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Posted: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 12:06 AM


About New Avenues for Youth:
New Avenues for Youth imagines a community where all young people thrive and experience health, well-being, and a self-determined home. New Avenues works in partnership with the Portland area community to provide homeless, foster-care, and at-risk youth of all backgrounds with the resources and skills needed to lead healthy, productive lives. We are a diverse non-profit organization in our 20th year serving youth.

Our Commitment to Equity:
New Avenues for Youth imagines a community where all young people thrive and experience health, well-being, and a self-determined home. Historical inequities and intersecting forms of oppression such as racism, poverty, adultism, sexism, homophobia, and ableism, among others contribute to marginalization and exploitation of youth. We believe, to redress youth homelessness and housing instability we must challenge and dismantle racism and other forms of oppression and build relationships within our communities that advance equity.

At New Avenues, advancing equity is an ongoing commitment without closure. We remain open-minded and presume best intentions, knowing that discomfort and conflict are inevitable. We take risks and make and learn from our mistakes. We seek multiple perspectives, strive for transparency, remain humble, and resist the urge to silence hard truths.

The Position:
This Mental Health Counselor/ QMHP will provide mental health support services for youth ages 7-20 who are in residential care. This includes assessment, crisis & mental health counselling, care coordination, skills groups, clinical documentation, and consultation with Youth Advocates. The residential care facility will temporarily house these youth who are entering foster care and awaiting placement. The ideal candidate must be trauma informed, compassionate, and demonstrate a sound understanding of diverse challenges that will accompany this role.

Education & Experience:
• Must meet minimum Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) criteria for QMHP designation
• Prior experience and skill working with youth age 7-20.
• A minimum two years of experience and skill in providing mental health counselling and skill building services for Elementary School age children through Adolescence
• Experience conducting mental health and behavioral assessments
• Experience with crisis intervention, including training on non-violent de-escalation and hands on intervention ( CPI or similar intervention training)

Skills & Knowledge:
• Demonstrated expertise in Trauma Informed Care, Collaborative Problems Solving, and Advanced Youth Development
• Demonstrated aptitude for clinical documentation and record keeping
• Desire to work with multicultural staff and youth
• Bilingual English/Spanish speaking a plus

Application Guidelines/Contact:
New Avenues for Youth offers a very generous benefits package. To apply, send your cover letter and resume to Please be sure to include where you came across this opportunity in your response. You can learn more about New Avenues by visiting our website at New Avenues for Youth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Salary: $40,000 - $45,000 DOE

• Location: Portland, Portland Metro

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