Mental Health Therapist, #1124 - HIRING BONUS

LifeWorks NW is a private, non-profit organization providing prevention, mental health, substance use treatment, and related social services to youths, adults, and older adults in over fifteen locations throughout 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. 

Our core values-Recovery and Relationships, Resilience, and Results-inform the work we do. The four pillars of the strategic vision include: Compassionate, Impactful Care; Holistic Health; Passionate Team; and a Thriving Organization. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are critical to successfully achieving the mission. We know that "life works" when people get the help they need and are dedicated to changing lives.

The Mental Health Therapist provides assessment, diagnosis, and individual and group sessions to older adults experiencing mental health and behavioral issues. This client population is enrolled in the Enhanced Care Unit located in NE Portland, Therapists guide clients in the development of skills and strategies for living with mental health challenges, evaluate the effectiveness of therapy and/or treatments and the accuracy and completeness of diagnoses, modifying as necessary.

LifeWorks NW's Enhanced Care Services provides individualized wrap-around rehabilitative behavioral health services to individuals residing in APD-licensed community settings. The Adult Outpatient Mental Health Program provides counseling services tailored to a wide range of needs through individual and group therapy.

As a behavioral health organization, LifeWorks NW employees are required to have had their COVID 19 vaccination (or have an approved medical/religious exemption) per State of Oregon rules. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required upon hire.

Location:  This position is located at our Sapphire at Cedar Crossings location, Beaverton. 

Pay/Benefits:  $53,967 to $58,689 annual salary, plus Full benefits. $1,000 sign-on bonus.

QMHPs at this LifeWorks NW site qualify for the Oregon Health Care Provider Incentive Loan Repayment Program and/or the Oregon Behavioral Health Loan Repayment Program.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Client evaluations, including initial intake interviews, formulating mental health and substance abuse diagnoses, and identifying appropriate treatment services; notify client, significant others, care givers, and/or 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. Interview clients individually, in families, and/or in groups, assessing their situations, capabilities, and problems to determine what services are required to meet their needs.
  • Evaluate supplementary information, including medical records; observe and evaluate client's behavior and social and physical health.
  • Identify psychological, emotional, or behavioral issues and diagnose disorders, using information obtained from interviews, tests, records, and reference materials; determine risk and safety factors for clients.
  • Develop and implement individual treatment plans, specifying type, frequency, intensity, and duration of therapy using evidence-based practices.
  • Collaborate with care team to perform clinical assessments and develop treatment plans.
  • Conduct individual or group therapy sessions, coordinating care with LMP.
  • In consultation with LMP, 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 health record system within 24 hours of meeting with client to ensure compliance with agency and contract guidelines and confidentiality.
  • Provide consulting services to social service agencies, adult foster homes, skilled nursing facilities, and internally to LifeWorks NW staff.
  • Act as client advocate to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations.
  • Continually increase level of cultural sensitivity, awareness, and competency.
  • Provide training to staff, caregivers, and families regarding issues of mental health, addiction, and behavior management as it relates to clients.
  • 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.
  • Check email and voicemail throughout the workday, responding as needed within appropriate timeframe.
  • Meet performance standards for direct service; documentation, including progress notes, assessments, treatment plans, 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.
  • Travel between sites or in the community.
  • Qualified licensed clinicians may be requested to provide licensure supervision as part of their regular position in compliance with the rules of their licensing board.
  • May need to work evenings and/or weekends, depending on job assignment.

Work Activities

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
    • Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to clients. Responsible for rendering assistance to clean up duties involving the bodily fluids spill kit.
  • Communicating with Supervisors and Peers
    • Providing information to supervisors and coworkers by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Documenting/Recording Information
    • Entering and maintaining information in written or electronic form.
  • Gathering Information
    • Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
    • Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
    • Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
    • Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Processing Information
    • Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
    • Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
    • Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.


(Equivalent education and/or experience may be substituted. These requirements are representative of the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform this job successfully, allowing the employee to perform each task proficiently.)

  • Master's degree in counseling, social work, or related area of specialization.
  • QMHP credential certification through MHACBO
  • May require LCSW or LPC.
  • At least 1 year of experience in broad range of clinical interventions and mental health assessments specific to the client population.
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities demonstrating competence in:
    • Conducting assessments, including identifying precipitating events, gathering histories of mental and physical health, alcohol and other drug use, past mental health services and criminal justice contacts; family, social, and working relationships; and conducting a mental status examination.
    • Writing and supervising the implementation of an Individual Service and Support Plan (ISSP) and providing individual, family, and/or group therapy within the scope of training.
    • Medications commonly used by client population.
    • Maintaining case management in accordance with federal, state, and/or funding source requirements as well as LifeWorks NW policies and procedures.
    • Treatment methods for individual, family, and group therapy to address chemical dependency and/or mental health problems.
    • Complying with federal and state confidentiality rules and regulations.
    • Community resources and treatment agencies enabling appropriate referrals for specific client needs.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and facilitate cooperative working relationships in a culturally diverse environment.
  • If and/or when working in a culturally specific program, a demonstrated understanding of cultural values and norms, including but not limited to knowledge and understanding of and sensitivity to:
    • Acculturation and generational issues.
    • Resources and appropriate support linkage available.
    • Specific barriers, which may lead to lack of access and engagement.
    • Effective inner-cultural communication skills, allowing for advocating for culturally diverse clients.
  • Good computer skills, including a functional knowledge of Microsoft Outlook and Word. Ability to master proprietary software, including electronic health record system.
  • Ability to perform essential functions of job without creating a direct threat to the safety of self or others.
  • Requires access to a car and valid driver's license.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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