5/31/2021

Job Description:

Do you enjoy living in smaller rural communities? Love the coast? Bring your career to a coastal community mental health provider! Immediate need for Clinical Counselors!

Performs professional behavioral health services through individual, group, and family psychotherapy and counseling, working with individuals diagnosed with a severe, persistent mental illness (SPMI). This position is distinguished from the Clinical Counselor 4 classification by the required licensure, increased emphasis on professional initiative, competence developed through years of experience, continuing education, and the ability to coordinate specific program functions. The employee’s primary responsibility is the delivery of behavioral health services (mental health and/or addictions) for the prevention of child abuse and neglect, hospitalization, crime and delinquency, improved county safety, and quality of living.

Obtain pre-commitment investigation certification within six months of hire.
Conduct pre-commitment investigations when needed/as assigned including interviews in the community, hospital, or jail. Present findings in court, as needed.

Counselor of the Day as assigned. This includes providing day time back up to the crisis counselor in the office, by phone, in the community, hospital, or jail, as needed.

Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities:

A) Provides individual, family, or group psychotherapy and counseling including diagnosis, treatment case management, planning, counseling, and follow-up.

B) Assists with needs assessments in a specialized area of behavioral health and participates in the design and implementation of programs. Consults with other agencies in assessing diagnosis and treatment of emotionally, behaviorally disturbed persons as assigned.

C) May be assigned responsibility for sub-program areas.

D) Prepares necessary records, reports, clinical evaluations, and correspondence to document work.

E) Performs initial screening of new clients, which includes evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment planning.

F) May conduct pre-commitment investigations as assigned (if qualified); submits reports to courts, arranges hearings, keeps records.

G) Treats/assesses emergency mental and emotional disturbance cases by providing crisis intervention services.

H) May provide a full range of behavioral health services including both mental health and addiction treatment.

I) Determines dangerousness for civil commitment. Respond as directed to court-ordered evaluations and court procedures; may be responsible as a team member for the supervision of PSRB and 370 clients.

J) Provides consultation services to outside agencies as assigned.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/LICENSES/CERTIFICATES REQUIRED:

  • A Master’s degree specializing in clinical social work, psychology, or a related field or a Bachelor’s level Registered Nurse with experience in the provision of psychiatric care is required.
  • In addition, for the Problem Gambling Counselor position, advanced certification in addictions (CGAC II preferred), or the ability to document a minimum of 1000 hours of problem gambling treatment experience and completion of 60 hours of problem gambling specific education is required.
  • This position also requires an insurable driving record and a valid Oregon driver’s license within 30 days of appointment.
  • The employee is required to maintain current and active licensures and certifications, as applicable, and to provide the appropriate verifications at the time of renewals.
  • Bilingual and/or bicultural competencies for the Latino population are preferred.

CLINICAL COUNSELOR 5:
SPECIFIC JOB SKILLS:

A thorough knowledge and understanding of Integrated Service and Support Rules (ISSR) related to mental health treatment of children and adults are required. Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills are required and the ability to solve problems and negotiate is essential. Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of social casework and clinical delivery systems as well as considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of behavioral health treatment, including assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, psychotherapy, and counseling are required. Reasonable knowledge of psychological and personality testing and its application to the diagnosis and treatment of mentally ill persons; functions and procedures of other social service agencies; laws and regulations applicable to behavioral health programs as they relate to the employee’s area of specialization are essential. Intermediate to high-level skills in psychotherapy and counseling techniques as well as the ability to exercise sound judgment in appraising situations and making decisions regarding complex behavioral health treatment issues; perform general mental health/addictions, conduct needs assessments, and apply knowledge of needs and resources to the development of services; deal professionally with persons who have mental and emotional disturbances, developmental disabilities or alcohol and drug abuse problems and develop therapeutic relationships with patients and their families; conduct thorough interviews, assessments and evaluations and effectively interpret information in the formulation of a diagnosis and treatment plan; write clear and concise reports and client evaluations; comprehend and interpret laws, rules and regulations; develop and maintain effective working relationships with peers, supervisors, and professionals in related disciplines are all required. The physical capability to handle high mobility demands and complex personal interactions is essential.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/LICENSES/CERTIFICATES REQUIRED:

  • A minimum of 3 years of extensive experience in behavioral health counseling and psychotherapy following graduation with a Master’s degree and an Oregon license in social work or counseling psychology (LCSW, LPC, LMFT) are required.
  • In addition, for the Problem Gambling Counselor position, advanced certification in addictions (CGAC II preferred), or the ability to document a minimum of 1000 hours of problem gambling treatment experience and completion of 60 hours of problem gambling specific education is required. Additional training and/or certification in the addictions field (CADC) is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to act with minimal supervision on personal initiative using sound clinical judgment is essential.
  • This position is classified as a Qualified Mental Health Professional.
  • The position requires an insurable driving record and a valid Oregon driver’s license within 30 days of appointment.
  • The employee is required to maintain current and active licensure/certification/insurance and to provide the appropriate verifications at the time of renewals.
  • Bilingual and /or bicultural competencies for the Latino population are preferred.

Please send your resume and cover letter to Autumn Freeman, Senior Recruiter.

“Careers and companies flourish when staff, clients, and candidates truly believe in the mission, know the role they play, and humbly reflect, evaluate, and act for the best interest of the communities served”.