Providence Health & Services Mental Health Therapist - Adult Inpatient in Portland, Oregon


Providence is calling an On Call Mental Health Therapist (0.0 FTE) to Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland, OR.

This position is located in an inpatient setting where patients can be protected while stabilizing medications and other treatments take effect. Our treatment programs help people develop management and coping skills to deal with emotional crises or destructive behaviors. We evaluate the use of medications to help stabilize thought processes, and we provide group support for families, patients and other friends. Our inpatient treatment team treats a wide variety of mental and substance use disorders with safe and compassionate care.

We are looking for an experienced compassionate individual with a flexible schedule to join the adult inpatient treatment team to provide both individual and group therapy.

Our Mental Health Therapists are in the unit 7 days a week during the days and into the evenings. On calls will be typically scheduled in advance to cover planned time off for the other caregivers on the team. On occasion, our on call caregivers may receive short notice requests for coverage but are not obligated to provide coverage.

In this position, you will:

  • Be responsible for providing clinically therapeutic programs and treatment in the inpatient mental health units.

  • Be responsible for providing various modalities of care, individual therapy, and treatment intervention with patients as agreed upon by the treatment team while under the supervision of the clinical supervisor and in collaboration with the patients Registered Nurse.

  • Use education and training to assist in stabilizing and treating patients during their stay on the unit.

  • Provide feedback and input to the team regarding assessment of the patients strengths, capacities, and responsiveness to the treatment.

  • Assist in discharge planning and interventions to support rapid stabilization and movement of the patient back into the community while working in conjunction with the team.


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Must have one of the following:

  • Graduate degree in psychology, social work, or other mental health related field and licensed in a professional discipline or be working toward licensure to be completed within 2 years of hire

  • Licensed in the state of Oregon as a Psychiatric Mental Health Registered Nurse with a Master’s of Science in Nursing

  • Graduate degree in recreational therapy and have or be working towards National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC), with an expectation of completion within 2 years of hire

  • Therapist with a graduate degree in the creative / expressive arts and be currently registered or eligible for registration within 2 years of hire

  • Bachelor’s prepared state certified alcohol and drug counselor

  • State of Oregon licensed occupational therapist and practice within discipline standards while adhering to the State of Oregon Board standards for Occupational Therapy

  • Knowledge and capacity to provide therapeutic solution-focused treatment to this population and in an acute care setting

  • Documented education, experience, and competence in identifying precipitating events; gathering histories of mental and physical disabilities, alcohol and drug use, past mental health services and criminal justice contacts; assess family, social, and work relationships, conduct a mental status assessment; document a DSM diagnosis; write and supervise a rehabilitation plan; and provide individual, family, and/or group therapy.

  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support (AHA-BLS) for Healthcare Provider certification prior to hire and the able to re-certify every 2 years

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Licensure from appropriate professional association / licensing board

  • 1 year of experience in an inpatient mental health setting

About Providence in Oregon

As the largest health care system and largest private employer in Oregon, Providence offers exceptional work environments and unparalleled career opportunities.

The Providence Experience begins each time our patients or their families have an encounter with a Providence team member and continues throughout their visit or stay. Whether you provide direct or indirect patient care, we want our patients to feel that they are in a welcoming place where they can be comfortable and free from anxiety. Our employees create the Providence Experience through simple, caring behaviors such as acknowledging and welcoming each visitor, introducing ourselves and Providence, addressing people by name, providing the duration of estimated wait times and updating frequently if timelines change, explaining situations in a way that puts patients at ease, carefully listening to their concerns, and always thanking people for trusting Providence for their health care needs. At Providence, our quality vision is simple,

"Providence will provide the best care and service to every person, every time."

Providence is consistently ranked among the top 100 companies to work for in Oregon. It is also home to two of our award-winning Magnet medical centers. Providence hospitals and clinics are located in numerous areas, ranging from the Columbia Gorge to the wine country to sunny southern Oregon to charming coastal communities to the urban setting of Portland. If you want a vibrant lifestyle while working with a team highly committed to the art of healing, choose from our many options in Oregon.

We offer a full comprehensive range of benefits - see our website for details

Our Mission

As people of Providence, we reveal God's love for all, especially the poor and vulnerable, through our compassionate service.

About Us

Providence Health & Services is the third largest not-for-profit health system in the United States. Providence employs more than 82,000 caregivers (employees) across a five-state area; AK, WA, MT, OR, and CA. Our facilities include 34 hospitals, 600 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and other health and educational services. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: On Call

Shift: Variable

Job Category: Mental/Behavioral Health

Location: Oregon-Portland

Req ID: 179731