Child & Family Therapist

Location: Portland - Parry Center for Children
Program/Department: Edwards Day Treatment
Schedule: 40 Hours/Week - Monday thru Friday

Job Summary:  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.

Demonstrates Competency in the Following Areas:  
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  


Professional Requirements:  
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  


Demonstrates a commitment to the following Organizational Priorities with regard to all persons:  
A commitment to non-violence: Helping to build safety skills and a commitment to higher purpose.  
A commitment to emotional intelligence: Helping to teach emotional management skills.  
A commitment to social learning: Helping to build cognitive skills  
A commitment to open communication: Helping to overcome barriers to healthy communication, learn conflict management, reduce acting out, enhance self-protective and self-correcting skills, teach health boundaries  
A commitment to democracy: Helping to create civic skills of self-control, self-discipline and administration of healthy authority.  
Commitments to social responsibility: Helping to rebuild social connection skills, establish health attachment relationships; establish sense of fair play and justice.  
A commitment to growth and change: Helping to work through loss and prepare for the future.  

Additional Responsibilities: Other duties may be assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities: None

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.

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

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 04/08 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.