Mental Health Counselor

Location: Lake Oswego, OR
Date Posted: 08-01-2018
SUMMARY:  The Mental Health Counselor, as part of the Health and Well-Being team, provides therapeutic presence and mental health services to the SNJMs living at Mary’s Woods in Oregon.   The person in this role consults and advises regarding mental health and dementia needs and services; performs all essential functions of mental health coordination; and enhances each Sister’s understanding of her own psychosocial needs. 
  1. Under direction of Clinical Care Coordinator, works with individual Sisters who have requested assistance or who have been identified as needing assistance.
  2. Performs all essential functions of mental health coordination which includes assessment, development of therapy plan, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and adjustment.
  3. Member of Oregon Health & Well-Being team and participates in weekly SNJM health care meetings. Also attends Mary’s Woods care conferences of Sisters that receive counseling.
  4. Understands the theories and concepts of Pastoral Counseling. 
  5. Provides and/or assists with education of Sisters about mental health topics (in relation to their   individual lives, communal life, and/or transition to facility living, etc.) sharing resources, planning, presenting, and/or implementing enrichment groups and/or programs.
  6. Maintains positive, professional working relationships with nursing and other staff at Mary’s Woods to maintain optimal mental health services for Sisters.  
  7. As requested works with R.N. Clinical Care Coordinator in seeking appropriate external mental health services covered by insurance and identifies/recommends resources appropriate for Sisters’ mental health and well-being needs.  
  8. Collaborates with Mary’s Woods Caritas House (dementia unit) staff in developing programs and obtaining resources to enhance the quality of life for SNJMs.
  9. Collaborates with supervisor to develop and conduct workshops relating to mental health and dementia related topics for SNJMs.
  10. Maintains professional credentials as required by the State of Oregon.  Regularly and actively participates in professional development events.
  11. Other related duties as identified and/or assigned.
INTERRELATIONSHIPS:  Works in close collaboration with Sisters at Mary’s Woods, SNJM Province Health & Well-Being Team, is a member of SNJM Oregon Health and Well-Being Team, works individual and in groups settings with Sisters, collaborates with SNJM Sister Services Department and Mary’s Woods staff and others as necessary
QUALIFICATIONS:  To perform this job successfully, individuals must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education:     MSW, LCSW, or professional equivalent.
Experience:   Minimum of 5 years of experience in area of counseling or mental health.  Required background of working with persons in different levels of cognitive impairment.  Strong preference for experience working with women religious in the area of health care.
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:   
  1. Must be supportive of the mission of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. 
  2. Demonstrated ability to provide effective counseling for transitional and adjustment issues in the aging process, while respecting the Sister’s unique culture and lifestyle.
  3. Adapt at Evidence Based Practices (EBT) for on-site therapy and support of Sisters in residence at Mary’s Woods.
  4. Ability to assist Sisters in addressing issues of a personal or sensitive nature in relation to Community life. 
  5. Must be able to respect and maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
  6. Must model SNJM Guiding Values in carrying out work activities and responsibilities.
  7. Demonstrated understanding and work experience with women’s health issues and concerns
  8. Demonstrated ability to communicate professionally, empathetically, and compassionately with Sisters who may be ill, disabled, hospitalized, and/or experiencing loss.
  9. Ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with SNJM and Mary’s Woods Sisters, staff, and external contacts.
  10. High degree of flexibility and adaptability to shifting priorities and time constraints.
  11. Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize and execute tasks in a timely manner.
  12. Demonstrated written and verbal skills to assure effective communication.
  13. Ability to respond to urgent and/or stressful situations appropriately and calmly.
  14.  Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office and other computer software programs including, but not limited to Word, Excel, Outlook.
Position requires ability to interact and meet with Sisters within Mary’s Woods facility.  Some stooping and/or bending when using files.  Light lifting (10 lbs,) occasionally required. 
HOURS:    Part-time (24 hours/week).

The above description generally reflects the primary functions of the position.  The above statements shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be required for the position. 
SNJM is committed to continually building a workplace that exemplifies its values and vision of being hospitable to everyone.  The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
We offer a competitive salary and benefits package including medical/dental, group life and disability coverage, a 401K plan, and paid time off.
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