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 a 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 Mental Health Therapist assesses and diagnoses children and adolescents ages 3 to 18 experiencing mental health issues and behavioral problems in school based programs as well as the Virginia Garcia medical clinics. They provide 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: Forest Grove High School
Pay/Benefits: $58,689 to $62,849 annual salary, plus full comprehensive benefits. $1,000 sign-on bonus.
QMHPs at this LifeWorks NW site qualify for the Oregon Health Care Provider Incentive Loan Repayment Program and/or the Oregon Behavioral Health Loan Repayment Program.
Essential Responsibilities: (Must be able to be performed with or without reasonable accommodation.)
- 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 as defined in the Performance Review.
- Continually increases level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency. Provides appropriate resources and support linkage and evaluation/treatment to clients.
- Performs client evaluation including; initial intake interviews, formulating diagnoses, and identifying appropriate treatment services. Notifies client and significant other(s) of diagnoses and initial recommendations. Completes a written narrative of the evaluation. Obtains necessary releases within specified timeline standards.
- Coordinates with Primary Care Physicians doing some work with the behavioral health model focusing on disease management.
- Collects supplementary information needed to assist client, such as medical records, or school reports. Analyzes the data such to identify symptoms and to diagnose the nature of clients' problems.
- Obtains and studies medical, psychological, social, and family histories by interviewing clients individually, in families, or in groups. Assesses their situations, capabilities, and problems to determine what services are required to meet their needs.
- Consults with parents, teachers, and other school personnel to determine causes of problems such as truancy and misbehavior in order to implement solutions.
- Develops therapeutic treatment plans based on clients' interests, abilities, strengths and needs. Treatment plans will be based upon clinical experience and knowledge, and will have measurable goals and objectives based on the diagnosis and will specify type, frequency, intensity, and duration of therapy. Treatment plans will be client driven and follow-ups will be completed on time, assessing the quantity and quality of services provided.
- Conducts individual, family and group therapy sessions based on current evidenced based practices e.g. collaborative problem solving, cognitive behavioral interventions, and solution focused therapy.
- Responsible for case management. Coordinates/collaborates with physicians, staff, families, caregivers, etc.
- Maintain awareness of community resources and provides referral services to clients and their families.
- Evaluates the effectiveness of counseling or treatment and the accuracy and completeness of diagnoses. Modifies plans and diagnoses as necessary. Uses program outcome measures as assigned.
- Maintains chart notes, obtains pertinent records from other treatment, and tracks client's involvement, follow-through, and progress in treatment activities. Documents and maintains client records to ensure compliance with agency and contract guidelines and confidentiality. Completes documentation in electronic health record system.
- Identifies cases involving domestic abuse or other family problems affecting students' development and determines whether clients should be counseled or referred to other specialists. Addresses legal issues, such as child abuse and discipline and assists with hearings.
- Act as client advocate to coordinate required services or to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations.
- Provides training and consultation to school staff and community partners regarding issues of mental health, addiction and behavior management and prevention.
- Participates in operations meetings to help address and maintain sustainability of School Based Health Center model. Attends informational and clinical meetings which may include all-agency meetings, supervision meetings, team meetings, consultation meetings with psychiatrist, intra-agency trainings, and completes online trainings as assigned.
- Serve as back-up for other staff when needed.
- Check e-mail/voice mail daily/throughout the day. Responds to contacts within 48 hours for routine matter when working (urgent matters may require a more immediate response)
- Travels between sites or within the community
- Completes critical incident reports when indicated within 24 hours of a critical incident.
Providing Direct Client Care - Individual family and group therapy; case management; consultation; assessment; skills training; crisis intervention.
Assisting Clients - Responsible for rendering assistance in clean up duties involving the bodily fluids spill kit when providing services at LifeWorks NW sites.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
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.
Provide Consultation and Advice to Others - Providing guidance and expert advice to co-workers and clinical team.
Communicating with Supervisors and Peers - Providing information to supervisors and co-workers by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization - Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
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 up to 25 lbs, walking, reaching and twisting.
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 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.
- Master's Degree in Psychology, Social Work or Mental Health Counseling or related mental health field (QMHP) may be required.
- Oregon license (i.e Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Psychologist) or registered intern in process for license strongly preferred.
- Current CADC or eligibility for CADC within two years of preferred.
- 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.
- More than 2 years experience required in a broad range of clinical interventions and mental health assessments specific to children, adolescents and families.
- Fluency in Spanish required.
- Demonstrated understanding of cultural values and norms. Knowledge of acculturation and generational issues within the Latino community.
- Extensive knowledge and understanding of resources and appropriate support linkage available within the community. 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.
- Demonstrated understanding of behavioral health interventions in support of medical diagnoses. Understanding of the difference between behavioral health and mental health models and ability to determine most appropriate model to use.
- Demonstrated ability in providing case management services and compliance with confidentially in accordance with federal, state and/or funding source requirements.
- Knowledge of community resources and treatment agencies enabling appropriate referrals for specific client needs.
- Knowledge of medications commonly used by client population.
- Proficient in or have a functional knowledge of Microsoft Outlook and Word. Must be able to master proprietary software including electronic health record system.
- May require 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.
Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and counseling. Recognition of medical necessity and knowledge of the golden thread of treatment, from client intake through discharge. Familiarity of applications of evidence based practices appropriate to client population.
English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Medicine - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat mental health conditions. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, and preventive health-care measures.
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.
Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of oneself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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.
Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
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.
Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
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.
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