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Assessment Counselor

Oregon Health & Science University Portland, OR
  • Posted: November 19, 2019
  • Full-Time
Function/Duties of Position

The appointee shall provide services as assigned by the supervisor in furtherance of the university's missions and goals of teaching, research, patient care, outreach, and public service. This position is under the direct supervision of the Clinical Director of the Intercultural Psychiatric Program. This position works in collaboration with other counselors to provide client assessments and treatment planning services for non-English speaking adult individuals seeking mental health treatment services at the Intercultural Psychiatric Program. Appointee functions as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to provide services, education, outreach and advocacy to clients under the supervision of the Clinical Director.


The primary duties of this position include: Direct service to immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and their families.  This position provides comprehensive bio-psychosocial assessments using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) and ICD-10 Codes to new clients of the program, as well as comprehensive bio-psychosocial reassessments for clients who have been continuously enrolled in services for one year or more. Assessments and treatment plan development are conducted in collaboration with a culturally specific counselor (QMHA) and an assigned psychiatrist. Culturally specific counselors, when available, will provide language interpretation and cultural interpretation for this position, as well as collaborate in the development of a client's assessment and treatment plan. If culturally specific counselors are unavailable, language specific interpreters will be made available for interpretation.


This position is primarily focused on assessment and transfers the client to the appropriate treatment team, consisting of a culturally specific counselor and assigned clinical psychiatrist after completion of an assessment or reassessment and treatment plan. However, there is opportunity to provide individual and / or group mental health services.


This position will accurately maintain all records and ensure that assessment/treatment plan documentation is compliant with all applicable OARs/ISSRs.


This position will: Attend formal educational staff meetings, individual and group supervision as well as informal staff meetings as scheduled. Collect patient data for the purpose of clinical research projects assigned by the Director of the Intercultural Psychiatric Program. Provide additional clinical services to patients as needed or required. Provide clinical review of medical records to access compliance with OARs according to an established rubric provided by the Clinical Director for use in quality improvement under the supervision of the Clinical Director. Document all services and conduct clinical practice within compliance of all applicable OARs or governing laws. Submit charge information, clinical documentation and all other information in a timely manner or as outlined by clinic policy, procedures, OARs/ISSR rules. Other appropriate duties as assigned by the program manager and/or his/her designee.


Work collaboratively with Clinical Director on:  program development, evidence based practices (Seeking Safety, TREM) Quality Improvement team, chart review, onboarding of staff, grant-related activities, working with interns.

Required Qualifications
  • Must meet competencies required for QMHP designation under Oregon Administrative Rules: QMHPs shall demonstrate the ability to conduct an assessment including identifying precipitating events, to include health and safety risks to self or others; gathering histories of mental and physical health, substance use, past mental health services, and criminal justice contacts; assessing family, cultural, social, and work relationships; conducting a mental status examination; completing a DSM diagnosis; developing a safety plan; writing and supervising the implementation of a service plan; and providing individual, family, or group therapy within the scope of their training
  • Completed coursework in diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Demonstrated ability to efficiently and accurately assess and prepare written assessment and treatment plan
  • Ability to adapt and thrive in a multicultural environment
  • Intermediate level use of Microsoft Office software (Outlook, Word, Excel) and electronic medical records
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
Preferred Qualifications
  • Current licensure by the Oregon Board of Licensed Social Workers as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Additional Details

Apply here online. Please be sure to upload a cover letter and Resume or CV.

All are welcome
Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or

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