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Oregon Health & Science University Bicultural Qualified Mental Health Assoc. (QMHP) - Somali Speaking in Portland, Oregon

The Intercultural Psychiatric Program (IPP) has been providing outpatient mental health care, including case management, group and individual therapy, and medication management support to people in Oregon whose first language is other than English, since 1977.

IPP is one of the longest standing cross-cultural psychiatry programs for refuges in the country and has been honored by the American College of Psychiatrists and the American Psychiatric Association.

IPP provides outpatient mental health care, including case management, group and individual therapy, and medication management support to people in Oregon whose first language is other than English. IPP has about 9 psychiatrists and /or psychiatric residents, 19 QMHA or QMHP- level clinicians (mental health counselors), and an administrative staff of four persons. This staff currently serves roughly 1,200 patients.

This 30 hour/week position works closely with staff psychiatrists of the Intercultural Psychiatric Program (IPP) as part of an integrated team model to provide comprehensive, holistic care for individuals seeking mental health services in a culturally sensitive environment. This position adheres to the Oregon Health Authority Oregon Administrative Rules 309 as it relates to Out Patient Mental Health Services.

Duties and responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Individual counseling, family counseling, group therapy, case management, client intake, outreach, skills training and resource connection

  • Provides cultural and language interpretation to assist staff psychiatrists and other mental health practitioners at IPP in providing psychiatric services to Somali speaking patients

  • Provides clinical case management and other clinical support to Somali speaking patients and potentially other IPP patients, as specified by the director or manager of the IPP

This position 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.

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing and licensed by the State of Oregon; OR Bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy and licensed by the State of Oregon; OR Graduate degree in psychology; OR Graduate degree in social work; OR Graduate degree in recreational art or music therapy; or OR Graduate degree in a behavioral science field

  • Ability to conduct an assessment, complete a five-axis DSM diagnosis, write and supervise the implementation of a ISSP and provide individual, family or group therapy within the scope of their training

  • Previous volunteer or employment experience in social services and/or mental health field as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP)

  • Knowledge of refugee and immigrant milieu, in addition to historical and cultural variations in Somali-speaking regions

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and fluency in written and spoken Somali.

  • Good command of Windows-based applications including MS Word and typing of 40 wpm.

  • Capacity to qualify as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP)

  • Master’s degree in social work or counseling and licensed by the State of Oregon (LCSW, LPC)

  • One year employment experience in social services and/or mental health field as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP)

  • Coursework in graduate-level clinical supervision

  • Experience working with immigrants and refugees in a clinical setting

  • Coursework and/or expeirence delivering evidence-based interventions (CBT, DBT)

  • Knowledge of trauma-informed treatments

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 aaeo@ohsu.edu.

Recruitment ID: 2020-6508

External Company URL: dturner

Street: Downtown

Post End Date: 1/21/2021

Job Type: AFSCME union represented

Posting Department: Department of Psychiatry, Intercultural Psychiatric Program

Posting Pay: $25.38 - $29.86 / hour

Posting FTE: 0.75

Posting Schedule: Monday - Friday, days

Posting Hours: To be determined

HR Mission: School of Medicine

Drug Testable: Yes

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