Crisis Response Therapist, On Call
LifeWorks NW - Beaverton, OR

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PURPOSE : Seeking Master’s level mental health professional with strong assessment and crisis skills to provide both clinic based and mobile crisis response to persons with mental illness in Washington County. Conduct mental health risk assessments, develop short-term client centered stabilization plans and assist with resource linkage.

Bilingual (Spanish/English)/bicultural encouraged to apply. 2 years post graduate experience preferred.

Requires availability weekends, weekdays, day and evening shifts. Position is on-call, hours and shifts vary.

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.

Responds to emergency situations involving children and adults experiencing mental health crisis.

Provides on-site (clinic based and in the community) mental health assessments and crisis intervention as appropriate.

Performs client evaluations and risk assessments. Formulates a diagnosis and develops a short term stabilization or safety plan to relieve the present mental health crisis and to provide a stable environment for clients. Notifies client and significant other(s) of diagnosis and initial recommendations. Completes written narrative of evaluation and obtains necessary releases. May participate in long-term treatment plans.

Provides follow up contact as developed in the stabilization or safety plan.

Provides consultation and training to staff, caregivers, families, and community organizations regarding mental health issues, addiction and behavior management as it relates to clients.

Maintains awareness of community referral resources. Helps to build positive relationships with other community providers and provides appropriate referral services.

Identifies cases involving domestic abuse or other family problems affecting clients' development and determines whether clients should be counseled or referred to other specialists. Follows through with mandatory reporting duties.

Ensures that all necessary equipment for crisis response is ready at all times.

Maintains professional presentation in the community at all times and responds to all situations / calls with a customer service attitude.

Prepares mental health evaluations and reports for all client contacts. Maintains clear and concise records. Maintains case files that include activities, progress notes, evaluations, and recommendations according to confidentiality guidelines. Completes documentation in an electronic health records system and Service Activity Logs (S/AL’s) in a timely basis. Completes time and attendance forms.

Assists staff members by helping to resolve difficult emergency situations and serves as back-up for other staff when needed.

Travels between sites and in the community, transports clients in LifeWorks NW vehicles.

May carry the graveyard crisis cell phone and is responsible for responding immediately to crisis calls by phone or in person as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Strong assessment, decision-making and interpersonal skills are absolute necessities for this position

Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or a Mental Health related field.

Demonstrated ability to conduct an mental health crisis 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 to address chemical dependency and/or mental health problems.

More than 1 year of experience preferred in a broad range of clinical interventions and mental health assessments with children and families or individual with severe and persistent mental illness. Two years post-graduate experience preferred.

Demonstrated ability to work effectively on a highly interdependent team, necessary skill sets include: initiative, dependability, flexibility and strong organizational skills.

Demonstrated ability to maintain case management in accordance with federal, state and/or funding source requirements as well as LifeWorks’ NW policies and procedures.

Knowledge of community resources and treatment agencies enabling appropriate referrals for specific client needs.

Knowledge of medications commonly used by client population.

Good computer skills including a functional knowledge of Microsoft Outlook and Word. Ability to master proprietary software including electronic health record system.

Demonstrates effective communication skills and maintains a cooperative working relationship with others in a culturally diverse environment.

Requires valid driver’s license and verification of safe driving record from DMV .

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