Employment Type
Full-time
Job Location
1060 Webber, The Dalles, 97058
Base Salary
$4831.59-$5327.62 Per month
Date posted
June 6, 2022
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Position title
Mental Health Counselor (Child)
Description

General Statement of Responsibilities:
The Mental Health Specialist 1 provides culturally competent, appropriate, and trauma-informed crisis and behavioral health treatment for assigned clients. This position provides counseling and education for individuals, couples, families and groups. The Mental Health Specialist 1 provides behavioral health services to other community agencies, coordinates behavioral health services with other community and State resources, and performs related work as required. Incumbents must demonstrate cultural sensitivity and
understanding of how culture influences and impacts behavioral health services while incorporating this understanding into trauma-informed care.

This position provides QMHP behavioral health services to clients age 2-17 and their families. Clients may present with a variety of issues including trauma histories, dysregulated behavior and/or emotions, suicidality, and difficult relationship dynamics. Interventions may include Collaborative Problem Solving, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and a variety of other modalities.

Responsibilities

Essential Responsibilities of the General Classification:
• Provide psychotherapy, counseling, and case management services to individuals, couples, families and
groups. Conduct interviews to accumulate pertinent data; assess presenting issues; develop service plans.
Counseling and psychotherapy may include working with assigned clients in developing communication
skills, providing assertiveness training, providing behavior modification programs, and monitoring the
effects of prescribed medication.
• Provide substance abuse disorder assessment and provide integrated dual-diagnosis services to assigned
clients.
• Meet minimum client service productivity requirements as may be set by the Agency to meet requirements
of outside funding and/or reimbursement sources.
• Utilize agency clinical software system to make internal referrals, manage work schedule, and to prepare
current client records of treatment and reports as necessary and required. Maintain timely and cogent
progress notes and service plans to required standards. Ensure that client records and other
documentation are up-to-date and justify the services provided.
• Assist and/or provide back-up support with screening, referral, and crisis services as needed and directed
by supervisor. May provide after-hours emergency services on a 24-hour, rotating basis, such as telephone
consultation, crisis intervention, and pre-hospital screening examinations.
• Actively participate in joint case planning and coordination with internal multi-disciplinary team and agency
psychiatrists. Collaborate in case planning and service coordination as needed with other community
agencies such as schools, group homes, community detention facility, community medical hospital and
other DHS programs.
• Regular and reliable attendance; timely and professional communication; confidentiality.
• Participate in all team and agency meetings as scheduled.
Position-Specific Essential Responsibilities:
• Triage and implement strategies for crisis and crisis stabilization with the ACCESS team and Family Care
Coordinator.
• Serve as collaborator with Intensive Community Treatment Services (ICTS) staff.

Qualifications

Job Specifications: Any qualifying combination of education, licensure and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position is qualifying. This would typically include:
• Master's degree in social work, psychology, psychiatric nursing or other related field AND
• Two (2) years’ professional experience providing behavioral health counseling that includes includes work
with sexual abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence and trauma.
• Experience with PCIT, Collaborative Problem Solving, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, is preferred.
• Experience working with children and youth and with disadvantaged populations is preferred.
• Bilingual fluency Spanish/English may be required for some positions.
• Professional licensure in the State of Oregon as an LCSW or LPC, or the ability to obtain this licensure
within two (02) years of hire is preferred (and may be required for some MHS1 positions).
• Must possess a valid Oregon or Washington Driver's License, maintain an acceptable driving record and
be insurable for client service purposes and for travel between business office for meetings and/or
trainings. This position must pass all criminal history check requirements as required by ORS 181.536 to
181.537, and in accordance with OAR 407-007-0220 to 407-007-0370.
• Ability to work evening and weekend hours as needed.

Job Benefits

Benefits (Note: subject to change annually)

  • Affordable monthly medical premium
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Retirement: Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), and Employees contribute to Social Security.
  • 11 Paid holidays a year (including one floating holiday)
  • 7.5 hours of sick leave accrued each month
  • Generous vacation accruals (up to 15 for years 1-3, based on date of hire and hours worked)
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