PURPOSE : Assesses and diagnoses children and adolescents ages 3 to 18 experiencing mental health issues and behavioral problems in an outpatient setting. Provides appropriate treatment and/or consultation with families, care providers, and community partners about treatment options.
POSITION SPECIFIC : Bilingual (English/Spanish) skills preferred, but not required. Must be able to work a flexible schedule: days/evenings. Will be working out of LifeWorks NW’s Rockwood (East Multnomah County), however may be working also out of the St. Johns location (North Portland).
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES :
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.
Continually increases level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency.
Performs client evaluations including; initial intake interviews, formulating diagnoses, and identifying appropriate treatment services. Notifies client and significant other(s) of diagnoses and initial recommendations. Completes written narrative of the evaluation and obtains necessary releases within specified timeline standards.
Collects supplementary information needed to assist client such as medical records or school reports.
Obtains and studies medical, psychological, social, and family histories by interviewing clients individually, in families, or in groups to assess their situations, capabilities, and problems. Determines 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.
Analyzes data such as interview notes, test results, and reference manuals to identify symptoms and to diagnose the nature of clients' problem s .
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 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.
Responsible for case management.
Maintains awareness of community resources and provides referral services to clients and families.
Evaluates the effectiveness of counseling or treatments 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 involvement, follow-through, and progress in treatment activities. Documents and maintains client records to ensure compliance with agency and confidentiality guidelines. Completes documentation in electronic health record system.
Identifies cases involving domestic abuse or other family problems affecting student development and determines whether clients should be counseled or referred to other specialists.
Addresses legal issues such as child abuse and discipline. Assists with hearings and provides testimony.
Acts as client advocate to coordinate required services or to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations.
Participates in regular individual and team meetings.
Transports clients in a personal vehicle.
Completes critical incident reports when indicated within 24 hours of a critical incident.
Master’s degree in Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, or a mental health related field.
More than 1 year experience in broad range of clinical interventions and mental health assessment specific to children, adolescents and families.
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.
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 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 Microsoft Outlook and Word. Ability to master proprietary software required, including electronic health record system.
Requires access to a car, current auto insurance/driver’s license, and ability to meet LifeWorks NW’s driving requirements.