Treatment Worker (Relief)
September 25, 2013    

Treatment Worker Relief
Portland, Oregon    
On Call, No Benefits

Hand n Hand

When Applying Please Reference Job Code TW-721
Please Follow Application Procedures

Position Summary:
The relief treatment milieu worker is responsible for tracking and reporting clients’ treatment progress.  Duties include basic care taking, child management, relationship-building, tracking and reporting client’s treatment progress and providing group leadership.

Education/Experience Required:
  • A typical background for the person who can fulfill the duties of this position is as follows:
  • Experience working with children
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent training and experience.
  • Must meet eligibility for QHMA regulations for the State of Oregon if in a mental health position/role.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
  • Values working in a multicultural/diverse environment.
  • Communicates effectively both verbally and in writing with a broad variety of people, including staff, supervisors and management.
  • Works effectively as a team member.
  • Maintains appropriate professional boundaries and confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to perform counseling and relationship skills effectively.
  • Demonstrates group leadership and organizational skills.
  • Willingness to assist in the physical management of children including physical restraints and escorts of children weighing up to 200 lbs. (once training is completed).
  • Regularly attend scheduled shifts, be punctual for scheduled shifts and meetings and be in a condition suitable for assuming responsibilities of position.
  • Effectively monitor safety and demonstrate group management skills and effectively de-escalate potentially chaotic or volatile situations.
  • Exercises tact, discretion, and judgment in working with a variety of people.
  • Stays calm and emotionally available in an environment serving children with emotional disturbances.
  • Stays engaged with clients throughout the work shift.

Other Requirements:
  • Requires driving personal or agency vehicle, a valid driver’s license for state of residency, personal auto liability insurance, and a driving record permitting coverage under corporate auto liability policy.
  • Bloodbourne Pathogens training required first day of employment.
  • Must pass criminal history background check.
  • Maintenance of current Standard First Aid and CPR certification is required.
  • Must pass and maintain Oregon Intervention System training and certification.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provides basic care taking to children
  • Assures children’s basic needs are met, including meals, exercise, hygiene and sleep.
  • Teaches healthy living skills.
  • Monitors activities and whereabouts of children.
  • Maintains a physically safe environment.
  • Administers medication in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Utilizes behavior management techniques appropriately with children (i.e., time outs, collaborative problem-solving, reinforcement, encouragement, early interventions, natural and logical consequences).
  • Feedback is clear, not rushed, specific, timely and respectful.
  • Communicates behavior choices to children, outlining the positive and negative consequences of their choices.
  • Communication is adjusted to meet the child’s development level and style of communication.
  • Employs relationship and problem-solving skills effectively.
  • Models healthy and positive interactions with children.
  • Forms caring therapeutic relationships (warm, nurturring, empathic and unconditional).
  • Relates to children objectively and fairly, giving consideration to the child’s perception.
  • Processes with the child regarding precipitating events (i.e., emotional state, perceptions, interactions with others).  Works with child to problem solve and identify solutions.
  • Demonstrates group leadership and organization skills and abilities.
  • Organizes materials, tasks and staff in advance to minimize behavior problems.
  • Organizes curriculum and materials for activities that take into consideration group dynamics, developmental level and treatment needs of clients.
  • Implements a structure to assist with the process of transition.
  • Recognizes and adjusts individual roles, status and interactions of the children.
  • Includes client’s families in treatment process and communicates information to families as needed.
  • Writes clear, concise and comprehensive reports (progress notes and critical incident reports) in a timely manner.
  • Works as a team member and supervisors.
  • Maintains communication with on-line staff through established procedures.
  • Reviews team and incident logs in a timely manner.
  • Participates and contributes to case reviews in a constructive manner.
  • Maintains communication with co-workers throughout shift, across shifts and across teams, keeping team members apprised of therapeutic issues.
  • Models and encourages direct professional communication among staff members and facilitates development of positive staff support network.
  • Utilizes and seeks supervision appropriately.
  • Maintain confidentiality of client’s information and records.
  • Fosters and maintains supportive and cooperative employee relations, respecting personal and professional boundaries.
  • Provides emergency first-aid/CPR, as needed, and maintains a current standard first-aid/CPR certification.
  • Performs other program-related duties as assigned by Supervisor.
  • Assists in the physical restraints and escorts of children up to 200 pounds.
  • Participates in the various committees as needed.

Expected Outcomes:
  • Attainment of team and personal goals on a yearly basis.
  • Personal style that models and encourages direct, professional, client-focused communication among all members of the organization.

Working Conditions:
  • Exposure to communicable diseases which can encompass a variety of illnesses and infections including tuberculosis, Hepatitis A, B, C, infectious meningitis and HIV.
  • May involve exposure to angry, upset clients and/or their families which may result in  the need to physically intervene.
  • Possible evening, night and weekend work.
  • Possible hours in excess of scheduled shift.


  • Email a cover letter and resume to and reference job code TW-721 in the subject line of your email and in your cover letter.
  • Alternative: Fax your cover letter/resume to Morrison Child and Family Services at (503)736-9759 and put TW-721 on your cover letter.

To be considered for this position you must follow this application procedure and you must meet all position qualifications/requirements.


Position Open Until Enough Qualified Applicants Have Responded

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We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

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