Mental Health Therapist, Child & Family, #830 - HIRING BONUS

LifeWorks NW's Child and Family Outpatient Mental Health Program provides therapy, mental health assessments, treatment planning, medication management, skills training, and consultation to children and adolescents. As needed, community-based services are also provided.

Program/Dept:  CCBHC Child and Family Mental Health

Reports to:  Program Director

Location:  Outer SE Portland, Rockwood Site

Status:  Regular, full-time, exempt

Compensation:  $51,040 - $55,506 annual salary, plus full 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.


Assess and diagnose children and adolescents ages 3 to 18 experiencing mental health issues and behavioral problems in an outpatient setting. Provide appropriate treatment and/or consultation with families, care providers, and community partners regarding treatment options.

Essential Responsibilities

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

  • Client evaluations, including initial intake interviews, formulating 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, obtaining necessary authorizations for disclosure.

  • Collect supplementary information needed to assist clients, such as medical records or school reports.

  • Obtain and study medical, psychological, social, and family histories by interviewing clients individually, in families, and/or in groups to assess their situations, capabilities, and problems. Determine services required to meet client needs.

  • Consult with parents, teachers, and/or other school personnel to determine causes of problems, such as truancy and misbehavior.

  • Analyze data such as interview notes, test results, and reference manuals to identify symptoms and diagnose the nature of client problems.

  • Develop therapeutic client driven treatment plans based on client interests, abilities, strengths, and needs as well as clinical experience and knowledge. Ensure that treatment plans have measurable goals and that objectives are based on the diagnosis, specifying type, frequency, intensity, and duration of therapy. Ensure that follow-ups are completed on time, assessing the quantity and quality of services provided.

  • Conduct individual, family, and group therapy sessions based on current evidenced based practices e.g., collaborative problem solving, cognitive behavioral interventions, and solution focused therapy.

  • Responsible for case management, including coordinating/collaborating with physicians, staff, families, caregivers, etc.

  • 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.

  • Continually increase level of cultural sensitivity, awareness, and competency. Actively participate in a minimum of four hours of training related to cultural effectiveness in working with diverse populations.

  • Evaluate effectiveness of counseling and/or treatments and accuracy and completeness of diagnoses, modifying as necessary. Use program outcome measures as assigned.

  • Maintain chart notes, obtain pertinent records from other treatment, and track client involvement, follow-through, and progress in treatment activities. Document and maintain client records to ensure compliance with agency and confidentiality guidelines. Complete documentation in electronic health record system.

  • Identify cases involving domestic abuse or other family problems affecting client development and determine whether clients should be counseled or referred to other specialists.

  • Address legal issues such as child abuse and discipline. Assist with hearings and provide testimony.

  • Act as client advocate to coordinate required services or resolve emergency problems in crisis situations. May serve as Clinician of the Day.

  • May provide training to staff, caregivers, and family 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 or community partners, and required trainings.

  • Serve as back-up for other staff when needed.

  • Check email and voicemail throughout the workday, responding to agency contacts within 24 to 48 hours.

  • Travel between sites and in the community.

  • Administer first aid (if certified) according to prescribed procedures and notify emergency medical personnel when necessary.

  • Complete critical incident reports when indicated within 24 hours.

Work Activities

  • Providing Direct Client Care

    • Case management, consultation, assessment, skills training, and crisis intervention.

  • Assisting Clients

    • Responsible for rendering immediate assistance in clean up duties involving the bodily fluids spill kit when providing services at LifeWorks NW sites.

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    • Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

  • 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.

  • Documenting/Recording Information

    • Entering, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic form.

  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others

    • Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

    • Thinking Creatively

    • Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships or systems.

  • Providing Consultation and Advice to Others

    • Providing guidance and expert advice to co-workers and clinical team.

  • Communicating with Supervisors and Peers

    • Providing information to supervisors and coworkers by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization

    • Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or email.

  • Documenting/Recording Information

    • Entering and maintaining information in written or electronic form.

  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others

    • Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

  • Thinking Creatively

    • Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships or systems. 

  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others

    • Providing guidance and expert advice to coworkers and clinical team. 

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, and Outside Organizations

    • Providing information to supervisors and co-workers by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. Representing the organization to customers, the public, and other external sources. 

  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards

    • Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work

    • Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

  • Performing General Physical Activities

    • Performing physical activities that require considerable use of arms and legs and moving the whole body, such as standing, sitting, lifting up to and occasionally 25 - 50 lbs, walking, reaching, and twisting.


(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 children, adolescents, and families.

  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities demonstrating competence in:

    • Working effectively on a highly interdependent team, including initiative, dependability, flexibility, and strong organizational skills.

    • Conducting mental health crisis 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.

    • Completing a five-axis DSM diagnosis; writing and supervising the implementation of an Individual Service and Support Plan (ISSP); and providing individual, family and/or group therapy to address chemical dependency and/or mental health problems.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • Ability to perform essential functions of job without creating a direct threat to the safety of self or others.

  • Good computer skills, including a functional knowledge of Microsoft Outlook and Word. Ability to master proprietary software, including electronic health record system.

  • Requires valid driver's license, ability to meet LifeWorks NW driving requirements, and access to a car.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Customer and Personal Service

    • Knowledge of theories and methods for actively listening to clients, maintaining a professional demeanor in stressful situations, and involving the client when possible in all phases of service provision.

  • English Language

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

  • Law and Government

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

  • Medicine

    • Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat mental health conditions. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, and preventive health-care measures.


  • 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.

  • Negotiation

    • Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

  • Service Orientation

    • Actively looking for ways to help people.

  • Judgment and Decision Making

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

  • Monitoring

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

  • Active Learning

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

  • Reading Comprehension

    • Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. 


  • Oral Expression

    • The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

  • Inductive Reasoning

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

  • 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.

  • Deductive Reasoning

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

  • Written Comprehension

    • The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

  • Written Expression

    • The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

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