Skills Trainer #1377

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 Skills Trainer provides direct care services, skills training and support to adults in an African American culturally focused SUD residential setting for women and children. This position does both skills training and performs as a Mental Health Associate. Duties include group skill building facilitation, symptom management/support, direct individual and group skills training focused on symptoms management, self-care, and transitional living skills and other services as outlined in the treatment plan. May also provide case management with families, care providers, and community partners related to treatment plan goals.

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 Project Network site. 

Pay/Benefits: $19.95 to $21.70 per hour plus, pro-rated comprehensive benefits

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

  • Provides quality care and customer service by providing strength-based support and guidance to residents at PNet, being present and punctual for scheduled shifts, and being a positive and reliable member of the team.
  • Provides evidence-based interventions based on clients' interests, culture, abilities, strengths, and needs, according to the individual service and support plan.
  • In one on one and group settings, counsels clients and assists them in developing skills on topics such as healthy relationships, coping skills, healthy routine, mental health and physical health management and independent living skills.
  • Conducts individual and group skills training sessions based on current evidenced based practices (i.e. Motivational Interviewing, DBT, and Collaborative Problem Solving).
  • Meets performance standards as defined by productivity requirement for direct client care, documentation, and quality (including engagement and evidence-based practices).
  • Continually increases level of cultural sensitivity, awareness, and competency. Actively participates in a minimum of four hours of training related to cultural effectiveness in working with diverse populations.
  • Provides case management and coordinates services with physicians, other staff, families, caregivers, government agencies, education providers, and community partners to collaboratively address concerns as well as treatment needs and supports.
  • Establishes and enforces rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among clients, employing techniques such as behavior modification and positive reinforcement. Monitors clients in order to detect unusual behavior and reports observations to professional staff.
  • Organizes, supervises, and encourages client participation in social, educational, and recreational activities. Provides, finds, or arranges for job and/or school training.
  • Maintains awareness of community resources and helps clients and their families to access these resources.
  • Provides crisis intervention and support to clients experiencing increased mental health symptoms and behaviors.
  • Participates in regular individual and team meetings/supervisions as scheduled with direct supervisor/program director. Attends informational and trainings meetings (including all agency meetings and cultural diversity trainings) as scheduled/needed.
  • May act as client advocate to coordinate required services or to obtain information regarding emergency/crisis situations and relay information to appropriate team members.
  • Prepares meals and snacks for and/or with residents as needed.
  • Checks e-mail/voicemail daily/throughout the day when working responding to contacts within 48 hours for routine matter (urgent matters may require a more immediate response)
  • May be required to transport clients in a LifeWorks vehicle.
  • May administer first aid only if certified, according to prescribed procedures
  • Participate in a culture of feedback at the agency by eliciting feedback to promote professional growth and assess work effectiveness.
  • Use Feedback-Informed Treatment service delivery approach to obtain and review feedback from clients regarding the fit and effectiveness of the services provided to them.

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.)

  • A bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, counseling or a related behavioral sciences field OR a minimum of three years' experience working with individuals with severe mental illness.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively; understand mental health assessment, treatment and service terminology and individual, group, family and other counseling techniques; program policies and procedures for services and supports identified in an Individual Services and Supports Plan.
  • 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 ability to provide psychosocial skills training, implement elements of a treatment plan, and provide case management services in compliance with confidentiality requirements.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Outlook and Word. Ability to master proprietary software including electronic health record system required.
  • Previous experience in a broad range of interventions and mental health skills training specific to adolescents and young adults.
  • Knowledge of community resources and treatment agencies enabling appropriate referrals for specific client needs.
  • A valid driver's license and ability to meet LifeWorks NW driving requirements.
  • Ability to perform essential functions of job without creating a direct threat to the safety of self or others.

Work Activities:

Participate in On Call rotation on the clinical team answering program calls for a week at a time 24/7 after hours and potentially coming on site after normal working hours.

Facilitate coping skills groups, DBT and other groups as assigned.

Provide 1:1 support in client rooms assisting with developing routines for parenting and daily living.

Managing client crisis and coordinating with supervisor, referents and other team members to ensure client/ program safety. Following program protocol when illegal substances and or weapons / other program contraband are found on client person or on site.

Providing Direct Client Care - Individual and group skills training; case management; and occasional crisis support.

Assisting Clients - Responsible for rendering assistance in clean up duties which may involve using the bodily fluids spill kit.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others and maintaining them over time.

Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic form according to required timelines.

Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others - Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

Thinking Creatively - Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships or systems.

Communicating with Supervisors or Peers - Providing information to supervisors and co-workers by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of arms and legs and moving the whole body, such as standing, sitting, lifting up to and occasionally 25 - 50 lbs, walking, reaching and twisting.


Mental Health Diagnosis and Interventions - Basic knowledge of principles, methods and procedures for intervening with mental health needs relevant to skills training.

Written and Communication Skills - Strong knowledge and understanding of the English language both written and oral.


 Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Monitoring - Monitoring/assessing one's own performance, that of other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.

Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Writing -Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Work environment:

Project Network is a three story, 34 bed residential treatment center for moderate to high acuity women and children.

Direct in-person group, case management, skill building on site, or administering UA's in spaces that may require close contact.

May provide transportation in personal or LWNW vehicles (large Van, smaller van)

Working with high acuity population coming directly from high-risk environments, working with children who are too young to wear masks.

Expectation to wear mask while on site and enforce COVID precautions with clients who often have trouble following COVID safety rules

Equal Opportunity Employer

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