Skills Trainer/Mentor

Now Hiring! The Skills Trainers are skilled and team-oriented mentors who provide outstanding evidence-based mental health services to youth participating in services and specialized foster care programs. Skills Trainers provide 1-2 hour weekly sessions to youth with a goal of skill development through pro-social community activities. Under the direction of the Family Therapist and/or Clinical Supervisor and Outpatient Director.

We are a team of 47 skilled therapists, clinical interns, mentors, skills trainers, and administrative staff who are also hikers, dog lovers, kayakers, DIY fanatics, travelers, bikers, photographers, and musicians.  As both colleagues and friends, we enjoy working together to bring enthusiasm and a team-oriented focus to our programs and projects.

Duties:

  • Provide community-based skill development to at-risk youth aged 3-20 who may experience emotional and behavioral challenges.
  • Assist with on-site childcare for program participants while caregivers receive services.
  • Model prosocial interactive skills and provide natural opportunities for program youth to practice these skills in real life settings in the community.
  • Introduce and practice positive and healthy activities with the youth, such as (but not limited to): hiking, playing games, attending community events, playing basketball, assisting with school work, etc.
  • Introduce and practice developmentally appropriate positive and healthy skills such as making a good impression, handling disappointment maturely, initiating and maintaining friendships, taking turns, thinking flexibly, relaxation/coping skills, and independent living skills.
  • Use various reinforcement strategies to punctuate practice and acquisition of new skills consistent with youth’s treatment plan.
  • Provide feedback and collaborate with the treatment team about behavioral observations and experiences with the program youth. 
  • Document sessions by completing progress notes using an electronic medical records system either same day or next day following appointments.
  • Participate in training, consultation, and supervision from the Team Lead and Skills Trainer Supervisor. 
  • Other responsibilities:
    • Assist with onsite childcare for program participants while caregivers receive services
    • Attend weekly skills trainer and clinical meetings

Requirements:

  • Ability to establish a strong connection with a child or adolescent that combines warmth and humor with effective skill building.
  • Creativity and energy to demonstrate, healthy play, recreational activities, school assistance, and a fun, positive, open minded attitude. You will participate WITH clients in these activities so expect to occasionally get messy or sweaty.
  • Conceptual understanding of developmentally appropriate behavior for children/adolescents in the home, school, and community. This can be gained through working with children in many settings and/or an educational setting.
  • Ability to collaborate professionally with the youth’s clinical team, maintain close communication with Supervisor, and coordinating session interventions.
  • Ability to demonstrate professional boundaries in accordance with OCP policies and procedures.
  • Ability to manage and coordinate session scheduling.
  • Attend clinical and Skills Trainer meetings as assigned.
  • Must have a mobile telephone. 
  • Valid motor vehicle driver’s license, reliable transportation suitable for children, automobile liability insurance. OCP requires staff that transport clients to be a minimum of 21 years of age.
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, a combination of formal education and experience working with children, or experience working with children combined with a strong learning posture.
  • Preferred: Meets QMHA credentialing requirements.  QMHAs shall demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively; understand mental health assessment, treatment, and service terminology; and apply each of these concepts, implement skills development strategies, and identify, implement, and coordinate the services and supports identified in a service plan. In addition, QMHAs shall meet the following minimum qualifications:
  • (a) Bachelor’s degree in a behavioral science field; or
  • (b) A combination of at least three years of relevant work, education, training, or experience; or
  • (c) A qualified Mental Health Intern, as defined in OAR 309-019-0105.

OCP is approved by the Oregon Office of Rural Health as a qualified Practice Site for the Oregon Behavioral Health Loan Repayment Program (OBHLRP) and OCP staff that meet the criteria can receive tax-free funds to repay qualifying educational loan debt.

FTE:                 Hourly / Part-time with flexible hours

Updated:          February 2021

Applications:   Please submit an online application and include a cover letter and current resume.

OCP IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER