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Occupational Report for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers (21-1023) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

Assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs. Activities may include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, case management, client advocacy, prevention, and education.

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Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
Employment Outlook for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was somewhat larger than the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be somewhat higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at about the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist for trained workers.

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Current Employment Department Job Openings for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers There are 61 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 26 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Bi-Cultural QMHA or QMHP 7/27/14 Portland
Patient Advocate Specialist 7/27/14 Portland
Bi-Cultural QMHA or QMHP 7/27/14 Portland
Afrocentric Counselor - (Instructor) 7/27/14 Portland
Social Worker, RRTP 7/27/14 Roseburg
Mental Health Support Specialist 7/25/14 Eugene $12.00/hr
Behavioral Health Interviewer 7/25/14 Portland
Telephonic Alert Team Care Advocate - Multiple Locations 7/25/14 Portland
Mental Health Therapist, On Call - Job #1543 7/25/14 Portland $15.50/hr to $17.00/hr DOE
Program Supervisor - Addictions 7/24/14 Hood River $4,601/mo
2538 & 2534 Counselor II, Acute - QMHA-Emergency Department Liaisons 7/23/14 Portland $15.10/hr to $18.34/hr
QMHP Clinicians, Emergency Services, Project Respond- Mobile Outreach 7/23/14 Portland $38,634/yr to $47,825/yr DOE
Child Milieu Counselor - #1611 7/23/14 Tigard $13.54/hr to $15.00/hr DOE
Case Manager 7/22/14 Eugene $13.00/hr
Social Worker (CRRC) 7/22/14 Portland
Bi-Cultural QMHA or QMHP 7/18/14 Portland
Afrocentric Counselor - (Instructor) 7/18/14 Portland
Bi-Cultural QMHA or QMHP 7/18/14 Portland
Lifeways- Mental Health Specialist II/964 Grant 7/16/14 Ontario DOE
Lifeways-Mental Health Specialist II/Kids 7/16/14 Pendleton DOE
Lifeways-Mental Health Specialist II-Therapist 7/16/14 Pendleton DOE
Lifeways- QMHP Jail Diversion 7/16/14 Ontario DOE
Lifeways- Mental Health Specialist II 7/16/14 Ontario DOE
Clinical Resource Coordinator - Multiple Locations - Metro Prtlnd 7/15/14 Portland
Mental Health Case Manager 7/14/14 Gold Beach $36,000/yr to $40,000/yr DOE
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Job Openings from the Web for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers The following job openings have been automatically extracted from various sites across the Web. These links are provided as supplemental resources. However, the Employment Department cannot validate these openings nor endorse any of these external sites. Some of these jobs may no longer be open. In some cases, a single opening may be posted on multiple sites.

