Bilingual Mental Health Therapist/QMHP, Virginia Garcia 314

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. Virginia Garcia serves the lifespan in their clinics, but this position would serve adults 18 years and older.

The Bilingual Mental Health Therapist position assesses and diagnoses adults experiencing mental health issues and behavioral problems in an outpatient setting. Provide appropriate treatment and/or consultation with care providers about treatment options.

This position is located out of Virginia Garcia's Beaverton, OR clinic (Portland metro area). 

This position is eligible for applying for loan repayment through the National Health Service.

Hours: The hours are generally daytime hours. 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: $55,057.60 to $59,529.60 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 Latino clients.
  • Provide training to staff, caregivers, and family regarding issues of mental health, addiction and behavior management as it relates to clients.
  • Check e-mail/voice mail throughout the day when working responding appropriately.
  • Continually increase level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency.
  • 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.

Qualifications:

  • Fluency in Spanish and experience within the Latino community required.
  • Master's degree in Counseling, Social Work, or other related behavioral health field required. 
  • Requires a QMHP credential either through the Mental Health & Addiction Certification Board of Oregon (MHACBO) or 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.
  • More than 1 year 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 work relationships and conducting a mental status examination, complete a DAM diagnosis; write and supervise the implementation of an Individual Services and Support Plan and provide individual, family, and/or group therapy within the scope of their training.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of treatment methods for individual, family and group therapy to address chemical dependency and/or mental health problems.
  • Demonstrated understanding of cultural values and norms, acculturation and generational issues within a culture, sensitivity and understanding of specific barriers which may lead to lack of access and engagement.
  • Proficient computer skills including a functional knowledge of Microsoft Outlook and Word.  Ability to master proprietary software including electronic health record system.


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