School Based Mental Health Therapist

School Based Mental Health Therapist

Portland, Oregon

About Portland OIC

At Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc., we are committed to the future success of underserved youth through the age of 25, providing the highest quality services in education, mentoring, family outreach, employment training and placement.

Rosemary Anderson High School (RAHS) is an accredited high school with four campuses in North Portland, East Portland/Gresham, New Columbia and SE Portland.

We believe all people have value, all people can grow, and all people can build and contribute to thriving communities.

Position Summary

Position: School Based Mental Health Therapist

Location: Rosemary Anderson High School SE/Lents Campus with travel to other RAHS locations

Benefits: Full Benefits

Hours: This is a full-time position working from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday with some evenings and weekends required

Reports to: Director of Family Outreach and School Principals

Salary: $48,000 - $52,000 annually DOE

Position Summary: As a School-based mental health clinician, you will provide comprehensive assessments, diagnosis, treatment planning, and psychotherapy to students and their families within the Rosemary Anderson High School community. You will also act as a liaison between the school and family, participate in program development, and maintain clinical records. The School-based Mental Health Therapist provides a range of intensive support using a targeted tier system for crisis management, individual/family counseling, skills group, and universal school support.


  1.  Provide time-limited interventions that are delivered using various treatment modalities and combinations of services designed to reach treatment outcomes identified in the individual treatment plan.
  2.  Provide individual skills focusing on mental health and mood regulation strategies.
  3.  Complete the following tasks: conduct diagnostic assessments; create and follow treatment plans; collaborate with school staff, caregivers, and other involved providers; work collaboratively with culturally diverse populations; and other tasks as needed.
  4.  Enhance school climate and broadly promote behavioral health, wellness, and school success for students, families and staff by conducting on-going needs assessments, building relationships and systematically seeking to reduce stigma.
  5.  Deliver a range of health promoting and preventive interventions, including those focusing on resilience, wellness and effective coping with stress.
  6.  Deliver a range of effective interventions to students and their families to address emotional and behavioral concerns and the unique stressors through the delivery of training, implementation of evidence-based practices.
  7.  Ensure high quality, evidence-based prevention, intervention programs and services will be effectively delivered, evaluated and continuously improved through the use of standardized measures and outcomes.
  8.  Conduct training and build school / community support for delivery of effective school based mental health services to students and their families.
  9.  Assist in the coordination and facilitation of group services and provide weekly individual services for adolescents.
  10.  Provide a range of treatment, support services, and crisis intervention.
  11.  Maintains accurate and confidential patient records
  12.  Refers to other clinic disciplines when appropriate.
  13.  Meets periodically with other staff to obtain feedback necessary for case management and treatment planning.
  14.  Provide needed assistance in de-escalation of crises.
  15.  Any other duties assigned by immediate supervisor.


  • A passion for POIC + RAHS mission and serving at-hope high school aged youth and young adults attending the Rosemary Anderson High School.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with youth and families of color.  Diversity, inclusion and equity are fundamental values of POIC + RAHS.
  • Experience in providing and documenting psychological Mental Health Assessments and Screenings including diagnosis as described in the DSM-V.
  • Evidence of excellent interpersonal skills; effective communication skills (written and oral); ability to problem solve; ability to motivate, develop, and coach individuals and groups; ability to appropriately confront issues; and ability to think creatively.
  • A strong commitment to furthering institutional performance measures through interdisciplinary teamwork is essential.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of community resources and treatment agencies enabling appropriate referrals for specific client needs.
  • Training, CEU’s pertaining to addiction/substance use issues.
  • Commitment to personal and professional growth and accountability.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality and adhere to high ethical and professional standards.
  • Reliable Transportation. Some travel required


  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, or Mental Health Counseling or related mental health field (QMHP) may be required.
  • Oregon license (i.e. Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Psychologist) or registered intern in process for license strongly preferred.
  • Two (2) years of post-Master’s Degree experience in the emotional/behavioral assessment and treatment of individuals in a mental health setting, including experience with alcohol and other drug use.
  • Minimum of two (2) years’ experience working with adolescents and families.
  • Experience working with communities of color, in particular African-American and Latino youth and their families.
  • Intermediate skills with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher) and willingness to advance computer skills/
  • Experience with crisis intervention, community networking and resource development
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) skills preferred, but not required.

Licensing/ Certification Requirements

Successful completion of initial and on-going employment screens, including, but not limited to criminal background, sex offender, drug, abuse and neglect, reference, and vehicle record checks as required.


  • Competitive hourly wage.
  • Medical, dental, vision, retirement plan.

How to Apply

  • Email a cover letter, 3 professional references,  and a resume to:
  • Reference "Mental Health Therapist" in the subject line of your email and in your cover letter.
  • NO PHONE CALLS please

POIC is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.