Child & Family Therapist

Location: Columbia Gorge
Program/Department: Day Treatment
Schedule: Full Time; Exempt
Pay Range: $60,000 - $64,800 (DOE & Licensure)

Meet Trillium Family Services:

We are guided by the simple yet crucial mission of building brighter futures with children and families.

Our vision is to create safe communities where children are healthy, and every family has the opportunity for success. Families get the support they need – when and where they need it. There is a focus on prevention and health; organizations and systems are connected in a synergistic sanctuary community that generates: Non –violence, Growth and Change, Democracy, Emotional intelligence, Social learning, Open communication, and Social Responsibility.

Our investment in the future of each child means that the next generation of Oregonians will have the skills to contribute meaningfully through employment, community service, and raising their own healthy families.

At TFS we believe that every child and family can have a brighter future, through the love we bring together we can make this possible. There is so much need for mental and emotional support at all levels of our communities.

To take a behind the scenes look our programs please visit our website at

Are you ready to help “Build a Brighter Future?”

Why Trillium?
We offer:
*The opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children and families in a day treatment program.
*A vibrant community of health care and social service providers who stay connected and support each other across levels of care.
*Professional growth opportunities within a full-service mental health organization both within and in the sector
•Multidisciplinary Team Approach collaborating with psychiatrists, health care nurses and other professionals
•Ability to Gain Clinical Formulation Experience
•Educational and Training Opportunities with Experienced, Supportive Leaders
•In-House Licensure Supervision
•Flexible Caseload and Schedule
•Comprehensive Benefit Package
•and more……

Main purpose of the Child & Family Therapist role:   The Child and Family Therapist in the Day Treatment Program are responsible for individual, family and group therapy, assessment and development of client treatment plans and case management of the assigned clients.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Provide risk and safety assessment for immediate access to crisis resources
  • Build alliances with family and community resources, to educate and support families to advocate for themselves
  • Provide individualized in-home services as indicated, based on client need
  • Identify systems issues obstructing needs of families, fostering creative problem-solving strategies
  • Facilitate multi-disciplinary treatment planning meetings
  • Develop and conduct intake Mental Health assessments, participating in home visits and/or school observations for assessment purposes as needed
  • Develop and implement treatment plans with emphasis on family systems, coordinating treatment with: Psychiatrist, DHS, families, foster families, Mental Health Division workers, school personnel, etc., maintaining regular contact with these providers
  • Attend school meetings, court hearings, other meetings within the community on behalf of the client
  • Maintain clinical records in compliance with regulating bodies
  • Facilitate partnership with Family Support Staff
  • Work in partnership with supervisor to problem-solve reimbursement, contract issues and control expenditures
  • Maintain productivity expectations
  • Provide clinical crisis on-call responsibility as needed, assessing risk for harm, relapse
  • Transport children as needed as part of case management
  • Acts as the Clinical Responder for crisis situations that occur on the assigned campus, completing documentation as required in a timely manner
  • Complete all training required for the position

Required Competencies:

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively
  • Demonstrated understanding of the problem-solving process and its application
  • Demonstrated knowledge of group systems and processes, and how to work with individuals in a group system
  • Demonstrated listening and good observation skills
  • Demonstrated acceptance of a variety of lifestyles, behaviors and cultures
  • Demonstrated sensitivity and responsiveness to others
  • Demonstrated ability to function effectively as a member of a team
  • Demonstrated assertiveness and ability to confront others and be comfortable in conflict situations without aggressiveness
  • Demonstrated ability to establish clear and appropriate boundaries in relationships with staff and clients and the handling of confidential and sensitive information
  • Demonstrated understanding of an accepted model of child development
  • Demonstrates the ability to act as the Clinical Responder for crisis situations that occur on the assigned campus, completing documentation as required in a timely manner
  • Demonstrated computer and word processing skills

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education: Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or other field which qualifies the candidate to be a licensed professional counselor/clinical social worker/ psychologist or marriage & family therapist in the State of Oregon. Masters-level, Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP); must be familiar with family systems; licensure preferred
  • Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Eligible for certification in the State of Oregon as a licensed professional counselor/ clinical social worker/ psychologist or marriage & family therapist.  Once hired, the new Child & Family Therapist must agree to begin the certification process to become certified as a licensed social worker/counselor within 3 months from the date of hire to be completed within 24 months.
  • Experience: Two years’ experience in an outpatient mental health treatment facility, or hospital, residential or day treatment settings providing counseling services to children, adolescents, and families.
  • Job Knowledge: Within accepted therapeutic standards and guidelines and Trillium Family Services policy, procedure, determines own therapeutic practices and techniques, consulting as necessary with the Clinical Manager who provides clinical supervision to CFT’s.  Contributes input to program and new concept development.  Work is routinely performed within the task areas defined above, is complex and involves assessment and therapeutic decisions, which directly impact the progress and emotional well-being of clients. Community Services Director, Clinical Manager and Medical Director routinely review case notes and the treatment plan recommendations.  Therapeutic interactions with clients in family, group or individual sessions are monitored and reviewed by the Clinical Supervisor
  • Skills: Computer skills; word processing and data entry

For physical demands of position, including vision, hearing, repetitive motion and environment, please contact the HR department.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position without compromising client care.

 Consideration of applicants will begin immediately, and position may close without notice.


If you need accommodation to review the information and/or complete the application process, please contact the Human Resources Department.

Trillium Family Services is a drug free workplace. All final applicants will be subject to a criminal record identification check pursuant to OARS 181.536.727.537 and agency policy. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and Service Provider and support a culturally linguistically diverse governance, leadership and workforce.