoses and initial recommendations. Completes a written narrative of the evaluation. Obtains necessary releases within specified timeline standards.
  • Coordinates with Primary Care Physicians doing some work with the behavioral health model focusing on disease management.
  • Collects supplementary information needed to assist client, such as medical records, or school reports. Analyzes the data such to identify symptoms and to diagnose the nature of clients' problems.
  • Obtains and studies medical, psychological, social, and family histories by interviewing clients individually, in families, or in groups. Assesses their situations, capabilities, and problems to determine what services are required to meet their needs.
  • Consults with parents, teachers, and other school personnel to determine causes of problems such as truancy and misbehavior in order to implement solutions.
  • Develops therapeutic treatment plans based on clients' interests, abilities, strengths and needs. Treatment plans will be based upon 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 be client driven and follow-ups will be completed on time, assessing the quantity and quality of services provided.
  • Conducts individual, family and group therapy sessions based on current evidenced based practices e.g. collaborative problem solving, cognitive behavioral interventions, and solution focused therapy.
  • Responsible for case management.
  • 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.
  • Continually increases level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency.
  • Maintain awareness of community resources and provides referral services to clients and their families.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of counseling or treatment and the accuracy and completeness of diagnoses. Modifies plans and diagnoses as necessary. Uses program outcome measures as assigned.
  • Maintains chart notes, obtains pertinent records from other treatment, and tracks client's involvement, follow-through, and progress in treatment activities. Documents and maintains client records to ensure compliance with agency and contract guidelines and confidentiality. Completes documentation in electronic health record system.
  • Identifies cases involving domestic abuse or other family problems affecting students' development and determines whether clients should be counseled or referred to other specialists. Addresses legal issues, such as child abuse and discipline and assists with hearings.
  • Act as client advocate to coordinate required services or to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations.
  • Provides training and consultation to school staff and community partners regarding issues of mental health, addiction and behavior management and prevention.
  • Participates in operations meetings to help address and maintain sustainability of School Based Health Center model. Attends informational and clinical meetings which may include all-agency meetings, supervision meetings, team meetings, consultation meetings with psychiatrist, intra-agency trainings, and completes online trainings as assigned.
  • Completes critical incident reports when indicated within 24 hours of a critical incident.

Qualifications:

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) fluency required.
  • Master's Degree in Psychology, Social Work or Mental Health Counseling or related mental health field required. 
  • Experience required in a broad range of clinical interventions and mental health assessments specific to children, adolescents and families.
  • 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.
  • 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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