Options Counseling and Family Services
Mental Health Therapist (Early Childhood) (Personal Services)
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Options Counseling and Family Services supports the health, safety, equity, and well-being of our clients, families, employees, and communities.
In partnership with members of the communities we serve, Options Counseling and Family Services promotes safety, healing, and empowerment for individuals and families.
Options offers many benefits for our full-time employees (full-time is any employee working 30 hours per week or more). A list of all our benefits can be found on our website, here: https://options.org/careers/benefits/
Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they have every one of the qualifications as described. We are most interested in finding the best candidate and our hiring processes are centered on assessing candidates based on diverse experience. Please let us know if you have questions.
The Mental Health Therapist provides individual and family therapy to children and their families in an office setting. They may also provide case management and consultation with PCPs, schools, ODHS Child Welfare and Self Sufficiency programs, and other community partners. Clients are self-referred or referred through partnerships with local schools/Head Starts, primary care physicians, hospitals, or ODHS Child Welfare or Self Sufficiency. Options accepts both commercial insurance and Oregon Health Plan.
Masters or doctorate degree in counseling, psychology, social work, or related field. Must be able to qualify as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) and be eligible for registration as an associate (Social Work Associate, Professional Counselor Associate, Marriage and Family Associate), a Psychology Resident or licensure in the State of Oregon. Knowledge and/or experience providing mental health services, including assessment and diagnosis, to children and families. Ability to incorporate child-based therapies into treatment is required, including comfort with treatment for toddlers through school-age children. Must be computer proficient. Must have respectful, open, accepting attitude toward clients and their families. Must be able to pass a ODHS background check.
Experience in play therapy, sand tray, or other child-based therapies. Knowledge of the impact of trauma and experience working with individuals and families from a systemic lens. Strong understanding of evidence-based practice and the role of feedback informed treatment. Experience with record keeping software preferred.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
65% - Direct Client Services
Interview client to obtain information concerning family history or other assessment information
Conduct mental health assessments for children, including DSM-V diagnosis
Provide therapy and case management services in the office or through telehealth
Develop and implement treatment plans, defining specific goals and objectives, and revise as needed
25% - Documentation
Maintain accurate and current client records, including timely Service Plans, authorization requests, and service notes within the electronic client record (ECR), and sign documents to meet federal and state regulatory standards
Coordinate access and provision of services from multiple agencies, including establishing service linkages, advocating for service needs, and obtaining entitlements based on mental or emotional disability
Work closely with psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses to coordinate treatment
Coordinate case activities with treatment team partners including, when applicable, ODHS/Child Welfare, primary care physicians, schools, and others
Refer client to supportive services to supplement treatment and counseling as appropriate
Make requests for authorization for services to the local Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) as required
Coordinate with ODHS and the local CCO regarding referrals as directed
10% - Other duties
Attend and participate in regular clinical supervision (minimum of two times a month) and team meetings, as directed
Remain current on relevant research and evidenced based practices
Report suspected child abuse and neglect
Maintain client confidentiality according to state guidelines
Extended periods of time sitting or standing at workstation updating client records, phone work, and therapy sessions
Mobility and dexterity sufficient to assist clients and handle required job related functions and move about the facility
Ability to manage clients who may use offensive language or challenging behaviors
May be required to work afternoons or some evenings