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Crisis Counselor I or II, Shelter Services

Cascadia Behavioral Healh, NE Portland

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 04/19/2019

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 32 hours per week. The schedule is Friday - Monday, swing shift: 2:00pm - 10:30pm. The incumbent's home base will be in NE Portland, but this position works primarily in the community setting within Multnomah County Public Shelter spaces.

The Project Respond Shelter Services Counselor provides outreach and support to individuals identified in Multnomah County Publically Funded Shelters as having behavioral health challenges related to mental health or substance use that are impacting their use and success in the shelter program. The Counselor will provide engagement, de-escalation, and brief case management services to support individuals in regaining stability and maintaining shelter placement. This position works as part of a team and approaches work with people from a trauma-informed, strength-based perspective and works in concert with programs in Multnomah County's Acute Care Continuum. The Shelter Services Counselor works collaboratively with shelter service providers, mental health and physical health care providers, police agencies, emergency departments, school personnel, and other social service agencies to assure the best possible treatment for clients, while supporting a trauma-informed care environment.

- High School Diploma or GED required.
- Bachelor's Degree and/or QMHA credential preferred, or equivalent combination of relevant skills and experience.
- At least one year experience working with individuals suffering from serious and persistent mental illness and providing a broad range of clinical intervention and completing mental health assessments.
- Experience working with shelter programs is preferred, but not required.
- Equivalent combination of education/experience preferably in a non-profit organization preferred.
- Ability to conduct a Mental Status assessment
- Knowledge of risk assessment and crisis intervention and de-escalation skills
- Experience working with individuals suffering from behavioral health crises
- Understand evidence-based practices and strength-based case management philosophies and strategies including trauma-informed care.
- Operate computer hardware and software at a level needed to effectively perform job functions including the ability to operate Electronic Health Record software
- 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.

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