Mental Health Counselor (primary focus youth and young adults) (Part Time or Full Time)

Clackamas Women's Services | Oregon City, OR

Posted Date 5/09/2022

Staff with bilingual competencies provide an additional and essential value to our organization and we increase our starting wage accordingly for bilingual staff.

Note to Candidates:

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications as described in a job description. Clackamas Women’s Services is committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization and we strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of the qualifications as described or if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for or perform job duties. 

About Clackamas Women’s Services (CWS)

Clackamas Women’s Services (CWS) was incorporated in 1985 as Clackamas County’s first shelter for survivors escaping family violence and domestic abuse. CWS’ service delivery framework is built on trauma-informed best practices that promote safety and self-determination. Our vision is to live in a society that no longer tolerates domestic and sexual violence, but rather thrives on mutual respect. 

CWS offers comprehensive, responsive solutions for adults and children impacted by sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, the sex industry, and elder abuse. Through our emergency shelter, A Safe Place Family Justice Center, satellite offices and throughout the community, CWS coordinates services with other public and private agencies in order to best serve survivors seeking help. Participants in our programs receive no-cost services by highly trained staff.

CWS is committed to building an organizational culture that reflects our values. We envision a community of survivors, staff, partners, volunteers, and donors who are deeply committed to breaking the isolation of domestic and sexual violence.  We do this by creating community and partnership, honoring and celebrating survivors, and engaging in work toward equity and social change through community engagement and by investing internally in continual improvement and learning processes. We are dedicated to the ongoing work of creating and sustaining a community where everyone can thrive.

Benefits of working at CWS: 

Clackamas Women’s Services is proud to offer competitive wages, paying above market for all positions and offering a full package of benefits including:

  • 100% employer-paid health, dental, vision, and alternative care benefits.
  • 100% employer-paid long-term disability and life insurance.
  • Generous PTO (39.5 days in first year based on accrual).
  • Paid day off for birthday.
  • Paid parental leave.
  • Monthly retirement plan contribution of 4%.
  • Anniversary bonus, $25/year of service.
  • Employee Assistance Program.
  • Professional development opportunities.
  • CWS was voted (by our staff) as one of the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon!
  • Work with a heart-centered team providing culturally responsive emergency, transitional, and long-term supports, and services. CWS helps survivors build hope and resilience so they can achieve their goals for personal safety, physical and mental wellness, financial autonomy, and family stability. 

Position Purpose:

The CWS Counselor is responsible for providing trauma-informed mental health counseling to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, the sex industry and/or elder abuse. This position will serve all ages with their primary focus being on youth and young adults. They will also work closely with CWS’ Children’s Program and Camp HOPE Team to support youth and family supportive services such as groups and summer camp activities.                                                                                                                                                                                             

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Conduct Mental Health Screenings and Assessments, develop Individualized Treatment Plans, and conduct periodic Treatment Reviews to evaluate progress of therapy with CWS participants.
  2. Provide one-on-one, group, and/or family counseling sessions to survivors in accordance with CWS’ expectations around time spent providing direct service.
  3. Facilitate intervention and support groups for survivors in the community, at CWS office locations or via telehealth.
  4. Keep up-to-date and accurate records. Complete documentation of all services, including intakes, releases of information, demographics tracking and statistics within agency database and Electronic Health Records in a timely manner consistent with OARs and agency expectations.
  5. Provide consultation to co-workers and community partners related to mental health, addiction, and trauma responses that may impact survivors.
  6. Provide advocacy, case management, referrals and/or service navigation to participants, as needed
  7. Practice Trauma Informed Care consistent with CWS model of counseling and program service delivery
  8. Meet regularly with a clinical supervisor to support client care and professional development
  9. If working towards licensure: maintain hours, associated paperwork, and other required documentation
  10. Co-facilitate groups focused on supporting youth survivors and caregivers (such as Parent Café, Active Parenting, TREM for youth and A Window Between Worlds); serve as back-up facilitator, as needed.
  11. Provide assistance with the Camp HOPE America – Oregon and Pathways Program, including but not limited to:
    • Serve on committee for engaging youth and families
    • Act as in-person, Mental Health staff at camp for 2.5 weeks each summer
  12. Other duties as assigned.

General Responsibilities

  1. Represent the mission and values of CWS to program participants and community partners.
  1. Maintain appropriate participant confidentiality in accordance with advocate privilege and federal statutes.
  1. Provide consultation and support for community partners through collaboration and information sharing regarding the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault and its impact on survivors.
  1. Work in conjunction with other staff to provide consistent services to participants.
  1. Participate in speaking engagements and facilitate educational trainings on trauma-informed modalities for serving children, youth and caregivers, as requested.
  1. Represent CWS at community meetings and outreach events within the community.
  1. Attend CWS all staff meetings, regular team meetings, staff retreats and A Safe Place meetings.
  1. Meet regularly with the Counseling Program Manager to plan and prioritize projects.
  1. Submit necessary monthly timesheets and mileage reimbursement forms. Manage daily schedule appropriately.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Counseling, Psychology, or Social Work.
  • Experience providing clinical services to youth, adults, and families.
  • Have working knowledge of insurance billing practices within the mental health sector.
  • Experience in the field of domestic violence, sexual violence and/or child abuse.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence and its effect on survivors, their children and society.
  • Demonstrated understanding of systems of oppression, ability to work effectively and non-judgmentally with individuals from diverse backgrounds, and understanding of culturally competent service delivery
  • Demonstrated skills working with children and parents in a social service setting.
  • Knowledge of developmentally appropriate clinical practice and positive parenting techniques.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team.
  • Ability to provide effective clinical care in-person and via telehealth.
  • Reliable transportation required; position includes use of personal vehicle to complete some tasks.
  • Must be able to travel throughout Clackamas County and the Greater Portland Area.
  • The person in this position frequently remains in a stationary position and periodically: moves items (up to 25 lbs.) from one place to another and regularly moves throughout CWS worksites to access files and meet with staff and participants.
  • Must pass a background check.

We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce that represents the communities we serve. Women, people of color, LGBTQ+, older adults and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to with subject line “Counselor”.

Listing Type
Position Type
Full Time
Experience Level
Mid Level
Employer Type
Direct Employer
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