Mental Health Therapist, Project Network 404 - HIRING BONUS

LifeWorks NW's Project Network program focuses on the African American community for clients in recovery dealing with alcohol/drug issues.

The Mental Health Therapist maintains a caseload of at minimum of 10 clients and families and are expected to facilitate weekly parenting group, family therapy or parenting / skills training. They may also have an individual caseload, facilitate other groups, and are expected to support the milieu as needed. Assesses and diagnoses women in residential treatment with their mothers receiving treatment for substance use disorders and mental health conditions. This program can be a fast-paced and high crisis setting. 

LifeWorks NW's Project Network program is based out of the NE Portland, OR area.  

Hours: This is is a part-time position working 20 hours per week. This position works three days per week. 

Pay/Benefits: $1,000 sign-on bonus for this position. $22.16 to $24.10 per hour. Pro-rated benefits

Essential Responsibilities: 

  • Responsible for client evaluation including initial intake interview, formulating diagnosis, identifying appropriate treatment services. Obtain necessary releases, notify client, significant other(s), care givers and care providers of diagnosis and initial recommendations and complete written narrative of evaluation. 
  • Collect information about clients, using interviews, case histories, observational techniques, and other assessment methods. Observe and evaluate client's performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  • Analyze data such as interview notes, and reference manuals to identify symptoms and to diagnose the nature of clients' problems. 
  • Identify psychological, emotional, or behavioral issues and diagnose disorders, using information obtained from interviews, tests, records, and reference materials. Address legal issues as needed.
  • Provide referral services to clients and their families, e.g., institutional living, health, mental health services, employment services, etc. Maintain awareness of community referral resources.
  • Develops therapeutic treatment plans based on clients' interests, abilities, strengths and needs. Treatment plans will be evidence based using clinical experience and knowledge, and will have measurable goals and objectives based on the diagnosis and will specify type, frequency, intensity, timeframes of outcomes and duration of therapy. Treatment plans will client driven and follow-ups will be completed on time, assessing the quantity and quality of services provided.
  • May confer with clients, significant others and treatment team to develop plans for post treatment activities. 
  • Counsel individuals, groups, or families to help them understand problems, define goals, and develop realistic action plans. Guide clients in the development of skills and strategies for dealing with their problems. 
  • May be responsible for service coordination.
  • 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 healthcare system within 24 hours of meeting with client 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 crisis intervention. May serve as Clinician of the Day.
  • Continually increase level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency.
  • May need to travel between sites or in the community.
  • Meets 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.

Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, or a mental health related field required.
  • Requires a QMHP credential either through the 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.
  • Must have a demonstrated understanding of cultural values and norms, knowledge of acculturation and generational issues within a culture, extensive knowledge and understanding of resources and appropriate support linkage available within the community, a sensitivity and understanding of specific barriers which may lead to lack of access and engagement, effective inner-cultural communication skills in order to advocate for culturally diverse clients.
  • Experience in broad range of clinical interventions and mental health assessment specific to the client population.
  • Have knowledge, skills, and abilities demonstrating competence in: treatment of mental health disorders including client evaluation and individual, group, family, and other counseling techniques; program policies and procedures for client case management and record keeping; and accountability for recording information in the client files assigned to them consistent with those policies and procedures. Should be familiar with theory or concepts of prevention.
  • Current CADC or a submitted application for CADC upon hire, with a formal plan to obtain certification within two years of hire preferred.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills and ability to provide culturally-competent treatment services to diverse client populations.
  • Good computer skills including a functional knowledge of Microsoft Outlook and Word. Ability to master proprietary software including electronic health record system.
  • Must be able to pass a DHS background check. 

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 

www.lifeworksnw.org

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