There are 133 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 26 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES 7/27/14 Corvallis Benton County
Behavioral Health Clinician 7/27/14 Tillamook Tillamook Family Counseling Center
Team Leader/Supervisor 7/27/14 Tillamook Tillamook Family Counseling Center
Mental Health Therapist - Brookside Center 7/26/14 Clackamas Kaiser Permanente
Behavioral Health Specialist II - Young Adults in Transition - Wrap Team 7/26/14 Deschutes County Personnel Department
Qualified Mental Health Associate - AOD 7/25/14 Corvallis Benton County
Child and Family Therapist - #1607 7/25/14 Portland
Mental Health Therapist On Call - Job #1543 7/25/14 Portland
Mental Health Associate On Call - job #1350 7/25/14 Portland
6203-Mental Health Specialist III (HHS-MH Children's Team) 7/25/14 Medford JACKSON COUNTY
Child and Family Therapist - #1612 7/25/14 Tigard
Mental Health Specialist II 7/24/14 Pendleton LifeWays
QMHP Clinicians Emergency Services Project Respond- Mobile Outreach 7/24/14 Portland
2538 & 2534 Counselor II Acute - QMHA-Emergency Department Liaisons 7/24/14 Portland
Bi-Cultural QMHA or QMHP 7/24/14 Portland Oregon Health & Science University
Afrocentric Counselor - (Instructor) 7/24/14 Portland Oregon Health & Science University
Bi-Cultural QMHA or QMHP 7/24/14 Portland Oregon Health & Science University
Behaviorist (Licensed Position) - Job #1615 7/24/14 McMinnville
Social Worker RRTP 7/23/14 Roseburg Veterans Affairs Veterans Health Administration
Mental Health Specialist II 7/23/14 Ontario LifeWays
Mental Health Specialist II 7/23/14 Ontario LifeWays
Mental Health Specialists I & II 7/23/14 Salem Linn County Mental Health Services
Intake Specialist 1 7/23/14 Beaverton Providence Health & Services
Intake Specialist 1 7/23/14 Beaverton Providence Health & Services
Telephonic Alert Team Care Advocate - Multiple Locations 7/23/14 Portland Unitedhealth Group
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Wages for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $13.96 $16.51 $19.94 $25.97 $32.60 $21.71 $45,167
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 15.72 17.03 19.23 22.24 24.05 19.66 40,882
Multnomah / Washington 14.29 16.30 19.02 24.52 35.16 21.73 45,195
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 16.29 18.04 23.46 26.68 29.58 22.82 47,470
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 13.47 15.63 19.06 28.26 33.43 21.80 45,351
Lane 13.00 14.73 17.39 21.80 31.76 19.42 40,400
Coos / Curry 15.22 17.68 20.54 23.55 28.78 21.07 43,835
Jackson / Josephine 13.89 19.32 24.29 28.45 32.61 23.62 49,145
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 16.22 17.54 20.57 27.27 32.71 22.49 46,785
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 22.06 24.92 27.70 31.28 36.08 28.21 58,665
Klamath / Lake 11.69 15.87 17.64 20.05 22.24 17.57 36,547
Morrow / Umatilla 19.10 20.71 24.34 24.78 31.07 23.94 49,779
Clackamas 12.37 13.41 16.15 20.61 26.44 18.01 37,465
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Regional Employment Projections for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 2,172 2,555 383 17.6% 38 46 84
Multnomah / Washington 1,017 1,251 234 23.0% 23 22 45
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 298 322 24 8.1% 2 6 8
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 167 190 23 13.8% 2 4 6
Lane 163 204 41 25.2% 4 4 8
Jackson / Josephine 130 148 18 13.8% 2 3 5
Clackamas 79 93 14 17.7% 1 2 3
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 71 79 8 11.3% 1 2 3
Baker / Union / Wallowa 58 65 7 12.1% 1 1 2
Klamath / Lake 50 54 4 8.0% 0 1 1
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 36 43 7 19.4% 1 1 2
Grant / Harney / Malheur 33 37 4 12.1% 0 1 1
Douglas 31 34 3 9.7% 0 1 1
Coos / Curry 25 27 2 8.0% 0 0 0
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 23 26 3 13.0% 0 0 0
Morrow / Umatilla 16 16 0 0.0% 0 0 0

