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Job posting: Child and Family Therapist in David Douglas School District

May 27, 2014

Child and Family Therapist – Outpatient School Based in David Douglas School District

40 hrs/wk

Position Summary:

Provides family, individual and group therapy, interviews clients and families and develops a comprehensive psychosocial assessment of new clients. Responsible for the development and maintenance of the Individual Plan of Care (IPC) and incorporating and integrating assessment data from other professionals and caregivers involved in the client’s care. Provides therapeutic consultation to other members of the outpatient team as well as to the client’s cooperating systems (school, family, legal, etc.), coordinates and facilitates treatment interventions and works with therapeutic and other resources in the community on behalf of clients and families providing case management as needed. Participates with other treatment team members in developing, coordinating and facilitating community based support systems and services for families.

Provides conflict resolution and crisis intervention assistance Demonstrates Competency in the Following Areas:

~Complete comprehensive assessment of clients to determine client/family need

~Develop goals and treatment plan to prepare clients for effective functioning in the community

~Responsible for the development of IPCs in cooperation with and incorporating assessment data from family members and other professionals involved in the case

~Assign and update DSM IV codes to IPCs, subject to the review of the Medical Director

~Provide on-going consultation, training and education to other team members (including school, family, legal, etc.) regarding therapeutic interventions, case management and aftercare

~Proved oral and written consultation to personnel of courts, DHS, Mental Health, insurance companies, juvenile departments, community review boards, schools and other youth serving community organizations, regarding therapeutic interventions

~Develop necessary social supports for clients and families in their communities, including recommending, coordinating and facilitating treatment interventions and referrals to other treatment resources

~Maintain written documentation of client progress toward achievement of treatment plan goals and objectives Conduct group, family and individual therapy

~Facilitate treatment groups, including client and family groups

~Assess for risk assessments for suicide and refer for further assessment if needed

~Complete all training required for the position and meet productivity requirements per agency standards

~Demonstrate an understanding of how educational systems function and how to work within and as part of a school team.

Professional Requirements:  

~Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively

~Demonstrated understanding of the problem solving process and its application

~Demonstrated knowledge of group systems and processes, and how to work with individuals in a group system

~Demonstrated listening and good observation skills

~Demonstrated acceptance of a variety of lifestyles, behaviors and cultures

~Demonstrated sensitivity and responsiveness to others

~Demonstrated ability to function effectively as a member of a team

~Demonstrated assertiveness and ability to confront others and be comfortable in conflict situations without aggressiveness

~Demonstrated ability to establish clear and appropriate boundaries in relationships with staff and clients and the handling of confidential and sensitive information

~Demonstrated understanding of an accepted model of child development

~Demonstrated computer and word processing skills 


~Demonstrated understanding how schools function and how to work in a host agency

Additional Requirements:

Other duties may be assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities:

May provide weekly clinical supervision of Bachelor’s level skills trainer

Qualifications Required:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirement(s) listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or other field which qualifies the candidate to be a licensed professional counselor/clinical social worker/ psychologist or marriage & family therapist in the State of Oregon.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations :

Eligible for certification in the State of Oregon as a licensed professional counselor/ clinical social worker/ psychologist or marriage & family therapist. Once hired, the new Child & Family Therapist must agree to begin the certification process to become certified as a licensed social worker/counselor within 3 months from the date of hire to be completed within 24 months. Maintain a driving record acceptable by the agency and a current driver’s license for state of residence, when authorized to use own vehicle for agency business, employee must maintain personal insurance


Two years experience in an outpatient mental health agency, or hospital, residential or day treatment settings providing therapy to elementary aged children, adolescents, and families. Experience working with or within school settings is strongly preferred.

Job Knowledge:

Within accepted therapeutic standards and guidelines and Trillium Family Services policy, procedure, determines own therapeutic practices and techniques, consulting as necessary with the Clinical Supervisor who provides clinical supervision to CFT’s. Contributes input to program and new concept development. Work is routinely performed within the task areas defined above, is complex and involves assessment and therapeutic decisions, which directly impact the progress and emotional well-being of clients. Community Services Director, Clinical Supervisor and Medical Director routinely review case notes and the treatment plan recommendations. Therapeutic interactions with clients in family, group or individual sessions are monitored and reviewed by the Clinical Supervisor


Computer skills, i.e., word processing and data entry.

Physical Demands:

For physical demands of position, including vision, hearing, repetitive motion and environment, please contact the HR department. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position without compromising client care.

Application Details:

Consideration of candidates will begin as soon as 5/27, and position may close without notice.

If you need accommodation to review the information and/or complete the application process, please contact the Human Resources Department.

Trillium Family Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Service Provider.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Thank you, 

Melinda Myer, MA

Bilingual Child and Family Therapist

Multnomah County Community Based Outpatient Program

Trillium Family Services

3415 SE Powell Blvd.

Portland, OR 97202

Cell: 971-235-6165



Trillium Family Services, a community benefit organization, is the leading provider of mental and behavioral healthcare for Oregon’s most vulnerable children.


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