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Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare Secure Residential Skills Trainer in Portland, Oregon

This position is full-time 40 hours a week. The schedule for this position is 5 days a week. A detailed scheduled will be determined by the hiring manager. The setting for this position is in a secure residential treatment facility located in NE Portland that serves adults with a severe and persistent mental illness. This facility serves both men and women and has a total of 8 beds, divided between 2 gender specific houses.

The Secure Residential Skills Trainer works as a member of an interdisciplinary team to implement and monitor treatment for residents living within the residential facility, while supporting a Trauma Informed Care environment. With the high prevalence of trauma among individuals receiving mental health services, it is required the Skills Trainer understand the effects of trauma on health, coping, and other aspects of the lives of those we serve. The Skills Trainer must have the ability to work independently in the community, providing skills training to clients. This position involves participation and implementation of program goals and objectives to promote a strengths-based, client centered approach to assisting residents in achieving individual goals and ultimately transitioning to a less restrictive setting.

Essential Responsibilities

This position description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, skills, or working conditions associated with the position. Management reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties as necessary.

  • Provide therapeutic interventions and counseling with residents as required by the mental health treatment plan.

  • Facilitate group activities for residents, typically limited to socialization, recreation, and basic skill training activities.

  • Provide individual and group skills training and meet productivity standards. Identify and prioritize with the client their treatment plan and community integration goals. Redefine goals throughout treatment in order to obtain success. Perform continuous assessment and measurement of progress toward treatment goals. Consult with the Case Manager, Program Manager, Program Supervisor, and the Administrator On-Call as necessary in order to maintain treatment team communication.

  • Provide supervision and support to residents in areas of self-care, hygiene, housekeeping, meal preparation, use of public transportation, community integration, social skills, etc., in coordination with the treatment team and as directed by the plan of care or mental health treatment plan.

  • Effectively engage residents in order to encourage their participation in skills training.

  • Participate in regular supervision and attend clinical case conferences and staff meetings to gain knowledge and communicate program and resident needs.

  • Comply with and implements the regulations, policies, and procedures under which the facility is licensed and operates.

  • Assist in crisis situations as appropriate, following emergency protocols and procedures. Practice and demonstrate competency in avoidance preventing escalation, and physical and mechanical restraint techniques when appropriate, to avoid crisis situations or to neutralize crises in progress.

  • May be required to assist in meal set-up, preparation, serving, and clean up related to meal times or cooking group activities. Perform other household chores as needed, including but not limited to, light housekeeping and cleaning of biohazards.

  • Monitor, report and coordinate maintenance needs of the program's vehicles to Program Manager.

  • Accompany residents to, and assists residents during medical appointments in the community.

  • Document and maintain electronic health record (EHR) and ancillary records in a manner that assures compliance with all agency policies, program procedures and local, state, and federal regulations. Maintain accurate and up-to-date documentation associated with billing, assessment, treatment, client's progress and other activities, as required.

  • Respect and honor client rights and responsibilities and demonstrate professional boundaries and ethics.

  • Assist in crisis situations as appropriate, following emergency protocols/procedures and coordinate with the treatment team with interventions which support a trauma informed environment for clients/residents and staff.

  • Demonstrate responsibility for safety of consumers and/or residents, staff and property; possess familiarity with fire regulations and evacuation procedures.

  • Adhere to mandatory abuse reporting laws and HIPAA requirements.

  • Remain awake on all shifts.

  • Coordinate with staff on shift regarding resident concerns, building/program needs, and any issues relevant to ensure the smooth operation of the program.

  • Coordinate individual skill training plans in collaboration with the case manager.

  • Assist in the administration of seclusion and restraint techniques as defined in non-violent physical intervention training.

  • Able to perform CPR, First Aid, and properly use AED equipment. CPR/ First Aid certifications are required and must remain current.

  • Complete annual employee training requirements on a timely basis as indicated in the licensing requirements for the facility as well as agency requirements.

Role Specific Responsibilities:

  • Be a part of a rotation to remain working on-site for up to eight (8) additional hours in the event that the following shift has inadequate staffing.

  • If the position is a float, flexibility is required as the employee will not have a home site but is required to fill in at different sites based on daily scheduling needs.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


A Bachelor's degree in a behavioral science field from an accredited college or university or three years of full time professional experience working with adults with severe and persistent mental illness. Must demonstrate the competencies to become credentialed as a Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA), as outlined in the Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR). Certification must be kept current and in compliance with the OAR's.


Equivalent combination of education/experience, preferably in a non-profit organization.

Specialized Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Operate computer hardware and software (including Electronic Health Record software) at a level needed to effectively perform job functions

  • Enter and retrieve data

  • Prepare reports


Possess a valid driver's license, three year driving history; clean driving record, ability to pass Driver Motor Vehicle (DMV) check and complete the Cascadia online Defensive Driving course.

The physical demands of this position will require the ability to perform the essential functions without compromising client care. For more inquiries about physical requirements or to request an accommodation, please contact recruitment@cascadiabhc.org.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to any protected status. Cascadia is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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