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
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Industries of Employment for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
Industry
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Ownership 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 2,172
Total All Industries Private 1,594
Management of Companies and Enterprises Private 49
Educational Services Private 39
Other Schools and Instruction Private 39
Health Care and Social Assistance Private 1,499
Ambulatory Health Care Services Private 324
Offices of Other Health Practitioners Private 142
Outpatient Care Centers Private 172
Hospitals Private 98
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals Private 85
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities Private 490
Residential Intellectual & Developmental Disability, Mental Health, & Substance Abuse Facilities Private 440
Other Residential Care Facilities Private 46
Social Assistance Private 587
Individual and Family Services Private 482
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services Private 85
Total All Industries State 85
Health Care and Social Assistance State 41
Hospitals State 34
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals State 34
State Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals State 38
Total All Industries Local 487
Health Care and Social Assistance Local 40
Ambulatory Health Care Services Local 18
Outpatient Care Centers Local 18
Social Assistance Local 22
Individual and Family Services Local 22
Local Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals Local 437
Educational Requirements for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers The typical entry level education for this occupation is a Master's degree.
Skills for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
  • Access Social Service Resource Providers
  • Advocate For Clients
  • Apply Active Listening Techniques
  • Apply Confidentiality Procedures
  • Apply Counseling Techniques
  • Apply Cultural And Religious Awareness
  • Apply Current Social Research
  • Apply Group Psychology Principles
  • Apply Institutional Care Procedures
  • Apply Intervention Techniques
  • Apply Mediation Techniques
  • Apply Psychological Assessment Tools
  • Apply Psychology Theory
  • Apply Teaching Techniques
  • Chart Clients' Personal Data
  • Collect Client Data
  • Communicate With Children And Adults
  • Determine Program Status
  • Develop And Deliver Substance Abuse Assistance Programs Including Assessment, Intervention, Education Workshops, And Seminars
  • Empathize With Other While Providing Counseling Or Related Services
  • Interpret Psychological Test Results
  • Manage Detailed Case Records In A Social Work Setting
  • Observe Patients, Report Patients' Condition And Responses To Treatment
  • Obtain And Process Urine Samples For Drug Testing
  • Obtain Information From Clients, Customers, Patients Or Others
  • Participate In Treatment Team Meetings
  • Prepare Reports In Timely Manner
  • Provide Emotional Support To Social Services Clients
  • Recognize Home Safety Hazards As Part Of Health Care Services
  • Recognize Physical And Emotional Abuse
  • Recognize Symptoms Of Drug And Alcohol Abuse
  • Refer Clients And Patients To Community Services
  • Relate To Clients' Socioeconomic Conditions
  • Resolve Conflicts
  • Use Computers To Enter, Access And Retrieve Data
  • Use Correct Grammar, Punctuation And Spelling
  • Use Interviewing Techniques
  • Use Principles Of Group Dynamics
  • Work As A Team Member
  • Work With Persons With Mental Disabilities And Illnesses
Schools and Training Providers for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

Chemeketa Community College
4000 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, OR 97305
Phone: (503) 399-5000
Programs of Training:
Concordia University-Portland
2811 NE Holman Street
Portland, OR 97211-6099
Phone: (503) 288-9371
Programs of Training:
Rogue Community College
3345 Redwood Hwy
Grants Pass, OR 97527-9291
Phone: (541) 956-7501
Programs of Training:
Warner Pacific College
2219 SE 68th Ave
Portland, OR 97215-4026
Phone: (503) 517-1000
Programs of Training:
George Fox University
414 N Meridian St
Newberg, OR 97132
Phone: (503) 538-8383
Programs of Training:
Southwestern Oregon Community College
1988 Newmark Ave
Coos Bay, OR 97420-2193
Phone: (541) 888-2525
Programs of Training:
Portland State University
724 SW Harrison
Portland, OR 97201
Phone: (503) 725-4433
Programs of Training:
Pacific University
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR 97116
Phone: (877) 722-8648
Programs of Training:
Treasure Valley Community College
650 College Blvd
Ontario, OR 97914
Phone: (541) 881-8822
Programs of Training:
Clackamas Community College
19600 Molalla Ave
Oregon City, OR 97045-8980
Phone: (503) 657-6958 x2313
Programs of Training:
University of Portland
5000 N Willamette Blvd
Portland, OR 97203-5798
Phone: (503) 943-7911
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Lane Community College
Rogue Community College
Treasure Valley Community College
Umpqua Community College
Related Occupations The scores listed below indicates how closely the skills for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers matches the occupation in the list. A score of 100% means the occupations have identical skill sets. A maximum of 10 occupations are displayed below.
Occupation Skill Overlap
Marriage And Family Therapists 65%
Mental Health Counselors 63%
Social Workers, All Other 61%
Counselors, All Other 60%
Community And Social Service Specialists, All Other 60%
Substance Abuse And Behavioral Disorder Counselors 58%
Child, Family, And School Social Workers 58%
Healthcare Social Workers 56%
Probation Officers And Correctional Treatment Specialists 48%
Rehabilitation Counselors 43%