LifeWorks NW
  • Tigard, OR, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time
  • Mental Health - Master's degree

LifeWorks NW partners with the Tigard-Tualatin School District.

PURPOSE: The Care Coordinator assists teachers and other school personnel in identifying students with potential mental health needs. Position provides initial screenings and identifies and coordinates with the family to enroll in appropriate services. The Care Coordinator follows the school calendar and only provides 9.5 months service annually (paid for 9.5 months). The Care Coordinator works primarily in a school based setting and conducts family home visits, when needed.

PAY/BENEFITS: Depending on experience. Extra pay for Spanish fluency. Salary for 9.5 months. Full benefits.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provides consulting sersvices and training to school staff, caregivers, and families regarding issues of mental health, addiction and behavior management.
  • Helps teachers and school personnel understand the scope and limitations of their role as it relates to mental health treatment and therapy.
  • Conducts a mental health screening with the student/family either in the home or in the school, may conduct complete mental health assessments in limited and specific circumstances.
  • Consults with parents, teachers, and other school personnel to determine causes of problems such as truancy and misbehavior, and to implement solutions. 
  • Interviews clients individually or in families, assessing their situations, capabilities, and problems in order to determine what services are required to meet their needs. 
  • Develops care coordination plans with students and families that outline goals. Goals can be focused on a myriad of issues ranging from decreased absences to active participation in community mental health services. 
  • Provides, finds, or arranges for support services, such as child care, prenatal care, substance abuse treatment, counseling, or parenting classes in order to prevent more serious problems from developing.
  • Maintains involvement with the student and family to ensure they have successfully connected with a community provider (when appropriate). 
  • Facilitates communication between the family and the school and addresses any barriers to accessing services. 
  • Encourages clients to develop and use skills and strategies for confronting their problems in a constructive manner. 
  • Meets with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and to determine priorities for their children and/or additional resource needs. 
  • Determines the effectiveness of programming by following up with clients and assessing their adjustment and progress
  • Documents and maintains client records to ensure compliance with agency, school district and grant/contract guidelines and confidentiality. Creates client files including referral forms, care coordination notes, case closure forms and appropriate releases. Submits necessary file information to the supervisor for regular submission to a research group. Completes documentation in electronic health record system. 
  • Meets performance standards for direct client care, documentation, quality (including engagement and evidence based practices) teamwork.
  • Continually increases level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency. 
  • Identifies cases involving domestic abuse or other family problems affecting students' development and determine whether clients should be counseled or referred to other specialists in such fields as medicine, psychiatry, and legal aid. 
  • Travels between sites or in the community.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) fluency preferred, but not required.
  • Master's degree in Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, or a mental health related field (QMHP) required.
  • Minimum of 1 year experience in broad range of clinical interventions and mental health assessments of school aged children and adolescents.
  • 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, and criminal justice contacts, assessing family, social and work relationships and conducting a mental status examination, complete a five-axis DSM diagnosis; write and supervise the implementation of an Individual Services and Support Plan and provide individual, family, and/or group therapy within the scope of their training. 
  • Demonstrated effective communication skills and ability to provide culturally-competent treatment services to diverse client populations and maintain a cooperative working relationship with others in a culturally diverse environment. Demonstrated knowledge of researching community resource networks.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Outlook and Word. Ability to master proprietary software including electronic health record system required. 
  • Requires access to a car and valid driver's license.

JOB CODE/NUMBER: MH COUNSELOR, CARE COORDINATOR, TTSD/806191

 

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.  Drug Free/Tobacco Free Site 01/09

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