Mental Health Therapist,QMHP 820

The Mental Health Therapist, QMHP position will work at LifeWorks NW's multi-service site located in Beaverton, OR. 

ACT is an intensive Assertive Community Treatment fidelity program. This is a community-based program, with approximately 80% of your time spent in the community. Our team works with adults, ages 18-99, who have severe and persistent mental illness who need intensive, wrap around services to assist with issues including (but not limited to) difficulty with housing, social support, interactions with law enforcement, addictions, economic status, employment, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal skills, basic needs, and general independent living skills that are barriers to residing independently in the community.

Purpose:  Work with a multidisciplinary team to provide initial mental health assessments, treatment planning, crisis intervention, individual and group behavioral health counseling, case management, individual and group skills training and to assist clients in connecting with health providers, ensuring that they receive their medications and are compliant with probation or court commitment requirements.

Hours: This is a full-time position; also responsible for the ACT 24-hour crisis phone one week out of every 7 weeks.

Pay/Benefits: $50,907 to $55,361 per year. Full benefits

Essential Responsibilities:

  • 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 both in the office and in community settings.
  • 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, fidelity paperwork and psychometrics and progress notes.
  • Transports clients in a personal vehicle.
  • This position requires a significant amount of travel to client homes, other agencies, and to other medical/mental health appointments.


Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Psychology, Counseling, Social Work or Mental Health Related 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.
  • Requires access to car, valid driver's license, proof of current automobile insurance coverage and ability to meet LifeWorks NW's driving requirements.
  • 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 five-axis 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.
  • Demonstrated experience providing services to clients who have severe and persistent mental illness.
  • Must be well organized, have excellent time management skills and be able to manage flexible schedule.
  • Knowledge of medications commonly used by client population.
  • Demonstrated 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.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) fluency preferred, but not required.



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