Mental Health Clinical Associate (Bilingual Spanish)

Clinical Portland, Oregon


Mental Health Clinical Associate – Mi Futuro/Shelter Bilingual Spanish Required

 Salary Range: Unlicensed $55,200-$58,700/year ($26.54 - $28.23/hour)

(Higher pay for Master's level)

In Person, Full Time

Seeking Mental Health Clinicial Associate (QMHA level) to provide individual and group counseling services and assessments for Morrison’s shelter Mi Futuro serving immigrant youth.   

Morrison Child and Family Services is a non-profit organization providing a continuum of trauma-informed, culturally responsive programs and services for youth and families in residential, shelter, respite, foster care, community & school-based outpatient, family preservation, and prevention services.  As one of the largest mental health and substance use recovery agencies serving 7,000 youth in Portland, Oregon, and the state of Washington, our goal is to promote a vibrant culture of self-care, creativity, and overall resilience that contribute to the success of our youth and families.    


ORR Immigrant Youth Services - Shelter Our shelter is well equipped to comfortably house and care for up to 25 youth at a time. The youth are place in our residential facility by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) with the main purpose of assessing and completing family reunification in a timely manner. In our residential facility, the youth have access to education, medical, case management, mental health, legal and religious services. The shelter serves adolescent boys and girls (13– 17 years of age) who primarily arrive from Latin American countries, and occasionally from other countries such as Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa.



Job Summary:

The Mental Health Clinical Associate provides mental health assessments, with the ability to conduct a mental status examination, as well as provides ongoing individual and group counseling services, screens for human trafficking concerns, and provides crisis intervention services.   

We look forward to reviewing your resume and application at  For accommodation requests during the application/hiring process please contact: [email protected]   

Job Duties Full Job Description available or interview stage or earlier by request:

  • Provides mental health assessments for unaccompanied youth including best practice suicide risk assessments and flight risk assessments
  • Provides ongoing individual and group counseling services and ability to conduct a mental status examination, and when appropriate, may complete a DSM diagnosis
  • Provides required documentation, services and external communication for youth on their caseload
  • Referrals for Psychiatric and Psychological services
  • Develops and facilitates transition plans for clients per ORR guidelines
  • May help supervise children and youth in milieu, on outings, and to appointments outside facility


Experience/Education Requirements  

A typical background for the person who can fulfill the duties of this position is as follows:

  • Bachelor's degree in psychology, sociology, or other relevant behavioral science plus 5 years clinical employment experience
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish and English, written, read and verbal required


 Preferred Qualifications not required 

·        Experience working in a multicultural/diverse work environment

  • Experience working in an environment serving clients who are struggling with severe emotional and mental health related disorders
  • Skills in assessing and treating disturbed adolescents
  • Knowledge of Federal, State and agency regulations


 Other Requirements:

  • Must pass criminal history check
  • Language Testing for both English and Spanish language, when applicable
  • Working at multiple ORR Program sites


Physical Requirements:

  • Constantly operates a computer and other office equipment like a copy machine, and computer printer.
  • The person in this position frequently communicates with staff and clients. Must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations.
  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position 50% of the time.
  • The person in this position needs to frequently move around the residential site including up stairs several stories
  • Occasionally moves equipment weighing up to 10lbs
  • Position requires moving youth from different rooms in Milieu, checking on youth throughout Milieu, and transitioning activities with youth consistently
  • We serve youth that can become escalated in behavioral circumstances, and this position will be required to participate in and lead de-escalation frequently and physically de-escalate or restrain occasionally. Proper training on techniques that are safe for youth and staff is provided at time of hire.


In compliance with our Affirmative Action Plan, Morrison uses E-Verify to determine employment eligibility after an offer is accepted.  


We are an Affirmative Action Plan Employer. It is the policy of Morrison to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.  


This job is open until filled.  Applications will be reviewed as received.  Morrison reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any point during the posting period.  


  Morrison employees are offered a variety of plans to address the health and welfare needs of our employees and families.  Benefits include Medical, Vision, Dental, Flexible Spending Accounts, Employer-Paid Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment and Long-Term Disability, and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).  Employees may purchase additional voluntary life insurance, short-term disability, critical illness, and accident coverage through Unum. 


Residential ORR Programs through Federal Mandate must provide proof of immunity including the following vaccinations that are typically received in childhood: MMR, Varicella, and DTaP. There is also an annual Flu Vaccination requirement. Proof of compliance is required for employees at these sites, and masks are required while pending compliance.