Dual Diagnosis Therapist, Multnomah County Domestic Violence 618 - HIRING BONUS

LifeWorks NW partners with Multnomah County to provide stabilization and short-term therapy mental health and substance abuse treatment services for people experiencing domestic violence. 

This Dual Diagnosis Therapist position is responsible for assessment, treatment planning, provision of counseling (individual and group) services, consultation with care providers and coordination of multiple service providers for assigned client caseload; and for keeping accurate, timely records. 

This position is co-located at The Gateway Center for Domestic Violence (in NE Portland).

Pay/Benefits: $1,000 sign-on bonus for this position. $46,092 to $50,125 per year. Full benefits

Essential Responsibilities: 

  • Work effectively with community partners at the Gateway Center for Domestic Violence and Domestic Violence Shelters throughout the Portland Metro area.
  • Understand the impact that domestic violence has on mental health and addiction treatment.
  • Responsible for client evaluation including initial intake interviews, formulating mental health and substance abuse diagnoses, identifying appropriate treatment services to meet the needs of clients with co-occurring disorders.  Notify client, significant other(s), care givers and care providers of diagnoses and initial treatment recommendations in a timely manner, complete written narrative of evaluation, obtain necessary authorizations for disclosure.
  • 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.
  • Calls referrals and completes intake paperwork with clients.
  • Provide accurate screenings for physical health, gambling, trauma, and domestic violence issues, and make referrals to appropriate services providers as necessary for on-going care.
  • Provide referral services to clients, and maintain awareness of community referral resources.
  • Develop therapeutic Individual Service and Support Plans (ISSP), based on clients' interests, abilities, strengths and integrated mental health and substance abuse needs.  ISSP's 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 services.  ISSPs 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 to maintain recovery.
  • Counsel individuals using evidence-based practices, to help them understand problems, define goals, and develop realistic action plans.
  • Facilitate group treatment services, using evidence-based/manualized treatment models with demonstrated effectiveness for the population served. Demonstrate proficiency in using evidence-based practices, as evidenced by observation, fidelity rating scales, client report, and client outcomes.
  • May be responsible for service coordination.  Coordinate/collaborate with physicians, staff, families, caregivers, referents, 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.  Provides regular and timely progress reports to referents when appropriate.
  • 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.  Maintain documentation for reporting requirements for funding.
  • Provide training to staff, caregivers, and family regarding issues of co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders as they relate to clients.
  • Continually increase level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency providing culturally appropriate evaluation, treatment, resources and support linkage and to clients.
  • Will travel to meetings and shelter locations in the community. Must have the ability to keep locations confidential.
  • Meets performance standards for direct service, documentation (including progress notes, assessments, ISSP's, status reports, 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.

Qualifications: 

  • Master's degree in Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, or a mental health related field required.
  • This position requires a valid and active QMHP credential certification through MHACBO or a valid and active status (licensed or registered intern) with an approved Oregon licensing board upon hire.
  • Requires a current CADC or equivalent national certification or a submitted application for CADC upon hire, with a formal plan to obtain certification within two years of hire. 
  • Understanding of domestic violence, and trauma.
  • Have knowledge, skills, and abilities demonstrating competence in:  treatment of mental health and substance-related disorders including client evaluation and individual, group, family, and other counseling techniques; program policies and procedures for client case management and record keeping; and accountability for recording information in the client files assigned to them consistent with those policies and procedures.  Should be familiar with theory or concepts of prevention.
  • Experience in broad range of clinical interventions and mental health assessment specific to the client population.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of treatment methods for individual, family and group therapy to address chemical dependency and mental health problems
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain case management in accordance with federal, state and/or funding source requirements as well as LifeWorks NW policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of community resources and treatment agencies enabling appropriate referrals for specific client needs.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills and ability to provide culturally competent treatment services to diverse client populations.
  • Able to provide culturally specific services for people experiencing domestic violence.  This includes understanding of population's need and identifying trauma informed care interventions.
  • Good computer skills including a functional knowledge of Microsoft Outlook and Word.  Ability to master proprietary software including electronic health record system.
  • Must be able to pass a DHS background check. 


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.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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