Gambling Treatment Therapist
LifeWorks NW - Oregon

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PURPOSE : Provides treatment to problem gamblers and their significant others in an outpatient setting. Responsible for assessments, treatment planning and provisions of support counseling (individual, couples, family, and group), for assigned client caseload; and to keep accurate, timely records in adherence with Department of Human Services (DHS)/Addiction and Mental Health (AMH) Division.

This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) position. This position will work at a .8 FTE as a Gambling Treatment Therapist for the Problem Gambling program and a .2 FTE as a Mental Health Therapist for the Multnomah County Federal Program.

This position will work out of the Southwest (downtown Portland) site as well as the Millikan site (Beaverton) working Tuesday through Saturday.

CLOSING DATE: Monday, October 28 th , 2013

  • Responsible for client evaluation including initial intake interview, formulating diagnosis, identifying appropriate treatment services. Complete written narrative of evaluation and obtain necessary releases.
  • Responsible for client orientation including advising client and significant other(s) of the services offered through the program, recommend services for client including purpose and expected length of involvement, and written contract outlining initial treatment agreements.
  • Utilize information obtained from client evaluation to identify specific problems in relation to following areas: abuse/addiction; psychological/behavioral; legal; medical; family; social/relationships; educational/occupational/financial.
  • Develop therapeutic treatment plans based on clients' interests, abilities, strengths and needs. Treatment plans will be evidence based using 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.
  • Provide referral services as indicated to clients and their significant others. Maintain awareness of relevant community referral resources.
  • Conduct individual, couples, family, significant others and group therapy sessions.
  • Facilitate or co-facilitate group services which may include: gambling addiction education; insight and awareness groups; early stage treatment groups; recovery-model groups; continuing-care support services.
  • Utilization of evidence based practices appropriate to the population being served.
  • Follows the golden thread of therapy by conducting on-going evaluation of treatment from initial intake through client discharge.
  • Responsible for case management including maintaining contact with referral source(s) and other staff regarding client and significant other(s) involvement in treatment services, case-coordination with other agencies, maintaining chart notes related to external contracts, obtaining pertinent records from other treatment agencies and tracking clients involvement, follow-through and progress in varied treatment activities. Maintain awareness of community referral resources.
  • Responsible for records maintenance in electronic health record system within 24 hours of meeting with client. Provide crisis intervention and serve as backup for other clinicians as needed.
  • Continually increase level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency.
  • Some evening hours required.
  • 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.
  • Participate in regular individual and team meetings.

  • Master’s degree in Psychology, Mental Health, Social Work or related field required.
  • Current certification as a Certified Gambling Addiction Counselor (CGAC) strongly preferred. If don’t currently have one, must meet expectation of obtaining CGAC 1 or 2 within timeframe established by Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR’s.
  • More than 1 year experience in broad range of clinical interventions and mental health and/or addictions treatment specific to the client population.

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