Mental Health Therapist, #372 - HIRING BONUS

LifeWorks NW's Adult Outpatient Mental Health Program provides counseling services tailored to a wide range of needs through individual and group therapy.

The Mental Health Therapist guides 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.

Program/Dept:  CCBHC Adult Outpatient Mental Health

Reports to:  Clinical Supervisor

Location:  Rockwood site in outer SE Portland

Status:  Regular, full-time, exempt

Compensation:  $51,040 - $55,506 annual salary, plus pro-rated comprehensive 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.


Provide substance abuse and mental health treatment services for adults in outpatient or residential settings. Responsible for assessment, treatment planning, provision of counseling services, consultation with care providers and coordination of multiple service providers for assigned client caseload, and for keeping accurate, timely records.

Essential Responsibilities

(Must be able to be performed with or without reasonable accommodation.)

  • 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 through the State of Oregon.

  • 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.


  • Therapy and Counseling

    • Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of substance abuse disorders, including evidence-based practices for effective treatment

  • Psychology

    • Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders

  • Education and Training

    • Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects

  • English Language

    • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words and grammar

  • Customer and Personal Service

    • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services

  • Law and Government

    • Knowledge of applicable laws and Oregon Administrative Rules relating to mental health and substance abuse treatment services

  • Clerical

    • Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records

  • Sociology

    • Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins


  • Active Listening

    • Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times

  • Social Perceptiveness

    • Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

  • Critical Thinking

    • Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems

  • Speaking

    • Talking to others to convey information effectively

  • Monitoring

    • Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action

  • Service Orientation

    • Actively looking for ways to help people

  • Reading Comprehension

    • Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents

  • Writing

    • Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience

  • Active Learning

    • Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making

  • Judgment and Decision Making

    • Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one


  • Problem Sensitivity

    • The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem

  • Inductive Reasoning

    • The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events)

  • Deductive Reasoning

    • The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense

  • Fluency of Ideas

    • The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity)

LifeWorks NW strives to create a culture of inclusion, and is continually working towards greater diversity across staff and leadership to ensure that our employees reflect our communities.

This position description is not intended to be, and should not be, construed as an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, skills, or working conditions associated with the position. While it is intended to accurately reflect the activities and requirements of the position, management reserves the right to modify, add, and/or remove duties as necessary. Job responsibilities are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an "at will" employment relationship.

LifeWorks NW is an Equal Opportunity Employer