Child & Family Therapist/Prevention Specialist

Location: Portland - David Douglas Elementary/Middle Schools
Program/Department: Outpatient - School Based
Schedule: 40 Hours/Week - Exempt - Monday thru Friday

Job Summary: Services to be provided in this project will include, but not limited to assessment of students for counseling need, risk screenings, individual, group and family counseling for emotional and behavioral health support, group counseling for students and referral to other appropriate mental health service providers or family service staff members. These services will include but are not limited to: screenings, triage, and referral, individual support, group and family intervention, team consultation or staffing and school presentations in support of promoting a healthy school environment.

In Child & Family Therapist Capacity: Provides family, individual and group therapy, interviews clients and families and develops a comprehensive psychosocial assessment of new clients. Responsible for the development and maintenance of the Individual Plan of Care (IPC) and incorporating and integrating assessment data from other professionals and caregivers involved in the client’s care. Provides therapeutic consultation to other members of the outpatient team as well as to the client’s cooperating systems (school, family, legal, etc.), coordinates and facilitates treatment interventions and works with therapeutic and other resources in the community on behalf of clients and families providing case management as needed. Participates with other treatment team members in developing, coordinating and facilitating community based support systems and services for families. Provides conflict resolution and crisis intervention assistance to families and clients as needed.

Demonstrates Competency in the Following Areas:  
Meet with the identified client(s) and his/her family to determine the level of functioning and current needs;  
Provide identified clients with screening, triage, and referral to appropriate mental health services as needed.  
Provide individual, group and family intervention and psychoeducation to all clients and families  
Complete comprehensive assessment of Outpatient clients to determine client/family need  
Develop measurable goals and treatment plans for Outpatient clients/families  
Responsible for the development of IPCs in cooperation with and incorporating assessment data from family members and other professionals involved in the case for Outpatient Families  
Assign and update DSM IV codes to IPCs for families enrolled in formal Outpatient Services  
Provide oral and written consultation to personnel of courts, DHS, Mental Health, insurance companies, juvenile departments, community review boards, schools and other youth serving community organizations, regarding therapeutic interventions for all families  
Develop necessary social supports for clients and families in their communities, including recommending, coordinating and facilitating treatment interventions and referrals to other treatment resources for all families  
Maintain written documentation of client progress toward achievement of treatment plan goals and objectives for Outpatient families.  
Perform risk screenings for suicide, victimization, homicide, substance abuse, etc. for all families;  
Work closely with supervisor to cultivate creative programming for Prevention families.  
Complete all training required for the position.  


Professional Requirements:  
Demonstrated ability to communicate;  
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 ability to establish clear and appropriate boundaries in relationships with staff and clients and the handling of confidential and sensitive information;  
Demonstrated ability to function effectively as a member of both the school and Trillium teams;  
Demonstrated assertiveness and ability to confront others and be comfortable in conflict situations without aggressiveness;  
Demonstrated understanding of an accepted model of child development;  
Demonstrated computer and word processing skills;  
Demonstrates a commitment to cultural awareness and works toward cultural competencies for the organization  

 ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITES: Other duties many be assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: May provide weekly clinical supervision of Bachelor’s level skills trainer or Master’s level interns as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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.

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 Prevention Specialist 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.

Maintain a driving record acceptable by the agency and a current driver’s license for state of residence, when authorized to use own vehicle for agency business, employee must maintain personal insurance

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. More experience will be required if supervisory duties are assigned.

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 Supervisor who provides clinical supervision to the Prevention Specialist. Contributes input to program and new concept development.  Work is routinely performed within the task areas defined above, is complex and involves supports which directly impact the progress and emotional well-being of prevention clients and families.

Skills: Computer skills; word processing and data entry

Physical Demands: 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.

Application Details:

Consideration of candidates will begin as soon as 06/17 and position may close after that date 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 ORS 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.