Join the Team!

We’re accepting applications for pre-graduate student interns and licensed/pre-licensed, board-registered clinicians, and a Clinical Supervisor.

PLEASE READ: We do not respond to inquiries/applications from applicants who do not meet the qualifications of the positions and/or whose applications do not address our specific community and approach of our clinic in a cover letter. We’re also unable to hire long-distance, so please, only local applicants. Please read and follow the application instructions carefully on each posting if you wish to be contacted for an interview.

**Before you submit your application, please be certain you are applying for the correct position and submitting to the correct email. Following instructions properly is an important aspect of successful candidacy**
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Values, Benefits and Workplace Culture
The two cornerstones of our founding ideals are 1. access to quality care for those who typically do not have it, and 2. access to meaningful, supportive and just employment for those who typically do not have it. As such, ONN values work-life balance above all. We believe that the mental health of our team is intimately tied with those we serve.

Our culture is of support and comradery, rather than productivity and micromanagement. While leadership recognizes the inherent power differentials, we seek to minimize their impact through collaboration and transparency, rather than secrecy and top-down pressure. Our values are influenced by notion that every person has inherent value and that all roles are equally valued part of the whole of our success.

ONN adds benefits every year and presently offers the following:

  • Paid time-off accrued for every hour worked, plus 11 floating holidays per year and bonus paid time-off as finances allow (totals approximately 6 weeks of time off per calendar year)
  • 40 hours sick time per year, front loaded every new year (prorated for partial years upon hire)
  • Caseloads of no more than 20 *scheduled* clients (post-grads) and 12-15 (students)
  • Regence Silver medical insurance paid at 80% and vision/dental at 99% (Bronze and Gold options as well)
  • Productivity guidelines and conversations when necessary, but without a scarcity mindset
  • Health benefits aren’t scrutinized for minimum productivity
  • Every hour of work paid, including supervision, meetings, documentation, etc.
  • Compensation includes hourly and commission for collected reimbursements
  • BIPOC supervisor available for regular supervision
  • Solidarity and transparency from leadership
  • Student stipends
  • Monthly expense reimbursement
  • Normalization of private practice pursuit and support in taking your clients with you
  • Lifetime professional support and assistance

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BIPOC Culturally Competent Clinical Supervisor
ONN is currently accepting applications for this position. Please see the job description here Clinical Supervisor Job Description.

Application process: Submit résumé and cover letter to kristi@owlsnestnorth.com

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Pre-Graduate Internship Summary
Owls’ Nest North (ONN) welcomes applications for current graduate students in social work and counseling programs who are seeking to complete clinical hours for their graduate degree. We’re a small mental health clinic close-in NE that serves individuals, families, groups and relationships. We’re social justice and anti-oppression focused and have two internship positions available for the right candidate.

Application process: Please email your resume and cover letter to Heather Sutch. People of color and non-dominant cultures strongly encouraged to apply. Please, no calls. Your application will not be considered complete if you submit a form cover letter or your cover letter fails to address the qualifications of the position and specific values of our clinic.

Duties, responsibilities and working conditions mirror our clinical staff expectations (see archived job listing below).

Skills and qualifications: Current enrollment in a social work or counseling graduate program are required for placement in our internship positions. Preference is given to graduate students who demonstrate the following:

  • excellent potential for growth in their clinical work
  • demonstrated capacity for examining countertransference and openness to feedback around issues of privilege and oppression
  • concurrent or previous training/participation in specific therapeutic modalities
  • experience working with GLBTQQi2S++ populations
  • multilingual
  • exceptional letters of recommendation
  • at least a basic understanding of and facility discussing systemic oppression

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Licensed or Board-Registered Intern Job Summary
Owls’ Nest North (ONN) may be hiring. We’re a small mental health clinic close-in NE that serves individuals, families, groups and relationships.

Job Summary
ONN is a small mental health clinic close-in NE that serves individuals, families, groups and relationships. We’re social justice and anti-oppression focused and our work culture emphasizes healthy work-life balance for our team because we believe that our mental health is connected to our clients’. We are functioning through telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the option to offer in-person services in compliance with our current office guidelines.

We’re social justice and anti-oppression focused and occasionally have openings for new counselors who share our values and provide exceptional care to their clients.

PLEASE READ: We will not be responding to inquiries/applications from applicants who do not meet the qualifications of the positions and/or whose applications do not address our specific community and approach of our clinic in a cover letter. We do not interview/hire Associate candidates who have a private practice. We are also unable to hire long-distance, so please, only local applicants. Your application is your first “interview.”

Application process: Please email your résumé and cover letter to Kristi and be sure to include your personal email address in your materials. People of color and non-dominant cultures strongly encouraged to apply. Please, no calls. Your application will not be considered complete if you submit a form cover letter or your cover letter fails to address the qualifications of the position and specific values of our clinic.

