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Counselor III (Permanent Supportive Housing)

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, NE Portland

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 02/16/2020

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare (, one of the largest community behavioral health providers in the state of Oregon, delivers whole health care -- integrated mental health and addiction services, primary care and housing -- to support our communities. Our approach is recovery-oriented and trauma-informed. Cascadia hires innovative, compassionate, and dedicated staff who are aligned with trauma-informed care, are committed to working effectively with diverse community populations, and expected to strengthen such capacity if hired.

This is a full time position at 40 hours per week, located at one of Cascadia's outpatient Health Centers in NE Portland. The schedule is Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

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 Palm2PSH 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 Palm2PSH 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.

- Must possess 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). Note: All QMHP qualified positions in the state of Oregon will need to be filled by candidates who are officially QMHP certified through MHACBO. For more details, contact MHACBO (
- 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.
- 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.

Cascadia is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to status as a protected veteran or a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected status such as race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, or age.

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