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Mental Health Therapist - Group

Location: Vancouver, WA Additional Locations:
Job Number: 796571 Date posted: 05/31/2019

Provide high quality health care to Kaiser Permanente members in a cost-effective manner and in accordance with accepted professional practice standards.

Essential Functions:
- Provide high quality health care through direct screening, diagnosis and formulation/implementation of treatment plan for mental health patients (may include depression, anxiety, marital conflicts, etc., in individuals, couples, families or groups). Document in writing all care in patient's permanent medical record in accordance with accepted medical/legal standards. Provide all care in accordance with accepted practice standards and hospital/clinic protocols (including supervision by a physician).
- Provide case management through appropriate triaging and referrals, reporting to other providers, telephone contact with patients and their families, and contact with outside agencies.
- Consult with other department providers regarding treatment plans.
- Perform other duties as requested. 

Basic Qualifications:


- Two (2)  years of clinical experience.


- Master's level degree required (M.S.W., M.S., M.A., M.Ed.).

- Documented  post graduate training and/or history of experience in the delivery of evidence based group psychotherapy interventions.

License, Certification, Registration

- Current unrestricted Oregon AND Washington license (LCSW, LMFT, LPC, LMHC, PsyD or PhD) required. License in state where assigned required upon hire/transfer, application for license in secondary state required within 2 weeks of hire/transfer and must be obtained within 6 months. EPS Only: Current unrestricted Oregon OR Washington license (LCSW, LMFT, LPC, LMHC, PsyD or PhD) in state where assigned required upon hire/transfer.
- National Provider Identifier (NPI) required prior to employment start date.


Additional Requirements:

- Thorough knowledge of psychosocial diagnostic categories and treatment approaches including evidence-based treatment modalities, suicide assessment, and therapeutic crisis intervention.

- Working knowledge of legal requirements for reporting abuse and homicidal threats.

- Quickly and accurately assess, diagnose and develop treatment plans.

- Intervene and effectively treat emergent problems involving mental health functioning.

- Strong interpersonal communication and problem solving skills.

- Rapidly establish rapport with a diverse population of patients presenting with a wide range of psychiatric, social and emotional difficulties.

- Process and communicate in a manner that is sensitive and appropriate to the cultural, linguistic and psychological needs of

patients, families and other healthcare team members.

- Function effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team and to collaborate well with other disciplines despite potential

disagreements or conflict.

- Remain calm and use appropriate skills to defuse potentially violent or aggressive situations

- In the event of patient suicide, the resilience to manage emotional impact, ability to evaluate clinical assessment and treatment plan decisions, and integrate new learning.

- Identify and respond to chances in policies, regulations, and procedures which can impact the patient.

- Ability to use electronic medical record.

- Ability to access, diagnose and treat child and adult mental health patients. Individual, couple, family and group therapy skills required.

- Documented history of providing group psychotherapy that includes measurable treatment outcomes.

- Documented history of being able to provide urgent care and crisis intervention as indicated.

- Documented history of communication w/ Behavioral Health colleagues, Primary Care providers, & other Kaiser Permanente providers & agencies as needed to facilitate integrative care.

- Documented history of participation in UBT/Staff development activities on a regular basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Documented post graduate experience working with the Eating Disorders, Chronic Pain, and Borderline Personality Disorders populations.

- Documented post graduate training and /or certification in cognitive -behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy.

- Licensed in both Oregon and Washington.

- Thorough and working knowledge of psychological diagnostic categories and evidenced based treatment approaches.

- Working knowledge of relevant outcome measures.

- Familiarity with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

- Thorough and working knowledge of ethical guidelines and behaviors for therapists.

- Ability to manage a large caseload, and to interface with large provider and support staff.

- Efficient use of electronic medical record.

- Proficient electronic mail communication skills.

- Proficient computer skills in windows applications.

- Knowledge of Co-occurring mental health and chemical dependency disorders.

Primary Location: Washington,Vancouver,Cascade Park Medical Offices 12607 SE Mill Plain B Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon - Fri Working Hours Start: Varies Working Hours End: Varies Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Temporary Employee Group/Union Affiliation: OFNHP - Professionals Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Behavioral / Mental Health Department: Mental Health Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.

About Behavioral Health, Social Services & Spiritual Care Careers

Behavioral Health, Social Services & Spiritual Care Careers

Backed by a committed interdisciplinary team of health care professionals, you'll provide high-quality treatment for patients with behavioral health and/or bio-psychological concerns, including those in psychological crisis.

With the strength of our network at your fingertips, you'll be sure your patients receive prompt, appropriate referrals across our organization with no barriers to the continuity of care. Opportunities and specialty settings range from substance abuse to social work and autism to eating disorders.


  • Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Clinical Social Workers
  • Health Educators
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Medical Social Workers
  • Psychiatric Social Workers

Specialty Settings:

  • Addiction Medicine/Chemical Dependency
  • Autism
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Eating Disorders
  • Employee Assistance
  • Geriatrics
  • Help Line/Psychiatric Call Center
  • Home Health
  • Hospice
  • Medical Social Work
  • Neuropsychology
  • OB/GYN
  • Palliative Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatric Emergency Team (PET)
  • Psychiatry (Adult, Adolescent & Child)
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