Job purpose: The purpose of this position is to provide quality counseling through an anti-oppression lens to individuals of the wider Portland area. At ONN, a small mental health clinic, we seek to provide quality care to those who historically do not have access and to offer excellent working conditions to those who provide that care, as well as offering a learning environment for associates.

Duties and responsibilities
Clinical

  • Provide quality counseling to a diverse set of clients (individual, group and relationship)
  • Coordinate client care with client providers as needed
  • Meet the needs of historically marginalized populations (LGBTQQiA2S+, non-conforming ability, and BIPOC)
  • Report clinical issues to clinical supervisor and deeply examine countertransference
  • Provide referrals and community resources to clients
  • Examine and apply anti-oppression factors in clinical work
  • Maintain professional ethical standards
  • Advocate for clients within larger systems

Administrative

  • Perform administrative duties related to insurance contracts with an exceptional degree of accuracy
  • Document client progress, treatment plans, assessments diagnoses and outcomes
  • Practice mandatory abuse reporting and HIPAA standards
  • Maintain complete client records
  • Screen potential clients
  • Schedule and coordinate care directly with clients
  • Manage full-time caseload
  • Document eligibility requirements for sliding scale clients
  • Assist uninsured clients in identifying and applying for appropriate health insurance
  • Accurately report client and clinical contact hours
  • Utilize various phone and computer technology

Professional Development

  • Complete continuing education as required to maintain license/licensee status
  • Participate in clinical supervision as required by licensing board and state contracts
  • Gain any needed skills to assist clients through formal and informal means
  • Participate in formal and informal education around anti-oppression and intersectionality issues

Personal Qualities

  • Ability to solve complex problems in a community setting
  • Skilled and practiced at emotional self-regulation, and personally stable
  • Self-reliant and independent, but able to ask for assistance when needed
  • Committed to examining counter-transference and power dynamics
  • Reliable and organized
  • Resilient and open to feedback
  • Capacity to maneuver grey areas and adapt to contextual needs
  • Flexible as clinic needs develop and change
  • Communicative and able to resolve interpersonal conflict

Qualifications and Skills
Successful completion of a Masters of Social Work (at minimum, registered with the Oregon Board of Licensed Social Workers as an Associate; on track to becoming LCSW is acceptable), or fully licensed LCSW, LPC, or LMFT. At this time, we are not accepting applications from registered associates on track for LMFT/LPC licensure.

  • Must pass a criminal background check prior to hiring
  • Bilingual preferred
  • Postgraduate training in somatics or other alternative modality preferred
  • Experience and education on how issues of oppression and social justice impact client mental and relational health.
  • Experience and ability to openly examine and discuss issues of privilege and power, as it relates to our clinical work and impact in our professional collaboration and community.
  • Demonstrated willingness and ability to meaningfully collaborate with a clinical team on social justice and anti-oppression issues.
  • Knowledge of systemic factors impacting LGBTQQiA2S+ people and people of non-dominant cultural experiences.
  • Familiarity and experience with concepts of intersectionality.
  • Ability to manage a fair amount of paperwork to keep records up-to-date
  • Willingness to take direction on both clinical and administrative issues
  • Skilled at using technology for email, word processing and internet access. Easily adaptable to new technologies.

Counselor QMHPs must demonstrate the ability to conduct an assessment, including identifying precipitating events, gathering histories of mental and physical health, substance use, past mental health services and criminal justice contacts, assessing family, cultural, social and work relationships, and conducting a mental status examination, complete a DSM diagnosis, write and supervise the implementation of a Service Plan and provide individual, family or group therapy within the scope of their training. Counselor QMHPs must meet the following minimum qualifications (degrees must be conferred):

  • Graduate degree in psychology;
  • Graduate degree in recreational, art, or music therapy; or
  • Graduate degree in a behavioral science field;
  • Recovering Staff: Program staff, contractors, volunteers and associates recovering from a substance use disorder, providing treatment services or peer support services in substance use disorders treatment programs, must be able to document continuous abstinence under independent living conditions or recovery housing for the immediate past two years.

Working conditions
This position may require some evening and weekend hours depending on shifts available. A successful candidate can expect to provide 20 hours a week of client contact hours, and up to 10 administrative/meeting hours (includes clinical and administrative supervision and team meetings) per week. Compensation is hourly, plus commission. Clinical supervision is provided to pre-licensed LMFTs, LPCs and MSWs. Candidates must carry their own professional liability insurance and are required to have some flexibility as to clinical contact hours as their caseload increases to a full (20 contact hours per week) and as fluctuations occur, but ONN maintains a six-month waitlist, so work is never scarce.

Physical requirements
This position requires sitting with clients for extended periods of time and repetitive tasks (email, documentation, etc.). Most hours can be worked from home if there is a confidential space available, but occasional hours may be required in-office.