On-Call Counselor III (Current Employee) – Portland, OR – December 28, 2017
I have had many jobs at this company and overall it's a good place to work. The salary is far behind it's competitors leaving mostly recent graduates to be often stretched to thin to perform well. Working at UWIC has been much more enjoyable then other positions I have had.
Milieu Counselor, QMHA (Former Employee) – Portland, OR – December 21, 2017
My favorite aspects of this job were facilitating group therapy with patients. I could research materials for groups and then implement within the curriculum and mission of the non-profit. The groups I was able to plan and then execute included art therapy with supervision, social skills enhancing groups to build rapport and support networks between patients, chair yoga, baking, gardening in a community garden, and going on field trips to museums, shopping malls, and community events to practice the social skills learned in groups.
I did not care for management. They would make arbitrary rules that they would enforce only when it benefited themselves. They were flakey, cold, and not trustworthy. This lack of support from management made it even more difficult to process the unpredictability of working with patients with severe and chronic mental illness and manage the stress and emotional burn out that can sometimes accompany these kinds of roles.
Also the benefits were great if you were only covering yourself, but to cover my family would have cost more per month than I made.
Amazing patients, doing research and leading group therapy, doing fun activites with patients
Case Manager/Counselor III (Current Employee) – South of Portland, OR – June 8, 2017
I'm at a residential facility and it's hit and miss. Admin frequently downsizes necessary positions to "make room" for other necessary positions, as opposed to just hiring more people. I've been told that you must work 5 days per week (so no 4 10's). Management promotes/develops a strong team mentality, but regularly ignores requests for support from the team. I've seen employees have to threaten to quit to receive very much needed support (i.e. requesting HR involvement beyond a dismissive email).
I think this stems from being critically understaffed across the board in admins efforts to keep money at the top. They're working hard to promote inclusivity and encourage self-care in their training...but will definitely push clinicians to burnout with a shrug.
Salaried, benefits, competitive pay, skilled team, residents, flexible with groups/modality
Heavy on case management, misleading on clinical hours, frequently changing job roles/expectations, heavy caseloads, low support from admin
Program Manager (Former Employee) – Portland, OR – March 2, 2017
My time at Cascadia offered me lots of valuable work experience that I will take with me where ever I go. The work can be challenging but very rewarding. You quickly learn that it is the people that make the job special.
Great Professionals that are invested in the clients they serve.
Wages are not very competitive with similar agencies.
Secure Treatment Specialist II (QMHA) (Current Employee) – Portland, OR – October 9, 2016
Provided skills training and case management to individuals with SPMI. Compassionate and dedicated service providers. Difficulty maintaining self-care and a healthy work/life balance due to staff shortage.
Residential Counselor QMHA (Current Employee) – Portland, OR – May 31, 2016
I enjoyed my time here and my autonomy. The company could do better with working with individuals with disabilities. There is little connection between the main office and the counselors in the field and it is unfortunate that they have no feel for those on the "front lines". I have not felt this disconnect at other mental health organizations where i have worked. The pay and benefits are excellent.
Quality Management Administrative Coordinator (Current Employee) – Portland, OR – May 23, 2016
This was a great experience, especially for my resume. However, pay increase is almost non existent, and not a whole lot is being done for this. Clinician's case loads are growing due to poor retention. I'm hoping certain aspects are fixed, especially with so many people that this organization provides care and services too.
Residential Counselor (Former Employee) – Portland, OR – October 31, 2015
A typical day managers are hounding you about meaningless tasks. It seems like the managers are stuck in power dynamics. Co-workers are filled of drama, it's worse than high school. The most enjoyable part of the job is spending time with clients. Hardest part of the job is the pay....13.39/hr isn't enough to live. Most of the work is caretaking and cooking/cleaning. No job advancement possibility....but its sort of easy to keep your job if you play your part in the work culture.
Floating Secure Residential Counselor II (Former Employee) – Portland, OR – May 25, 2015
Great place to work. They are focused on making there teams better and management is always willing to help people advance their career and grown. The job is difficult and and many burn out so be aware. The team works hard but is definitely understaffed.
Good team and good people.
Being frozen over a shift if a co-worker doesn't show is the worst thing ever.
Multiple Positions (Current Employee) – Portland OR – May 5, 2015
Cascadia offers many masters level clinicians their first professional experience. This often comes with high case loads, poor supervision, and low compensation. Cascadia has poor compensation and highturnover and has never made an effort to invest long term in development and retention of clinicians. Parts of the agency, particularly Project Respond, have an excellent culture and are great to work in.
Residential counselor (Former Employee) – Portland – April 29, 2015
Pretty big company these days and still growing. A culture of not caring to understand the line/floor experience. Employees asked to provide assistance with new programs while established houses/facilities continue to not be fully staffed. Little done to retain quality other than providing overall decent benefits. Workers with real performance issues are not handled well.
Middle management not adequate, especially in residential settings. Many meetings occur to support their growth but they are barely ever hands on. In fact, it feels like a competition to see who can communicate with clients and lower employees the least. More positive attention is given to saving money than having good client outcomes. Issues with a "do as I say and not as I do" mentality surface as well.
One has to wonder how far up the line that goes, though the newest CEO is a lot better than the one previous, who nearly ran it into the ground.
Residential Treatment Specialist III (Current Employee) – Portland, OR – March 24, 2015
I've had the opportunity to quickly move up in a company where I am encouraged to work towards my strengths. I am supported when working towards my career goals, and am given opportunities to train other colleagues.
Great company and great services provided to our homeless population
Asset Manager - NE Portland area (Former Employee) – Portland, OR – January 26, 2015
Cascadia has wonderful programs for it's homeless population as well as mental health services. I learned a lot for on line courses provided to us free of charge; I learned a lot about mental health and different diverse cultures.