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Mental Health Counselor I 


Job Summary

The Mental Health Counselor I uses a trauma informed and culturally resonant approach to provide crisis intervention, mental health evaluation and diagnosis, treatment planning, therapy, case management and group work. Provides individual, couples and family mental health services. Collaboratively coordinates care with other disciplines within the clinic and outside agencies as needed. All duties and responsibilities will be performed in accordance with the Yellowhawk Mission and Vision statements.

Essential Job Functions

  1. Provides individual, couple and family mental health services.
  2. Serves as clinical lead when providing services in collaboration with Traditional Health Workers.
  3. Completes clinical documentation per policy and professional standards.
  4. Performs within an integrated care framework coordinating care with outside agencies as needed to meet the treatment needs of clients.
  5. Treats disorders utilizing techniques and therapy methods which are culturally resonant, trauma informed, evidence based, and/or recognized by the State of Oregon as tribally based.
  6. Documents therapy in electronic health record according to established procedures and timeframes.
  7. Assesses client progress and modifies treatment plans accordingly.
  8. Provides crisis intervention in situations requiring immediate mental health treatment.
  9. Attends meetings and participates in committees as required by the Mental Health Clinical Manager.
  10. Participates in professional development activities and maintains appropriate professional licensure and affiliations.
  11. Performs related work as required by the duties described above and by the Mental Health Clinical Manager.
  12. Other duties as assigned.


Position Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires a Master’s degree in a behavioral health related field.
  2. May consider individuals who have a QMHP status if applicant is in the process of completing requirements for clinical licensure.
  3. Requires special training and experience in providing appropriate mental health treatment for trauma survivors.
  4. Knowledge of office information and word processing software programs. Willing to learn the Indian Health Service PCC Behavioral Health Services system or comparable software when available.
  5. Must possess a valid driver’s license and maintain insurance requirements to operate General Services Administration vehicles.
  6. Represents Yellowhawk with a respected and viable presence in the community.
  7. Must submit to and pass a reference and criminal background check.
  8. Must submit to and pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol screening.
  9. Must submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Prefer either a Licensed Oregon Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Psychologist, or Professional Counselor (LPC) or equivalent license from other state. The standards for maintaining Oregon licensure will apply to maintain this position unless the state of licensure requires higher standards.
  2. Training and experience effectively using EMDR, DBT, CBT or other culturally resonant interventions in therapeutic sessions.
  3. Experience working with tribal communities impacted by trauma is strongly preferred.
  4. Experience working with individuals with co-occurring disorders is strongly preferred.


Closing Date Open Until Filled with review 05/09/2022  
Supervised By Mental Health Clinical Manager  
Salary $51,936 - $77,967 annual  
EOE Statement No employee or job applicant shall be discriminated against in the pursuit of employment due to Race, Color, Religion, Sex or National Origin or any other category protected by law, except as provided by the Indian Preference Act under Title 25, of the U.S.C.  

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