Clinical Responder

Location: Portland - Parry Center for Children
Program/Department: Campus Operations/Residential
Schedule: (2) openings-40/hours week; varied shift/hours and varied on-call opportunities
Pay Range: $24.31/hour

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?”

Main purpose of the Clinical Responder role:   

Assessment of children in need of emergency restraint and seclusions. Position may require evening, weekend and shift work and requires availability to respond to emergencies.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
  • Assess risk and safety issues as they relate to cottage programming, acuity of clients and environmental conditions; order for restraints or seclusion that extends beyond the age/time limits must be received from the doctor by the QMHP
  • Immediately following a restraint or seclusion, evaluate the resident’s well being
  • Conduct a face to face assessment of the physical and psychological well-being of the resident within one hour of the initiation of the emergency safety intervention, documenting in the child’s record what led up to the intervention, comments about cognitive, affective, behavioral condition of the child and suggestions for further interventions
  • Notify parents/guardians of restraints and seclusions
  • Within 24 hours of the emergency safety intervention, all staff involved must be meet in a debriefing session that includes a discussion of the precipitating factors that led to the intervention, alternative techniques that might have prevented the use of the restraint or seclusion, procedures that staff are to implement to prevent any recurrence of the use of restraint or seclusion and the outcome of the intervention including any injuries that may have resulted from the use of restraint or seclusions
  • Document the debriefing listing the following: staff present, staff excused and why, discussion of precipitating factors, what was tried to avoid use of restraint/seclusion, what is being tried to avoid recurrence of the event, what was the outcome of the interventions, and any injuries that occurred to child or staff
  • Contribute ideas for changes to Clinical Unit Supervisor if IPC needs adjustment as a result of a hold/seclusion
  • Assure that staff also debrief restraints/seclusions with parents/guardians and that staff document the debriefing in the resident’s record
  • Report serious occurrences to the state Medicaid agency
  • Report deaths to HCFA regional office by no later than close of business the next business day after the death, reporting the name of resident, description of the occurrence, name, address and phone number of the family.

 Required Competencies:

  • Demonstrated understanding of the functioning of complex organizational and social systems and how each system’s components interact with and impact the others
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of child development models, concepts and theories and their application to residential treatment approaches
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of how children learn and of learning disabilities and intervention approaches which have been most effective in addressing these disabilities in children and/or adolescents
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Demonstrated leadership, supervision and training 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 appropriate sensitivity to client’s issues
  • Demonstrated ability to relate to families and the public
  • Demonstrated ability to be an active team participant with strong interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to project a professional persona through language, attitude and actions

 Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education: Requires a Master’s Degree in psychology, sociology, education or related human services field or a licensed RN. Must be a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) as determined by the Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR’s) and/or the Oregon Mental Health Division.
  • Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:  Must be eligible for CESIS license in State of Oregon.  State of Oregon license if degree is in nursing.
  • Experience: Education and experience must demonstrate the competency to identify precipitating events, gather histories of mental and physical disabilities, alcohol and drug use, past mental health services and criminal justice contacts, asses family, social and work relationships and to conduct a mental status examination, document a multi-axial DSM diagnosis, write and supervise an individual plan of care, conduct a Comprehensive Mental Health Assessment and provide individual, family and/or group therapy within the scope of training, plus any other trainings deemed necessary the agency to perform the task of a substitute QMHP.
  • Job Knowledge:  Provides oversight of all agency components during non-business hours.  Decisions are made within Trillium Family Services policy constraints.  Work is performed with little direct supervision.  Decisions and products of work are reviewed by Residential Services Director.  Center Supervisor II participates in strategic planning, decision making and problem solving related to overall policy, direction priorities, budgets and philosophies.
  • Skills:  Must demonstrate computer literacy and proficiency in word processing and data base programs.

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.

Consideration of applicants will begin immediately, and 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.