Mental Health Associate, On Call
LifeWorks NW - Forest Grove, OR

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PURPOSE : Provides mental health services and behavioral interventions for medically compromised adults in a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF).

POSITION SPECIFIC : This position is on call – hours/days vary. Weekday and/or weekend hours available.

CLOSING DATE: Friday, May 3, 2013.

  • Provides behavioral interventions, case management and skill training to client within Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) and in community according to treatment plan.
  • Develops and presents group activities or therapies appropriate for treatment of clients such as art groups, community outings, movement, reminiscence, etc.
  • Coordinates services with other LifeWorks NW staff and with external organizations such as government agencies, social services providers, and healthcare providers.
  • Provides crisis intervention to clients experiencing difficulties.
  • Documents and maintains client records in electronic healthcare system within 24 hours of client care.
  • Maintains confidentiality of records relating to clients' treatment.
  • Encourages clients to express their feelings and discuss what is happening in their lives, and help them to develop insight into themselves and their relationships.
  • Guides clients in the development of skills and strategies for dealing with their problems.
  • Counsels clients and patients, individually and in group sessions, to maximize the quality of their lives.
  • Collects information about clients through interviews and observation.
  • Acts as client advocates to coordinate with SNF required services or to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations.
  • Collaborates with other staff members to perform clinical assessments and develop and implement treatment plans.
  • Evaluates clients' physical and mental condition based on review of client information.
  • Continually increase level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency.
  • Meets performance standards for direct client care, documentation, quality (including engagement and evidence based practices) teamwork.

  • Bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences field or at least three years relevant work, education, training, or experience.
  • Prior experience working in skilled nursing facilities or leading behavioral groups preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively; understand mental health assessment, treatment and service terminology and individual, group, family and other counseling techniques; program policies and procedures for services and supports identified in an ISSP. (Individual Services and Supports Plan.)
  • 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 ability to work some evenings and/or weekends.

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