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 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 position is responsible for assessment, treatment planning, provision of supportive counseling, and coordination of multiple service providers for client caseload. Services are given in the clinic, community, and home-based settings.
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 based out of LifeWorks NW's Rockwood site.
Pay/Benefits: $56,697 to $61,658 per year with Full benefits. $1000 sign-on bonus!
Position will also participate in after-hour pager rotation with an additional stipend,
- 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 with client population.
- Demonstrated ability to conduct an assessment, including identifying precipitating events, gathering histories of mental and physical health, alcohol and other drug use, past mental health services and criminal justice contacts, assessing family, social and working relationships and conducting a mental status examination; complete a DSM diagnosis; write and supervise the implementation of an individual Service and Support Plan; and provide individual, family and/or group therapy within the scope of their training.
- 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.
Equal Opportunity Employer
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