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Counselor III - Older Adults

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, NE Portland

Job - Health

Close Date: 04/30/2020

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.

The schedule for this position is full-time working 40 hours per week, Monday though Friday 8:30 am to 5 pm. This position is located in two Health Centers, one in NE Portland and the other one in Clackamas.

The Counselor III works collaboratively in an interdisciplinary team environment, providing person centered planning, individual, group and family therapy, care coordination, and psychosocial programming for elders and persons with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) and complex medical needs, residing in nursing, adult foster homes, care facilities and the community. The incumbent will work collaboratively with the directors of nursing and social services, Primary Care Providers, Medical Specialists. The Counselor III will be supervised by the Older Adult/Medically Complex Program Manager at Cascadia. This position involves participation and implementation of program goals and objectives to promote a strengths-based, client-centered approach to assisting clients/residents in achieving individual goals.

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 the Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR). Certification must be current and in compliance with the OAR’s.
Note: All QMHP qualified positions in the state of Oregon will need to be filled by incumbents who are officially certified or who meet eligibility qualifications to register with MHACBO as a QMHP. If you are not currently registered, you will need to be registered if you become employed with Cascadia. For more details on QMHP certification and registration, contact MHACBO (
The CADC credential is preferred in addition to a Master's Degree given the high occurrence of substance use/abuse.
The LPC or LCSW credentials are also preferred.
Clinical experience providing inpatient or outpatient services is preferred.
Ability to conduct a Mental Status assessment and formulate a diagnosis according to the most current DSM
Knowledge of family therapy orientation with strengths-based perspective
Understanding of recovery model, motivational interviewing, illness management and recovery
Thorough knowledge of evidence-based practices, and strength-based case management philosophies and strategies
Operate computer hardware and software (including EMR software) at a level needed to effectively perform job functions
Enter 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. Driving is required.
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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