Mental Health Therapist, Older Adult Outpatient 1124 - HIRING BONUS

LifeWorks NW serves older adults in an outpatient setting and in the community. 

The Mental Health Therapist position provides assessment, diagnosis and individual and group sessions to an older adult population experiencing mental health and behavioral issues. This population is enrolled in the Enhanced Care Unit located (NE Portland) as well as the Enhanced Care Outreach Services and Older Adult Outpatient programs (Beaverton).

This position is based out of LifeWorks NW's Beaverton location and a new site in NE Portland. This position will be in-person and telehealth. 

Pay/Benefits$1,000 hiring bonus for this position. $46,092 to $50,125 per year. Full benefits

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for client evaluation, including initial intake interview, formulating diagnosis, identifying appropriate treatment services. Notify client, significant other(s), caregivers and care providers of diagnosis and initial recommendations; complete written narrative of evaluation, and obtain necessary releases.
  • Collect information about individuals or clients, using interviews, case histories, and other testing for assessments; interview clients individually, in families, 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, social and physical health.
  • Identify psychological, emotional, or behavioral issues and diagnose disorders, using information obtained from interviews, tests, records, reference materials; determine risk and safety factors for client.
  • 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, evaluate 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 client care to ensure compliance with agency and contract guidelines and confidentiality. May conduct Resident Reviews and more detailed mental health evaluations for residents of long-term facilities.
  • Provide consulting services to social service agencies, Adult Foster Home, skilled nursing facilities, and internally to LifeWorks NW staff.
  • Act as client advocate to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations.
  • Provide training to staff, caregivers, and families regarding issues of mental health, addiction and behavior management as it relates to clients.
  • Check email/voicemail throughout the day when working offsite, responding in a timely fashion.
  • Continually increase level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency.
  • Travel between sites or in the community.
  • Meet performance standards for productivity, documentation (including progress notes, assessments, treatment plans and authorization requests), proficiency in clinical model and evidence-based practices, quality of care (including engagement and retention), and teamwork as defined.


  • Must have a Master's degree in Counseling, Social Work, or similar behavioral health field. 
  • Must be Qualified Mental Health Professional certified through MHACBO upon hire.
  • Prior experience working with older adults preferred.
  • More than one (1) year experience in broad range of clinical interventions and mental health assessment specific to medically vulnerable 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; 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.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of treatment methods for individual, family and group therapy to address chemical dependency and/or mental health problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain case management in accordance with federal, state and/or funding source requirements as well as LifeWorks NW policies and procedures.
  • Compliance with federal and state confidentiality rules and regulations.
  • Knowledge of community resources and treatment agencies enabling appropriate referrals for specific client needs.
  • Knowledge of medications commonly used by client population.
  • Good computer skills, including a functional knowledge of Microsoft Outlook and Word. Ability to master proprietary software, including electronic health record system.
  • Demonstrates effective communication skills and maintains a cooperative working relationship with others in a culturally diverse environment.
  • Requires access to a car and valid driver's license.

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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