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CCSWW FBH Certified Peer Counselor (Youth Partner) in Portland, Oregon


Catholic Community Services, Family Behavioral Health is looking for a Certified Peer Counselor (Parent Partner) who wants to join our team of innovators who continually "push the envelope" and challenges traditional thinking in Behavioral Health.


We are a values-driven organization, providing family oriented mental health care for children, youth and families in their own home and community. Our enthusiastic clinical teams provide whatever is needed to help children and youth remain safely in their own home with their family, restoring hope with promise, providing intense mental health services and supports, and helping to strengthen the family unity. With sites located in Tukwila, Tacoma, Olympia, Shelton, Bremerton, Aberdeen, Yelm, Vancouver, and Portland Oregon, we offer comprehensive intensive, Wrap-around mental health services to a diverse population for youth and families. We employ over 550 caring and compassionate employees.


Compassion Diversity Excellence Justice Stewardship

We strive to help children and families live together safely and securely with hope and promise. We serve as a catalyst for change when appropriate, challenging long-standing service traditions in community behavioral health. We behave with Humility, Passion for our Mission, and Compassion and Respectful Interactions. We value learning and offer alternatives and we stand strong to help child-serving systems understand our alternative paradigm while strengthening partnerships. We do not compromise our values.

Certified Peer Counselors (Youth Partners) are individuals with personal history as a youth/child who has been a recipient of behavioral health, child welfare, complex medical coordination or juvenile justice services who use that personal experience in building support with families. Successful applicants must have first person experience as a youth who received system services and prepared to disclose their personal experiences with youth, parents and others.


CPC (Youth Partners) collaborate, provide support and help facilitate services for youth and their families receiving Family Behavioral Health Services. Working as a member of a team, the Youth Partner helps a youth voice their own perspective and assure that other team members are able to understand their perspective and use that perspective in treatment planning. This position helps youth, parents and families achieve confidence in their abilities to team on a recovery journey and maintain hope for their success after formal behavioral health services have been completed.

Emphasis is on achieving incredible outcomes with children, youth and families by actively partnering with them along with their natural and community services and supports to achieve long term safety and stability in our neighborhoods and communities. A full job description with qualifications will be shared with candidates identified for an interview.


  • High school diploma or equivalent.

  • Age 21 or older.

  • Personal (lived) experience as a parent of a child who has been or is receiving community / mental health services within the past ten years. Direct experience within Child Welfare System - Highly Desired!

  • Must have an acceptable driving record per CCS’ driving policy (required to provide current driving abstract).

  • Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, automobile insurance and provide current auto registration.

  • Applicant must successfully pass required background clearances prior to an offer of employment.

  • Availability to work flexible hours (evenings, nights, weekends).

  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

  • Demonstrates the necessary attitudes, knowledge and skills to deliver culturally competent services and work effectively in multi-cultural situations.

  • Support and uphold the mission, beliefs and values of Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services.


  • A.A. or B.A. in social sciences, social services or mental health field background.

  • One year relevant experience with social services and mental health agencies to working with people who need assistance.


  • Opportunity to participate on a team, providing innovative therapeutic techniques and non-traditional interventions in the community supporting youth and families.

  • Working hours to meet the family's needs.

  • Medical, dental, & vision insurance, retirement plans with generous paid time off.

  • Supplemental Cancer, Hospitalization, and Critical Illness Insurance.

  • Extensive training (examples: De-Escalation, Safety, WISe, BRS, CPR and First Aide, and First Response).

  • Fully implemented Health Record system (CareLogic) with in-depth training.


Whether you’re a fan of theater, live music, craft beer, funky foods or being outside, Portland has something for you. The city has a great vibe for food carts, street festivals, visual and performing art with an array of specialty shops.

  • Home to a sprawling urban forest park with miles of hiking, dozens of verdant public parks and gardens, and the Willamette and Columbia rivers running through the city, there’s never a shortage of ways to explore Portland’s outdoors. Whether you’re a fan of flowers, tranquil gardens, urban hikes or just looking to get some fresh air, Portland has something for every kind of outdoor enthusiast.

  • Get out of the city to explore! From zip lines to whitewater rafting, horseback riding to pioneer history, camping and visiting the Oregon coast, dozens of attractions are worth the (short) trips outside Portland.

To apply, visit our Careers Page at For more information, contact Karla Lacktorin, Regional Healthcare Recruiter,, or call Karla at: 253-325-2864.

Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please let us know if you need special accommodations to apply or interview for this position.

Note to Internal Candidates: HR reviews internal compensation and determines increase based on their experience and also agency internal equity factors.

ID: 2020-5033

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