LifeWorks NW
  • Tualatin, OR, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time
  • Licensed

Full benefits such as medical, dental and paid time off (PTO)

LifeWorks NW partners with Women's Healthcare Associates (WHA) to provide high-quality integrated behavioral healthcare.  WHA is a team of more than 120 physicians, certified nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners and genetic counselors providing OB/GYN care across 15 Portland metro-area clinic locations.  

This position is primarily located at WHA's Tualatin clinic with some travel to other metro-area WHA clinics and Lifeworks NW sites required. 

Purpose:  Member of the OB/GYN medical team who assists the primary medical provider in supporting the overall health of clinic patients. Provides behavioral health consultation to medical providers and patients and works with the team to improve recognition, treatment, and management of psychosocial/behavioral problems impacting overall health.  This role has a particular focus on well-being in pregnancy and the post-partum period as well as women's health across the lifespan. 

NOTE: There is a 90-day credentialing period from date of hire. Start date will be approximately 90 days from date of job offer/acceptance. 

Hours:  This is a full-time, 5 day per week position. Daily schedule determined to best meet needs of clinic with ample consideration for employee preference.  Willingness to work some limited evening hours preferred but negotiable. 

Rate of Pay: $55,573 to $61,130 / Full benefits such as medical, dental and paid time off (PTO) 

Essential Responsibilities:  

  • Engage effectively with patients, medical providers, clinic staff and community partners to create and maintain a well-utilized behavioral health practice in assigned clinic(s). This will include continual engagement with our WHA clinic partners through presentations, newsletters, day-to day interactions and other creative approaches to promoting behavioral health.
  • Strong interest in supporting girls (as young as preteen) and women of all ages and from all backgrounds in achieving optimal health in the context of varied challenges including: psychosocial stressors, mental health issues, infertility, pregnancy and infant loss, elective pregnancy termination, challenges and questions related to sexuality and gender as well as libido, addiction, perinatal mood disorders, chronic pain, menopause and more.
  • Provide rapid response to patient safety issues as they relate to psycho-social well-being. This will include daily phone outreach in response to WHA's Well-Being Assessment which strives to quickly identify urgent patient needs and connect patients to resources. This will also include responding to onsite crises related to patient safety.
  • Provide targeted evidence based assessments and evaluations, which may include brief mental health screening, suicide/safety assessment and planning, diagnostic interviews and impressions and functional status focused on the presenting problem.  Assessments are specifically focused on how the presenting problem impacts patient health related to ob/gyn care (examples: perinatal mood disorders, menopause, PMDD, menstrual and other pelvic pain, etc). If not familiar, willingness to learn and achieve comfort with medical terminology and diagnoses commonly used in the ob/gyn 
  • In partnership with patients, create realistic, evidence-based action plans appropriate to clinic setting and creatively and interactively support plan implementation based on patient need
  • Provide brief, solution-focused and empirically based interventions to patients experiencing myriad bio-psychosocial problems. This will generally include 1-5 brief follow up visits for support, skill-building and connection to needed ongoing mental health or addiction care services and other community resources
  • Identify patients who would benefit and are willing to receive specialty mental health or addictions care and make referral to onsite- specialty options or off-site to Lifeworks NW programs or other community resources. 
  • Provide timely and succinct feedback to medical providers regarding consultation findings and recommend Play role of "interpreter" of the mental health world to medical providers including minimal use of jargon, willingness to teach and re-teach difficult concepts and creatively engage those with less experience in mental health in achieving greater understanding. 
  • Provide clear, concise and easy to understand documentation and recommendations in the patient's electronic health record (Epic) within 24 hours of patient visit.  
  • Determine the appropriateness of the patient receiving services in clinic setting vs community setting  
  • Develop, co-facilitate and/or provide oversight for classes that promote education and skill-building to enhance psychological and physical health, particularly as it relates to pregnancy and the post-partum period.
  • Provide consultation services (continuity consultation) for a sub-set of patients who require on-going monitoring and follow-up (e.g., "high-utilizers," chronic pain, poorly managed diabetes in pregnancy, individuals with high anxiety related to medical condition,). 
  • Share knowledge with other team members and patients, both formally (in-services, consult responses) and informally (curbside consultations). 
  • Comfort with being the only mental health provider in a given clinic' interest in and willingness to work independently is a must.  However, person must also work cooperatively as member of 5-person behavioral health team and be interested in supporting other team-members (and receive support) in managing daily workload.  This may include willingness to work out of clinics other than designated "home" clinic from time to time.
  • Collaborate extensively with on and offsite Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners ob/gyns and primary care physicians in helping patients quickly and safely access appropriate psychiatric medications.
  • Collaborate with behavioral health team and clinic providers and staff on new initiatives to improve patient care.
  • Work as part of multi-disciplinary team in making recommendations for patients who struggle with addiction during pregnancy as well as any patient with documented or suspected abuse, misuse or diversion of controlled substances.
  • Provide training and consultation to clinic staff and providers on a variety of topics including prevention and management of disruptive behavior.
  • May be responsible for some case management. Coordinate/collaborate with physicians, staff, families, caregivers, etc. Maintain chart notes related to external contracts, obtaining pertinent records from other treatment and tracking patient involvement, follow-through and progress in varied treatment activities. 
  • Respond quickly and efficiently to multiple demands in a busy clinic environment
  • Document and maintain client records to ensure compliance with agency and contract guidelines and confidentiality. 
  • Serve as back-up for other staff when needed.
  • Check and respond to e-mail/voice mail throughout the day. Strive for 24 hour response time.
  • Provide appropriate resources and support linkage, culturally appropriate advocacy and community collaboration and culturally appropriate patient evaluation and treatment. 
  • Limited evening hours preferred but negotiable.
  • Meet performance standards for productivity, documentation (including progress notes, assessments, treatment plans and authorization requests) proficiency in clinical model and evidence-based practices, quality of care (including engagement and retention) and teamwork as defined in the Performance Review. 
  • Participate in regular individual and team meetings with supervisor. Attend informational and clinical meetings which may include all staff and team meetings, consultation with other staff and required trainings. These meetings may occur up to 1-2 times per month and at times may occur outside normal work hours. 


  • LCSW, LPC, LMFT or Licensed Psychologist with background in trauma-informed care, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, dialectical behavior therapy.
  • Strong preference for candidate with experience working in a community-based social work setting, particularly a setting that serves families and children. Any experience in attachment-based work as well as knowledge of child and family development will be a plus.
  • Interest in helping to build a clinic culture where mental health and addictions care is accessible, trauma-informed, culturally competent and low-stigma is a must.
  • Prior experience in a medical setting is helpful but not required. Willingness to learn and be flexible is a must. Comfort with what can be a very fast-paced setting is a must.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct an assessment including identifying precipitating events, gathering histories of mental and physical health, alcohol and other drug use, past mental health services, assessing family, social and work relationships and conducting a mental status examination.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of treatment methods for individual, family and group therapy to address chemical dependency and/or mental health problems. 
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain case management in accordance with federal, state and/or funding source requirements as well as LifeWorks NW' policies and procedures. 
  • Knowledge of basic medical terminology and comfort with and knowledge of medications commonly used to treat psychiatric disorders.

LifeWorks NW believes that diversity strengthens our workforce and empowers our community. LifeWorks NW is an EEO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other status in accordance with law. 

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