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CCSWW FBH Family Search and Engagement Specialist in Portland, Oregon



We are a values-driven organization, providing family-oriented mental health care for children, youth and families in their own homes and communities. Our skilled clinical teams provide intensive mental health services to help children and youth remain safely in their own home with their family, restoring hope, and helping to strengthen family unity. With sites located in Tukwila, Tacoma, Olympia, Shelton, Bremerton, Aberdeen, Yelm, Vancouver, and Portland, Family Behavioral Health offers comprehensive and intensive mental health services to a diverse population of youth and families. We employ over 550 caring and compassionate employees.


Compassion Diversity Excellence Justice Stewardship

We strive to help children and families live together safely and securely with hope and promise. We serve as a catalyst for change, challenging long-standing service traditions in community behavioral health. We approach service provision with humility and passion, demonstrated through compassionate and respectful interactions with youth and families. We offer alternatives to restrictive levels of care and stand strong to advocate with child-serving systems to provide the most normative, least-restrictive services in order to keep youth in their community.

Family Search and Engagement (FSE) Specialists work with youth and their families who are in crisis and have been identified as youth who have severe and persistent mental health issues which caused immense disruption of the home life. This can include youth that are in DHS custody, Oregon Youth Authority custody, residing in the State Hospital or those considered homeless. FSE works with youth who are receiving intensive mental health services either in a community or residential treatment facility settings. FSE works directly with behavioral health professionals to help youth and the team gain a better understanding of family dynamic, history and potential familial connections that will help aid in the diagnosis or treatment of youth’s health issues (behavioral & physical health). The position of FSE Specialist is funded through mental health state and federal (Medicaid) dollars from Oregon Health Authority -Addictions and Mental Health, and the county based Health Share Programs.


  • Using trauma informed care strategies, provide direct services to youth and their families to address with trauma histories and support engagement in behavioral health services.

  • Complete assessments to identify family connections and treatment team for youth and their families referred for services by behavioral health community including: behavioral health therapists, child psychiatrists, and community WRAP and treatment facility teams.

  • Work directly with youth and their families to document and record in behavioral health charts and electronic health records information regarding family history including medical, developmental and behavioral health history.

  • Help families interpret the formal medical diagnostic (DSM) language of their youth’s mental health diagnosis and provide psychoeducation to families while working with youth’s treatment team.

  • Review and assess family history information, communicating information to the clinical treatment teams in an effort to include family in the treatment of the youth both in psychiatric facilities and community based settings.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the family history, helping treatment team pinpoint the behavioral health treatment needs and triggers that contribute to crisis behaviors in both the youth and the family reactions to a youth’s crisis.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of Family Systems Theory an include therapeutic supports to the youth and their family that integrates services and support to address the family’s past exposure and experiences with domestic violence, substance abuse and generational mental health issues.

  • Provide behavioral health services as outlined on a treatment and/or service plan to youth and families, building and practicing skills & strategies with a youth and their family to improve well-being. These strategies come from recommendations by a youth’s mental health/psychiatric treatment plans. This includes implementing and following safety plans during family and youth interactions (phone calls, letters and in person visits).

  • A full list of duties are described on the job description.


  • Master’s degree in behavioral sciences or equivalent field.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Experience working with DHS Child Welfare.

  • Be able to function professionally within an interdisciplinary team.

  • Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, and automobile insurance.

  • Must have an acceptable driving record per CCS’ driving policy (required to provide current driving abstract).

  • First/Aid CPR certified or the ability to become certified within the 1 month of employment.

  • Applicant must successfully pass required background checks prior to an offer of employment.

  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.

  • Support and uphold the mission, beliefs and values of Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services.

  • Demonstrates the necessary attitudes, knowledge and skills to deliver culturally competent services and work effectively in multi-cultural situations.


  • Experience in family search principles and practices.

  • Knowledge of Wraparound principles and practice


  • Full-time opportunity to work with a dedicated and professional Family Search and Engagement team.

  • Competitive pay and comprehensive benefits plan including generous paid time off.


Whether you’re a fan of theater, live music, craft beer, funky foods or being outside, Portland has something for you. The city has a great vibe for food carts, street festivals, visual and performing art with an array of specialty shops.

  • Home to a sprawling urban forest park with miles of hiking, dozens of verdant public parks and gardens, and the Willamette and Columbia rivers running through the city, there’s never a shortage of ways to explore Portland’s outdoors. Whether you’re a fan of flowers, tranquil gardens, urban hikes or just looking to get some fresh air, Portland has something for every kind of outdoor enthusiast.

  • Get out of the city to explore! From zip lines to whitewater rafting, horseback riding to pioneer history, camping and visiting the Oregon coast, dozens of attractions are worth the (short) trips outside Portland.

To apply, visit our Careers Page at For more information, contact Karla Lacktorin, Regional Healthcare Recruiter,, or call Karla at: 253-325-2864.

Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please let us know if you need special accommodations to apply or interview for this position.

ID: 2020-4846

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