Clinical Transition Specialist

Location: Portland - Parry Center for Children
Program/Department: Day Treatment
Schedule: 40 hours/week - Monday through Friday
Pay Range: $58,000 to $62,640 depending on licensure/experience

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.

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

Main purpose of the Clinical Transition Specialist role:

The Clinical Transition Specialist is a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team for the older populations on campus (ages 12-17).  They will be responsible for comprehensive intake assessment, collaborating in the provision of aftercare services, discharge planning and supporting therapists with caseload management of clients.  This person interviews clients and families and develops a comprehensive psychosocial assessment of new clients.  Position is responsible for the development of the Individual Plan of Care (IPC), by incorporating and integrating assessment data from other members of the treatment team.  Participates with other treatment team members in developing, coordinating and facilitating community-based support systems and services for families.  Furthermore, this individual will require availability to respond to emergency situations and provides authorization for crisis situations.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills: Provides positive customer service to community teams and families, communicates in an emotionally intelligent manner, uses creativity and problem-solving skills, engages in open communication.
  • Organization/Administration Skills: Systematic and efficient method for managing Utilization Review and other case management/coordination tasks, adheres to regulatory requirements.
  • Community: Presents professionally within the Trillium community, professionally represents Trillium to the greater community, engages with other managers as campus leaders, encourages the development of a culture of non-violence.
  • Coordinate with family and treatment team at intake to establish therapeutic alliance to treatment.
  • Coordinate aftercare referrals for mental health, school, psychiatric follow up, PCP and any other services deemed appropriate.
  • Assessment and Conceptualization Skills: including ability to conduct intake assessments and create treatment plans.
  • Case Management and Care Coordination: including utilization reviews, discharge and aftercare planning.
  • Crisis Intervention Skills: including ability to perform Clinical Responder duties, assessment of suicide and homicide risk and creating safety plans as appropriate.
  • Attend daily treatment team meetings.
  • Acts as a liaison between residential and aftercare providers in the community to build a relationship to support discharge planning.

Required Competencies:

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

  • Coordinate with therapists and families to determine visits as well as appointments with health services department.
  • Coordinate with previous providers to provide updates as well as determine if re-referral is appropriate for client.
  • Starting at intake works closely with mental health therapist to ensure adequate mental health services are set up for client to transition into at discharge.
  • Ensure aftercare arrangements are scheduled within 7 days of discharge and communicate with the family.
  • Promotes residential treatment is a short-term stabilization model with family, Medicaid and private insurance funding
  • Consult with therapist, psychologist, educators and other treatment team members regarding treatment issues and concerns; as well as discharge planning.
  • Identify systems issues obstructing needs of schools and families, fostering creative problem-solving strategies.
  • Facilitating Treatment Meetings: including Individual Plan of Care meetings, family team meetings, and collaboration with community partners Quality and Timely Documentation: including TIER notes, movement team/discharge team emails, and other required documentation.
  • Ability to prioritize duties to ensure that urgent tasks are completed as required.
  • Quality and Timely Documentation: including TIER notes, movement team/discharge team emails, and other required documentation.
  • Ability to be flexible to meet client and family needs and to adapt to the dynamic residential and day treatment environments: including providing additional training for staff, covering for vacations, picking up extra client duties as requested.
  • Personality Characteristics Conducive to being an Effective Therapist: including approachability, adaptability to change, personal stress management, caring about others.
  • Focus on Professional Development: including actively working toward licensure, being current on all required training, seeking out additional training to improve clinical skills in evidence- based practices, showing

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Counseling, Social Work, Psychology or a related field. Two years’ experience providing children’s mental health services preferred.  Hospital experience preferred.
  • Valid Drivers’ License for the state of residence, proof of personal auto insurance and an acceptable driving record required.
  • Work frequently consists of new and varied tasks and assignments.  Job involves a high degree of complexity due to clinical, ethical and political issues coupled with individual client needs.  Decisions are made within Trillium Family Services policy constraints.  Work is not normally checked or verified by others.  Errors in work or judgment can create an unfavorable image with the community, courts, clients, lawsuits and a loss of revenue or income.
  • 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 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 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.