There are two positions available: These are full time positions at 40 hours per week. The majority of the work is performed during normal business hours Monday - Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm. The position will mainly be working at Cascadia's outpatient Health Center in NE Portland.
The Counselor III position will provide and coordinate a wide range of supportive and therapeutic mental health and dual diagnosis services for adults who are diagnosed with mental illness, substance use issues, and other health issues who are participants in a Housing Outreach Team supportive housing program. With the high prevalence of trauma among individuals receiving mental health services, it is required the Counselor III understand the effects of trauma on health, coping, and other aspects of the lives of those we serve. This position will work on the Housing Outreach Team which provides home and community based services to participants, individuals and families, who experienced homelessness and have a mental health disability. Services are focused around supporting the participant and/or family to stabilize their housing, end their experience with homelessness, improve their health, and move forward in their mental health recovery. Through this program, participants will be assisted in obtaining income, medical care, and support systems in their community. This position involves participation and implementation of program goals and objectives to promote a strengths-based, client-centered approach to assisting supportive housing program participants in achieving individual goals and ultimately transitioning from supportive housing to independent housing.
A Master's Degree in a behavioral science field from an accredited college or university. Demonstrate the competencies to become credentialed as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) as outlined in OAR 309-016-0005.
- A minimum of three years of clinical experience providing inpatient or outpatient services is preferred.
- Experience working with individuals who experience homelessness and with individuals experiencing substance use issues is preferred.
Specialized Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Conduct a Mental Status assessment and formulate a diagnosis according to the most current DSM
- Understand recovery model, harm reduction model, motivational interviewing, illness management and recovery, evidence-based practices, and strength-based case management philosophies and strategies
- Operate computer hardware and software at a level needed to effectively perform job functions
- Enter data and retrieve data
- Prepare reports
- Possess a valid driver's license, three-year driving history; clean driving record, ability to pass Driver Motor Vehicle (DMV) check and complete the Cascadia online Defensive Driving course.
- Must have own car and be able to use it to travel to home visits and community appointments.
- Able to perform CPR, First Aid, and properly use AED equipment. CPR/ First Aid certifications are required and must remain current.
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