Dual Diagnosis Therapist

Lifeworks Northwest Portland , OR 97228

Posted 2 months ago

LifeWorks NW's Mountaindale program provides substance abuse and mental health treatment services for adults in a residential treatment center for women.

PURPOSE: Responsible for assessment, treatment planning, provision of counseling (individual, family, and group) services, consultation with care providers and coordination of multiple service providers for his/her assigned client caseload; and for keeping accurate, timely records.

DAYS/HOURS: This is a full-time position working Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

PAY/BENEFITS: $42,535 to $46,257 per year depending on experience. Additional pay for working in rural Washington County. Full benefits.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Responsible for client evaluation including initial intake interviews, formulating mental health and substance abuse diagnoses, identifying appropriate treatment services to meet the needs of clients with co-occurring disorders.

  • Collect information about individuals or clients, using interviews, case histories, observational techniques, urinalysis, and other assessment methods. Observe and evaluate client's performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.

  • Analyze data such as interview notes, test results, and reference manuals to identify symptoms and to diagnose the nature of clients' co-occurring mental health and substance abuse problems.

  • Identify and diagnose mental health and substance abuse disorders, using information obtained from interviews, tests, records, and reference materials. Address legal issues, such as child abuse and discipline, assisting with hearings and providing testimony to inform custody arrangements. Provide accurate screenings for health, gambling, trauma, and domestic violence issues, and make referrals to appropriate services providers as necessary.

  • Provide referral services to clients and their families. Maintain awareness of community referral resources.

  • Develop therapeutic Individual Service and Support Plans (ISSP), based on clients' interests, abilities, strengths and integrated mental health and substance abuse needs. ISSP's 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 services. ISSPs will client-driven and follow-ups will be completed on time, assessing the quantity and quality of services provided.

  • Confer with clients, significant others and treatment team to develop plans for post treatment activities to maintain recovery.

  • Counsel individuals or families, using evidence-based practices, to help them understand problems, define goals, and develop realistic action plans. Guide clients in the development of skills and strategies for resolving substance abuse problems.

  • Facilitate or co-facilitate group treatment services, using evidence-based/manualized treatment models with demonstrated effectiveness for the population served. Demonstrate proficiency in using evidence-based practices, as evidenced by observation, fidelity rating scales, client report, and client outcomes.

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of counseling or treatments and the accuracy and completeness of diagnoses, modifying plans and diagnoses as necessary. ISSP's must be updated at least every three months. Behavioral Health Assessments must be updated at least annually.

  • Document and maintain client records in electronic healthcare system within 24 hours of meeting with client to ensure compliance with agency and contract guidelines and confidentiality.

  • Provide training to staff, caregivers, and family regarding issues of co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders as they relate to clients.

  • Provide crisis intervention, including appropriate consultation and safety planning for clients at risk for dangerousness. May serve as Clinician of the Day.

  • Administer and submit urinalyses with minimal errors. Evaluate and communicate results within agency guidelines.

  • Continually increase level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency providing culturally appropriate evaluation, treatment, resources and support linkage and to clients.

  • Meets performance standards for direct service, documentation (including progress notes, assessments, ISSP's, status reports, and authorization requests) proficiency in clinical model and evidence based practices, quality of care (including engagement and retention) and teamwork.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Master's degree in Psychology, Mental Health Counseling, Social Work or related field (QMHP) required.

  • Requires a current CADC or equivalent national certification or a submitted application for CADC upon hire, with a formal plan to obtain certification within two years of hire.

  • More than 1 year experience in broad range of clinical interventions and mental health assessment specific to the client population.

  • Requires current driver's license and ability to meet LifeWorks NW driving requirements.

  • If recovering from a substance abuse related disorder, must be able to demonstrate continuous sobriety under nonresidential, independent living conditions for the immediate past two years.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of treatment methods for individual, family and group therapy to address chemical dependency and mental health problems

  • Demonstrate effective communication skills and ability to provide culturally-competent treatment services to diverse client populations.

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

NOTE: Soon, all QMHP qualified positions in the state of Oregon will need to be filled by candidates who are officially QMHP certified through MHACBO. For more details, contact MHACBO.

JOB CODE/NUMBER: DUAL DIAGNOSIS THERAPIST/1045910

LifeWorks NW believes that diversity strengthens our workforce and empowers our community.

LifeWorks NW is an EEO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other status in accordance with law.

www.lifeworksnw.org

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Dual Diagnosis Therapist

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