On Call, Mental Health Therapist/Care Coordinator #253

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 On Call, Mental Health Therapist/Care Coordinator assesses and diagnoses children and adolescents ages 3 to 18 experiencing mental health issues and behavioral problems in school based programs.  Provides appropriate treatment and/or consultation with families, care providers, and community partners about treatment options.

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 Tigard High School.

Working Conditions: Staff in this position have the option to either work fully remotely, to work fully out of a site within the school district or to work a combination of remotely and in-person.

Pay/Benefits: $25.95 to $28.22 per hour. 

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

  • Meets performance standards for direct client care, documentation, quality (including engagement and evidence based practices) teamwork as defined in the Performance Review.
  • Continually increases level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency. Actively participates in a minimum of 4 hours of training related to cultural effectiveness and sensitivity in working with diverse populations.
  • Provides consulting services and training to school staff, caregivers, and families regarding issues of mental health, addiction and behavior management.
  • Helps teachers and school personnel understand the scope and limitations of their role as it relates to mental health treatment and therapy.
  • Conducts a mental health screening with the student/family either in the home or in the school, may conduct complete mental health assessments in limited and specific circumstances.
  • Consults with parents, teachers, and other school personnel to determine causes of problems such as truancy and misbehavior, and to implement solutions.
  • Interviews clients individually or in families, assessing their situations, capabilities, and problems in order to determine what services are required to meet their needs.
  • Develops care coordination plans with students and families that outline goals. Goals can be focused on a myriad of issues ranging from decreased absences to active participation in community mental health services.
  • Provides, finds, or arranges for support services, such as child care, prenatal care, substance abuse treatment, counseling, or parenting classes in order to prevent more serious problems from developing. Maintains involvement with the student and family to ensure they have successfully connected with a community provider (when appropriate).
  • Facilitates communication between the family and the school and addresses any barriers to accessing services.
  • Encourages clients to develop and use skills and strategies for confronting their problems in a constructive manner.
  • Meets with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and to determine priorities for their children and/or additional resource needs.
  • Determines the effectiveness of programming by following up with clients and assessing their adjustment and progress
  • Participates in regular individual and team meetings with supervisor. Attends informational and clinical meetings which may include all staff and team meetings, consultation with other staff and required trainings.
  • Documents and maintains client records to ensure compliance with agency, school district and grant/contract guidelines and confidentiality. Creates client files including referral forms, care coordination notes, case closure forms and appropriate releases. Submits necessary file information to the supervisor for regular submission to a research group. Completes documentation in electronic health record system.
  • Checks e-mail/voice mail daily and responds within specified time frames.
  • Serves as a mandated reporter of child abuse and neglect.
  • Identifies cases involving domestic abuse or other family problems affecting students' development and determine whether clients should be counseled or referred to other specialists in such fields as medicine, psychiatry, and legal aid.
  • Travels between sites or in the community.
  • Qualified licensed clinicians may be requested to provide licensure supervision as part of their regular position in compliance with the rules of their licensing board.
Qualifications: (Equivalent education and/or experience may be substituted for qualifications. Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the employee will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each task proficiently.)
  • This position requires a valid and active QMHP credential certification through MHACBO or a valid and active status (licensed or registered intern) with an approved Oregon licensing board.
  • Master's degree in Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, or a mental health related field
  • Minimum of 1 year experience in broad range of clinical interventions and mental health assessments of school aged children and adolescents.
  • 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 work relationships and conducting a mental status examination, complete a five-axis DSM diagnosis; write and supervise the implementation of an Individual Services and Support Plan and provide individual, family, and/or group therapy within the scope of their training.
  • Demonstrated effective communication skills and ability to provide culturally-competent treatment services to diverse client populations and maintain a cooperative working relationship with others in a culturally diverse environment. Demonstrated knowledge of researching community resource networks. Proficient in Microsoft Outlook and Word. Ability to master proprietary software including electronic health record system required.
  • Requires access to a car and valid driver's license.
  • Ability to perform essential functions of job without creating a direct threat to the safety of self or others.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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