Mental Health Therapist - HIRING BONUS 595

LifeWorks NW provides services for adults with severe and persistent mental illness. 

The Mental Health Therapist is responsible for assessment, treatment planning, provision of supportive counseling, and coordination of multiple service providers for client caseload. Services are given in clinical, community, and home-based settings. 

This position is based out of LifeWorks NW's Hillsboro Walnut site (Portland metro area). This position is currently providing telehealth services using Zoom technology through the COVID-19 pandemic 80 percent of the time. There is some community outreach when appropriate. This position will return to 100 percent in the community following the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

Pay/Benefits: $1,000 sign-on bonus for this position. $48,613 to $52,866 per year. Full benefits

Essential Responsibilities: 

  • Meets standards for documentation and work accuracy including timely completion of progress notes, assessments, treatment plans, authorization requests. 
  • Meets standards for direct service, implementation and utilization of the clinical model, quality of clinical practice and teamwork. 
  • Continually increases level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency. 
  • Responsible for client orientation including advising clients and significant other(s) of the services offered through the program and recommend services. 
  • Responsible for client evaluations and performs the initial intake interviews. 
  • Identifies psychological, emotional, or behavioral issues and diagnoses disorders. Identifies appropriate treatment services. Notifies client and significant other(s) of diagnosis and initial recommendations. 
  • Completes written narrative of evaluation and relevant opening paperwork. 
  • Develops therapeutic treatment plans based on clients' interests, abilities, strengths and needs. 
  • Provides individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, medication training and support, individual or group skills training, and treatment planning utilizing interventions drawn from a variety of clinical and rehabilitation approaches as needed by the client. 
  • Teaches clients socially acceptable behavior, employing techniques such as behavior modification and positive reinforcement. 
  • Interact with clients to assist them in gaining insight, defining goals, and planning action to achieve effective personal, social, educational, and vocational development and adjustment. 
  • Provides case-coordination by maintaining contact with other agencies, referral source(s) and staff regarding client and significant other(s) involvement in treatment services. 
  • Reviews and evaluates clients' progress in relation to measurable goals described in treatment plans. 
  • Provides clients or family members with information about mental health and addictions issues and about available services and programs, making appropriate referrals when necessary. 
  • Reports any pertinent information to the proper authorities in cases of endangerment, neglect, or abuse of children, individuals with severe and persistent mental illness or the elderly. 
  • Act as client advocates to coordinate required services or to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations. 
  • Responsible for record maintenance including providing appropriate treatment plans and progress notes. 
  • Transports clients in a personal vehicle. 


  • Master's degree in Counseling, Social Work, or related behavioral health field required. 
  • This position requires a QMHP credential either through 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. 
  • Experience working with adults diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness. 
  • Demonstrate ability to provide culturally-competent treatment services to diverse client populations and maintain cooperative working relationship in a culturally diverse environment. 
  • Good computer skills including a functional knowledge of Microsoft Outlook and Word. Ability to master proprietary software including electronic health record system. 
  • Requires access to car, valid driver's license, proof of current automobile insurance coverage and ability to meet LifeWorks NW's driving requirements. 

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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